12 Best Guitar Amps Under $200 – No Excuse for Not Practicing

While it might sound simple, buying a cheaper guitar amp is a quite delicate process, since you don’t have the luxury of spending more money on an established and expensive product. This is especially true for beginners because buying a quality guitar and the best guitar amp is a very neglected part of the learning experience and most often they will choose what they come upon first or the most familiar brand.

Frequent buyers who buy cheap are usually more experienced guitarists who need gear for practicing at home, street performances, for band rehearsals and even for gigs if they need to travel a lot. But the same rule applies to them. Knowledge is power. Information is very important if you do not want to end up with a failed investment.

So, we made a list of the best guitar amps under $200 that would give you the knowledge and will make it easy to find out exactly what you need, and how to get it cheap, of course.

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Being able to pick the right amp is a privilege. There are some things that customers need to know when choosing, things they should focus on, as well as thinking about what suits their needs.

At the top of the list when choosing is the sound quality of the amplifier. Although the difference between the magnitudes at this price range is not very large amongst models, it is worth considering the options. Plus, wouldn’t you want to get the best option available. The differences in sound largely depend on the manufacturers themselves. The different manufacturers often treat the sound the amp produces as their trademark, specializing in a specific sound, so it is only natural that they treat it with such regard.

Next to consider is the size and the power supply. Larger amplifiers are more powerful which is good for gigs but their size makes them less portable. Smaller amps are better for home practicing or for traveling. The power supply on this type of amps is important because having the ability to practice or perform outdoors is really handy. Because of this, there are also amps that besides using cable can also work on batteries. For this price range, you can also find some good amplifiers for acoustic guitars, which is very useful if the acoustic guitar is not loud enough to be played in the open or in a crowded place.

Have you recognized any of these features as your amp requirements? Now find them in our 12 best amplifiers we managed to find and test. The following table will give you a short outline of each model’s advantages.

Editor choice 1 ZT Amplifiers Lunchbox Junior
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ZT Amplifiers Lunchbox Junior
(Best convenient guitar amp)

Small, ultra-lightweight and powerful, all that you need from an affordable amp. This is a great solution for practicing, performing and playing gigs. Beautiful, clean, nice overdrive, perfect sound.

10
2 Fender Acoustasonic
9.9
Fender Acoustasonic
(Best acoustic guitar and vocal amp)

Perfect vintage fender look, perfect acoustic fender sound. A great solution for guitarists, singers, songwriters, and street performers thanks to the two dual separate inputs for instruments and microphones divided into two 6.5” speakers with a total power of 40w.

9.9
3 Marshall Amps MG30GFX
9.9
Marshall Amps MG30GFX
(Best rock/metal amp)

This one is for all Marshall fans. If you travel a lot but your favorite Marshall cabinet and pedal board are too much to carry this amp has everything you need! 30w power, multiple effects, portable and affordable. What more do you need?

9.9
4 Fender Mustang I V2
9.8
Fender Mustang I V2
(Best guitar amp with record function)

Practice, record, edit, and share. That’s how it’s done. Well, you can get all of that in just one amp. Plus, it boasts its sound and effect. A great solution for every creative musician.

9.8
5 Peavey Vypyr VIP 1
9.8
Peavey Vypyr VIP 1
(Best multi-effects guitar, bass, and acoustic amp)

You play electric, acoustic and bass guitar but three different amps are too much to afford? The Peavey Vypyr Vip 1 is the best solution. This is a small modeling multiple effect amp that’s portable, light and most of all affordable. Now you don’t have excuses not to practice.

9.8
6 Behringer Ultracoustic AT108
9.8
Behringer Ultracoustic AT108
(Best tube sound acoustic guitar amp)

This amp is a great street performance tool for guitarists and singers. Has a perfect tube sound thanks to the VTC technology. It’s a small, tough and affordable amp that’s made for the streets.

