The Best-Selling Amps of 2020

Welcome to the fourth and final entry in our annual series on the best-selling gear on Reverb. So far, we've shared numbers on the pedal, microphone, and synth market, and today we're turning our attention to amplifiers. Take a look below for the rankings of best-selling guitar and bass amps of 2020, as well as an overview of the market on a brand basis.

Like other gear categories on Reverb, 2020 saw a major influx of new and beginner players buying amps as COVID-19 and social distancing inspired many people to start playing more music. Specifically, this had the effect of elevating sales on affordable and beginner friendly amps like the Boss Katana series. Simultaneously, at different points in 2020, supply chain issues and store closures had many players turn to the used market for their gear, and combined, this all had the effect of generating a general lift in used prices throughout the gear market.

See where your favorite amps and amp brand ranked this year below, and to compare to last year's numbers, click here to view the best-selling amps of 2019.

Best-Selling Guitar Amps of 2020

First up is our ranking of overall best-selling guitar amps. This list is based on total orders on Reverb inclusive of both new and used gear (though when separating out to just new or just used, the rankings don't really change all that much).

Somewhat predictably, the best-selling amps on Reverb are affordable models from well-known brands where this is ample supply and interest. Some models, like the pair of Fender reissues, fit a more traditional tube amp mold, while others like the Boss amps and the Yamaha THR-10 offer some new tech like onboard effects.

Best-Selling Bass Amps of 2020

Next, a look at the best-selling bass amp models of 2020. Compared to the guitar amp list above, the composition of the 2020 bass amp list actually changed a bit more over 2019. Notably, a number of higher-powered Class D heads like the Darkglass Microtubes 900 and Mesa Boogie Subway D-800 feel out of the top 15, which makes sense given that these are heads geared towards gigging musicians and given the lack of live music in 2020, it's fairly clear while demand for the type of amp would lesson.

Top Amp Brands By Number of Orders

In closing, here's an overview of the best-selling amps on Reverb on a brand basis. We've divided this into two lists: the overall best sellers, topped by Fender, Marshall, and Orange, and then a second list for "high-end" brands to give some insight into where various boutique amp makers stack up. While its a somewhat arbitrary line, for "high-end," we're simply filtering to brands with an average amp sale price of greater than $1,000 USD.

Rank All Brands Average Used Price USD
1 Fender $684.82
2 Marshall $775.75
3 Orange $432.60
4 Vox $408.11
5 Mesa Boogie $1,207.72
6 Peavey $406.39
7 Boss $296.41
8 Blackstar $296.17
9 Ampeg $546.71
10 Roland $358.60
11 Yamaha $317.05
12 Line 6 $320.76
13 Kemper Amps $1,647.54
14 Supro $737.12
15 Quilter $369.33
Rank High-End Brands Average Used Price USD
1 Mesa Boogie $1,207.72
2 Kemper Amps $1,647.54
3 Friedman $1,555.22
4 Dr. Z $1,218.11
5 Bogner $1,547.96
6 Victory Amps $1,041.70
7 Engl $1,156.71
8 Milkman $1,014.91
9 Suhr $1,457.90
10 Hiwatt $1,290.11
11 Two Rock $2,505.90
12 Carr $1,809.55
13 Tone King $1,632.72
14 Morgan $1,367.41
15 Bad Cat $1,074.92
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