#1
Hello, everybody!

I am somewhat in the market for a mini amp. I know, it sounds lame, and it probably is, but for me, it would be nice to have a small amp that clips to my pants or belt that I could just plug in some headphones and jam anywhere with my electric guitar. I've seen the Marshall MS-2 and it's got good reviews, especially for what I'm looking for. Just wondering if there's one a little better, maybe with more effects or a better tone.

That being said, if you are going to say "Don't do it, it's stupid" or "That's a waste of money", please save me the hassle and skip this post.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR:
1. Nothing with a bunch of fancy tones and equalizers and sound effects. Just something basic and easy to mess around with. Sure, if it has lots of features, all the better.
2. Something under $100, preferably around $50.
3. It doesn't have to be over 1 watt. Really, I'd primarily be using this with headphones anyways.


I have a BOSS GT-8 in my room with a Marshall amp. The mini amp would be purely for practicing use, so I don't care if it doesn't sound great, it just needs to sound decent. If I came up with a riff I liked on the mini amp, then I could go to my BOSS and fix it up a bit and make it sound better.

So what I'm asking is:
What's a good mini amp with a belt clip around $50 with a few good effects, OD or Distortion required?
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#2
Roland Micro Cube. $60 used typically. It's way better than you think it should be. I have one and it's my favorite travel/busking amp but I loaned it to a friend and now he thinks he owns it.
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#3
Get a Line 6 pocket POD
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#4
Roland Micro Cube, Korg Pandora (a bit flimsy but I loved the clean sounds), POD. The Vox Amplugs are pretty good if you want inexpensive and basic.

Here's bit of advice I got from the techs at my mates music store that works for me. - Use cheap lo-fi headphones to take the edge off the sound. I use Ashton drum headphones, big, comfortable and warm-sounding.
#5
Alright, thanks for the advice and suggestions.

I have some Beyerdynamic DT770 pro's and they're absolutely fantastic. I also use some Sennheiser earbuds (which are my favorites to use for playing guitar) and headphones.

cajundaddy, about the Roland...would it be fine for just walking/lounging around with? That's kind of what I'm looking for.
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#6
I pester people in public with a lil danelectro mini amp. Its pretty simple, acdc, and has a scratchy, dirty tone to it. Not bad for $20 new I guess.
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#7
Korg Pandora Mini.
No amplification going on, but it's tiny and has a long ton of stuff in it for headphone practice. Perfect with the Beyerdynamic 770s.
#8
Quote by lucky1978
I pester people in public with a lil danelectro mini amp. Its pretty simple, acdc, and has a scratchy, dirty tone to it. Not bad for $20 new I guess.


i have too. as stupid as it sounds, for some things it isn't exactly half bad. that goes in my suit case if i travel with a guitar, or if i am flying to MN my grandma keeps my strat that i leave up there safe.

works great though.
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Quote by trashedlostfdup
i have too. as stupid as it sounds, for some things it isn't exactly half bad. that goes in my suit case if i travel with a guitar, or if i am flying to MN my grandma keeps my strat that i leave up there safe.

works great though.



They get pretty loud too. Whats $20 for a sweet lil amp you can use as a faux belt buckle and impress the ladies?!
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#10
Quote by lucky1978


They get pretty loud too. Whats $20 for a sweet lil amp you can use as a faux belt buckle and impress the ladies?!


+1, yea they do get pretty loud too and don't fall on their face when you turn it up a bit. hell yea
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#11
If you're only planning on playing through headphones and/or interfacing with your PC for the forseeable future, consider a portable digital modeling device like one of these (some are discontinued, can still be easily found):

Boss Micro-BR 4 track
http://www.bossus.com/gear/productdetails.php?ProductId=818

Boss Micro-BR 80
http://www.bossus.com/gear/productdetails.php?ProductId=1167

Pocket POD
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Line-6-Pocket-POD-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-104391875-i1173933.gc

Tascam GT-R1
http://tascam.com/product/gt-r1/

Korg Pandora Mini
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Korg-Pandora-Mini-PXMINI-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-H70754-i1746466.gc

Korg Px4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvaXhaTW-B8&sns=em

Korg Pandora Stomp
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/PandoraSTOr/

Korg Px5
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Korg-Pandora-PX5D-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-104821715-i1387080.gc

Here is a visual comparison of (left to right) Tascam, my PX-5 and one of my Px4s to my old Aiwa cassette player:



Only the Tascam has decent acoustic recording capacity. All DO have features like tuners, metronomes, drum synthesizers, and digital amp & pedal modeling.

So with decent headphones, you can rock out like you were playing Texas Stadium. And yes, they are all about the size of an old Walkman.

The ones I own: the Tascam has the external mics, a phrase trainer (loop & slow down stuff for practicing), and takes SD cards. Both it and the PX5 can connect directly to your computer via a USB port. It is less powerful than the PX5, but, oddly, the PX5 does not have a belt/strap hook.

