The 4 Best Amps for Strat Guitars – Fender Accessory Reviews 2016

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If you have opted for a classic Fender Stratocaster or the budget-friendly Squier alternative as instrument of your choice, we know exactly the type of sound you are after. There is a good chance that you’re after the vibe of rock ‘n’ roll giants such as Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Iron Maiden, and other titans.

With that in mind, we delved into today’s market in an attempt to bring you the very top amp for Strats, with the following criteria in mind: sonic edge, raw sound and massive power, ability to control that power, as well as durability and reliability.

We came up with 4 options across a variety of price ranges, any one of which would qualify for the best amp for Strat guitars.

Fender ’65 Twin Reverb

What better way to enhance a Fender guitar than with a Fender amp? We’ll get the party started with one great deal; falling into the high mid-range price category, the Fender ’65 Twin Reverb.

This amp (see full specs) just screams classic rock, but also packs a set of trusty 12AX7 and 12AT7 preamp tubes that guarantee versatility and a wide range of sonic emotions that can be covered. The product’s strongest points are those very tubes. As you might know already, tubes offer immensely more powerful sound and a raw type of sound that standard solid-state amps can only dream of touching.

But what makes these tubes stand out is the warmth aspect. Sure, the fuzz and buzz are there if you want to rip it up, but even if you’re just an ole blues crooner, the mellow vibe will please your every need.

In other notable specs, the amp offers 85 watts of tube power, a set of two 12 inch, 8-ohm Jensen C-12K speakers, dual channels, and four output 6L6 Groove Tubes.

Another factor that makes this amp legendary is the all-tube reverb, one of the hallmarks of Fender and a secret weapon of many guitar icons. Often, the best amp for Fender Strats is another Fender!

Marshall JVM410C

OK, so that Fender got us warmed up, we’re nice and cozy, but it is now time to bring out the fire! And by fire, we mean a Marshall beast known as the JVM410C (see full specs). This premium 100 watt 4-channel guitar amplifier is by far the best item on the list. The other options are masters of their respective price ranges, but this thing is a monster!

It packs a set of two 12 inch Celestion speakers, while offering a choice of four channels – Clean, Crunch, OD1 and OD2. These options secure a notable sonic variety from the get-go, and when backed by other EQ controls, you get sonic paradise.

It is true that every guitar will shine and give its best show when plugged into this Marshall, but it’s the Strat that glows as the brightest star when connected to the JVM410C.

Why? Because of the power it brings to the guitar, of course. Strats are controllable guitars, and this amp is a wild thing. When combined, you will get a roaring savage beast that you can control with your fingertips. A guitarist’s dream, yes. If you can shell out the dough, this is the best amp for Strat guitars period.

Roland AC 90

OK, if that Marshall dragon is going to plunge you to the poorhouse, let’s keep that option as a dream yet to be reached, but for now, we have two budget friendly options for you that will still allow you to knock the socks off of people.

First off, the Roland AC 90, an incredibly versatile device, which is after all one of the company’s staple marks. What makes this Roland amp good for a Strat? To be perfectly honest, this fella is as good for a Stratocaster as it is good for any other guitar, that’s how versatile it is.

But there’s nothing wrong with that, right? So, what we are dealing with here is 90 watts of power, dual channels, the company’s highly distinctive multi-band chorus with the renowned WIDE mode, anti-feedback control, and much more.

The great thing about this amp is that it offers some truly remarkable sound effects such as the chorus we just mentioned, but it also offers great output if you’re just looking for clean or classic distortion mode. It’s strong enough to cover pub shows, and it’s possibly the best affordable option for a serious gig amp money can buy.

Orange Crush CR120C

Finally, another relatively affordable quality option and a perfecto solution for a young heavy rocker – the Orange Crush CR120C. If you’re into the likes of Black Sabbath or a similar sort of sludge vibe, you will love this orange box of love.

What makes this fella stand out is that while it’s not as versatile as the Roland, it undoubtedly offers a distinctive rock ‘n’ roll tone that is enough to carry your sonic expression on its own. It’s a bit of a niche market, and if you want to play more than just rock, metal, or heavy blues rock, we recommend the Roland, BUT if you’re a rock ‘n’ rollin’ man, this is your winning ticket.

The device boasts 120 watts of solid state power, two channels, a set of two 12 inch speakers, a digital reverb, and standard EQ frequency controls.

Are you looking to shake up the world with a taste of bone-crushing sludge rock? This amp is for you. Do you want to be the next Tony Iommi? This amp is for you. Do you want the best rock amp for Fender Stratocaster without spending thousands of dollars? This amp is for you.

What Makes a Best Amp for Strat?

As noted, Fender Stratocaster is a guitar you can control without too much hassle. It’s a precise instrument, typically consisting of three single-coil pickups. So what you need is an amp that will bring out the inner beast of the Strat and express the type of vibe you’re after.

The best option are tube amps, because pairing up the guitar with the raw fuzz of those devices is a match made in heaven. Some solid-state amps can work too, and we believe that the two latter options on the list are hitting that sonic soft spot as well.

Finally, look for a device with a quality on-board chorus or delay effect, those were outstandingly well when paired with a Strat. Now, jot down your budget, buy one of these bad boys, and get playing. Even the best amps for Strat guitars are worthless without a man (or woman, let’s not get sexist here) to make magic with it!

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