9.8
7 Yamaha THR5
9.7
Yamaha THR5
(Best practice amp under $200)

It has a great VCM sound and the most important of all, it’s small and is battery powered. The metronome and the tuner make it perfect for practicing while on the road. You want to record? No problem! There is a USB port for connecting to your computer.

9.7
8 Sawtooth ST-AMP-10
9.5
Sawtooth ST-AMP-10
(Best starter amp under $200)

This is a cheap and small amp that’s good for practicing. But make sure you are at home alone by your computer if you need backing tracks because there is no input audio device.

9.5
9 Blackstar FLY3
9.4
Blackstar FLY3
(Best small amp)

Incredibly strong and beautiful sound from the smallest amp ever. It’s a modeling amp with a bunch of sounds and effects. Also, it can be used as a speaker for your phone, PC or tablet. Don’t let the size fool you.

9.4
10 VOX Mini5
9.3
VOX Mini5
(Best battery-powered rhythm amp)

This is a great portable modeling amp. It’s small and battery-powered so it’s perfect for the road. It has 99 different rhythm patterns, metronome, and tuner, everything that you need for practicing different genres.

9.3
11 Donner Electric DEA-1
9.1
Donner Electric DEA-1
(Best cheapest guitar amp)

It can’t get cheaper than this. But considering the price, this amp has a decent sound. It’s small and light so it can be a great gift for your kids.

9.1
12 Monoprice 611705
8.9
Monoprice 611705
(Best tube amp under $200)

This is the cheapest tube amp on the market. It’s Monoprice after all. But it’s a tube amp so the sounds won’t disappoint you. The clean sound is warm and the distortion is natural. At the end of the day, the good sound is most important.

8.9

 

1 Editor choice

ZT Amplifiers Lunchbox Junior – Best convenient guitar amp

Features

  • 35w D class amplifier
  • Dimensions: 65” x 75” x 44”
  • Weight: 5 pounds
  • Portable battery-powered
  • 9V output to power effect pedals

The ZT Lunchbox Junior amp is a great piece of gear you must have. This is one of the best portable amps even though it is under $200 and there is a good reason why.

The biggest positive feature is that the amp weighs just 5lbs and is only 6” high. This is due to the custom-designed 5” speaker. Even with its distinct lightweight design, the amp is surprisingly powerful at 35 watts.

On the upper part of the amp, there is a solid handle, and underneath the handle, there is a dent where you will find the input jack and three knobs (one for volume, tone, and gain). Although they are only three knobs, they are enough to make a good tone. By balancing the volume and the gain knob you get a very clean sound to a nice overdrive. And with the tone knob by turning it from side to side you can get a variety of tonal possibilities, from bass to treble.

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The back of the amplifier has an IEC cable next to the power switch. The other power option is the 12V DC-in jack which can be used with a 12V battery pack so you can play the electric guitar by the campfire or on the streets. On the same jack, you can also use a cigarette lighter adapter and plug your amp to a car.

What is really cool is the 9V output jack for plugging effect pedals so you can have a ton of sound options without using extra power resources. A standard option for modern amplifiers is the headset and the aux input for audio devices. Lastly, there is a speaker on/off switch which is very useful for the studio so you can avoid delay while recording. It can also be useful when practicing using headphones so as not to disturb the people around you. Your family will thank you.

What makes this product complete is the carry-on bag and the power cables that come with the amplifier. This is perhaps the best portable option in the under $200 category for practicing at home or when traveling, but it is also suitable for gigs. The reviewed gear geeks strongly recommend this amp.

Positives
  • Small and ultra-lightweight
  • Great sound
  • Cheap
  • Perfect for practicing and traveling
Negatives
  • Not the best option for gigs and recording (but that’s not the main goal for this amp)
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Fender Acoustasonic – Best acoustic guitar and vocal amp

Features

  • Two separated dual front-panel inputs for both, instrument and vocal
  • Two 6.5” speakers
  • Total power of 40 watts
  • Whizzer cones to improve the high-frequency response
  • Chorus and reverb effects
  • Dimensions: 11” H x 15” W
  • Weight: 17 pounds

These amps are made for acoustic guitars and microphones. It has a beautiful vintage look that is recognizable for all fender amplifiers.

