53 Guitar Amps With A Headphone Jack – And My Favorites

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Who doesn’t want to slam the amp on and practice the guitar no matter the time of day? Or maybe your family members just can’t handle their daily tasks while you are shredding away at full volume? In both these situations, a guitar amp with a headphone jack will help.

Personally, I have been lucky…when growing up, my family almost never complained about the volume, even tho my playing was definitely not on the top-notch level most of the time. But nowadays, I live in an apartment, and my neighbors don’t appreciate me riffing with stage volumes. So let’s just say that nowadays I’m really familiar with playing through headphones.

And because life has steered me more towards headphone jamming, I was happy to put together this full list of the best amplifiers with a headphone jack. I chose the ones that based on my experience are the best of the best from hundreds of possible options. If you have any questions, check the FAQ section or leave a comment.

Let’s get started!

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Author: Teemu Suomala

I first grabbed the guitar in 2009. I started this website in January 2020 because I couldn’t do window installation anymore due to my health problems. I also noticed that most guitar websites don’t do a really good job, so I decided to just go for it! I got lucky and managed to get awesome people to help me with my website. I also got lucky because I have you visiting my website right now. Thank you. I do all this for you guys. If you have any recommendations, tips, or feedback, just leave a comment, I would love to chat with you. I have been fortunate to produce content for several large guitar websites, such as Songsterr, Musicnotes, GuitarGuitar, and Ultimate Guitar. I spend my spare time exercising and hanging out with my wife and crazy dog(I guess that went the right way…).


53 Guitar Amps With A Headphone Jack

If you don’t want to spend a lot of cash or don’t have room for another full-sized amplifier, guitar headphone amps are a solid option. Vox amPlug 2 AC30 is one such example. Just plug it into a guitar, hit it with headphones, and rock on! I included 3 different headphone guitar amps in this article, and 1 of those even has effects.

