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Guitar Amplifier Buying Guide: Amplifier Heads

The guitar amp head is the crowning achievement in guitar amplification. Powerful and flexible, the guitar amplifier head is where you'll shape and set your guitar tone. With a variety of power ratings, tube and solid-state configurations, effects, and special features, there is a guitar amplifier head for every player.

This buying guide showcases our favorite heads to suit any musician. We've broken these heads down by power rating so you can find the right one for your specific performance needs.

Amp Shopping Tip - Tube vs. Solid-State Wattage: As any guitar amp collector will tell you, a 50-watt tube amplifier gets a lot louder than a 50-watt solid-state amplifier. Keep in mind that wattage measures power, not loudness. When a tube amp is turned up past the point of distortion, your ears hear the resulting harmonics as additional loudness. And while cranked-up tube amps actually put out more power than their rated level, solid-state amps have a hard ceiling -- there's no more power to be had once you reach the top.

While every amp is different, a good rule of thumb is the 3:1 rule -- 3 watts of solid-state power is about equal to 1 watt of tube power when it comes to perceived loudness.
100 Watts and More
For serious players looking for larger-than-life tone on stage, these are the amplifier heads you need. Your friends will drool over these incredible heads, many of which made famous by generations of great guitarists.
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EVH Eddie Van Halen 5150 III Guitar Amplifier Head

$1,999.99

  • 12 x  
    $166.67
  • 8 x  
    $250.00
PRICE DROP

Randall Thrasher Guitar Amplifier Head (120 Watts)

$2,399.00

  • 18 x  
  • 12 x  
    $199.92
  • 8 x  
    $299.88
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Victory VX100 The Super Kraken Amplifier Head (100 Watts)

$2,499.00

  • 18 x  
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    $208.25
  • 8 x  
    $312.38

SPECIAL OFFER

Laney IRT120H Ironheart Guitar Amplifier Head (120 Watts)

$1,639.00

  • 18 x  
  • 12 x  
    $136.58
  • 8 x  
    $204.88

Orange Rockerverb MkIII Guitar Amplifier Head (100 Watts)

$2,349.00

  • 18 x  
  • 12 x  
    $195.75
  • 8 x  
    $293.63
50 Watts
Delivering loud volume with a tone that breaks up more quickly at lower levels, these amp heads are great for those need crushing distortion without immense volume -- or guitarists in quieter bands that want some gritty rock guitar tones and a loud live volume.

Quilter Tone Block 202 Amplifier Head (200 Watts)

$699.00

  • 12 x  
    $58.25
  • 8 x  
    $87.38
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    6 x  
    $116.50
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    4 x  
    $174.75
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EVH 5150III 50S 6L6 Head (50 Watts)

$1,549.99

  • 12 x  
    $129.17
  • 8 x  
    $193.75

Orange Rockerverb MkIII Guitar Amplifier Head (50 Watts)

$2,149.00

  • 18 x  
  • 12 x  
    $179.08
  • 8 x  
    $268.63
SPECIAL OFFER

PRS Paul Reed Smith Archon MKII 2-Channel Guitar Amplifier Head (50 Watts)

$1,149.00

  • 18 x  
  • 12 x  
    $95.75
  • 8 x  
    $143.63
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    6 x  
    $191.50
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    4 x  
    $287.25

Marshall Origin50H Guitar Amplifier Head (50 Watts)

$699.99

  • 12 x  
    $58.33
  • 8 x  
    $87.50
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    6 x  
    $116.66
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    4 x  
    $175.00

Victory VX The Kraken Compact Guitar Amp Head (50 Watts)

$1,849.00

  • 18 x  
  • 12 x  
    $154.08
  • 8 x  
    $231.13
30 Watts or Less
Perfect for recording or playing at home, but still more than loud enough for use on stage, 30-watt amplifier heads produce high gain tones at lower volumes -- but still have plenty of volume to blow your hair back when needed.

Marshall DSL1HR Guitar Amplifier Head (1 Watt)

$319.99

  • 8 x  
    $40.00
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    6 x  
    $53.33
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    4 x  
    $80.00

Orange Dual Terror DT30H Guitar Amplifier Head (30 Watts)

$899.00

  • 12 x  
    $74.92
  • 8 x  
    $112.38
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    6 x  
    $149.83
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    4 x  
    $224.75

Peavey Classic 20 Mini Guitar Amplifier Head (20 Watts)

$699.99

  • 12 x  
    $58.33
  • 8 x  
    $87.50
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    6 x  
    $116.66
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    4 x  
    $175.00

Vox AC30 Custom Head Guitar Amplifier (30 Watts)

$1,299.99

  • 18 x  
  • 12 x  
    $108.33
  • 8 x  
    $162.50

EVH Eddie Van Halen 5150III LBXII Lunchbox Tube Guitar Amplifier Head (15 Watts)

$749.99

  • 12 x  
    $62.50
  • 8 x  
    $93.75
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    6 x  
    $125.00
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    4 x  
    $187.50

Orange AD30HTC Guitar Amplifier Head (30 Watts)

$1,699.00

  • 18 x  
  • 12 x  
    $141.58
  • 8 x  
    $212.38

Marshall Studio Jubilee Guitar Amplifier Head (20 Watts)

$1,299.99

  • 18 x  
  • 12 x  
    $108.33
  • 8 x  
    $162.50

Orange OR30 Guitar Amplifier Head (30 Watts)

$1,799.00

  • 18 x  
  • 12 x  
    $149.92
  • 8 x  
    $224.88

Orange Dark Terror Guitar Amplifier Head (15 Watts)

$649.00

  • 12 x  
    $54.08
  • 8 x  
    $81.13
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    6 x  
    $108.17
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    4 x  
    $162.25
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Randall RD1H Diavlo Guitar Amplifier Head (1 Watt)

$429.95

  • 8 x  
    $53.74
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    6 x  
    $71.66
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    4 x  
    $107.49

Soldano Astro-20 Guitar Amplifier Head with IR (20 Watts)

$1,999.99

  • 12 x  
    $166.67
  • 8 x  
    $250.00
SPECIAL OFFER

PRS Paul Reed Smith MT-15 Mark Tremonti Guitar Amplifier Head (15 Watts)

$799.00

  • 12 x  
    $66.58
  • 8 x  
    $99.88
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    6 x  
    $133.17
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    4 x  
    $199.75