Best Modeling Amps Buying Guide

Browse the most popular modeling amps on Reverb, updated daily.

Though digital modeling amps have been on the market for quite a while now, it's only over the last few years that they've become popular choices for a large swath of guitar players attracted to their many selling points.

Originally praised for their ability to pitch-perfectly deliver the tones of countless vintage and modern tube amps, with and without effects, and seamlessly switch between them, modeling amps have also become popular for their tonal consistency at any volume in any room. Touring players tired of lugging heavy cabs from stage to stage are also fans of modeling amps, which are almost universally smaller and lighter than tube amp alternatives.

On this page, you'll see an up-to-date ranking of the most popular modeling amps currently on Reverb, based on real-time transaction data from our marketplace. Take a look at the most popular choices available today in the space below, and click on the images to learn more about each option and find the best modeling amp for you right here on Reverb.

What to Consider When Buying a Modeling Amp


As with any tube amp, how much wattage your digital modeling amp has will determine how loud and powerful that it's able to get. When deciding how much power you need, consider your application. Are you looking for the best modeling amp for a small practice space or apartment? Check out cheaper, lower-wattage options like the Vox Mini5. Or maybe you're looking for the best modeling amp to take on tour, in which case you might want more of a powerhouse like the 100-watt Boss Katana head. Whatever you choose, these modeling amps sound excellent no matter what volume they're set to.

Effects and Features

With so much tech packaged into one unit, you can be sure that whatever modeling amp you choose, you're getting a great deal of diverse functionality. That said, different modeling amps will be packed with different effects and features. The Line 6 Helix, for example, features 72 amp models, 37 speakers, 16 mic placements, and a whopping 194 effects. Other modeling amps put their emphasis elsewhere, like the Fractal Audio AX8 featuring over 200 amp models, over 700 speaker simulations, and 130 total effects.

Portability and Form Factor

One of the most major selling points of a modeling amp is how much versatility can be packed into such portable units. No matter what style you end up with, you're all but guaranteed more power and a lighter load than you'd get with an analog tube amp. Still, while universally portable, modeling amps still come a variety of form factors. Depending on your application and needs, you might like a head model like the Yamaha THR10, a rack model like the Kemper Profiler, or a floor pedal model like the aforementioned Line 6 Helix.

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