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ModelHeadphone Jack SizeEffects?WattsPrice RangeCheck Current Price (affiliate links)
Harley Benton Rockplug Metal – Cheapest Headphone Guitar Amp1/8″ (3.5mm)No$Thomann*
Harley Benton MA-5 Miniamp – Cheapest Guitar Amp With A Headphone Jack1/4″ (6.3mm)No5W$Thomann
Vox amPlug 2 AC30 – Headphone Guitar Amp1/8″ (3.5mm)No$SweetwaterThomann
EVH 5150III EL34 Micro Stack1/4″ (6.3mm)No1W$SweetwaterThomann
Fender Frontman 10G – Read The Full Review1/8″ (3.5mm)No10W$SweetwaterThomann
Blackstar Fly 3 Review – Read The Full Review1/8″ (3.5mm)Yes3W$SweetwaterThomann
Harley Benton HB-20R1/8″ (3.5mm)Yes20W$Thomann
Boss Katana Mini – Excellent Portable Metal AmpRead The Full Review1/8″ (3.5mm)Yes7W$SweetwaterThomann
Fender Mustang Micro – Headphone Guitar Amp with Effects1/8″ (3.5mm)Yes$SweetwaterThomann
Vox Pathfinder 10 – Read The Full Review1/4″ (6.3mm)No10W$SweetwaterThomann
Marshall MG10G1/8″ (3.5mm)No10W$SweetwaterThomann
Fender Champion 201/8″ (3.5mm)Yes20W$SweetwaterThomann
Roland Cube-10GX1/8″ (3.5mm)Yes10W$$SweetwaterThomann
Line6 Spider V 30 MkII – Tons of Features1/8″ (3.5mm)Yes30W$$SweetwaterThomann
Fender Mustang LT25 – Best Budget Guitar Amp With A Headphone JackRead The Full Review Here1/8″ (3.5mm)Yes25W$$SweetwaterThomann
Orange Crush 20RT1/8″ (3.5mm)Yes20W$$SweetwaterThomann
Marshall MG15GFX – Read The Full Review1/8″ (3.5mm)Yes15W$$SweetwaterThomann
Bugera T5 Infinium 5-watt Class-A Tube Amp Head1/4″ (6.3mm)Yes5W$$Sweetwater – Thomann
Blackstar ID Core Beam – Solid All-Around Amp1/8″ (3.5mm)Yes20W$$Sweetwater – Thomann
Yamaha THR5 Read The Full Review Here1/4″ (6.3mm)Yes10W$$Sweetwater – Thomann
Positive Grid Spark Mini – Tons of Features1/8″ (3.5mm)Yes10W$$Sweetwater
Vox Adio Air GT – Best Small Modeling Amp1/8″ (3.5mm)Yes50W$$Sweetwater – Thomann
Vox Cambridge 501/8″ (3.5mm)Yes50W$$Sweetwater – Thomann
Boss Katana 50 MKII – Best Overall Guitar Amp With A Headphone Jack1/4″ (6.3mm)Yes50W$$Sweetwater – Thomann
VOX Valvetronix VT20X – Excellent Modeled Tube TonesRead The Full Review Here1/8″ (3.5mm)Yes20W$$SweetwaterThomann
Bugera V5 Infinium – Best Budget Tube Amp1/4″ (6.3mm)Yes5W$$Sweetwater – Thomann
Line6 Catalyst 601/4″ (6.3mm)Yes60W$$SweetwaterThomann
Boss Dual Cube LX1/8″ (3.5mm)Yes10W$$Sweetwater – Thomann
Positive Grid Spark – Best for Feature Gravers1/8″ (3.5mm)Yes40W$$Sweetwater
Marshall Code 25 – One of The Best Guitar Amps With Bluetooth1/8″ (3.5mm)Yes25W$$$Sweetwater – Thomann
Yamaha THR10II1/8″ (3.5mm)Yes20W$$$Sweetwater – Thomann
Fender Mustang GTX 50 – Really Versatile1/8″ (3.5mm)Yes50W$$$Sweetwater – Thomann
Fender Acoustic Junior – Best Acoustic Guitar Amp With A Headphone Jack1/8″ (3.5mm)Yes100W$$$Sweetwater
Boss Katana Air (Wireless Guitar Amplifier)1/8″ (3.5mm)Yes30W (adapter) & 20W (battery)$$$Sweetwater – Thomann
Roland JC-221/4″ (6.3mm)Yes30W$$$Sweetwater – Thomann
Fender Acoustic Junior Go – Powerful & Relatively Portable Acoustic Amp1/8″ (3.5mm)Yes100W$$$Sweetwater – Thomann
Boss Katana-Artist MkII1/4″ (6.3mm)Yes100W$$$Sweetwater – Thomann
Yamaha THR30IIW – (Wireless Guitar Amplifier)1/8″ (3.5mm)Yes30W$$$Sweetwater – Thomann
Blackstar HT-5R MkII – Excellent Low Power Tube Amp1/4″ (6.3mm)Yes5W$$$$Sweetwater – Thomann
Boss Nextone Stage 1×121/4″ (6.3mm)Yes40W$$$$Sweetwater – Thomann
Blackstar Silverline Special 1×12 1/8″ (3.5mm)Yes50W$$$$Sweetwater – Thomann
Roland Cube Street EX – Guitar Amp With A Headphone Jack for Busking1/4″ (6.3mm)Yes50W$$$$Sweetwater – Thomann
Blackstar HT-20R MkII – Best Premium With A Headphone Jack1/4″ (6.3mm)Yes20W$$$$Sweetwater – Thomann
Boss Acoustic Singer Pro 1201/4″ (6.3mm)Yes120W$$$$Sweetwater – Thomann
Hughes & Kettner Black Spirit 200 Amp Head – Premium Amp Head With A Headphone Jack1/4″ (6.3mm)Yes200W$$$$Sweetwater – Thomann
Roland Blues Cube Artist – Premium Solid State Roland1/4″ (6.3mm)Yes80W$$$$$Sweetwater – Thomann
Hughes & Kettner Black Spirit 200 – Floorboard Amplifier1/4″ (6.3mm)Yes200W$$$$$Sweetwater – Thomann
Hughes & Kettner Black Spirit 200 Combo1/4″ (6.3mm)Yes200W$$$$$Sweetwater
Blackstar St. James 1 x 12-inch 50-watt Tube Combo Amp1/4″ (6.3mm)Yes50W$$$$$Sweetwater – Thomann
Revv G20 20/4-watt Tube Head1/4″ (6.3mm)No20W$$$$$Sweetwater – Thomann
EVH 5150III 1×12″ 50-watt Tube Combo Amp1/4″ (6.3mm)Yes50W$$$$$Sweetwater – Thomann
Mesa Boogie Mark Five:25 Combo 1/4″ (6.3mm)Yes25W$$$$$Sweetwater – Thomann
Kemper Profiler Power Rack – 600-watt Rackmount – Premium Rackmount Profiling Amp Head1/4″ (6.3mm)Yes600W$$$$$Sweetwater – Thomann

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3 Best Guitar Amps With Headphone Jack – My Favorites

Best Budget – Fender Mustang LT25

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What I like

  • Super-versatile
  • Still simple to use
  • Great price:value ratio
  • Sounds great
  • Almost endless tone possibilities with Fender Tone-app
  • Especially clean and rock tones are great
  • Offers enough loudness for sure

What I don’t like

  • No “middle” knob on the control panel
  • Accessing “reverb” and “delay” would be easier with control-knobs
  • The handle is more or less useless

Who is it for?

