If you’re in need a guitar and amp to gig with but don’t have much more than £500 to spend then we have some awesome suggestions for you! You may think that a good quality set up, that can compete with a full band and drum kit, may cost a lot of money but actually it can be done fairly cheaply and still sound awesome!
To ensure the amplifier can accommodate lots of different playing styles and genres, as well as keeping the cost down, we’re going to go for ones with built-in effects. With these you’ll get a huge number of sounds to suit your individual needs and most brands offer something that’s going to be loud enough to get over the volume of those loud, annoying drummers!
- Fender Mustang III ~ £227
- Vox Valvetronix VT80+ ~ £269
- Fender Champion 100 ~ £228
- Blackstar ID:30TVP ~ £279
All of the amps above are loud enough to compete with your other band members and they all have built in effects so you can get your sound exactly right. Some of them even allow you to plug into your computer to get even more sounds and functionality! Have a look at our amp modelling guide to or click on the links to check out some of these in more depth!
So once you’ve chosen your amp it’s time to pair that with an awesome electric guitar. All of the models listed below are quality guitars that are a step up from what an absolute beginner may go for, they will last you a decent amount of time before you’ll need an upgrade. What ever style of music you want to play, one of these guitars will give you the sound you need! From Jazz and Blues to Rock or Metal and anything in between!
- Squier Vintage Modified Strat ~ £228
- Vintage V130 ~ £189
- Vintage V100 ~ £239
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Guitarbitz Gig Rig of Choice
Drum roll please! Our rig of choice pairs a fantastic combo amplifier with a versatile guitar that's ready to play loads of different styles!
Guitar: Vox Valvetronix VT80+
Amp: Vintage V130 Double Cut
Total = £458!
So there it is… an awesome set up for well under £500! A rig which you can use with confidence at a gig that’s going to sound great and last you for as long as you need until you upgrade!