Price paid: £ 38
Purchased from: GAK
Features: This amp is designed so that you plug it straight into your guitar. No leads are required because it has a built in jack. It has three very basic dials on it which are volume, tone and gain. It also has a rather poor delay option which you can't set the delay time for. It has a head phone jack but no speakers, meaning that you can only use it with headphones or plugging it in to speakers.
It is very useful if you want to play guitar at night time or at the computer or your going away somewhere such as on holiday. This is because it is very light and very small and uses batteries. // 5
Sound: I use it with many different guitars and it works fine with all of them. The only problem I have found is when it is used with a stratocaster. This is because the input jack for a strat is on the front of the guitar and is at an angle to the body of the guitar. This means the amplug can and does come loose from the jack at times.
I play 1980's metal and rock (Guns N' Roses, Motley Crue, Iron Maiden etc). The AmPlug more than copes with this style of music. If you however wish to play Blink-182 covers (God forbid) the amplug wont cope (thank goodness).
The AmPlug can reach very high volumes so if you want you can put the head phones around your shoulders turn the volume up to 10 and play as if you had speakers. As I mentioned the delay is rather bad and it drains the batteries faster. If, however, the set delay is the delay wish to use it is alright.
The tone is very good, especially for something so small and inexpensive. Compared to the AmPlug Metal the tone is less thick and more lead like. If like me you play glam metal this tone is also very good for rhythm playing. // 8
Reliability & Durability: I have had my AmPlug for about a year now and it hasn't broken down. There is very little to go wrong with it. The batteries last a very long time, I think it's 15 hours with out the delay which is by far enough seeing as it isn't exactly going to be used as a main amp. // 9
Overall Impression: To summarise, if your looking for something which requires no leads or plugging in to the mains, something which can do lead and rhythem tones very well indeed and something that isn't going to cost you hundreds of pounds, the Vox AmPlug is ideal. Yes, it isn't as good as a much larger and more costly amplifier but that is because it isn't a much larger and more costly amplifier.
The only compettion out there that I am aware of is the Harley Benton version which is significantly cheeper but the tone doesn't compare to the Vox AmPlug. So all in all a very good, portable amplifier. // 9