What makes this Fender product good is the dual front panel inputs for instrument and microphone that can be used to simultaneously power two instruments, two microphones or combined. These two channels are independent of each other and each has the same options. The options are, the volume knob, the 3 equalizer knobs (bass, middle and treble) and the reverb knob. As an extra effect, the amplifier has a built-in chorus effect which adds freshness and depth to the sound.

The signal from the two channels is divided into two 6.5” speakers with a total power of 40 watts. They come with innovative whizzer cones which improve the high-frequency response. It might sound like a large amp, being that it has two speakers, the dimensions of the loudspeaker are kept to a minimum.

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That makes the weight of the amp at about 17 pounds.

The front of the amplifier has a headphone output and a mini-jack for audio input so you can add backing tracks to your performance or simply while practicing. On the back, there is a balanced line-out for plugging the amp in a mixer and an LEC power cable port.

The 40-watt power is good for onstage and the amp can also be used as a monitor. But judging by the features that this amplifier has, it is intended for acoustic – vocal street performance so a big minus is the battery option. That’s why if you want to use this amp to play outdoors make sure to take a very long power cable with you.

Positives
  • Two dual inputs for both instruments and microphone
  • 40w power
  • Chorus and reverb effects
  • High-frequency response
Negatives
  • Not good for electric guitar
  • No battery power option
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Marshall Amps MG30GFX – Best rock/metal amp

Features

  • 10” custom 30-watt speaker
  • Clean, crunch, overdrive 1 and 2 for extra heavy sound
  • Chorus, phaser, flanger, delay, reverb, and octave digital effects
  • Dimensions: 19” x 9” x 17”
  • Weight: 24 pounds

Let’s start with the design. This boost has the legendary black and gold Marshall finish. It also has a pure 30-watt Marshall power coming from a 10” custom speaker.

The Marshall MG30GFX is a single input with four channels divided into two sections. In the first section, we have clean and crunch and in the second overdrive 1 and overdrive 2. Both channels are controlled with eight knobs. The standard-setting as with most amps, from left to right is gain, bass, middle, treble, reverb, volume, VX, and the master knob.

There are two types of reverb, studio and spring that can really add a new dimension to the possibilities. But the real fun is in the VX section where it has the most common guitar effects – chorus, phaser, flanger, delay, and octave.

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Above them are two buttons, one of which is to manually set the delay and the other is the store with four storage channels. Here you can save favorite combinations of effects so you don’t have to dial them every time you play. Finally, when these two keys are pressed at the same time, the most important thing comes on – the timer. The front of the amplifier also features an aux Input for jam tracks to play along, headphone output and footswitch for changing channels.

The Marshall MG30GFX amp looks great and sounds even greater. Perfect for practicing and rehearsals, especially for guitarists who love that classic hard rock/metal sound.

Positives
  • Multi digital effects
  • Convenient adjustments
  • Affordable price
  • Easy to transport
Negatives
  • Struggles with drums
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Fender Mustang I V2 – Best guitar amp with record function

Features

  • Modeling multi-effects amp
  • Comes with special Abelton live lite 8 Fender edition studio-quality recording software
  • USB connection for Mac or PC
  • 8” special Fender speaker
  • Total power of 20 watts
  • Dimensions: 8” x 16” x 15”
  • Weight: 17 pounds

Yet another Fender amp on the list. This one is for your studio so get your ideas together, find your favorite sound, record and share your music.

First of all, a few words about its purpose. This modeling amp comes with Ableton live lite 8 fender edition studio-quality recording software for Mac and PC. This gives you a pretty clear idea that it is an amp meant for recording. The amplifier has a USB port through which you connect it to your computer and use it as an audio interface. From there you can record, edit and store your music and also control all the effects on the amp.

