This page is a simple roundup of all the guitar amps we could find with adjustable wattage.
We've included amps from various brands, including heads and combo amps. Our only requirement is that the amp allows you to adjust the wattage. Pretty simple. Having the option to adjust wattage is incredibly helpful for maintaining tone quality at a variety of volumes and scenarios.
It's particularly helpful for indoor practice, when you need to play at lower volume levels.
We'll cover what we could find, but feel free to chime in with suggestions in the comments section below.
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Full List of Amps with Adjustable Wattage
- Blackstar Artisan 15H
- Blackstar HT Club 40
- Blackstar HT-5R MkII
- Boss Katana Series
- Bugera V Series
- Hughes & Kettner Black Spirit 200
- Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister Series
- Laney Ironheart Studio
- Laney Lionheart L20H
- Mesa/Boogie Badlander 25
- Mesa/Boogie Mark V:25
- Mesa/Boogie Fillmore 25
- Orange OR15H
- PRS MT 15
- Roland Blues Cube Artist
- Line 6 Catalyst
- Peavey 6505
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What are my best options from this list?
We'd recommend the following:
- Boss Katana 50
- Mesa Badlander or Mark V
The Boss Katana 50 is a modeling amp and much cheaper than Mesa/Boogie offerings, so your budget will have a lot to say about which direction you go in.
For what it's worth, I'm a big fan of the Katana series, given their price point.
Read the full review: Boss Katana 50
What's an ideal wattage level for indoor practice?
I'd recommend aiming for about five to 10 watts.
You can go louder and just turn down volume, but you'll start to lose tone quality at some point.
I've found that 10 watts seems to be a pretty good sweet spot, especially for headphone practice.
Are adjustable wattage amps typically more expensive?
The pricing of amps with adjustable wattage varies quite a bit, though the presence of the wattage feature itself does not seem to have a significant impact on the final price.
They're definitely not more expensive, and if there's an amp from this list that's on the expensive side, it's not because of that single feature. Amp size, circuit type (tube or solid state), and top wattage will impact the price more than anything else.
In other words, higher wattage amps are generally more expensive than lower wattage amps, without regard to additional selectable wattages.
If you've got suggestions for this list, we want to hear them. Obviously this page doesn't have every amp with adjustable wattage in existence, but we add to these lists over time, and our readers are a huge part of that process.
Throw amp suggestions in the comments section.
Mainline and boutique builders are all fair game.
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