Valve Combo Guitar Amplifiers

This page focuses on Valve Combo Guitar Amplifiers which include a fully valve circuit design with tubes in the pre-amplifier section and the power output section. The guitar amplifier circuit is then combined with the speaker cabinet within the same wooden cabinet, making it a combo (Amplifier plus Speaker). Combo guitar amplifiers come in a wide range of sizes and outputs from small practice guitar amps, 1w to 10w, to big 100w units with multiple speakers.

Practice Valve Combo Guitar Amplifiers

A small 5w vintage valve guitar amplifier combo featured on many famous recordings by players like Chuck Berry, ZZ Top and Led Zeppellin. By driving a small valve amplifier hard in the studio a unique tone was gained without massive amounts of volume. The original vintage designs have now been replicated by companies like Supro guitar ampsBugera guitar amps and many more.

Our web site features all types of guitar amplifier and if you are unsure about the differences we have written a brief explanation about each type on our guitar amplifiers explained page. Use the links below to review valve guitar amplifiers, compare prices from various suppliers and to order a new guitar amplifier.

A Selection of Valve Combo Guitar Amplifiers

Click on the links below to see some examples of the individual Valve Combo Guitar Amplifiers also check out our range of boutique guitar amps like Mesa Boogie guitar ampsFriedman guitar amps,

Valve Combo Guitar Amplifiers Explained

Marshall Origin ORI5C 5w Valve Combo Amplifier
Marshall Origin ORI5C 5w Valve Combo Amplifier

A combo style guitar amplifier includes the power amplifier in the same cabinet as the speaker. The amplifiers are powered by valves (or Tubes in the USA). Valve guitar amplifiers have a unique tone quality and many of the current models are based on classic designs upgraded with modern fabrication methods. Valves or vacuum tubes dominant  in most instrument amplifier applications until the 1970s, when solid-state semiconductors (transistors) started taking over.

Valve guitar amplifier enthusiasts believe that tube amps produce a “warmer” sound and a more natural “overdrive” sound. You will often hear guitar players talking about tone and this refers mainly to the sound from a valve guitar amplifier. While valve or tube technology is, in many ways, outdated, tube guitar amplifiers remain popular since many guitarists prefer their sound.

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