Hello everybody,

I'm going to buy my first electric guitar next week, yeah!
I chose the Squier Affinity Stratocaster (Surf Green), really like the colour as well.

Well, now I have to choose an amplifier that suits my needs + budget.
I don't want to spend more than €120 / $135 / 85 British pounds.

I like clean sounds, and maybe a bit of blues/jazz once in a while. I'll only play in my bedroom, not that loud. Or even with headphones... I've lucky parents and neighbours

I was thinking of these three amps:

Roland Cube-10GX
Fender Mustang I (V.2)
Marshall MG15CFX

I like the easy controls of the Cube + the sounds from the iOS/android app.
The Fender Mustang has 20W instead of 10W (Cube), does this really matter in my situation? (bedroom, not loud, clean sounds and very beginner guitarist)

I hope somebody could help me with choosing the right amp for me. Suggestions are welcome, off course!


(16 years old, The Netherlands)
Last edited by ferronalen at Aug 17, 2015,
Out of those the cube and the mustang are decent choices. As for the MG don't bother with it. I used a cube back when I lived in dorms and they're very good at what they do for the price. I still use my cube for practice every now and then.
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+1 for the Cube. Super straightforward controls with the best basic tone of the lot. It will be a useful practice amp for as long as you play.
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Buy the Cube and don't sweat about the 10 watts. It will get plenty loud if you need it to.
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I'd look for something used with a 12 inch speaker, they sound bigger and better than the smallest practise amps with tiny speakers even at low volume.
the vox mini3 is pretty nice if you don't need much volume

i haven't tried the mustang, i'm guessing it's worth a look too
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Get the Mustang. More amp models.

The cube doesn't have proper models, too few. The only cube worth getting are the micro cube and those above 30 watts. Anything in between has way less amp models.

"Three preset COSM amp types: Clean, Crunch, and Lead" Please... don't waste money on this overpriced 10gx.

Don't even bother with the marshall mg. I bet the fender probably does a better job emulating a marshall than a solid state marshall mg.

If you can, get a Mustang ii v.2 for the 12 inch speaker.