The Top 8 Guitar Amps Under $100 To Choose From

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So, you’re a musician on a budget. You’re not alone. Luckily, music companies know that there are a lot of starving artists out there, and they offer a wide range of decent amps under $100 to choose from.

From the hundreds of offerings, we’ve selected the top 8 amps in the industry. We’ll list them below in no particular order. If you’re in the market for a solution under $100, this is the only list that you’ll need to reference (some of the are almost as good as the $200 amplifiers bracket). Let’s get started.

List Of The 8 Best-Rated Guitar Amps For Under $100:

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Guitar Amps
Summary
Rating
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Line 6 Spider IV 15 15-watt 1x8 Modeling Guitar Amplifier
One of the more popular budget models that gets the job done.
4.9 Stars
Total of 4.9/5
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Marshall MG15CF MG Series 15-Watt Combo
Solid state Marshall that delivers a part of their legendary sound.
4.8 Stars
Total of 4.8/5
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Fender Champion 20
Lots of power pushed into a cheap but capable no-frills, compact design.
4.8 Stars
Total of 4.8/5
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Peavey Rage 258 25W 2 Channel
Basic, but comes with two channels and a decent EQ control cluster.
4.7 Stars
Total of 4.7/5
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Fender Frontman 10G
A lot of refined performance coming from a tiny 10 Watt amp.
4.6 Stars
Total of 4.6/5
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Pyle-Pro PVAMP60 60-Watt Vamp-Series
Great build quality and good enough performance at a very attractive price.
4.6 Stars
Total of 4.6/5
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Orange Crush 12 1x6" 12-Watt Combo
Standard Orange quality with a very refined character and a distinctive tone.
4.5 Stars
Total of 4.5/5
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Sawtooth ST-AMP-10ST-AMP-10 10-Watt
Super cheap model that brings an acceptable performance to the budget users.
4.4 Stars
Total of 4.4/5

Line 6 Spider IV 15 15-watt 1×8 Modeling Guitar Amplifier

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Features:4.9 Stars
Controls:4.9 Stars
Performance:4.9 Stars
Value:4.9 Stars
Average:4.9 Stars

With one small 8” speaker, 15 watts of power, and a back that’s closed ¾ of the way, the Line 6 Spider IV isn’t perfect to use when you need to turn it up to 11 at a major performance. However, it’s a great budget solution for small values, garage jam session,s or just practicing by yourself.

This one is a modeling amp, which means that it uses digital technology to amplify sound. There are six different preset effects for you to play with, and you can save up to four of your own settings to quickly switch to as well.

It’s a cheap, no-frills option… that works extraordinarily well for almost everything who has purchased it. In fact, despite being under $100, on the Amazon page, the Line 6 Spider IV commands a 4.5 star rating overall with 67% of people leaving 5-star reviews. And it doesn’t look half bad either.

We’re putting this one at #1 on our list of amps under $100 because it’s an easy choice, it is also a recommended pick for any of cheap electric guitars that we recommend. Musicians of all types love it, it’s cheap, it’s complete with features, and Line 6, the company that makes it, is known for its durable products.


Marshall MG15CF MG Series 15-Watt Combo

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Features:4.9 Stars
Controls:4.8 Stars
Performance:4.7 Stars
Value:4.8 Stars
Average:4.8 Stars

Looking for something a little flashier? The Marshall MG15CF is right up your alley. It’s still under $100, but it looks like it that costs much, much more than $100.

It’s a combo amp, which means it uses both tube and analog technology to amplify sound. Because of this, you can expect it to hold up for quite a while with absolutely no maintenance. You sacrifice the six effects included in #1 for a slightly-superior sound and durability.

As far as raw performance, the MG15CF has similar specs to #1 – 15 watts of power and one 8” speaker. Again, it’s enough for practicing and some playing, but it’s not something you want to bring to a large venue. You can choose between two different channels to change your sound as well.

Overall, get the MG15CF MG if you’re someone who cares a lot about a good sound and not so much about being able to use special effects.


Fender Champion 20

Features:4.8 Stars
Controls:4.9 Stars
Performance:4.7 Stars
Value:4.8 Stars
Average:4.8 Stars

Gain, volume, treble/mid/bass, FX select, and FX volume. That’s what you get with the Champion 20 – a sleek, high-quality amp that’s extremely easy to use and configure, even if this is your first time buying one.

As with #1 and #2, there is a single 8” speaker and 15 watts of power. However, reviewers seem to think that this amp can get louder than similar models with similar specs – you can read the reviews to see what we’re talking about.

One cool feature is the AUX support. You can plug in your phone, play some music, and jam out to the songs as if you were in the actual band. Most cheap options can’t do this.

The Champion 20 is affordable, easy to use, and can get really loud without sacrificing sound quality. Highly recommended for anyone who wants an amplifier that’s ready to go out of the box with impeccable sound.


