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How to Choose the Best Fender Guitar Amplifier

How to Choose the Best Fender Guitar Amplifier

There’s no denying that Leo Fender changed the course of music history with his electric and bass guitars, but his amps were just as revolutionary. The first Fender amps hit store shelves in 1946, and Fender has been at the forefront of amplifier design ever since. Today, they offer a wide range of amps, from all-tube reissues that capture classic tone like the '65 Princeton Reverb and the ’68 Vibro Champ Reverb models, to solid-state powerhouses like the Mustang GTX 100 and Champion 20 amplifiers. With so many options available, even just browsing can be a bit overwhelming. That’s where this guide comes in. We’ll help you navigate the exhaustive lineup of Fender guitar amps and pick the one that’s best for you and your instrument.

Table of Contents

If you’re looking for that authentic Fender sound, it really comes down to what time period you have in mind. Many players love the less clean ’50s tweed era tone, yet the legendary black panel era (and, to an extent, its short-lived brown panel predecessor) took the ’60s by storm for a reason. That was where the Fender sound would get refined and honed to perfection as louder and more aggressive music required amps that could keep up. The silver panel era followed, bringing Fender into the modern day with their loudest, cleanest tone yet and electronic tweaks that players still love. The current offering of Fender amps contains tube amp reissues from each of these vintage periods as well as modern tube-amps, digital modeling amps, solid-state amps, acoustic amps and more, providing players from all walks of life with a guitar amplifier that fits exactly what they need.

The Foundation of Fender: The Tweed Era Lineup
The Sound of Classic Rock: Black Panel Era Lineup
The Mod Squad: Silver Panel Era Lineup
Fender Takes on British Tone: Bassbreaker Lineup
Fender Heats Up: Hot Rod Lineup
Contemporary Digital Modeling and Solid-State Amps
Maximize Acoustic-Electric Tone: Acoustic Guitar Amps
Pocket-Sized Projection: Mini Amps
Ain't Nothin' Like The Real Thing: Vintage Fender Amps

The Foundation of Fender: The Tweed Era Lineup

The tweed era pretty much started it all. They weren’t the first amps Fender ever produced, but they’re the ones that really got the ball rolling. Known for their durable, easily repairable covering and simple controls, these amps were made to survive life on the road and are still loved by musicians today. Fender has reissued these tweed amps to recreate the old-school overdrive, classic cleans and low-volume breakup Fender tweed amps are known for.

’57 Custom Champ

The original ’57 Fender Champ was easily one of the most popular amps ever made. If that piques your interest, you may be set with this spot-on reissue. Supremely versatile, the original 5-watt Champ was initially marketed as a student model but became quickly regarded as an excellent recording amp. The hand-wired ’57 Custom Champ reissue contains a single 8" Weber Special Design alnico speaker, a 12AY7 preamp tube, a 6V6 power amp tube, a 5Y3GT rectifier tube and a design based on the original 5F1 circuit, producing amazing cleans and dirty crunch that’s great for blues and rock. Original tweed Fender Champs were used on Eric Clapton’s famous song “Layla” and the opening track from Joe Walsh’s The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get album. However, the reissue has also gained some traction in the jazz world lately, thanks to jazz guitarist Julian Lage’s usage of a tweed Fender Champ on his 2016 album Arclight. The ’57 Champ doesn’t offer much in the controls department aside from a Master Volume and On/Off switch, but it makes up for that with plenty of charm and tone.

Fender '57 Custom Champ Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender '57 Custom Champ

’57 Custom Deluxe

Very similar to the ’57 Custom Champ in performance, the tweed era '57 Custom Deluxe reissue turns the power up to 12 watts with a 12" Eminence Special Design alnico speaker. With a design based on the original 5E3 circuit, this Custom Deluxe reissue features single 12AY7 and 12AX7 preamp tubes, two GT6V6 power amp tubes and a 5Y3 rectifier tube. Also hand-wired, the two-channel ’57 Deluxe reissue delivers the same sweeping cleans and hearty overdrive as the Custom Champ reissue but with a little more attitude. The original tweed Deluxe amps were produced in the ’50s but their tone is often associated with the ’70s. For quick reference, Neil Young has used an original tweed Deluxe since the late ’60s. The Custom Deluxe reissue is great for recording but also makes for a perfect club-sized performance amplifier. Individual volumes are included for the mic and instrument channels (which are identical), as well as a master tone for a little more sonic fine-tuning than the Custom Champ.

Fender '57 Custom Deluxe Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender '57 Custom Deluxe

’57 Custom Twin

If you love exploring those traditional rock sounds but need even bigger and cleaner performance power, the heavy-duty ’57 Custom Twin reissue packs in two 12" Eminence Special Design alnico speakers, a design based on the original 5E8A circuit, two 12AY7 preamp tubes and a hefty 40 watts from four 6L5 power tubes. The control set gets a bit more extensive here as well with Presence, Bass and Treble controls, plus individual volume knobs for both the Normal and Bright channels. Hand-wired and responsive, this throwback Fender amp comes through gig after gig with creamy, pleasant tone, especially at high volume. The original model was Leo Fender’s solution for professional players looking to fill the space of large ballrooms and roadhouses, so the ’57 Custom Twin is a noticeable jump in power from the Deluxe and Champ ’57 reissues. Versatile and punchy, the tweed era Custom Twin is a great choice if you like going loud and clean.

