While amps are vital for every style and genre metal is probably one of the music genres that benefits the most from a good amplifier. While pedals are vital for your performance without a quality amplifier you can forget about that perfect, punchy tone that makes or breaks the deal. Guitar amps for metal might be a bit more niche than a list of the best electric guitar amplifiers, but if you are sure that metal is your passion than going for a model that is made specifically for it will make your experience more enjoyable. But do not think that there is a lack of choice in this category. In fact, you might actually have a problem with choosing out of too many options. Some of the best manufacturers like Marshall and Peavey have been making the best guitar amplifiers for metal. While it might be a bit intimidating and overwhelming at first you will figure things out. And to do so check out this five amps that we have chosen. While metal amps might cost a bit more we have tried to incorporate some of the cheaper models as well.
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Top 5 Best Metal Guitar Amps
|1||Marshall JVM-410H Joe Satriani Signature||(4.9 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|2||Randall THRASHER||(4.9 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|3||EVH 5150III||(4.8 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|4||BUGERA TRIREC INFINIUM||(4.8 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|5||Peavey 6505+ 112||(4.8 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
It is not a big secret that metal needs pedals, but a lot of people concentrate more on pedals and get a basic amplifier without realizing that a good amp will elevate your performance and work better with pedals of your choice (to learn more about pedals look at our article about the best pedals). No one has an unlimited budget for their amps. Even the top metal players have some limit. It might be a lot higher than yours but no one is going to or wants to pay more than is due. That is why the key of buying a good amp for metal is not as much about the cost as it is about the variety of effects and features and how they fit your style and choice of the subgenre.
First of all, as already mentioned, determine your budget. That might seem like an easy task. You will look into your account and go “the cheaper, the better” but trust me, saving up a bit more for a while and getting a better amp will save you money in long run. Know how you will be using your amp. Will you be practicing at home most times and not doing any gigs? Then you do not need to get an amp with high wattage. Are you just a beginner with a pretty cheap guitar? Then unloading thousands on an amp won’t do you any good. But if you plan on gigging and in a band you have to consider wattage, effects, and combinations with pedals that you already have or will buy. The other concern is what a beginner metal guitar amplifier is. Beginner amps are usually synonymous with cheap but do not look at it that way. If you are actually a beginner look at the effects and basic features as well as ease of maintenance and controls. While the more expensive amps have more effects and presets, you might not even be using most of them in the first couple of months of your playing. Figure out what presets work the best for you and when the time come get a better amp that will have all the presets that you have been dreaming of.
You have, hopefully, decided on which subcategory of metal you want to play (or several categories). Metal is a like a tree with a hell load of different branches. All these branches are very niche and specific to amp requirements. For instance, if you are going to play heavy metal make sure you have an amp that can create crunch, distortion and have features that will allow for great solos. For Thrash, you will need something with good gain and balances mids. There are so many other genres like Goth, dark, doom, metalcore and all of them can be played on a metal-friendly amplifier but the more you know about the specific subgenre the better equipped you will be to find an amplifier that suits the genre.
Talking about the best guitar amplifier for metal is not an easy thing to do for several reasons. First of all, there is no one best amp for metal. Second of all, metal is not just one homogenous genre that accommodates all amps and techniques. As I have said, when looking into amps know your genre or at least several subgenres that you might be interested in. Learn more about specific effects (maybe pedals) necessary for that category and then it might be a bit easier to hone down on just a few models. Trust me, there are a lot – even too many – amps that are metal-friendly. Do not go just for the most affordable amp or for one that is made by a well-known brand. A lot of lesser known (to mainstream public) brands make the best, niche metal amps that you might not even have heard of. Of course, just an amplifier won’t do you good. You have to have a metal guitar that perfectly complements the amplifier (or vice versa). If you do not have a guitar yet, look through our articles about the best guitars for metal.