4 Famous Guitar Amps You Should Know

In some recent JamPlay blog posts, we’ve talked about different types of guitars you’ll see on the stage, as well as famous guitar pedals that shaped history. But it’s also important to mention that there is a third component to getting the guitar tone you’re looking for: a guitar amplifier. And there are so many different guitar amps to choose from; the customization possibilities are endless. But, only a handful have gained icon status and earned the favor of some of history’s most legendary players. Let’s take a look at four famous guitar amps you should know!

fender twin reverb guitar amp
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Fender Twin Reverb Guitar Amp

Fender’s Twin Reverb is probably the most famous guitar amp in terms of achieving a clean tone. Introduced during Fender’s “Blackface era” (during which amps featured black faceplates) in the 1960s, the Twin Reverb is revered for its amazing onboard spring reverb. You’ve probably heard this legendary amps tone if you’ve listened to enough music White Stripes, Stevie Ray Vaughan, or even B.B. King.

Although an original 1965 Fender Twin Reverb would run you about $3000-$5000, you can get your hands on a reissue of this classic for under $1950 on Sweetwater! This reissue is particularly exciting because of Fender’s dedication to recreating the mid-’60s technical setup that players originally fell in love with.


Marshall Plexi Guitar Amp
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Marshall 1959 Super Lead 100 Watt Plexi

Contrary to what its title may suggest, the Marshall 1959 was actually introduced in 1965 and was produced until 1981. This guitar amp’s conception was a result of The Who’s legendary guitarist, Pete Townshend requested that Marshall make a 100 watt amplifier. The 100 watt Plexi edition of the Marshall 1959 is famous for being the quintessential rock guitar amp, and was also used by both Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix.

If you are seeking a monstrous amount of volume and the ultimate rock tone, you can find a hand-wired reissue of the Marshall 1959 on Sweetwater.


vox ac30 guitar amp
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Vox AC30 Guitar Amp

According to legend, the 30 watt version of Vox’s AC line resulted from Cliff Richard’s guitarist, Hank Marvin requesting an amp that was loud enough to be heard over the cacophony of screaming showgoers. Vox has released several technically different models of the AC30 since its debut in 1959. Its cabinet design was updated in 1960 to what you see in the image above, and essentially hasn’t changed since. This guitar amp has been favored by guitar legends such as George Harrison, John Lennon, Brian May, and Bill Wyman, and continues to be a popular pick for guitarists.

You can find great deals on various Vox AC30 models on Sweetwater! Newer versions of this amp are technically reissues, but still perform just as well.


roland jc-120 guitar amp
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Roland JC-120 Guitar Amp

The Roland Jazz Chorus (JC) series probably contains the most versatile set of amplifiers on this list. The JC-120 got its name because of the chorus effect built into the guitar amp. However, this combination amp is most famous for its clean tones across varying genres. Having been favored by Andy Summers of The Police and Albert King, but also by Metallica guitarists James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett, this champ of an amp is suitable for any style of playing.

You can even find one for under $1250 on Sweetwater. Yes, this is a link to the original – no reissues on this one!


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