Fender '57 Custom Twin Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender '57 Custom Twin

’59 Bassman

Rounding out the classic tweed lineup is the Vintage Reissue ’59 Bassman amp. Originally released as a bass amp to complement the launch of the Precision Bass, the Fender Bassman is now considered to be the ultimate guitar amplifier. The Fender ’59 Bassman is the pro version of the tweed reissue line with a focus on big sound, reliable performance and streamlined controls. Rated for 45 watts, the Bassman includes four 10" Jensen P10R speakers that—to put it simply—bring the noise. This is facilitated by four 12AX7 and two 12AT7 preamp tubes along with four 6L6 power tubes. Both Normal and Clean channels feature two inputs but the ’59 Bassman also adds a Middle control, just like the original version. Great for gigging guitarists, the Fender Bassman works best cranked alllll the way up. It was reportedly the Beatles favorite amp (as seen in their famous rooftop performance), but you can also count Brian Setzer as a more contemporary advocate of the Bassman as heard on “Rock This Town” by the Stray Cats.

Fender Vintage Reissue '59 Bassman Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender Vintage Reissue '59 Bassman

The Sound of Classic Rock: Black Panel Era Lineup

Following the tweed amps, Fender moved briefly into their brown panel phase, so called for their prominent brown face plates. These were mostly significant for adding two-channel circuitry and front-facing controls during a time when guitarists moved from sitting behind their amps to rocking out in front of them. Those increasingly efficient and versatile amplifiers would also start to incorporate onboard reverb and tremolo effects, which helped them gain popularity with jazz and country artists as well. The ’62 Princeton Chris Stapleton amp is a testament to this, although it includes a more modern, performance-focused 12" speaker rather than the period-accurate 10". Historically, many amp manufacturers used vibrato and tremolo interchangeably. In strict musical terms, vibrato refers to slight variations in pitch, and tremolo refers to slight changes in volume. Fender’s first version of the effect, on the 1955 Tweed Tremolux was correctly named, but by 1963 they had changed it to vibrato. So that’s what we’ll be calling it on these amps.

Fender '62 Princeton Chris Stapleton Edition Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender '62 Princeton Chris Stapleton Edition

The result of that somewhat experimental phase were the very clean, very loud and very popular Fender black panel amps. While the brown panels may have done a lot of the legwork, this is where the instantly recognizable “glassy” Fender sound really started to develop. The cleans were warm and pristine with a slightly bluesy overdrive that attracted the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Johnson among countless others over the years. For natural Fender tube tone and clean headroom, the ’65 black panel reissue line is your sweet spot.

'64 Custom Princeton Reverb and '65 Princeton Reverb

If you like the idea of the tweed era Champ or Deluxe but need that sweet tremolo, check out the more upscale Custom Princeton Reverb all-tube reissues. The original Fender Princeton Reverb amps have been a favorite among studio musicians for decades, in part because they’re the smallest Fender amps available with tremolo and reverb included. Just like those original amps, the '64 Custom Princeton Reverb reissue is rated for 12 watts and contains one 10" Jensen P10R speaker. The low-wattage Fender Princeton might not seem powerful enough for a live performance, but many guitarists—including Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers—would disagree.

Fender '64 Custom Princeton Reverb

Pictured: Fender '64 Custom Princeon Reverb

For the purists out there, the ’64 Custom Princeton Reverb amp features a hand-wired AA764 circuit with tube-driven spring reverb and tremolo. It contains one 10" Jensen alnico P10R speaker, three 12AX7 preamp tubes and one 12AT7, a 5AR4/GZ34 rectifier tube and a matched pair of 6V6 power tubes. If you're not into paying the premium for the hand-wired labor and parts upgrades, you can get the ’65 Princeton Reverb reissue. This version features a printed circuit board, a 10" Jensen C10R speaker, long-spring reverb and tube tremolo. Both iconic amplifiers deliver a clean, clear tone with a classic overdrive when pushed.

Fender '65 Princeton Reverb

Pictured: Fender '65 Princeon Reverb

'64 Custom Deluxe Reverb and '65 Deluxe Reverb

The Fender Deluxe amps of the black panel era kicked things up a notch with the addition of the classic black aesthetic, along with onboard reverb and tremolo effects. The style and tone of those classic amps are captured in the Deluxe Reverb reissues, with a 12" Jensen speaker that delivers sparkly cleans and earlier breakup for a slight British flavor. Unlike the ’57 Custom Deluxe reissue, the ’60s Deluxe reissues feature Bright and Normal channel options rather than simply two separate but identical channels.

