MIA Awards 2013: Total Guitar Amplifier of the Year Award

15th Nov 2013 | 08:05

MIA Awards 2013: Total Guitar Amplifier of the Year Award
The contenders

Back in October, we asked for your help in narrowing down our long list of 2013's best guitar amplifiers to a more reasonable 10-product shortlist. You voted in your droves, and now we can unveil - in alphabetical order - the final shortlist for the Total Guitar Amplifier of the Year Award.

The winning amp will be announced in London on 4 December at the prestigious MIA Awards ceremony.

Run in conjunction with the UK's Music Industries Associaton (MIA), the awards are designed to celebrate the very best in performance, quality, value for money and retail success. The shortlist recognises the finest products to have come to market since November 2012, but is in alphabetical rather than ranked order. Browse the gallery to see the hardware that made the final list!

MIA Awards 2013: Total Guitar Amplifier of the Year Award
Blackstar ID:260TVP
Brit valve amp company goes digital... with a difference

Our verdict

"Give the ID Series a spin with an open mind and you might not think you need those hot glass bottles after all..."

FULL REVIEW: Blackstar ID:260TVP

(Reviewed in Total Guitar)

MIA Awards 2013: Total Guitar Amplifier of the Year Award
Hayden Mini MoFo
A grab-and-go guitar amp

Our verdict

"There's very little to grumble about and for grab-and-go use this head is excellent."

FULL REVIEW: Hayden Mini MoFo

(Reviewed in Guitarist)

MIA Awards 2013: Total Guitar Amplifier of the Year Award
Laney Ironheart IRT-Studio
Feature-packed, rack-mounted head

Our verdict

"A cleverly designed product that looks set to find many friends in the home-recording/demo- studio market."

FULL REVIEW: Laney Ironheart IRT-Studio

(Reviewed in Guitarist)

MIA Awards 2013: Total Guitar Amplifier of the Year Award
Marshall DSL40C
A 'modern classic' guitar amp updated

Our verdict

"Undoubtedly one of the most compelling sub-£700 combos around."

FULL REVIEW: Marshall DSL40C

(Reviewed in Total Guitar)

MIA Awards 2013: Total Guitar Amplifier of the Year Award
Marshall SL5
Slash's new signature combo amp

Our verdict

"This is a truly superb little amp, and for all-out rawk, it's the ultimate practice tool."

FULL REVIEW: Marshall SL5

(Reviewed in Total Guitar)

MIA Awards 2013: Total Guitar Amplifier of the Year Award
Mesa/Boogie Express Plus 5:50
The ultimate all-round amp?

Our verdict

"Useful and worthwhile upgrades to a class-leading all-rounder."

FULL REVIEW: Mesa/Boogie Express Plus 5:50

(Reviewed in Guitarist)

MIA Awards 2013: Total Guitar Amplifier of the Year Award
Orange OR100H
Premium tones in a premium head

Our verdict

"Orange's considerable heritage and contemporary ingenuity distilled into a world-beating pro valve head."

FULL REVIEW: Orange OR100H

(Reviewed in Guitarist)

MIA Awards 2013: Total Guitar Amplifier of the Year Award
Peavey Vypyr VIP 1
Make way for the mini VIP

Our verdict

"It's no small task trying to cover all the bases like this, but with the VIP 1, Peavey has done an admirable job of making it look rather easy."

FULL REVIEW: Peavey Vypyr VIP 1

(Reviewed in Total Guitar)

MIA Awards 2013: Total Guitar Amplifier of the Year Award
Vox AC4C1-BL
A new mini-combo that sounds as good as it looks

Our verdict

"What's not to like (providing you're not changing valves in a hurry)?"

FULL REVIEW: Vox AC4C1-BL

(Reviewed in Guitarist)

MIA Awards 2013: Total Guitar Amplifier of the Year Award
Yamaha THR10X
Yamaha's mini-amp shows its metal

Our verdict

"The THR hits the spot for metal tones, home use and recording - check it out now."

FULL REVIEW: Yamaha THR10X

(Reviewed in Guitarist)

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