Guitar Amp Heads

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About Guitar Amp Heads

Guitar amp heads are something we love here at guitarguitar. There is something magical about plugging a good guitar into a quality amp head & cabinet and enjoying pure valve tone and power. There is nothing else like it! These days the choice of brands and styles is pretty staggering and it's easy to get bamboozled by choice. Thankfully our staff are on hand both in stores and online to help guide you through the plethora of tone machines we have for sale.

We have amp heads by all of the big brands including Marshall, Orange, EVH and Mesa/Boogie but we also stock a huge range of more boutique, specialised amp heads by manufacturers such as Friedman, Bogner, Fryette and Victory Amps, to name but a few.

We have lots of full sized heads but we also carry a comprehensive range of smaller 'lunchbox' sized micro amps from brands including Orange, PRS and EVH. Not only that, we are fully committed to digital modelling technology and carry many digital products, not least the awesome range of Kemper profiling amps.

Whatever your modelling needs are, we have the solution! Browse our entire selection of guitar amps online and order for delivery to your door, or visit any of our stores where you can try out these amps in one of our special soundproofed demo rooms!

Frequently Asked Questions about Guitar Amp Heads

No, not at all! Just mix and match for your perfect set up. All connections are via quarter inch jack so there are no compatibility problems from brand to brand.
This actually changes frequently but one of the most consistently popular amps is the 'lunchbox' sized Orange Dark Terror. Its monster-sized gain and beefy low end are most surprising given its compact size.
Well, that involves a lengthy response to answer properly but in short, the Kemper is able to 'scan' all of the physical properties of any given amp and reproduce them virtually. It isn't just a matter of sampling a sound, but rather involves recreating all of the characteristics and subtleties of the physical performance of each amp it profiles. You can then save collections of these and have basically the world's greatest amp collection all stored in one handy device, ready to use. These results are unbelievable...you really need to experience one to believe it! We think ALL guitarists could benefit greatly from looking into this game-changing technology.
This is one of the most hotly contested areas for amplifier manufacturers. That vintage, classic rock tone with more than a hint of 'plexi' and 'British Invasion' combined with the 'Texas' sound...we all want it! It is worth trying out a lot of amps with your favourite guitar but we have a few superb suggestions to start you off. Each of these has its own take on classic tube tone and all deserve your undivided attention: Suhr Badger 35, Mesa/Boogie Fillmore FL-50, Friedman Mini Dirty Shirley, Bogner Shiva EL34.
We stock some of the best, most iconic metal/high-gain amp heads in existence! Each has its own unique sound and tonal properties but we would definitely invite you to try the following: EVH 5150 III 50w EL34 model, Orange Brent Hinds or Jim Root Terror heads, and Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier Solo Head. There are of course many other options but these three offer three distinct tonalities of 'heavy' as well as three different price points and therefore they are good way-markers in your search.
The physics behind impedance and ohmage goes a little beyond the scope of this Q+A but the way to keep it simple is this: keep the numbers the same. For example, if your amp head has a switchable impedance of 4, 8 or 16 ohms and your cabinet says 16 ohms on the back, just select 16 ohms on your amp and connect with full confidence! This is really the only way you'll get the amp to sound as it was intended to by the designers and that's kind of the whole point, isn't it? If the numbers are impossible to match (say the amp is only 16 ohms and the cab is only 4 ohms which is rather unlikely but warrants sharing regardless), we would recommend not connecting the two. Perhaps find a more suitable component, be it amp head or speaker cab. If in doubt, consult your manual, contact the manufacturer or ask us!