Internet music retail giant Reverb has been doing its year-end accounting, counting the gear we’ve been buying, and has released its list of the 20 best-selling amps of 2021.
It’s a list that has some familiar faces, some guitar amp classics that dominated last year’s list, but topping the number one spot in its inaugural year was a micro amp powered by effects stacks and digital amp modeling technology under the hood. , in a compact form that fits inside your pocket. That’s right, get down, Fender’s Mustang Micro, officially Reverb’s best-selling amp of 2021.
What does the triumph of the Mustang Micro tell us about current trends in guitar playing? Well, from a supply point of view, it tells us that digital modeling technology is changing what is possible with the guitar amp.
Again, the Mustang Micro is pocket-sized, it has a dozen onboard effects and a dozen amp emulations, most notably. And yet it is not only a generously specified practice solution, it can also be used as an audio interface.
On the demand side, Reverb said another year in which digital amplifiers dominated the list was yet another sign of the impact of the pandemic.
“Modelers in general were quite popular again this year, which can certainly be attributed to the pandemic, at least partially,” Reverb says. “The other reason they are getting quite popular is that, frankly, they are getting a lot better. The qualities that have always made them attractive – smaller size, less weight, and lots of amp options in one package – are still there, while the technology has vastly improved. “
In fact, it’s telling that the highest charting tube amp in 2021 was the Vox AC15C1, which was ranked eight, although it should be noted that the hybrid tube-driven preamp designs from Orange Micro Dark and Micro Terror took the fourth and last place. Fifth respectable, suggesting that guitarists still value tube technology somewhere in the design. With digital technology ever closer to emulating the response of the vacuum tube amp, today’s guitarist now has a choice.
1. Fender Mustang Micro Amplifier
2. Chief Katana MKII
3. Positive Grid Spark 40
Four. Micro Dark Orange
5. Micro Terror orange MT20
6. Yamaha THR10II
7. Yamaha THR30II
8. Vox AC15C1
9. Crush Orange CR35RT
10. Fender Tone Master Deluxe Reverb
eleven. Fender ’65 Reissue Deluxe Reverb
12. Fender Rumble 100 / Boss KTN-Mini
13. Chief Waza Air
14. Fender Blues Junior III
15. Marshall DSL20HR
16. Fender Champion 20
17. Orange Terror Stamp 20
18. Fender Rumble 40 V3
19. Kemper Amp Profiler Stage
twenty. Marshall Studio Vintage SV20H MKII