Best Fender Amps 2024: Fender’s 9 Finest Amplifiers Currently On The Market

Emerging as a true titan of the guitar world, Fender's influence extends beyond guitars to encompass a realm where amplifiers are an indispensable part of any musician’s sound. The best Fender amplifiers are proudly used by many budding artists today and are scattered far and wide throughout popular music history. 

Fender’s commitment to electrical equipment shouldn't come as much of a surprise considering the origins of the Californian company. Founded in 1938 and initially named ‘Fender’s Radio Service’, Leo Fender brought together a bunch of qualified electronic engineers who were employed to repair home audio amplifiers and PA systems. This electrical experience and knowledge would help in creating the company's first amplifier in 1946, affectionately remembered as “The Woodies” due to their hardwood cabinetry. 

Fender amplifiers have drawn musicians from an expanse of different genres and are the most recorded amplifier brand in musical history. Beneath the surface of Fender’s popularity is the cornerstone of their distinction, their pure, clean tones. With plenty of low-end oomph and characteristic sparkling highs, Fender’s alluring amplifiers have found a home in genres like country, bluegrass, rock, blues, pop, indie and R&B to name but a few. 

There’s so much to love about the classic tube-powered amps that are synonymous with the ‘50s and ‘60s and which Fender still lovingly produces to this day. However, the company is no prisoner of the past and always has two feet in the present. The cutting-edge Tone Master range and digitally advanced Champion practice amps have embraced modernity and opened the brand up to both seasoned veterans and sparkly-eyed beginners. 

With such a long history in the game, the choice of Fender amplifiers is dense. That’s where we come in. We’ve amassed a list of the best Fender amps currently on the market. From 4x10 heritage monsters to portable headphone amps, there is a Fender amp out there for every budget. Let’s take a look.

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Best For Gigging

Best Fender amps: Fender Blues Junior IV

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1. Fender Blues Junior IV

One of the best-selling amps of all time

Specifications

Type: Tube combo
Output: 15-watt
Tubes: 3 x 12AX7, 2 x EL84
Speaker: 12” Celestion A-Type
Number of channels: 1
Weight: 31.5lbs/14.3kg

Reasons to buy

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Epitome of Fender cleans
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Spring reverb
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Useful “Fat” button
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Bedroom-level capable

Reasons to avoid

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May not be loud enough for some

We are now on the 4th iteration of the Fender Blues Junior and with every release, this plucky little amplifier has topped the best seller charts. For good reason: there is an array of compelling features that make the Blues Junior a compelling option. It strikes a great balance between affordability and reasonable power output, meaning you don’t have to crank it too loud for a natural overdriven tube amp tone. 

Powered by three 12AX7 preamp tubes and two EL84 power amp tubes, the Blues Junior will offer plenty of glassy Fender spank when the gain is eased off. Activating the “Fat” button will add a little extra oomph and take the amplifier into overdriven territories. The “Fat” button is also useful at lower volumes to help put a little meat on your tone.  

You’ll hear these pretty tones through a 12” Celestion A-Type speaker which has a relaxed American-inspired midrange. The speaker is housed in a 0.75” particle board weighing in at a very portable 31.5lbs. Lastly, a word for the reverb. There is an authentic spring reverb tank in this Blues Junior which adds a lovely depth to the low end and can get you into surf territory if you so desire. 

The Blues Junior is our go-to option if you are after a tube-driven Fender amplifier – give one a try if you haven’t already, you won’t regret it.  

Best Overall

Best Fender amps: Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb

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2. Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb

A historic classic utilized by many

Specifications

Type: Tube combo
Output: 22-watt
Tubes: 4x 12AX7, 2x 12AT7, 2x 6V6, 1x 5AR4
Speaker: 12" 8-ohm Jensen C-12K
Number of channels: 2 (normal and vibrato)
Weight: 42lbs/19kg

Reasons to buy

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Fantastic pedal platform
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Glorious overdriven sounds
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Great workhorse amplifier
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Very versatile

Reasons to avoid

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Not really suitable for beginners 

The Deluxe Reverb deserves a spot on our list out of sheer influence. Perhaps the most recorded amplifier in history, the Deluxe Reverb was used by studios across the world from Nashville to Abbey Road during the most famous decades in musical history. 