Fender '64 Custom Deluxe Reverb Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender '64 Custom Deluxe Reverb

Like the Princeton black panel reissues, you have the option of the boutique ’64 and the more mainstream ’65 Deluxe, but the differences don’t end there. The ’64 Custom Deluxe Reverb reissue delivers 20 watts of power and contains a 12" Jensen C-12Q speaker, a hand-wired AB763 circuit, four 12AX7 and two 12AT7 preamp tubes, a 5AR4/GZ34 rectifier tube and a matched pair of 6V6 output tubes. The ’64 Deluxe Reverb also provides tremolo on both the Clean and the Normal channels, while the ’65 Deluxe Reverb reissue gives you 22 watts of power with tremolo only on Channel 1. Inside the ’65 Deluxe Reverb is a 12” Jensen C-2K speaker and tube-driven Fender reverb and tremolo.

Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb

By the way, if you’re looking for a Deluxe Reverb type amp that offers even more versatility, check out the Super-Sonic 22 Combo. Based on the original Deluxe Reverb power section, the Super-Sonic has the organic feel and mid-level power of a Deluxe, but with expressive, modern high gain. It also features an extra voicing on the Clean channel for a fatter tweed sound when you feel like kicking it old school.

’65 Super Reverb

Fender Super Reverb amps have been long-time favorites of live blues and rock guitarists because of their gutsy growl that can easily compete with a bass on stage. With 45 watts of tube power and four 10" Jensen P10R speakers, the ’65 Super Reverb amp allows for further tremolo manipulation with Speed and Intensity controls. Known for scooped mids, shimmering highs and rounded lows delivered by four 12AX7 and two 12AT7 preamp tubes, two 6L6 power tubes and a 5AR4 rectifier tube, the Fender ’65 Super Reverb is great for filling large stages with authentic Fender tone. Look to Alex Lifeson on the Rush album 2112 for a famous use of the ’65 Super Reverb amp.

Fender '65 Super Reverb Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender '65 Super Reverb

’65 Twin Reverb

Many of these black panel reissues can easily pull double duty when it comes to recording in the studio and live performance. But for a powerhouse Fender amp that is truly designed for anything thrown its way, the ’65 Twin Reverb reissue is deservedly the king of the black panel amps. While both the ’57 Custom Twin and the ’65 Super Reverb reissues offer 45 watts, the ’65 Twin Reverb delivers an earthshaking 85 watts for nearly double the power. This souped-up Twin Reverb reissue contains two 12" Jensen C12K speakers, four 12AX7 and two 12AT7 preamp tubes and four 6L6 power tubes that empower both the Normal and Vibrato channels to take your playing to the next level. Also great for live settings, the ’65 Twin Reverb includes tilt-back legs to conveniently adjust for volume and sound direction. A true staple of modern music, the Twin Reverb has been used through the decades by luminaries such as Peter Green from Fleetwood Mac, Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, and Jack White.

Fender '65 Twin Reverb Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender '65 Twin Reverb

The Mod Squad: Silver Panel Era Lineup

In the mid-60s, the Fender Company was sold to CBS, which soon ushered in the silver panel period of Fender amp design. There were few changes to these “new” amps internally, but at the time of their initial production, they suffered mainly from just not being the wildly popular black panel amps. What the ’68 Custom lineup of Fender reissues does is combines aspects of the traditional Fender sound with a few modern enhancements based on popular mods performed on original silver panel amps. You may lean more towards a silver panel reissue over black panel if you prefer earlier breakup or want to incorporate more pedals into your setup.

’68 Custom Vibro Champ Reverb

The original tweed era Champ amplifier didn’t really get much in the way of updates until the mid-60s. The ’68 Custom Vibro Champ Reverb reissue captures those belated design enhancements with classic silver styling and stunning hall Reverb and tube-driven tremolo effects. These allow players to enhance the already sparkly Fender tone provided by two 12AX7 preamp tubes and one 6V6 power tube. If you’re going for a rousing Duane Eddy rock instrumental or a bluesy Jimmie Vaughan playing style, this little 5-watt reissue won’t let you down. A single 10" Celestion Ten 30 provides increased low end, making this peppy Fender amp ideal for rehearsal and recording. Unlike the ’57 Custom Champ reissue, you get a fuller slate of controls here with Treble and Bass as well as Volume, plus controls for Reverb, Speed and Intensity. The Fender ’68 Vibro Champ Reverb is a step up in functionality from the ’57 Custom Champ model, but with a slightly lower price tag.

Fender '68 Custom Vibro Champ Reverb Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender '68 Custom Vibro Champ Reverb

’68 Custom Princeton Reverb

The ’68 Custom Princeton Reverb reissue is a small 12-watter that nails the silver panel aesthetic. Unlike like the ’64 and ’65 Princeton reissues, the one-channel ’68 Custom includes a 10" Celestion Ten 30 with a Bassman tone stack for more mids, deeper lows and earlier gain. The gorgeous tremolo is perhaps even more versatile than on the original models due to internal tweaks and improvements, but it still retains the full Fender flair with hand-wired tube sockets housing three 12AX7 and one 12AT7 preamp tubes, two 6V6 power tubes and a 5AR4 rectifier tube. This is an excellent all-tube amp for practice and recording sessions, as well as for gigs with a small band. Like all amps in the ’68 Custom line, the Princeton Reverb features reduced negative feedback for enhanced touch sensitivity. This feature may sound a bit intimidating to a student guitarist, but hearing every nuance of your playing is a great way to learn even faster. Regardless of your skill level, this silver panel reissue makes it easy to get surfy Dick Dale grooves, dirty hard rock crunch and outlaw country cleans, all from one little unit.

Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb

’68 Custom Deluxe Reverb

The internals of the ’68 Custom Deluxe Reverb reissue remain largely the same as the ’65, with one 12" Celestion G12V-70 speaker, four 12AX7 and two 12AT7 preamp tubes, two 6V6 power tubes, a 5AR4 rectifier tube and 22 watts of power. The biggest change (aside from the silver styling) is the option to use Reverb and Tremolo on both the Custom and Vintage channels, rather than just one. The Vintage channel is based on the ’65 Deluxe Reverb reissue which gives you that unmistakable black panel tone, but the Custom channel includes a Bassman tone stack that delivers more low-midrange and earlier breakup. The bright cap found on the ’65 reissues has also been removed, making it much easier to control your own signal chain and get the most from your pedalboard. Small, light and moderately powered, the ’68 Deluxe Reverb is a practical selection for classic rock enthusiasts who love using effects.

Fender '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb

’68 Custom Pro Reverb

With a lightweight cabinet, respectable 40-watt output and one 12" Celestion Neo Creamback speaker, the ’68 Custom Pro Reverb reissue is widely considered to be the ultimate pedal-friendly amplifier. It’s a serious amp for the serious guitarist and a reasonable size for any gig. Reduced negative feedback allows for more touch sensitivity, which is great when you’re nailing those solos. This single-channel ’68 Custom Pro amp includes tube-driven Reverb and grid-bias Tremolo effects, a Middle control and a bright switch for a bit more sonic sculpting ability compared to the ’68 Deluxe Reverb reissue. This practical Pro Reverb amp houses three 12AX7 and two 12AT7 preamp tubes and two 6L6 power tubes.

Fender '68 Custom Pro Reverb Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender '68 Custom Pro Reverb

’68 Custom Twin Reverb

While the ’65 Twin Reverb reissue is focused solely on truly vintage-correct tone, the ’68 Custom Twin Reverb reissue offers a decidedly custom variation with the same gargantuan 85 watts of power. The silver housing and period-specific “drip edge” detail capture the look of the silver panel era, but internal modifications give this two-channel vintage throwback even more tonal versatility. You still get full silver panel tone with the Vintage channel, but if you’re in the mood for something a little tastier, the Custom channel includes the Bassman tone stack for deep lows and early breakup. Both channels include tube-driven spring Reverb and Tremolo effects, a bright switch and clean power from four 12AX7 and two 12AT7 preamp tubes, four 6L6 power tubes and a solid-state rectifier feeding two 12” Celestion G12V-70 speakers. Very big, very heavy and very loud, the Custom Twin Reverb is a monster amp that provides dynamic tone with plenty of room for your favorite pedals.

Fender Takes on British Tone: Bassbreaker Lineup

After the tweed era of Fender amps, Leo Fender continued his mission to develop the cleanest guitar tones possible, leaving behind earlier circuit designs. The Bassbreaker lineup of amps imagines a world where Fender took a different route on circuit evolution, based more on dirty distortion and the EL34 or EL84-based power sections favored by British amp companies like Marshall or VOX. If you’ve ever wanted a classic Fender amp with a touch of Brit-inspired dirt, a Fender Bassbreaker amplifier is the fix you’re looking for. There are four amps in this line, each featuring its own distinct circuit.

Bassbreaker 007

The one-channel, 7-watt Fender Bassbreaker 007 definitely prefers things shaken, especially when it comes to chunky distortion. It’s still capable of rich cleans, but you also get full-on transatlantic overdrive and British-style crunch via one EL-84 tube, two 12AX7 tubes and one 10" Celestion Ten 30 speaker. The Bassbreaker 007 amp also includes a switchable vintage-style Treble boost as well as a speaker output for plugging in larger speaker configurations. This low-wattage amp is safe enough for home use—as far as the neighbors are concerned—but it can also easily handle rehearsal and recording too.

Fender Bassbreaker 007 Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender Bassbreaker 007

Bassbreaker 15

For a Fender Bassbreaker amp geared more specifically toward studio recording, check out the Bassbreaker 15 combo. With features like an XLR line output for silent recording at home and a Power Amp Mute to silence the amp between takes, this popular tube amp adds a lot of convenience to recording sessions. Packing 15 watts, this flexible one-channel Fender Bassbreaker delivers breakup in three different gain structures for a variety of raw, crunchy goodness. Three 12AX7 preamp tubes, two EL84 power tubes, a solid-state rectifier and a single 12" Celestion speaker provide plenty of power for everything from bluesy cleans to LA metal. This is also the only Bassbreaker amp with built-in reverb. A head version is also available.