The left part on top of the amp has the usual guitar and footswitch inputs, as well as the gain, volume, treble, bass and master knob. But the next feature is what this amp really is all about. Since it is a modeling amp, there are seventeen different types of amp and twenty-four presets, from the early 70s to now and in between.

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The next section is the effects. Here you will find all the effects you can think of, from chorus, phaser, flanger, rotary, uni-v, tremolo, vibrato, octave, delay, etc. They are easily controlled by using the knobs but the best value of these effects can be expressed through your computer. This is especially true for effects where it is important to adjust the rate, resonance, feedback, depth, peak, attack. This is the beauty of the modeling amps.

What is of little importance at this point is the aux input and headphone output and tuner on the amplifier. The amp has an 8” fender special speaker with 20w power. Enough for recording and practicing at home. The only thing our experts do not like is its look. Where did that Iconic Fender look go?

Positives
  • Great recording tool
  • USB connection
  • Multi-effects
  • Small and lightweight
Negatives
  • Just for home use
  • It’s a bit ugly
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Peavey Vypyr VIP 1 – Best multi-effects guitar, bass, and acoustic amp

Features

  • Modeling amp for electric, acoustic and bass guitar
  • 8” speaker
  • Total power of 20 watts
  • Multi-effects plus looper
  • USB connection for recording
  • Dimensions: 18” x 18” x 10”
  • Weight: 20 pounds

Peavey is one of the leaders when it comes to the production of music equipment and effects in the world. This has been proven over the years with so much quality equipment, and this amp is just another proof – the Peavey Vypyr VIP 1. And here’s the revolutionary part. This is the first modeling amp that is an electric, bass and acoustic guitar amp all in one. Pretty amazing, right?

The amplifier has four channels of which the upper two are for plugging in a guitar, then you have one for the acoustic guitar and then the lowest one is for plugging in the bass. After selecting the instrument, you can choose a simulation or pedal effect for the guitar on the inst/stomp section. Using your guitar here you can simulate acoustic, 12 string guitar, bass guitar, sitar, violin.

The most interesting part is choosing the amps where all the previous Peavey amp models are housed and each one has three different canals. You have the twin, the British amp sound but also an acoustic and bass Peavey amplifier. In other words, the amplifier has all the guitar amp sounds that you need.

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On the right side, you have the pre-gain, low, mid and high knobs as well as the master knob. And right there is the USB port through which the amplifier can be used for recording on your computer.

On the rear of the amplifier, there is a port for the low end when you use the bass guitar and remote switch for sampera (Peavey pedals) for the presets or a looper. But to access the presets and looper you need to buy the pedals separately. The amp has only 20 watts of power so you can’t really use it when playing with a band.

All in all, the Peavey is not a bad amp at all. Another super interesting option is the possibility of electric, acoustic and bass amp all in one. Even if the professionals don’t really see the need for such an amplifier, many hobbyists absolutely love it.

Positives
  • Multi-instrument (electric, acoustic and bass)
  • Multi-effects
  • USB port for recording
  • Compact and lightweight
Negatives
  • Not powerful enough
  • It’s a bit complicated when using the pedals
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Behringer Ultracoustic AT108 – Best tube sound acoustic guitar amp

Features

  • 8″ dual-cone speaker
  • Total power of 15 watts
  • Instrument and microphone input
  • VTC technology
  • Dimensions: 13” x 6.5” x 14”
  • Weight: 14 pounds

Here’s another well-known name in the music industry. Behringer has made this type of amplifier aimed at all vocalists and acoustic guitar lovers.

The Behringer Ultracoustic AT108 is a small compact instrumental / vocal amp. It has two canals, one for the guitar and one for the microphone with separate volume knobs. Besides these knobs, there are three more, standard low, mid and high knobs. The amp has an 8” original Bugera dual-cone speaker that delivers fresh sound and wide frequency response.

