Desktop guitar amps that deliver excellent sound in a more convenient package

Small amps, big sounds.

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Smaller amps for when you don't have the room.Markus Spiske via Unsplash

Getting the perfect guitar tone doesn’t always require a heavy amp. If you’ve got limited space, can’t play at blaring volumes, or simply don’t want to lug something around that weighs half your body weight, getting a desktop amp might be the move for you. The biggest names in guitar amps are now making lightweight models designed to sound like their larger, louder counterparts. Especially useful for easy recording and casual jams, these little amps can pump out some serious tones. Many of them are also Bluetooth compatible and can be paired with apps on your mobile devices—something you can’t say about any vintage tube rig. Here are some of our favorite desktop amps on the market right now.

Yamaha THR10II WL Desktop Amp

Yamaha THR10II WL Desktop Amp

Wireless amp for playing anywhere.Amazon

This desktop model is designed to look like a vintage amp, and it simulates the sounds of 15 guitar amps, 3 bass amps, and 3 acoustic-electric mics. It can achieve tones suited to any genre with built-in essential effects like reverb and crunch, and it has an onboard tuner for added convenience. The THR’s rechargeable battery allows you to take this wireless amp far from the usual confines of electric guitar playing. When in the studio, the amp pairs easily to your devices and DAW via Bluetooth or USB. Its audio can also be captured and edited using a THR remote app made specifically for the amp.

Fender Mustang GT 40 Bluetooth Enabled Solid State Modeling Guitar Amplifier

Fender Mustang GT 40 Bluetooth Enabled Solid State Modeling Guitar Amplifier

Sculpt your tone with Fender's app.Amazon

Fender makes some of the most well-respected amps on earth, and this little amp modeler masterfully impersonates all of them. Preset tones are controlled on a small colorful screen and can be edited to match your exact needs via the nifty Fender tone app. The app even has custom artist presets developed by famous guitarists like Gary Clarke Jr and The Edge. The Mustang GT connects to your DAW via USB or Bluetooth and can even connect to Wi-Fi to download updates.

Vox Adio Air GT 50W 2x3 Bluetooth Modeling Guitar Combo Amplifier

Vox Adio Air GT 50W 2x3 Bluetooth Modeling Guitar Combo Amplifier

You can also use this amp as a Bluetooth speaker.Amazon

This expert amp modeler closely matches tones from iconic Vox models like the AC30. You can use the factory preset tones or create your own presets using effects such as flanger, phaser, delay, and reverb. It has two speakers and can pair with your devices via Bluetooth or USB for playback and recording. It also has an onboard tuner, headphone jack, and aux in.

Marshall Code 50-50-watt 1x12" Digital Combo Amp

Marshall Code 50-50-watt 1x12" Digital Combo Amp

So many options.Amazon

With 100 presets, 24 effects that can be used 5 at a time, gain and EQ, you can get an endless number of unique sounds out of this box o’ rock. Marshalls are best known for being great hard rock amps, and this desktop version is no different. The gain is beautifully crunchy, and it gets loud for its small size. The amp also features iOS and Android compatibility. It can be connected via Bluetooth or USB. It also has an AUX input, headphone output, and onboard tuner.