Fender Bassbreaker 15 Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender Bassbreaker 15

Bassbreaker 30R

The Fender Bassbreaker 30R amp is the evolution of the Bassbreaker 15 with double the wattage and player-focused improvements based on customer feedback. You still get the supercharged high-gain distortion the Bassbreaker 15 is known for, but with twice the output power and additional modifications. While the 15 boasted a three-way switch, the Bassbreaker 30R amplifier includes a gain boost footswitch that can be applied to either the Clean or Dirty channels. Along with the XLR line output seen on the 15, the Fender 30R also adds an effects loop, making it a highly practical option for anyone who likes using pedals at high gain. A single 12" Celestion V-Type speaker is powered by four EL84 power tubes and three 12AX7 preamp tubes.

Fender Bassbreaker 30R Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender Bassbreaker 30R

Bassbreaker 45

The road-worthy Fender Bassbreaker 45 is like a ’59 Bassman from an alternate reality. You get the same 45 watts offered by the Fender Bassman, but with the Brit-flavored grit, crunch and dirt of three 12AX7 preamp tubes, two EL34 power tubes and two 12" Celestion V-type speakers. If those 45 watts ever feel like too much, a convenient Output knob allows you to adjust the amp from 45 watts down to 1. Talk about venue versatility. Also, you may have heard about players “channel jumping” their Fender Bassman amps. The Bassbreaker 45 does that for you with a Both channel in addition to the standard Bright and Normal channels. Powerful, flexible and pedalboard friendly, the all-tube Bassbreaker 45 amplifier lets you experience full-fledged distorted tone without setting off any car alarms.

Pictured: Fender Bassbreaker 45

Fender Heats Up: Hot Rod Lineup

Originally released in 1996, the Fender Hot Rod lineup of amplifiers is now on its 4th generation. Designed with the contemporary gigging guitarist in mind, Hot Rod amps offer legendary Fender sound along with tonal upgrades, road-worthy durability and a little extra overdrive when needed. Geared more for modern-day convenience than period-perfect accuracy, the Fender Hot Rod series is played by more current artists than any other amp line.

Pro Junior IV

If you’re looking for a compact, contemporary amplifier, but really dig that throwback tweed look, check out the Pro Junior IV. The simplest and most streamlined of Fender’s tube amps, this 15-watter contains controls for Volume and Tone only. Don’t let that fool you though. The Fender Pro Junior is a workhorse amp with a nice range of warm tone delivered by two 12AX7 preamp tubes and two EL84 power tubes for both rich, traditional cleans and dirty crunch. One 10” Jensen P10R speaker produces plenty of volume for the home or studio and just enough for small gigs as well. Along with classic Fender sound, the Pro Junior IV offers both the vintage aesthetic of tweed and the modern-day circuitry of the Hot Rod series.

Fender Pro Junior IV Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender Pro Junior IV

Blues Junior IV

The Blues Junior IV offers improvements on what was already considered a tried-and-true classic. Mark IV of this popular small-tube combo includes modified preamp circuitry that allows you to push the amp a little further without losing any clarity. The spring reverb has also been modified for a more musical sound and improved smoothness. Inside, you’ll find one 12" Celestion A-Type speaker that can handle a variety of playing styles but roars with a rock ’n’ roll flavor thanks to three 12AX7 preamp tubes and two EL84 power tubes. With 15 watts of power, this single-channel amp is loud enough to gig with, yet still delivers great tone at low volumes for recording or solo practice sessions.

Fender Blues Jr IV Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender Blues Junior IV

Hot Rod Deluxe IV

The Hot Rod Deluxe IV is the classic Fender Deluxe model but with more flexibility and way more power. Still equipped with one 12" speaker like previous Deluxe amps (although here it’s a Celestion A-Type), the Hot Rod edition comes loaded with a blistering 40 watts for pristine cleans and warm overdrive. Along with three 12AX7 preamp tubes, two 6L6 power tubes and a solid-state rectifier, it also contains the same hot-rodded enhancements as other amps in the line—modified preamp circuitry, upgraded spring reverb and updated aesthetics. This is an excellent solution for those interested in the size and performance of a Fender Deluxe, but with the presence and attitude to fill bigger venues. Popular as a default backup amp, many venues have this reliable and consistent amp on hand. Also, if you’re interested in a Hot Rod Deluxe with a slightly bluesier tone, check out the Blues Deluxe reissue.

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe IV Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender Hot Rod Deluxe IV

Hot Rod Deville 212 IV

The biggest and baddest amp in the Hot Rod lineup is the Deville 212 IV. While having the same tube complement as the Hot Rod Deluxe, the Deville 212 boosts power by increasing the tube voltages to yield a ripping 60 watts through a pair of 12" Celestion A-Type speakers. The increased wattage means increased headroom for a different sound quality than the Deluxe with later breakup. A great value for the gigging guitarist, the Hot Rod Deville provides the headroom, volume and tone needed to fill large spaces or even outdoor venues.

