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The Best Busking Amp – 2017 Top Picks and Reviews

The other day, I was walking along my street when I noticed this guy at the local mall playing his guitar and performing live.

And this got me thinking…

I had heard about guys busking and performing live on the streets for money

But this was actually the first time I got to witness someone actually doing it.

A real live guy busking with just his guitar, some battery powered amps and his microphone.

So i thought to myself… all this gear and what is the best busking amp to use for a performance like this.

In this article, we will be looking at the top 5 amps for busking, what busking is and how to get started and some things you need to consider before purchasing an amp for your next street performance.

What is busking?

best busking amp

Simply put, busking is the act of performing in public places or streets for money and gratuities.

There are a couple of reasons why people do it but the major one is that it is a way to make money with your guitar skills.

In most countries, people usually support street performers by giving them money, food, drinks and gifts.

Busking is practiced all over the world by men and women and people who engage in this are called buskers.

The simplest way to get started with busking is to get good gears and just start playing

You may need to get permission to play in front of a store or shop, but apart from that there should be no problems.

As long as you have your gear and equipment, then you are good to go. Here are some things to note

  • Make sure you have a setlist of well known songs to play for your audience. In as much as your audience is probably going to spend a few minutes listening to you, you want to make sure that you capture their attention with popular songs

  • Make sure you pick a nice location. Picking a nice spot that has the right mix of traffic and passers by will give you a higher chance of people noticing you and listening to your songs.

  • Always dress to impress and make a statement. Although your performance will go a long way in attracting people to you, the way you dress will also play a huge role

  • Make sure you carry along a guitar case for advertising and also for collecting tips

  • Finally have fun. This will ensure that you attract the right kind of people and put out positive vibes

Things to consider before you buy a busking amp

1. Is it battery powered?

This is probably the most important thing you need to consider before you buy an amp for busking.


Simply because you want something that can be powered by battery.

This will save you the stress of constantly looking for a power outlet or logging a generator around.

So the first thing you need to consider is that, whatever amp you get should be battery powered and will last for a long time.

2. It should be portable and durable.

This second point is a little related to the one mentioned above.

Basically you want something that is not too heavy and can be easily moved about.

You are definitely not going to be stuck in one place when performing. As such you need something that is portable.

Also you want something that is durable and can withstand all the battering that comes with street performance.

A high grade quality amp should be able to serve you for a long time without packing up.

3. What is the wattage?

This has to do with power output and how loud it is.

Remember that you are performing outside and you want your audience to hear you clearly.

You definitely want an amp that has enough power and wattage so you can be heard by your audience.

The best way to check for this is to look at the product and check the instruction manual that comes with it.

Our Top 5 Best Busking Amp

1. Roland CUBE Street Amplifier

This is a personal favourite of mine and is one of the most common busking amps out there.

It has a 50W output and can also be powered by batteries making it very easy and comfortable to use anywhere.

It comes with 2 by 8 inches speakers and 2 by 2 tweeters that helps to add that razz to your songs when playing.

It has four independent channels that allows you to plug up to 4 other equipment as possible. Things such as your mic, guitar and audio devices can be easily hooked up to it.

It has a natural angled back which you can effectively use as a stage monitor.

It is very lightweight and comes with a simple ergonomic handle that makes it very easy to move around.


  • It has 50W of power and also can be run on batteries
  • It has a lot of options for easy connectivity
  • It is very light and easy to setup


  • It does not have a dedicated effects dial for mix

2. Vox Soundbox Guitar Amplifier Speaker

This is a very small and portable amplifier system that packs as much punch as some of the big boys out there.

This makes it very ideal and suitable for busking

It comes with its proprietary guitar VOX amp signature packed into a very compact and portable box.

It has an input section that supports a variety of instruments such as keyboards, bass and electric guitars.

It has a center cancel function which is in the AUX IN input which helps to control the sound quality entering the box.

It can be powered by using six AA batteries which can run for at least 5 hours.


  • It comes in a thick metal housing making it very strong and durable
  • It has a lot of power output making it good for practice and rehearsals
  • It is very portable and can be easily moved about


  • The sound quality may not be as clean as you expect.

3. Samson Expedition XP106w Amplifier

This is a portable and battery powered amplifier that can be used for busking as well as a PA system.

It has a 2 way speaker enclosure and 6 inches subwoofer that makes the sound quality very crisp and clear.

It is very light with a class D amp that produces 100watts of power when used.

It comes with a lot of connection inputs to help you easily hook up other equipments and start your performance.

It comes with a USB wireless microphone

It uses rechargeable batteries that can last up to 20 hours when fully charged.

It has bluetooth connectivity options that allows you to easily stream music wirelessly.


  • It is lightweight and portable
  • It has bluetooth connectivity
  • It can be used for up to 20 hours when fully charged


  • It is very loud and might start to clip at very loud volumes

4. Peavey Solo Portable Amplifier

This is a compact and very portable amp that gives crystal clear sound signals

It can be run using both AC and batteries giving you lots of options for use.

It is very light in weight which makes it ideal for use as you move around a lot

It can also serve as a ready made PA system which makes it easy to get quality sounds at all time.

It comes with a top notch quality cable that can be used to connect your guitar to the amp.


  • It is compact and portable
  • It can be used for hours when fully charged
  • It can be used as a ready made PA


  • It begins to distort at very loud volumes

5. Fishman Loudbox Amplifier

Made by the trusted Fishman brand, this is one amplifier that is dedicated to making sure you get the best sound quality as possible.

It has two channels that accept both mics and other music equipment

Its channels come fitted with a 3 band EQ that gives you control over how your audio sounds.

It is very light and portable making it easy to use in different locations

It has 120 watts of clean and very crisp sounds that gives you enough power for both outdoors and indoors use.

It comes with a lot of digital effects such as Reverb, Delay, Chorus and Flanger which helps add some extra spice to how your music sounds


  • It has excellent sound quality
  • It comes with great onboard effects
  • It is lightweight and portable


  • It may start to clip at very loud volumes


Busking is a fun activity that a lot of people are getting into. The main thing is to have the right gear and this includes getting a good amp for your guitar.

If you have any tips and advice, leave them in the box below

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Uche Ibe

Uche is a passionate Singer who loves to teach people about music and help them get better. When I am not updating this blog with helpful content, you can catch me at the nearest lawn tennis court.

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