There is a CD input for external audio with songs to learn and practice. Also, there is a headphone output so you can play and write music all night long without disturbing anyone. However, what makes this special is the VTC (Virtual Tube Circuitry) technology. With this technology, the tone of the amplifier gets that rich and natural tube amp sound without the troublesome tubes.

The only problem is that there is no EQ for the microphone. Being portable means that the amp can constantly change environments and thus the conditions for the vocals. This means it won’t sound the same everywhere and without the low, mid and high options you might not be satisfied with the sound you get.

The speaker provides 15 watts of power which is not enough for all purposes, but enough for practice or even small performance. The amp is quite durable and because of its size and weight, you can use it almost anywhere.

Positives
  • VTC technology
  • Small and lightweight
  • Durable
  • Portable
  • CD with songs
Negatives
  • Two separate canals – one EQ
  • Not so powerful
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Yamaha THR5 – Best practice amp under $200

Features

  • Dimensions: 7” x 5” x 11”
  • Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Total power of 5 watts
  • Clean, crunch, lead, British and modern amp types
  • VCM technology
  • Tuner and metronome
  • Delay, reverb, chorus, flanger, phraser, and tremolo effects
  • USB connection port
  • Battery power supply

The list would not be complete without this giant manufacturer of musical instruments and equipment. You simply cannot talk about music gear without mentioning Yamaha. With their vast experience no wonder they have an amplifier for any purpose, even mini desktop amplifiers for practice.

The Yamaha THR5 is the little brother of the YHR10 with its smaller design, more compact and easier to carry. This vintage-looking amp includes 5 different amp types – clean, crunch, lead, British and modern. The amp features VCM technology so it has a warm and rich sound.

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There is a power switch and next to it is a button and an LED display. A single tap activates the time (metronome) and by holding the button it starts the tuner. Simple as that. Although it has a vintage look this amplifier has a fairly modern sound and many effects. They are all part of the knobs that control the tone. From left to right they are arranged with gain, master, tone, effect, delay and reverb, and volume.

The “effect” knob consists of chorus, flanger, phaser, and tremolo. The delay and reverb also have a few options – delay, del/rev, spring and hall. And of course, the other options on top of the amp are the guitar input, headphones output, USB, and the aux input.

One good feature of these amplifiers is that it can also work on batteries, which can come in handy and it definitely further increases the portability of the amp. Because of its size and portability, we think this is a very nice practicing tool.

Positives
  • Works on batteries
  • Great VCM sound
  • Metronome and tuner included
  • USB connection for recording
Negatives
  • Not powerful
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Sawtooth ST-AMP-10 – Best starter amp under $200

Features

  • 6.5” speaker
  • Total power of 10 watts
  • Dimensions: 11” x 5” x 11”
  • Weight: 6 pounds
  • Vinyl covered wooden frame
  • Reinforced handle

Sawtooth may not be among the most popular names in this category but it definitely has something to say when it comes to small, portable and affordable practice guitar tools.

This solid-state amp has a very simple design and performance. All the buttons and plugs for this amp are placed on the top of the box. Next to the handle is the input jack, the volume knob, and the drive select button. The clean and drive sound can be managed by gain, treble, middle and bass knobs.
Then there’s the headphone output and last, but certainly not least, the red power button switch.

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The amp has a 6.5” speaker with a total power of 10 watts. This might not be much, but it is enough for beginners practicing at home or for traveling. What gives it a place on this list? The price, the size, and the weight.

This amp usually comes with the Sawtooth starter pack which also includes a Sawtooth electric guitar, guitar bag, guitar stand, tuner, belt, and cable. But the amp is also very cost-effective even when purchased separately.

