Best Solid-State Combo Amps

Solid-state guitar amps use solid-state technologies like transistors to amplify the signal. They have come a long way since they first came onto the market to replace and compete with the tube amps of the time.

Digital technology has made guitar amps lighter, more affordable, and easier to care for since you never have to replace the tube.

Although solid-state amplifiers have great benefits, many people have continued to prefer the sound that a tube amp makes. For years after their introduction, solid-state amps strived to achieve the same sound. Recent solid-state amps are delivering a sound all of their own and one that is even preferred by many.

Solid-state amps sound good at lower volumes, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some great sounding ones at the higher power end too.

Today we are taking a look at some of the best examples of sound making use of solid-state technology on the market today.


Marshall MG10CF

Power: 10 Watts
Speaker: 1×6.5″
Amplifier Type: Solid-state
Dimensions: 11.6 x 6.9 x 12.4 inches
Weight: 10.6 pounds

The Marshall MG10CF is the lowest powered model in Marshall’s MG series.  The controls are very basic but it does have a superior sound like all Marshall amps are famous for.

Read our Marshall MG10CF Review

 


Orange Crush 12

Power: 12 Watts
Speaker: 1×6″
Amplifier Type: Solid-state
Dimensions: 7.1 x 11.8 x 10.6 inches
Weight: 12.5 pounds

The Orange Crush 12 combo amp is well loved for the tone it delivers. It is a fun amp to use to and can get many different sounds.

 

 


Blackstar IDCORE

Power: 20 watts
Speaker: 1×10″
Amplifier Type: Solid-State
Dimensions: 18.9 x 9.4 x 16.1 inches
Weight: 8.9 pounds

The Blackstar IDCORE20 is a lightweight amp with a large variety of sounds and effects.

 

 


Marshall M30 CFX

Power: 30 Watts
Speaker: 1×10″
Amplifier Type: Solid-state
Dimensions: 18.9 x 8.8 x 16.5 inches
Weight: 23.8 pounds

The Marshall MG30CFX gives you the famous Marshall tone, as well as being full of effects to choose from

Read our Marshall MG30CFX Review

 


Orange Crush 35RT

Power: 35 Watts
Speaker: 1×10″
Amplifier Type: Solid-state
Dimensions: 17.32 x 15.75 x 9 inches
Weight: 25 pounds

The Orange Crush 35RT is a great-sounding, great-looking amp that is loud, full of custom features, and still compact and light enough to travel easily.

Read our Orange Crush 35RT Review

 


Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III

Power: 40 watts
Speaker: 1×12″
Amplifier Type: 2x12AX7 Dual Triodes
Dimensions: 26 x 12.5 x 22 inches
Weight: 57 pounds

The Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III is legendary for it’s warm, clean tones and tight overdrive.

 

 


Roland Cube 40GX

Power: 40 Watts
Speaker: 1×10″
Amplifier Type: Solid-state
Dimensions: 16.2 x 16.1 x 8.7 inches
Weight: 20.7 pounds

The Roland Cube 40GX has excellent effects, iphone compatibility, and a great design for portability.

 

 


Marshall MG102CFG

Power: 100 Watts
Speaker: 2×12″
Amplifier Type: Solid-state
Dimensions: 11.6 x 6.9 x 12.4 inches
Weight: 10.6 pounds

The Marshall MG102CFX offers 100 watts in a 2×12 combo with 4 programmable channels, effects, MP3 input and two-way footswitch included.

 

 


Quilter Labs MicroPro Mach 2

Power: 100 Watts
Speaker: 1×12″
Amplifier Type: Solid-state
Dimensions: 21.5 x 16.5 x 14 inches
Weight: 27 pounds

The Quilter Labs MicroPro Mach 2 is a powerful combo amp with two 100 Watt channels, which can be used together to get 200 watts.

 

 


Fender Champion 100

Power: 100 Watts
Speaker: 2×12″
Amplifier Type: Solid-state
Dimensions: 26 x 19 x 10.25 inches
Weight: 40 pounds

The Fender Champion 100 is a classic looking amp with dual channels and it’s clean sound makes it ideal for performances.

 

 


 

Solid state technology produces some excellent sounds and we encourage you to try all of these.  If you prefer the sound of tube amps, check out our picks for the Best Electric Guitar Combo Amps with Tube Technology

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