All working guitar players can relate to the pain of having to carry your guitar amp to and from gigs, back and forth from the practice space, or over to the recording studio and back again, so what if we told you there’s another option? Some of the leading amplifier manufacturers sought to solve this longstanding problem by creating more travel-friendly amps that don’t sacrifice in tone or performance. We understand that larger gigs might require more powerful amps, but in musical situations where hauling your 100-watt head and 4×10 cabinet is unnecessary, wouldn’t you want to avoid it?
Here is a list of our top 4 favorite portable (under 10 lbs.), professional amps that sound awesome and make the perfect companion for smaller gigs, practice sessions, or studio work. Trust us, your back or your roadie will thank you!
Quilter Labs 101 Mini Head
The Quilter Labs 101 Mini Head is such an impressive, gig-ready amp, packing 50 watts of power into a 2.5 pound beast! With various voicings built-in plus an onboard effects loop, this small, powerful head can even handle some of your bigger gigs! Simple, straightforward, compact, and powerful, what more could you ask for in a guitar amp head? Looking for built-in reverb? Check out the Quilter Labs 101 Reverb. Pair either of these with the Quilter Labs BlockDock 12HD speaker cabinet and you’re good to gig!
Orange Micro Terror Amp Head
Weighing in at only 2 pounds, the Orange Micro Terror guitar amp is a 20-watt head that serves up that signature Orange tone in a compact package. Its no-nonsense controls make dialing in your perfect tone quick and easy, and its lightweight design is ideal for taking it on the road. Boasting a single 12AX7/ECC83 preamp valve and a solid state output section, the Micro Terror dishes out plenty of growl and grit. With the perfectly matched Orange PPC108 1×8” cabinet that weighs in at less than 10 pounds, you’ll get all the punch you need in a small package. Great for recording, practice, and even small gigs!
The Boss Katana-Air’s lightweight design is only matched by its high-performance feature set. It weighs in at just under 5 pounds, and features 30 watts of power (when using AC adapter) and dual 3” speakers. The first completely wireless guitar amp on the market, the Katana-Air comes jam-packed with amazing features including access to an extensive array of tones via the Boss Tone Studio app and Bluetooth connectivity. While this amp maybe isn’t the ideal choice for gigging, it’s definitely the ultimate practice amp perfect for when you’re on the go!
Peavey 6505 Piranha Head
The Peavey 6505 Piranha amp head is a fish with plenty of bite. Serving up those massive, brutal, shred-ready tones that you’d expect from Peavey in an ultra-portable, 4.39-pound package, this amp sports the familiar Crunch and Lead channels and a simple 3-knob control compliment features an EQ knob, Gain, and Volume knobs. Pair it with the Peavey 6505 Micro cabinet, and you got yourself a killer-sounding half stack. Don’t be fooled by its small stature, this little guy can SCREAM, and will make the perfect addition to your home, practice, and studio rigs.