No aux input? So why do I need the headphone output? Judging by this, the amplifier is intended strictly for beginners who have just started with the first notes and chords. Once they are ready, they have the option to practice in front of a computer or buy a new one amp. Also, we would expect that an amp with such features to at least come with a battery power supply option. We don’t really recommend this amp to those practicing a lot, but it can be a gift for your child or an extra amp for home use.

Positives
  • Small size, lightweight
  • Cheap
  • Simple design
Negatives
  • Only 10w of power
  • No aux for audio devices
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Blackstar FLY3 – Best small amp

Features

  • 3” Blackstar speaker
  • Total power of 3 watts
  • Clean and overdrive canals
  • Unique Blackstar ISF technology
  • Battery-powered
  • Dimensions: 8” x 6” x 4”
  • Weight: 2 pounds

Blackstar does not stop surprising us with great and innovative ideas. One of them is the Blackstar Fly3 guitar amp. This is the smallest quality amp on the market. Due to its minimal dimensions, it weighs only 2lbs. The amp only has 3w power coming from a 3” unique Blackstar speaker but the volume is more than enough if you consider the dimensions.

On the top of the amp, it has the control section consisting of input for two canals: clean and overdrive. Next up is the gain, volume, EQ and delay knobs with the “tap to delay” button. Although the combination of only four knobs seems limited, it is not. This is due to ISF technology.

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ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) is a tone control knob patented by Blackstar. In this unique zero-turn system, you get a tight, focused, percussive response that is characteristic of American amplifiers. By turning it up to ten it sounds crunchier and warmer, a sound that is recognizable for British amps. The end effect is a huge selection of amp sounds, something similar to the modeling amps, but in a very different and original way.

As with the other amplifiers listed above, the inevitable part is the aux input and the headphone output. But unlike the others, the Blackstar amp is intended as an HQ speaker for phones, laptops, tablets, etc. What makes this mini amp complete is that it can be battery powered with six AA batteries.

We highly recommend this mini portable guitar amp for practicing or listening to music whenever and wherever you are.

Positives
  • Extra small and extra light
  • ISF technology
  • Great variety of sounds, from clean to heavy overdrive
  • Can be battery powered
  • Great for practicing
Negatives
  • Too small for gigs
  • Not powerful
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VOX Mini5 – Best battery-powered rhythm amp

Features

  • 6.5” speaker
  • Total power of 5 watts
  • USB connection for recording
  • Tuner, metronome, tempo 40 – 240 bpm
  • Microphone input
  • 11 types of amp models, 8 different effects, 99 rhythm patterns
  • Battery-powered
  • Dimensions: 11” x 11” x 7”
  • Weight: 8 pounds

Don’t think we’ve forgotten about Vox. Certainly, no list of amps would be complete without a Vox amp. The title speaks volumes about this phenomenal and very interesting piece of equipment. For starters, other than having the low power of 5w, everything else makes it an amp suitable for recording, playing outdoors, practicing and traveling.

This modal amp has eleven types of guitar amps, including all the iconic vox models with gain, tone, and volume to control them. There are also four different types of effects: compressor, chorus, flanger, tremolo plus delay with “tap to delay” button and four types of reverb.

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By now you must be saying, ok, but what’s the big deal? It’s just another modeling amp, after all.
Well, the x-factor is the rhythm section. Here you will find the two most important elements of music: tuner and metronome. Besides these, there is also rock, metal, R&B, jazz, latino, dance, etc. with two knobs for changing the tempo (from 40 to 240 bpm) and level. This is a really cool feature that helps to develop rhythm, so it is the perfect tool for practicing. Plus, you have the standard aux and headphone options.

The amp also has a microphone input so it is great for signers as well. What makes it great for street performance, besides the microphone and guitar, is the option of working using batteries. If you need a small and cheap amp suitable for any purpose, this versatile Vox model is all you need.