The ‘65 reverb is an all-tube-powered 22-watt combo amp capable of spanky clean tones and delicious tube overdrive that not many others can equal. The Deluxe Reverb’s versatility makes it an ideal weapon in a guitarist's arsenal; it’s loud enough to sit next to a drum kit, there is inbuilt spring reverb and vibrato and the headroom isn’t too excessive that it will stifle natural tube overdrive. 

There are two channels; normal and vibrato. The normal channel is a lot more stripped back with three controls; volume, treble, and bass. On the other hand, the vibrato channel is where the amp comes alive. As well as vibrato, the spring reverb is active, and when paired together it’ll lull you into a trance-like musical state. There are two inputs on both channels where input 1 provides 6dB more gain than input 2, so plug into channel 1 if you’re needing more juice. 

A perennial classic, the ‘65 Deluxe Reverb is a legendary workhorse that will be your amplifier for life. There aren’t many amps that deserve a place on this list as much as this. 

Best For Practice

Best Fender amps: Fender Champion 40

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3. Fender Champion 40

The best Fender practice amp

Specifications

Type: Solid state combo
Output: 40-watt
Tubes: N/A
Speaker: 12" Fender Special Design
Number of channels: 2
Weight: 19lbs/8.6kg

Reasons to buy

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Various onboard effects 
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Different amp voicings
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Headphone output for practice
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Simple user interface

Reasons to avoid

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Distortion sounds are quite harsh 

If you haven't been playing guitar for long, then you’ll want to go with a practice amp that can be effective at low volumes, have multiple inbuilt effects and voices, and will cover as many bases as possible; ergo, you want a Fender Champion 40.

This 40-watt solid state practice amplifier is loaded with multiple different amp types, from clean to metal, and has plenty of onboard effects to boot. From reverb and delay to chorus and tremolo, you can shape your sound and get a hands-on experience dialing in a tone. Being able to play along to your favorite songs is key to learning effectively and the wealth of amp voicings and effects will allow you to best recreate your heroes’ tones in an affordable package. 

Other handy features on the Champion 40 include a headphone output, ideal if you’re practicing into the wee hours, and an aux in, meaning you can play along to backing tracks via your smartphone. The Champ’s user interface is a breeze to work and you won’t get lost in any digital screen settings, just dial the knobs as and how you like for some killer tones.  

There are multiple different sizes available in the Champion range. Although the 40-watt model is great at low volumes, you can always go for the Fender Champion 20 if you’re concerned about annoying the neighbors.  

Best For Pedals

Best Fender amps: Fender '68 Custom Twin Reverb

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4. Fender '68 Custom Twin Reverb

There’s nothing quite like the power of a Twin

Specifications

Type: Tube combo
Output: 85-watt
Tubes: 4x 12AX7, 2x 12AT7, 4x 6L6
Speaker: 2x 12" Celestion G12V-70
Number of channels: 2, custom and vintage
Weight: 64lbs/29kg

Reasons to buy

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Heaps of headroom 
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Crystalline clears
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Will never not be loud enough
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Handy pedal platform

Reasons to avoid

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Not many will need this power 

For the live player who wants clean tones at loud volumes, look no further than the Fender ‘68 Custom Twin Reverb. This tube-powered giant has 85 watts of all-tube power and headroom for days, meaning if you want to play loud and clean, the Twin will get you there. 

This Silverface ‘68 Custom is a little different from a standard Twin, its two channels have very distinct voices. The vintage channel is straight-up Twin Reverb – however, the custom channel has taken inspiration from a modified Bassman tone stack for big, stadium-rocking tones. Also, both channels have access to the in-built spring reverb and tremolo, a feature usually found on channel 2. 

With all of the Twin Reverb’s headroom, achieving natural tube distortion does mean you’ll have to crank this thing super loud. If you’re playing in smaller venues and rely on tube distortion for your tone, the Twin may not be the best choice. However, it is a fantastic pedal platform and you can get there a lot easier using overdrive pedals. The Twin’s natural character works great with pedals and, although the weight and volume will be impractical for some, there’s nothing quite like the sound and character of a Twin.   

