Experience the super-smooth overdrive that only Diezel can provide. This 30-watt mini solid state head accurately mimics the VH4's celebrated third channel.
Pair the 5150 III head with any speaker cabinet and immerse yourself in high-gain magnificence. This 50-watt beast boasts a duo of powerful 6L6 power tubes.
Blast off into the iconic tones of classic EVH with this 50-watt monster of an amp. EL34 power tubes add iconic British-style snarl for aggressive overdrive.
Make loading in easy with this lightweight, powerful amplifier. Packed with effects, this Katana head can handle any tone, style, and gig thrown its way.
If you create most of your tone from pedals, the Pedal Baby is the amp for you. Tuned for a neutral yet flattering tone, this amp lets your pedals shine.
Get all the power of a Victory amp on your pedalboard! The Victory Kraken pedalboard amplifier delivers 180 watts of Class-D, solid-state power.
Get unmistakable Marshall tone in a smaller form factor! The Marshall Studio Vintage Plexi 20 head is the rebirth of a generation-inspiring amplifier.
Enhanced in every way, the Blackstar Stage 100 HT MkII features footswitchable channels and modes, power reduction and a professional USB recording output.
Transcend your tone into pure sonic bliss with the Bogner Ecstasy. This mini version of the '90s staple features a wide array of sound-sculpting controls.
This 20-watt Orange tube/solid-state hybrid amplifier is perfect for the bedroom shredder. Plug it into a big cab for a sound that's anything but "micro."
Glowing with the power of eight ECC83 preamp tubes and four aggressive 6L6 power tubes, this hand-customized 100-watt head screams with rock 'n' roll tone.
When you need to pack a powerful punch in a pint-size package, reach for the PowerStage 700. A speaker-simulating XLR output allows speaker-less operation.
Perfect for the minimalist guitarist, the Quilter SuperBlock UK boasts British tones out of a compact package with onboard cabinet simulation.
Get a versatile, modern guitar amp head. The Line 6 Spider V 240HC MkII has over 200 amp and effect sounds, with a built-in looper and a wireless receiver.
What Type of Tone?
For thick, overdriven sound, some of the most popular options are Orange, EVH, Marshall, and Randall amp heads. A head from any of these brands will be able to deliver scorching distortion, or dial back to a clean or slightly crunchy tone with ease. While wattage is obviously an important spec when looking at tube amplifiers, details such as tube type (pentode, triode, etc.), number of channels, and the frequencies of the EQ controls can affect your tone in big ways as well. Looking into the equipment artists played on your favorite tracks and live performances can sometimes lead you to your dream amp. If flexibility is what you require, a more tonally versatile amp (such as a Hughes & Kettner switchable-tube model) gives you control over tube and wattage selection, and more.
Stacks of the Future
For the tonal trailblazer, modern amp heads offer a lot more than simply a recreation of '60s or '70s tube tone. Line 6's Spider head provides the everyday guitarist with a wealth of amp sounds and effects built in, and includes stereo speakers for practice and tone tweaking. The popular Kemper Profiler models offer pro-quality digital modeling sound with all the benefits and customization available with digital technology, and some models from Egnater and Laney offers modern features like MIDI capability, or a built-in digital audio interface. And with more and more manufacturers including speaker-emulating outputs on their amp heads, using a separate head with the cabinet of your choosing is starting to make more and more sense.