Fender Hot Rod Deville IV 2x12 Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender Hot Rod Deville IV

Contemporary Digital Modeling and Solid-State Amps

Mustang LT Series

The Fender Mustang LT Series is made up of two do-it-all amplifiers that are ideal for beginners or student guitarists who plan to move into actual performances with the same amp. Modestly priced, both the 25-watt Mustang LT25 and the 50-watt Mustang LT50 provide you with an incredibly simple yet expansive control set, 24 preset guitar tones and an amazing collection of 20 amp models, from vintage classics to modern high-gain distortion. The Mustang Series of amps also contains 12 onboard effects, including chorus, flanger and tremolo. Even more can be accessed with a computer hookup. Both amplifiers in the Mustang LT Series contain a 12" Fender Special Design speaker inside a lightweight wooden cabinet.

Fender Mustang LT25 Modeling Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender Mustang LT25

Mustang GTX Series

Looking to go even bigger and bolder? The Mustang GTX amps offer the versatility and convenient portability of the Mustangs LT series amps but these are packed with even more features, styles and tones to choose from. Along with a comprehensive collection of amp models and effects, the Mustang GTX amps also provide 200 onboard presets, so you’ll never have to waste time hunting down the perfect tone again. These gig-ready cabs each contain a single 12" Celestion speaker and Bluetooth capability for playing along with streaming tracks or remotely accessing Fender TONE 3.0 for deep-dive editing, preset backup and more. Available in the 50-watt Mustang GTX50 and the ultra-expressive Mustang GTX100 with 100 watts of sound shaping power (and an included footswitch), these Fender amps are the pinnacle of flexibility and value.

Fender Mustang GTX50 Modeling Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender Mustang GTX50

Mustang Micro

If you’re looking to jam on the go or want to explore the extensive tonal offerings of the Mustang Series on your own, check out the Fender Mustang Micro. A compact and powerful guitar headphone amplifier and recording interface, you can saddle up the Mustang Micro at any time and take it anywhere—just grab your headphones and plug in your guitar. It's great for late-night jams, study breaks, camping trips or anywhere you’re inspired to play. The small but mighty Mustang Micro is loaded with 25 amp and effects models, plus Bluetooth capability for playing along to streaming audio. The Mustang amp packs a whole lotta fun into one pocket-sized device.

Fender Mustang Micro Headphone Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender Mustang Micro

For the Frugal Fender Fan: Champion Series

Just need an amp? With the exceedingly popular Fender Champion Series, you get Fender sound and the versatility of modeling at an accessible price. While the Mustang Series contains a multitude of effects and effect combinations, the Champion amplifiers offer tonal versatility but with controls that are a bit more straightforward. Available between 20 and 100 watts, each unit in the Fender Champion Series contains a host of effects and amp voicings for everything from hard rock and classic metal to cool blues and hot jazz.

Champion 20

For flexibility and outright value, the solid-state Fender Champion 20 is an exceptional choice for anyone just starting out. Both affordable and practical, the Champion 20 contains one 8" Fender Special Design speaker, one channel and 20 watts of power to cover everything from practice and recording to small performances. Combined with the full complement of effects and amp voicings found in all Champion Series amplifiers, the compact Champion 20 has everything today’s guitar player needs. For a simple student amplifier, the 20-watt Champion easily handles the needs of beginning guitarists.

Fender Champion 20 Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender Champion 20

Champion 40

The Champion 40 doubles down on versatility with 40 watts and two channels. One 12" Fender Special Design speaker offers a bit more punch, giving the Fender Champion 40 the authority to hold its own on any stage. If you’re looking to explore a variety of sounds or looking for something specific—tribute bands love these amps—the Champion is a treasure trove of tone. Lightweight and portable, the solid-state Champion 40 amp is great for gigging guitarists who like digital effects built in.

Fender Champion 40 Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender Champion 40

Champion 100

For the ultimate combination of power, versatility and value, look no further than the Fender Champion 100. Packing in 100 watts of solid-state power with dual 12" Fender Special Design speakers, this monster tone machine makes its presence known, regardless of the venue or size of the band. With this amount of volume, the solid-state Champion 100 amplifier is better suited for the stage than at home, but a headphone output jack does allow for silent playing.

Fender Champion 100 Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender Champion 100

Champion 50XL and 100XL

The Fender Champion 50XL adds a little more kick and a slightly different visual style for those that prefer the black-on-black aesthetic. More aggressive guitar players may prefer the look and feel of this easy-to-use 50-watter, but it’s just as straightforward as the other amps in the Champion line. Like the Champion 40, the two-channel 50XL contains one 12" Celestion “Midnight 60” speaker, but also adds four stompbox effects to the effects set to go with 12 inspiring amp tones, giving the solid-state Champion 50XL amplifier a bit more range than other units in the Champion line. The Champion 100XL adds 50 watts, four additional amp tones, and a second Celestion "Midnight 60" speaker. 

