Guitar amplifiers are described by their overall tone and general design. Some common guitar amplifier types include:
Blackface Guitar Amplifiers (click here again to close tab).

Blackface refers to American combos made during the mid-1960s that are loud and clean, with tight lows, and late onset of distortion. 4 x 10" combos sound sweet, with a well-balanced tone that is also excellent for creating lush, reverb-drenched chords or strident solos. A 1 x 12" combo is smooth and rich-sounding, with a high degree of detail. A 2 x 12" combo has a loud, almost hi-fi clean tone, that is also percussive, with an articulate attack; it can be crunchy when overdriven. A 1 x 10" combo is bright and open-sounding, with an extreme amount of low-end impact; it offers veery clean tones with just an edge of overdrive. A 1 x 15" combo has a clear top end with a tight, defined low end.


Blackface style amplifier with a single 10" speaker cabinet. CLEAN.


Blackface style amplifier with a 4x10" speaker cabinet. CLEAN.


Blackface style amplifier with a 4x10" speaker cabinet. CRUNCH.


Blackface style amplifier with a 4x10" speaker cabinet. DISTORTION.


Blackface style amplifier with a 4x10" speaker cabinet. DISTORTION.


Blackface style amplifier with a 4x10" speaker cabinet. REVERB.


British Sound Guitar Amplifiers (click here again to close tab).
British Sound refers to combos made in the UK that have small-diameter dust caps and heavy paper cone speakers. This creates a distinctive "brash," very bright treble that is rarely harsh or shrill because of their sweet distortion
and smooth, natural-sounding compression.

British style amplifier with a single 12" speaker cabinet. More like a modern-production amplifier. CLEAN.

British style amplifier with a single 12" speaker cabinet. More like vintage amplifiers. CLEAN.


British style amplifier with a 2x12" speaker cabinet. Blues variant. CLEAN.


British style amplifier with a 2x12" speaker cabinet. CLEAN.



British style amplifier with a 2x12" speaker cabinet. More like vintage amplifiers. CLEAN.



British style amplifier with a 2x12" speaker cabinet. More like vintage amplifiers. CLEAN.



British style amplifier with a 2x12" speaker cabinet. More like a modern-production amplifier. CLEAN.



British style amplifier with a 2x12" speaker cabinet. More like a modern-production amplifier. CLEAN.


British style amplifier with a 2x12" speaker cabinet. More like a modern-production amplifier. CLEAN.


British style amplifier with a 4x12" speaker cabinet. More like a modern-production amplifier. CLEAN.

British style amplifier with a 4x12" speaker cabinet. More like vintage amplifiers. CLEAN.


British style amplifier with a 2x12" speaker cabinet. CRUNCH.


British style amplifier with a 2x12" speaker cabinet. DISTORTION.


British style amplifier with a 2x12" speaker cabinet. DISTORTION.


British style amplifier with a 2x12" speaker cabinet. REVERB.


Brownface Guitar Amplifiers (click here again to close tab).
Brownface refers to American combos made during the mid-1960s that are loud and clean, with tight lows, and late onset of distortion. 4 x 10" combos sound sweet, with a well-balanced tone that is also excellent for creating lush, reverb-drenched chords or strident solos. A 1 x 12" combo is smooth and rich-sounding, with a high degree of detail. A 2 x 12" combo has a loud, almost hi-fi clean tone, that is also percussive, with an articulate attack; it can be crunchy when overdriven. A 1 x 10" combo is bright and open-sounding, with an extreme amount of low-end impact; it offers veery clean tones with just an edge of overdrive. A 1 x 15" combo has a clear top end with a tight, defined low end.


Brownface style amplifier with a single 12" speaker cabinet. CLEAN.


Brownface style amplifier with a single 15" speaker cabinet. CLEAN.


Brownface style amplifier with a 4x12" speaker cabinet. CRUNCH.


Brownface style amplifier with a 4x12" speaker cabinet. DISTORTION.


Brownface style amplifier with a 4x12" speaker cabinet. REVERB.


Brownface style amplifier with a 4x12" speaker cabinet. VIBRATO.

Plexi Guitar Amplifiers (click here again to close tab).
Plexi refers to American made amplifiers, especially those made by Marshall, manufactured in the late-1960s and early-1970s that are extremely clean, almost as clean as hi-fi amplifiers, with extended range speakers that are often the same as those used in quality PA systems. Detailed, with a late onset of distortion, a Plexi style amplifier is very versatile misically.


Plexi style amplifier with a single 8" speaker cabinet. CLEAN.


Plexi style amplifier with a single 12" speaker cabinet. CLEAN.


Plexi style amplifier with a 2x12" speaker cabinet. Has elements of British blues sound. CLEAN.


Plexi style amplifier with a 4x12" speaker cabinet. CLEAN.


Silverface Guitar Amplifiers (click here again to close tab).
Silverface refers to American combos made during the mid-1960s that are loud and clean, with tight lows, and late onset of distortion. 4 x 10" combos sound sweet, with a well-balanced tone that is also excellent for creating lush, reverb-drenched chords or strident solos. A 1 x 12" combo is smooth and rich-sounding, with a high degree of detail. A 2 x 12" combo has a loud, almost hi-fi clean tone, that is also percussive, with an articulate attack; it can be crunchy when overdriven. A 1 x 10" combo is bright and open-sounding, with an extreme amount of low-end impact; it offers veery clean tones with just an edge of overdrive. A 1 x 15" combo has a clear top end with a tight, defined low end.


Silverface style amplifier with a 2x12" speaker cabinet. CLEAN.


Silverface style amplifier with a 2x12" speaker cabinet. CRUNCH.


Silverface style amplifier with a 2x12" speaker cabinet. DISTORTION.


Silverface style amplifier with a 2x12" speaker cabinet. REVERB.


Silverface style amplifier with a 2x12" speaker cabinet. TREMOLO.

Small Studio Combo Guitar Amplifiers (click here again to close tab).
Extremely versatile amplifiers intended for studio recording use that are designed with flexible settings so that the amplifier can mimic almost any style of amplifier without having to be excessively loud. Studio style combos are also made with attention to low noise and the ability to "patch in" various effects easily.

Studio combo style amplifier with a single 8" speaker cabinet. CLEAN.


Studio combo style amplifier with a 2x12" speaker cabinet. CLEAN.