Best Modeling Amp

Best Fender amps: Fender Tone Master Princeton Reverb

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5. Fender Tone Master Princeton Reverb

The complete Princeton package but in a lightweight digital modeling variety

Specifications

Type: Digital modeling combo
Output: 12-watt
Tubes: N/A
Speaker: 10" Jensen C10R with Ceramic Magnet
Number of channels: 2
Weight: 19.9lbs/9.03kg

Reasons to buy

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Emulates a Princeton incredibly well
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Lineout for gigs
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Inbuilt attenuator 
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Very practical 
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More durable than the tube variant

Reasons to avoid

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 The tremolo is quite subtle 

The Princeton Reverb stands as the most compact amplifier within Fender's Tone Master series. While the allure of significantly reducing weight, as achieved with the Tone Master Twin Reverb, might hold less sway due to its smaller size, the focus shifts more prominently to nailing the sound of the tube power Princeton accurately. We’re happy to say, Fender has done a fantastic job of doing just that – this thing sounds amazing. 

Fender has achieved this by a few different methods. Firstly, the amp is equipped with a 10” Jensen C10R speaker, which is an often-used option for the original Princeton. A Princeton’s soul lies within its reverb and tremolo and Fender didn’t scrimp on the technology to achieve an organic reproduction. By using half of a quad-core DSP for just the reverb and a whole core for the amp’s sound, this is a high-tech bit of kit. 

The responsiveness is suitably accurate and the amp will respond differently between a set of single coils and humbuckers, with the latter pushing the front of the amp into a rich overdrive. Although 12 watts doesn’t sound like a lot, it is loud enough to pester those around you and the power toggle on the back can reduce the output all the way down to a sociable 0.3 watts. Finally, there’s also a balanced line out and two cab simulators for plugging straight into a PA or recording any new ideas. The Princeton Reverb Tone Master is digital excellence and, in our opinion, is the best Tone Master yet. 

Best For Versatility

Best Fender amps: Fender Mustang GTX 100

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6. Fender Mustang GTX 100

Fender’s most feature-heavy digital modeler

Specifications

Type: Digital modeling combo
Output: 100-watt
Tubes: N/A
Speaker: 12" Celestion G12FSD-100 Special
Number of channels: 1
Weight: 22lbs/9.98kg

Reasons to buy

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So many usable presets
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Inbuilt looper
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Hands-on signal path control
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Expandable footswitch for live performance 

Reasons to avoid

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The screen may not be to everyone’s liking 

The GTX100 is Fender’s most advanced model currently in the Mustang lineup. This thing is feature heavy, with 200 modifiable presets, an inbuilt looper and a wide selection of authentic effects. The GTX100 is capable of any tone that springs to mind. 

If you’re a player who enjoys tinkering with effects then it's good news, as the GTX100 allows you to organize effects in any order across the signal chain. If you want to get creative and have your fuzz going into a reverb, no problem – it’s fully customizable. Some may be put off by the amplifier’s digital screen but the wi-fi capabilities allow you to connect any device and deep-dive into edits through the Fender TONE 3.0 app, allowing for easier control. The app also has hundreds of community patches you can download and have fun with.

With 100 watts of power, you can easily gig the GTX100, and the included GTX-7 footswitch is a brilliant added extra that makes this amp ready for any musical performance. For those seeking a more modest power level, the GTX50 presents itself as a viable alternative at 50 watts, catering perfectly to bedroom-level playing.

More Options...

Best Fender amps: Fender Vintage Reissue LTD '59 Bassman

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7. Fender Vintage Reissue LTD '59 Bassman

A vintage-inspired 4x10 behemoth

Specifications

Type: Tube combo
Output: 45-watt
Tubes: 3x 12AX7, 2x 6L6, 1x 5AR4
Speaker: 4x10" Jensen P10R with Alnico Magnet
Number of channels: 2
Weight: 53lbs/24kg

Reasons to buy

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A pure, raunchy tone
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Packs a punch
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Incredibly responsive to your touch

Reasons to avoid

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It’s pretty dang heavy and loud 

Initially designed for amplifying the P-bass, the Fender Bassman hit the market in 1952 and quickly diverged from the path it was created for. Guitarists such as Jimmie Vaughan, Buddy Guy and Mike Bloomfield discovered the Bassman’s sheer power and raunchy tone when used with an electric guitar, perfect for blues and rock. 