Fender Champion 50XL Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender Champion 50XL

Frontman 10G

While the Champion Series is an excellent starting place for any burgeoning electric guitarist, the Fender Frontman 10G also deserves a mention. As Fender’s most affordable full-size amp, this handy little practice unit offers a modest 10 watts with one 6" Fender Special Design speaker. You get a gain control and overdrive switch for dialing in both Fender cleans and growly fuzz, a single input and iconic Fender style, all in one unit. Also available in a bundle with a Squier Stratocaster, the Frontman 10G amp is a perfect pick for Guitar Center Lessons students.

Fender Frontman 10G Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender Frontman 10G

Modeled Tube Tone: Tone Master Series

The Fender Tone Master line of amps is designed to provide accurate recreations of classic Fender tube amps infused with the versatility of modern technology. Each of the Tone Master amps are made to faithfully emulate one classic Fender model with the exact same output, circuitry and tone of those iconic originals. Not only do they give you a tonally accurate vintage experience, but they’re also more affordable and require less maintenance than actual vintage tube amps. Not to mention, they’re about half the weight of the standard reissues.

Tone Master Deluxe Reverb

This solid-state version of the ’65 Fender Deluxe Reverb delivers genuine tube-like tone modeled on the same circuitry and 22-watt output of the classic black panel amplifier. Being a digital version, the Tone Master Deluxe Reverb does come with some modern convenience features like an XLR line output, a mute switch and a USB port for firmware upgrades. However, the warm tube tone and the front panel controls are pure recreations of the ’65 Deluxe Reverb.

Fender Tone Master Deluxe Reverb Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender Tone Master Deluxe Reverb

Tone Master Super Reverb

The Tone Master Super Reverb recreates the 45-watt output and classic tube tone of the ’65 Super Reverb. The front control panel mimics the original version, but the back panel contains a few of the modern features offered by today’s digital amps. Based on the original ’60s black panel circuit and containing four 10" Jensen speakers, your ears—and your audience—won’t be able to tell the difference. Plus, this solid-state amp is half the weight of the original and requires far less maintenance.

Fender Tone Master Super Reverb Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender Tone Master Super Reverb

Tone Master Twin Reverb

The Fender Tone Master Twin Reverb solid-state amplifier brings the tone and performance of the original ’65 Twin Reverb tube amp down to a more manageable price. Again, the front panel controls and tonal output are meticulously crafted to replicate the ’65 black panel models exactly, but this digital version also gives you updated features that the originals and reissues don’t. At half the weight of an original all-tube Fender Twin with the same dynamic range and tone, this affordable, low-maintenance Tone Master is a no-brainer for the modern guitarist seeking genuine vintage tone.

Fender Tone Master Twin Reverb Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender Tone Master Twin Reverb

Maximize Acoustic-Electric Tone: Acoustic Guitar Amps

Players specializing in acoustic-electric guitars may be more interested in something from Fender’s extensive line of acoustic amps. Made specifically to bring out warm, balanced and natural acoustic tone, these amps unlock the full range of your acoustic-electric guitar. You can also easily add vocals into the mix with microphone-capable channels found on all Fender acoustic amplifiers. Aside from adding controls and features for acoustic guitar players, an acoustic amp makes it easy to dial in recognizable acoustic tones, from classic acoustic folk rock to more traditional Americana and country styles.

Acoustasonic Amps

The Acoustasonic amps are built to get the most out of your acoustic-electric guitar with additional features geared towards acoustic players. With the Acoustasonic’s EQ controls, you can easily sweeten the tone to suit your specific instrument or to account for the performance space. Fender Acoustasonic amps are available in either a 15-watt unit with onboard chorus or a 40-watt version with built-in reverb. Depending on your needs, these can handle everything from rehearsals and private performances to larger events and gatherings. Both Acoustasonic amplifiers contain one 6" speaker and XLR mic inputs.

Fender Acoustasonic 40 Acoustic Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender Acoustasonic 40

Acoustic 100

Simple, sleek and stylish, the premium Fender Acoustic 100 is a high-powered and versatile acoustic amplifier ideal for the solo gigging guitarist. 100 watts and one 8" speaker ensure that your acoustic tone is fully projected throughout small and large stages alike, with every nuance of your playing articulated. A cleverly integrated carry handle is also of note on this acoustic amp, along with a beautifully varnished plywood shell and brown speaker cloth that nicely complement the aesthetic of acoustic guitar. The Acoustic 100 amp features two channels, each with access to the same menu of tasteful onboard effects for virtually endless combination options and Bluetooth capability. Both inputs can be used with either an instrument or a microphone, making this amp just as suitable for two vocalists as it is for an acoustic duo.

Fender Acoustic 100 Acoustic Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender Acoustic 100

Acoustic Junior

If you’re in the market for a modern acoustic amp with a different visual aesthetic, check out the Acoustic Junior. Similar to the Acoustic 100 in performance and output with 100 watts, two channels and one 8" speaker, the Fender Acoustic Junior boasts an expanded feature set and a textured vinyl covering that’s a bit more traditional. Along with Bluetooth capability for audio streaming or jamming with backup tracks, the Acoustic Junior also includes a Looper function for effortless control over the ample effects options. Plus, weighing in at just 15 lb., this versatile acoustic amp is easy to take anywhere.