Peavey Rage 258 25W 2 Channel

Features:4.7 Stars
Controls:4.8 Stars
Performance:4.6 Stars
Value:4.7 Stars
Average:4.7 Stars

We know, we know… $129.99 isn’t under $100. Well, it didn’t quite make the cut, but we thought we’d include it because it’s only slightly over and it’s a solid cheap amplifier.

If you look at the pictures, you’ll see that there are quite a few options on the 258 25W. There are two switchable channels (clean and lead) as well as a 3-band EQ.

But the 258 25W really shines when it comes to preamp – there are two different dials that you can turn for the perfect sound. This is a feature that the $99 amps above don’t have.

If you’re okay with spending a little extra for a slightly more controlled sound, the 258 25W is for you. If you’re really trying to stick to under $100, pick a different model on this list.


Fender Frontman 10G

Features:4.7 Stars
Controls:4.5 Stars
Performance:4.6 Stars
Value:4.6 Stars
Average:4.6 Stars

That being said, the Frontman 10G is still fairly impressive. With 10 watts and a single 6” speaker, you can still get decent sound at a moderate volume without distortion. And because of the closed back, you get a full bass sound. (With speakers smaller than 8”, bass is often a concern.)

It’s only one channel, so if you’re going for a precise, calculated sound, this is not the one for you. But that’s really the only downside.

The upside, of course, is that it’s about as expensive as a few large pizzas. We’d recommend getting this amp if you’re just getting your foot in the door with guitar or you need a cheap, lightweight box that you don’t have to worry about damaging.


Pyle-Pro PVAMP60 60-Watt Vamp-Series

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Features:4.6 Stars
Controls:4.6 Stars
Performance:4.6 Stars
Value:4.6 Stars
Average:4.6 Stars

With the PVAMP60 from Pyle-Pro, you have the option to purchase the 20-watt, 40-watt, or 60-watt version for $58.03, $63.85, and $85.60, respectively. Existing customers have been happy with every variation, and they say the only difference in the models is the max volume it can get to.

As with the other models under $100 on this list, the PVAMP60 features one 8” speaker, a 3-band EQ, and controls for gain. In addition to that, there are two different channels, and reviewers say that each one sounds phenomenal.

The PVAMP60 is a little bit different from the others on this list because it’s built to last. At 22 lbs, this isn’t a flimsy piece of plastic. It comes with metal corner guards already installed, and reviewers have said that their PVAMP60s have withstood some serious damage and still sounded perfectly.

Get the PVAMP60 if you’re looking for something that won’t break on you. It has similar features to the rest of the affordable picks on this list, but the durability of it is what sets it apart.


Orange Crush 12 1×6″ 12-Watt Combo

Features:4.4 Stars
Controls:4.5 Stars
Performance:4.5 Stars
Value:4.6 Stars
Average:4.5 Stars

This is certainly a unique-looking amplifier – instead of trying to be cool with black and silver, Orange makes all of its products a certain bright color. (You guessed it – that color is orange.)

It’s made for beginners. There’s just one 6” speaker and 12 watts of power inside. That being said, the quality of the materials is unmatched. At low volumes, the Orange Crush 12 can produce superior sounds over the rest on this list.

If you’ll be using your amp for practice or strictly playing at low volumes, get this orange amplifier. It’s easy to carry around, produces a great sound at a low volume, doesn’t cost much, and looks very cool.


Sawtooth ST-AMP-10ST-AMP-10 10-Watt

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Features:4.4 Stars
Controls:4.3 Stars
Performance:4.2 Stars
Value:4.7 Stars
Average:4.4 Stars

This is the cheapest guitar amp we could find. Seriously, you do not get cheaper than under $40.

This is a barebones amplifier. 10 watts of power and one 6.5” speaker means that you need to keep the decibel level relatively low if you want a good sound.

Surprisingly, though, there is still a 3-band EQ and controls for gain. No effects or channels, but the adjustable features that are included will allow you to fine-tune your sound a little bit.

There’s really not much else to say about this amplifier – the ST-AMP-10ST-AMP-10 is the most basic unit you can buy. Get it if you just want an amplifier to make your guitar work and don’t necessarily care about sound quality or volume.


Last Words

On cheap amps like these, your best bet is finding one that looks good to you and just taking the plunge. There’s no point in spending weeks trying to decide on something that’s costing you under $100. And we always recommend to try something cheap before you crank $1000 on a top rated amp.

Scroll up, look through all the options one more time, and make your selection based on the specs of the amp and our analysis behind each one. If you need some more information on the types of amp, check out our guide again.

Comments

  1. Scott Sailer says:

    No Berhinger products? The VIRTUBE VT15CD fits right under that Marshall at 119, and WAY more for your money than the rest of the offerings at a great price. Or does this go to the under 200? but there are better offerings at that point for the Bugera line.

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