Positives
  • A great choice of amps and effects
  • Small and lightweight
  • Runs on batteries
  • Rhythm section with 99 different patterns
Negatives
  • Not loud enough
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Donner Electric DEA-1 – Best cheapest guitar amp

Features

  • 6.5” speaker
  • Total power of 10 watts
  • Dimensions: 14” x 14” x 10”
  • Weight: 11 pounds
  • Two channels: clean and booster

This is the cheapest decent amp that you can find on the market. Donner is a pretty good manufacturer of guitar accessories but surprisingly is not very popular with amplifiers. However, due to the price, this boost deserves a place on this list.

The options on this amplifier, as with the others on the list, are pretty simple. The input/output and knob section are on the front of the amp. Going from left to right, the first one is the guitar input. Following it are the gain knob, the on/off boost button, volume, treble, middle and bass knobs and on the right end are the aux input and the headphone output and of course, the power switch.

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Another one of its strengths, besides its price, is its durability. It is very durable so you do not have to worry about it falling and damaging easily, but this does not mean that you need to test it unnecessarily. It has a 6.5″ speaker which is still too big for a quieter amp (only 10w) and makes the amp heavier than it should be.

So, if you want to surprise someone by buying him or her a guitar amp, this is the one, for this price, you really can’t go wrong. Good for beginners and for practicing, mostly because of its affordability.

Positives
  • Very cheap
  • Durable
  • Simple adjustments
Negatives
  • Too big for a 10w amp
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Monoprice 611705 – Best tube amp under $200

Features

  • Tube amplifier
  • 8” Celestion super speaker
  • Total power of 5 watts
  • Dimensions: 12”x 12” x 8.6”
  • Weight: 13 pounds

So, what is Monoprice? This is the right place to search for the cheapest guitar stuff when you don’t have a lot of money to spend on gear or maybe even discover some hidden gem, who knows?
This SR tube amp from Monoprice might be that gem. This is a 5w tube power amp. It has two tubes, one 12AX7/ECC83 form the preamp section and the 6V6 tube for the amp section. The sound comes through an 8” Celestion super speaker which sounds great.

The tone is regulated by the volume and tone knobs. So, when the tube technology is turned on to the maximum the knob gets a beautiful, rich and natural distortion. In addition to the controls on the front, there is also the on/off switch and the guitar input. You will also find a button that when pressed it reduces the volume to 1 watt. Although it is a tube amp due to its small size it is quite solid and durable.

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Now the question is, is it worth buying the cheapest tube amp just for the sake of having a tube amp? As tube amps are quite expensive, you can buy a much better solid-state or modeling amp for the same price, but they don’t offer you this great tube technology.

The Monoprice tube amp has no aux and headphones, is not portable enough due to its size and weight (compared to other models on the list) and has the power of just 5w. What are the pros to this amp? Apart from the solid tube sound, the amplifier has little to offer. But if you are determined in buying a tube amp, at a low price, this one is for you.

Positives
  • Natural and rich tube sound
  • Natural distortion
  • Durable construction
Negatives
  • Not loud enough
  • No aux and headphone options
  • Not so portable

Buyer’s Guide

When you are not really planning on spending money on an amp, it is important to know what you are spending it on and what you are getting. Not every cheap amp has the same good/bad features.

Power

The conclusion from this analysis is that most of the amplifiers under $200 are small and lightweight and therefore have less power. That is why it is very rare that you will come across an amp that would be good for gigs at an affordable price. Good examples of such amps are the ZT lunchbox Junior and the Marshall MG30GFX.The third option is the Fender Acoustasonic for acoustic gigs. These amplifiers are powerful enough to be used in a drum band. An even rarer situation is to find an amplifier that is powerful enough and portable and at a low price. This is where the ZT Lunchbox Junior stands out from the rest.

Cheap amplifiers are often bought by street performers because no one wants to expose their favorite expensive amplifiers outside. It’s just not worth it. Listed above are some good examples of amplifiers suitable for street performances and home practicing.