Fender Acoustic Jr Acoustic Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender Acoustic Junior

Acoustic Junior GO

The great thing about acoustic guitar is that it can be done in virtually any location. Now there’s an amplifier that is just as versatile. The Acoustic Junior GO has the build, look and studio-quality effects of the Acoustic Junior, but it also includes a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides 5 hours of playing time at full volume, or 12 hours at moderate volume. For traveling guitarists or performance artists, the Acoustic GO makes it easy to set up a pop-up show or outdoor jam session.

Fender Acoustic Jr GO Acoustic Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender Acoustic Junior GO

Acoustic SFX II

The Fender Acoustic SFX II amp offers the same stylish yet discrete look of the Acoustic Junior but with enhanced effects and more punch to fill larger spaces. Along with a main 8" low-frequency speaker and tweeter, the Fender Acoustic SFX II also includes a 6.5" side-radiating speaker for rich, three-dimensional sound. Despite massive volume and power, this stylish acoustic amp weighs in at just 22 lb. for hassle-free transport between gigs. The Acoustic SFX II amplifier also has the same layout of effects available on both channels. However, the SFX II utilizes SFX circuitry in conjunction with the side-firing speaker to add even more texture and character to your sound.

Fender Acoustic SFX II Acoustic Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender Acoustic SFX II

Pocket-Sized Projection: Mini Amps

Sometimes the only person you’re playing for is yourself. When you just want to relax and jam but still crave clean Fender tone or a little distortion, Fender Mini Amps are a fantastic selection. Each mini amp is inspired by a specific classic Fender amp model, but in a super compact, low-wattage version that easily fits in your gig bag for convenient transportation. They’re the perfect size for dorm rooms or the office, and they also make great, affordable gifts for the guitarists in your life. It is worth noting that while distortion is built in, the cleans are where these mini amps really shine.

Mini ’57 Twin

This handy unit is a portable headphone amp modeled after the classic full-size tweed era Fender ’57 Twin. With one watt of power, this mini Fender amp contains two 2" speakers and a ’50s-style tweed covering for added vintage appeal. The Mini ’57 Twin amplifier includes built-in distortion and features Volume, Tone and Gain controls to fine-tune your tone from clean to mean. Best of all, this little tweed trooper can be powered by one 9V battery (sold separately). It works great simply as a display item, but it also serves as a compact, functional amp for anytime the mood to play strikes.

Fender '57 Mini Twin Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender '57 Mini Twin

Mini ’65 Twin

If the black panel era is more your style, the Fender Mini ’65 Twin is a portable replication of that classic full-size amplifier. Like the Mini ’57, the Mini ’65 Twin delivers one watt of power with Volume, Tone and Gain controls. However, the ’65 comes with two 3" speakers for a touch more punch, a tilt-back kickstand just like the full-size version and a 9V battery (included) for convenient on-the-go operation.

Fender Mini '65 Twin Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender Mini '65 Twin

MD20 Mini Deluxe

The Fender MD20 Mini Deluxe recreates the rich, clean tone and classic look of a full-size Deluxe amp. Similar in build to the Mini ’57 Twin, the single-channel MD20 Deluxe amp contains two 2" speakers with 1 watt of power that’s just enough for practice, rehearsal or even a small get-together.

Fender MD20 Mini Deluxe Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender MD20 Mini Deluxe

Mini Tone-Master

The one-watt, one-channel Mini Tone-Master amplifier is based on the original Tone-Master. Great as a personal amp or a gift, this little tone machine has a classic look with period-accurate metal amp corners, a brown vintage-style grille cloth and white knobs. Inside are two 2" speakers and a 1/4" headphone jack for silent play. A great option for busking, the Mini Tone-Master offers portable power with an included 9V battery.

Fender Mini Tone-Master Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender Mini Tone-Master

Mustang Micro

Just a reminder here about the Mustang Micro amp. If you’re looking for a pocket-sized amp that is designed more for full, rich tone and personal practice rather than a vintage aesthetic, the Fender Mustang Micro is a powerhouse personal amplifier for the guitarist on the go. See the Mustang section above for more info.

Fender Mustang Micro Guitar Amplifier

Pictured: Fender Mustang Micro

Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: Vintage Fender Amps

Looking to score an original Fender amp? Be sure to check out the constantly changing inventory of vintage Fender amplifiers including tweed, brown panel, black panel and silver panel models. You never know what classic Fender amp might be looking for a new home.

Again, the legacy of Fender amps can’t be understated. You can practically trace the evolution of music through the history of Fender amplifiers. Fender has helped to preserve this history with authentic reissues from each of their vintage eras, while also staying on the cutting edge of amplifier engineering with constant innovations and improvements.

We hope this guide has helped you find the perfect amp for you and your guitar, whether it’s a starter electric or a trusty gigging acoustic. No matter what your needs are, there’s a Fender amp made to meet them. From a first practice amp to a reliable gigging combo or a fresh lightweight unit with the latest in modeling tech, we’ve got your next—or your first—favorite Fender amp right here.

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