Today, the Bassman is a holy grail amp for many and this Fender Vintage Reissue '59 Bassman has been kept quite true to the original “narrow-panel” Bassman of 1959, albeit with a few modern improvements. In line with the ‘59 5F6-A Bassman, the re-issue features four 10-inch Jensen speakers, a lacquered tweed covering, four inputs across two channels and an added midrange control not found on earlier versions. 

The ‘improvements’ include 12AX7 preamp tubes and an internal bias pot meaning you can experiment with different tubes if you so desire. As for the sound, well, when cranked, the ‘59 Vintage Reissue Bassman is perhaps the best-sounding amplifier out there. If you’re brave enough to crank it, the Bassman produces a thick, viscous overdrive that only gets better with turning it up. At more moderate levels it’s just as good and you can expect to hear a sparkling, vintage flavor that will excite any guitarist out there. 

The Bassman isn't tailored for the faint of heart. However, if you're fortunate to reside in a location removed from sensitive neighbors, you'll discover endless satisfaction in pushing the boundaries of this iconic amplifier to its maximum potential.

Best Fender amps: Fender Mustang Micro

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One of the best headphone amps on the market

Specifications

Type: Headphone amp
Output: N/A
Tubes: N/A
Speaker: N/A
Number of channels: 1
Weight: 1.8oz/51g

Reasons to buy

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12 amp models available
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Bluetooth connectivity
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Super convenient for practice
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Interface capabilities 

Reasons to avoid

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Not the sturdiest 

The Fender Mustang Micro is a fantastic choice if you’re in the market for a portable headphone amp. With 12 amp models spanning super clean Twin Reverb tones to overdriven dirtier sounds, this little gadget is perfect for practicing. Additionally, there are 12 effects you can stick on at the click of a button, although you don’t have much control over editing the effects.  

The Mustang Micro is no bigger than a smartphone, so if you’re wanting to play guitar on the move this thing will fit in your pocket with no bother at all. The addition of Bluetooth allows you to stream music through the device meaning practicing along to your favorite songs has never been easier. 

With a USB output onboard you can hook the Mustang Micro up to a computer and effectively use it as an audio interface, utilizing the amplifier settings and effects. The rechargeable battery means you won’t have to lose money on continuously buying new ones and the lifespan from one single charge is a suitable four hours. If you are going to take the Mustang Micro on your travels, be careful not to overextend the jack as the plastic holding it in place isn’t the sturdiest. 

Read the full Fender Mustang Micro review

Best Fender amps: Fender Acoustic 100

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9. Fender Acoustic 100

An ideal coffee shop companion acoustic amplifier

Specifications

Type: Acoustic combo
Output: 100-watt
Tubes: N/A
Speaker: 8" Full-Range Whizzer Cone
Number of channels: 2
Weight: 17.6lbs/9kg

Reasons to buy

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Ideal for singer-songwriters
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Clean and intuitive control panel
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Lightweight with small footprint

Reasons to avoid

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High frequencies get a little lost 

If you’re a singer-songwriter frequenting local coffee shops and bars then the Fender Acoustic 100 is a fantastic, practical little companion. With 100 watts of power and a robust frame, the Acoustic 100 is a transparent amp that lets your acoustic guitar do the talking. 

With two combination inputs, this is a versatile amp that will allow you to use either XLR or ¼ jacks, so plugging in a guitar and microphone is no issue. If the 100-watt output isn’t enough then you have an XLR out on the back for plugging straight into a desk or the PA. 

The effects are synergistic and range from essential reverb to adventurous delays and the USB jack will let you capture every performance on a computer. The amp’s transparency is effective in authentically amplifying the best qualities of your instruments, but we have noticed the high-end can sometimes get a little lost. Pair this with an EQ pedal and you’ll eradicate that problem. 

The amplifier is also Bluetooth-compatible, so playing along with backing tracks is possible. Its natural plywood design and subtle muted brown cloth not only looks classy but also adds a touch of elegance to your performance space. Overall, the Fender Acoustic 100 is the go-to choice for acoustic musicians on the move.