If you are after an extremely versatile guitar amp with solid all-around tones and a price tag under $200, Fender Mustang LT25 is worth a closer look. It’s easy to use, it has the fun-to-play-with Fener Tone app available, and the value: price ratio is outstanding.

Read the full Fender Mustang LT25 Review here.

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Best Overall – BOSS Katana 50 Mkii

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What I like

  • Versatile as amp comes (especially with the app)
  • Excellent metal tones
  • Easy to use
  • Switchable wattage makes this BOSS a great bedroom amp (loudness-wise)
  • 5 great sounding ready presets
  • Loud, rich, and room-filling open-back sound

What I don’t like

  • The BOSS app is not the simplest to use
  • Not the most attractive amp look-wise
  • Different amp modelers would be awesome

Who is it for?

BOSS Katana 50 MKii is the best guitar amp under $500 to me. As matter of fact, I’m writing this next to my own beloved Katana 50 Mkii…I will continue jamming after finishing this article for you. If in search of simple usability, excellent all-around tones, full sound, and tons of available effects in the app, BOSS Katana 50 Mkii is my go-to amp.

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Best Premium – Blackstar HT-20R MkII (Tube Amp)

What I like

  • Very clean, clear, sparkling, and articulate sound
  • Excellent for classic rock
  • With pedals can provide amazing distorted/overdriven tones (MXR M193 GT-OD is an excellent pedal choice)
  • Easy to use
  • Can choose between 2W and 20W power (can be played pretty quietly)

What I don’t like

  • Requires pedal for heavier stuff

Who is it for?

If you are after a mid-priced tube amp with switchable wattage with crystal clear cleans and crunchy rock riffs, this Blackstar delivers. But what about heavier stuff? It’s true that this amp requires a pedal for really mean riffs, but the sound you can get with a pedal…it’s outstanding (I have used MXR M193 GT-OD with this). Blackstar HT20R is the best guitar amp under $1000 to me.

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FAQ

Do Guitar Amps Come With A Headphone Jack?

Most guitar amps, from budget to premium ones do come with a headphone jack. Either with 1/4″ (6.3mm) or 1/8″ (3.5mm) sized. There are many models, especially tube combo amps and tube amp heads that do not have a headphone jack. Based on my research, I estimate that over 80% of the available guitar amplifiers do have a headphone jack.

Do Tube Amps Have Headphone Jacks?

Some tube amps do have a headphone jack (usually the ones with less output power). But it’s much more common to find tube amps without headphone jacks than solid-state/transistor amplifiers.

Do You Need Special Headphones for An Amp?

To just hear your playing through headphones, any working headphones will do the trick(the right-sized cable jack is needed ofc). But when it comes to sound quality, there is a big difference between different headphones. Cheapest earplug headphones that come free of charge with budget smartphones sound way worse than great quality headphones.

Can I Plug Headphones Directly Into My Guitar?

Plugging headphones directly into the guitar won’t make a sound. You need some kind of amplifier to amplify the signal guitar produces before you can enjoy it in hearable form. But…there are guitars with a specific jack for headphones. For example, Yamaha Silent guitars and Donner Hush-I Series Silent Guitar have dedicated headphone jacks on them.

If you want to keep things simple, a headphone amp like Vox amPlug 2 AC30 might be a great option.

What Sized Are Headphone Jacks On Guitar Amp?

The 2 most common headphone jack sizes on guitar amps are 1/4″ (6.3mm) or 1/8″ (3.5mm).


Conclusion on Guitar Amps With A Headphone Jack

From dozens and dozens and dozens of different guitar amplifiers, these were the ones that deserved the special mention. Several of these I have played myself, and most are praised by their owners. In this article, there was definitely a headphone-friendly amplifier for everyone.

I hope this article helped you out, and maybe you even decided to get one of the featured guitar amps with a headphone jack. If you have any questions, leave a comment, I and the GND team are here for you.

Now go, my son, and Rock!

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