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Portability

Another thing that is rare, but very useful, is the option for the amp to run on battery. This is perhaps the most useful thing for this purpose. Sometimes it is more valuable to be able to use the amplifier everywhere without problematic power cords than to have an amp that is lightweight and easy to transport to the right location. Plus, the amplifier should be as small as possible and easier to move from for the same purpose.

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Features for regular practicing

When it comes to choosing an amp for practicing, almost all of the amps on the list are great. The only amps that couldn’t compete are those who have no aux or headphone option. Normally, some of them have an advantage because of the effects. Mostly these are the modeling amps. The top contender for the best practice amp is the Vox Mini5 Rhythm modeling amp. We don’t have to remind you how important metronome practice is, right?

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Additional features

A new level is unlocked with amplifiers that have a USB port for connecting the amp and therefore the instrument to a recording program on a computer. These amps are ideal for recording and editing in home studios. The big contender here is the Fender Mustang. This amplifier has many effects that work best when connected to the computer.

Another feature that can set one amplifier apart is the option for a microphone. This would be ideal for both guitarists and vocalists.

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Conclusion

So, what’s the best? The answer is a question: In what? The key to the best choice is an understanding of purpose! Opt for an amplifier that will fulfill your needs and you won’t make a mistake.

If you still long for recommendations, we found that the most complete amp under $200 is the ZT Lunchbox Junior. This is mostly due to the impressive strength compared to the size of the amp. The second-best option is Marshall MG30GFX. Ideal for gigs due to its volume and powerful rock/metal sound. The Peavey Vypyr VIP 1 also deserves a place among the best amps under $200 due to the multitude of effects options, amps presets and the ability to plug into any type of guitar – electric, acoustic and bass.

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  1. I’m looking for a small and lightweight amplifier that has a good soud and will be perfect for home practice. Which one will you recommend?

    • Thank you for you question, Ryan! We’ll recommend you the number one amp in our list – ZT Amplifiers Lunchbox Junior. The Lunchbox is a small, portable, incredible-sounding guitar amp. This product will be great for recording and home use because it takes up almost no space. In addition to that it has simple flexible controls. It even recieved an award from Premier Guitar magazine in 2012! This stable amp is all you need to succeed in your creativity!

  2. I needed an amplifier for my acoustic guitar and I made my decision in favour of Fender Acoustasonic amp. Firstly I liked the ZT Amplifiers Lunchbox Junior, but after reading the comments I found that it won’t be perfect for the acoustic guitars, so I decided upon Fender. It’ s portable, with a good sound and with inputs for both microphone and guitar. Maybe it’s not the one for a large room and a gig, because it won’t have enough volume for it, but for someone who just wants to practice playing through a sound system this amp is a good product.

    • Thank you for your feedback, Justin! We happy you made the right choice! Hope our article was useful for you.

  3. I was really amazed by the VOX Mini5 amplifier! It sounds very big for a small amp! Very impressive product! It has a rhythm section with 99 different patterns what gives you a room for experiments. I use the microphone as well and so I play and sing through the same amp. VOX amp is a perfect one for me. Besides the microphone and guitar it works on batteries what automatically makes it suitable for any purpose! I like everything about it. Highly recommend!

    • Thank you for your respond, Tyler! We really appreciate it! Hope our article was useful for you.

  4. I am a biginner who is looking for a perfect amp. The Behringer Ultracoustic AT108 drew my attention because it’s written that it’s great for life performances and for practicing. But what does the VTC technology mean?

    • Thank you for your question, Brian! The VTC is a Virtual Tube Circuitry technology which gives you a great tube-like sound. Any guitarist wants his amp to have a good tone. This amp has a rich, harmonic character sound. Moreover, the CD input can be interesting for you as for beginner, because it allows you to play along with your favourite music! And the headphone output will be perfect if you need to play quitely, without disturbing the people around you. It is a beautiful-sounding amp for beginners!

      Let us know if we can answer any other of your questions!

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