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The Top 5 Best Small All-Valve Guitar Head Amps

Published: Mon August 10, 2009  News Feed

The Top 5 Best Small All-Valve Guitar Head Amps

By Hugh McKenna

Best Small Valve Tube Low Wattage Amps

Updated for 2014

The amp stack is where it's at, many guitarists would tell you. And here's a look at some very affordable, but quite excellent, small all-valve amp heads, which are ideal for the gigging musician on the go.

This little buying guide will highlight the best head amp choices for you...enjoy!

The Top 5 Guitar Head Amps at Dolphin

Marshall Amps, Accept No Substitute

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The Loudest of the bunch...Marshall 2061X Handwired 20W Amp

You will notice that it says small, not cheap. But you get what you pay for in this life, as my old man says. What you pay for with the 2061X (indeed any Marshall amp) authentic British tone and handwiring on the 2061X.

Even the best boutique can only hope to match a Marshall, never bettered. It's quite compact as well and at 20W will rock a small gig.

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Blackstar All Tube All Metal All The Time

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Blackstar HT Metal 1H Guitar

Blackstar are the new kids on the block when it comes to amps but they've already made a big name for themselves. Just check out any festival stage this year and you'll see (literally) stacks of 'em.

This small head is a bit more dedicated than the rest. Intended to ensure it's your guitar and not yoru neighbours that's screaming. At 1 watt, with Silent Record features it's perfect for home and studio.

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Laney Cub All Tube Head

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the best valueLaney Cub All-Tube Head 15W

The third pick and we're staying British with the Laney Cub Head. It's frankly disgusting value for money with enough power to get your heard in a jam with the band.

On top of it's 15 watts it's also equipped with a reverb and full EQ. No faffing around with a single knob which doesn't give you a tone to set your pants on fire. Full fat amp, little price.

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Ibanez Tube Screamer Amp Head Pedal

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The one with in-built FX!Ibanez Tube Screamer 15W Head

A Tubescreamer pedal and an all valve amp head in one! The TS pedal has long been famous for tightening up tone before hitting warm valves. Just ask SRV or any number of metal guitarists.

Now you get both in one, at a price similar to the other amps in this selection. The 6V6 valves give it a bit more of a beefy, American character too if needed.

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Orange Tiny Terror - small, loud and already legendary

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The new classic!Orange Tiny Terror

Small, loud and already legendary, the Orange Tiny Terror is without any doubt one of the most popular head amps we sell. Why? This very versatile workhorse won't let you down in recording sessions or at gigs, and it's quite affordable, too!

The Tiny Terror is ideal for any guitarist seeking professional grade tube tone at a price range that won't break the bank.

With 15 watts of available Class A valve power, the Tiny Terror is a highly versatile workhorse suited to a myriad of guitar playing scenarios.

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Need A Cab?

There's a range of suitable guitar cabs to pick from below, or just give us a call and we'll set you up.

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