Amp buying guide: best serious project studio amps

13th Dec 2012 | 13:22

Amp buying guide: best serious project studio amps
Serious project studio amps
The best sounding boxes for the home studio of your dreams

When it comes to recording, guitarists are - rightly - extremely picky about the amps their choose to use. Deciding on the amplifier you're going to commit to for your precious project studio - you know, the one you've been planning, saving for and building for years - is therefore no small decision.

That's where we come in. We've considered the options and filtered them through our patented Amp-o-meter (patent pending) in order to give you a selection of what we think are the best small recording amps out there. They won't break the bank (or your back for that matter), but they will give you the tones you're looking for.

Amp buying guide: best serious project studio amps
Marshall Class 5
£330/$532 (approx.)

There’s no messin’ with the Class 5 – just plug in, turn up, wig out: exactly as it should be. Classic Marshall tone in a quality five-watt all-valve package. Very hard not to love, albeit very light on features.

TYPE: Valve combo

OUTPUT: 5 watts

SPEAKERS: 1x10” Celestion G10-15

WEIGHT: 15kg/33lbs

Full Marshall Class 5 review

Amp buying guide: best serious project studio amps
Egnater Tweaker 15
£359/$578 (approx.)

This little amp’s range and capability is going to appeal to a very broad range of players, from amateur bedroom heroes to professionals working in the most demanding live or studio environments.

TYPE: Valve head

OUTPUT: 15 watts

SPEAKERS: N/A

WEIGHT: 10kg/22lbs

Full Egnater Tweaker 15 review

Amp buying guide: best serious project studio amps
Vox AC15 C2
£720/$1160 (approx)

That harmonically rich drive (that was never supposed to be there!) is the key characteristic latter day, non-master volume AC users find hardest to replicate. The simple fact is that with this, you can do just that.

TYPE: Valve combo

OUTPUT: 15 watts

SPEAKERS: 2x12” Celestion G12M Greenback

WEIGHT: 30kg/66.5lbs

Full Vox AC15 C2 review

Amp buying guide: best serious project studio amps
Fender Blues Jr III
£724/$1167 (approx.)

It’s one of the best-selling amps in the world – and no wonder: it’s got great clean tone and offers a wealth of medium drive tones for blues and rock. It’ll cope with small pub and club gigs with ease.

TYPE: Valve combo

OUTPUT: 15 watts

SPEAKERS: 1x12” Fender/Eminence Lighting Bolt

WEIGHT: 14kg/31lbs

Amp buying guide: best serious project studio amps
Kemper Profiling amp
£1,299/$2094 (approx.)

A product that finally delivers on the promise of digital modelling. A truly revolutionary piece of kit for serious recording guitarists and producers. You have to try it to believe it.

TYPE: Digital profiling amp

OUTPUT: N/A

SPEAKERS: N/A

WEIGHT: 5kg/11lbs

Full Kemper Profiling amp review

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