The ones I don't own: The Line6 PocketPOD is, I believe, the most popular device like this; the Boss might be the most powerful (and priciest); the Pandora Mini is the smallest (its about the size of a stack of business cards), cheapest, and least powerful.
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#12
Quote by uto998
Alright, thanks for the advice and suggestions.
cajundaddy, about the Roland...would it be fine for just walking/lounging around with? That's kind of what I'm looking for.


Yep, it's bigger than a belt buckle but small enough to easily carry around on a guitar strap. I often us it for warmup before a gig or toss it in my car when I travel. It's also busker friendly and just loud enough for the street scene.

http://www.amazon.com/Roland-Micro-Cube-Guitar-Amp/dp/B0002D0096
"Your sound is in your hands as much as anything. It's the way you pick, and the way you hold the guitar, more than it is the amp or the guitar you use." -- Stevie Ray Vaughan

"Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the motherfucker who plays it is 80 percent." -- Miles Davis

Guthrie on tone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmohdG9lLqY
#14
Quote by dspellman
Korg Pandora Mini.
No amplification going on, but it's tiny and has a long ton of stuff in it for headphone practice. Perfect with the Beyerdynamic 770s.


That's actually a pretty cool little thing. Thanks for the suggestion!

Quote by dannyalcatraz
If you're only planning on playing through headphones and/or interfacing with your PC for the forseeable future, consider a portable digital modeling device like one of these (some are discontinued, can still be easily found):

Boss Micro-BR 4 track
http://www.bossus.com/gear/productdetails.php?ProductId=818

Boss Micro-BR 80
http://www.bossus.com/gear/productdetails.php?ProductId=1167

Pocket POD
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Line-6-Pocket-POD-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-104391875-i1173933.gc

Tascam GT-R1
http://tascam.com/product/gt-r1/

Korg Pandora Mini
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Korg-Pandora-Mini-PXMINI-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-H70754-i1746466.gc

Korg Px4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvaXhaTW-B8&sns=em

Korg Pandora Stomp
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/PandoraSTOr/

Korg Px5
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Korg-Pandora-PX5D-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-104821715-i1387080.gc

Here is a visual comparison of (left to right) Tascam, my PX-5 and one of my Px4s to my old Aiwa cassette player:



Only the Tascam has decent acoustic recording capacity. All DO have features like tuners, metronomes, drum synthesizers, and digital amp & pedal modeling.

So with decent headphones, you can rock out like you were playing Texas Stadium. And yes, they are all about the size of an old Walkman.

The ones I own: the Tascam has the external mics, a phrase trainer (loop & slow down stuff for practicing), and takes SD cards. Both it and the PX5 can connect directly to your computer via a USB port. It is less powerful than the PX5, but, oddly, the PX5 does not have a belt/strap hook.

The ones I don't own: The Line6 PocketPOD is, I believe, the most popular device like this; the Boss might be the most powerful (and priciest); the Pandora Mini is the smallest (its about the size of a stack of business cards), cheapest, and least powerful.


Not exactly looking for something that only has effects. It would be nice if it had amplification capabilities. Especially if I can get a Roland for $150 as compared to $250 for just a processor.

Thanks for the advice, though. If I start travelling a little more, I'll probably get one of these.

Quote by paul.housley.7
These can be had for 30-40 bucks new. Both of my guitar playin' buddies liked fiddling around with mine. I like it too.
http://www.voxamps.com/amplug/


Not entirely what I'm looking for, either. It's very basic. Too basic, in fact. I don't want to spend $80 on three little pocket amps with one effect each when I can spend $50 on a small Marshall with all I need. Or $150 for a Roland which will probably last a little longer and has more effects.

Quote by Cajundaddy
Yep, it's bigger than a belt buckle but small enough to easily carry around on a guitar strap. I often us it for warmup before a gig or toss it in my car when I travel. It's also busker friendly and just loud enough for the street scene.

http://www.amazon.com/Roland-Micro-Cube-Guitar-Amp/dp/B0002D0096


Thanks for the advice. I think you've made up my mind for me. It is battery powered, correct?
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#16
Quote by uto998
Thanks for the advice. I think you've made up my mind for me. It is battery powered, correct?
I have a Line 6 Micro Spider amp unlike the roland micro cube its has an acoustic setting and its the same size. i have even seen a new rolland amp that is a bit more streamlined that the cube.
I have even seen AC1 RhythmVOX and other small cheep battery amps that have built in drum effects. also a good option.
there is lots to choose from depending on your usage.
Roland Cube Light is a new cube series smaller than the cube mini.
roland street cube is a great battery amp and the roland AC33 acoustic guitar battery amp are also pretty good.
If you have not already got something it may be worth saving for something you can use for busking or playing small gigs. may cost more but worth it. and the quality will be that much better.

i have a roland cube 20XL bass amp not battery but great for practicing my bass at home. so rolland do make great stuff.

My first amp was a Marshall MS-4 mini amp, got it cause it was better for acoustic with extra gain knob over the MS-2 see MS-4 Review (sadly this got stolen and I replaced it with a Line 6 Micro spider)

Vox make 2 headphone amps the amplug and amphones.Vox Headphone Amps

enjoy what ever you decide to get and have fun.

Dont forget to watch reviews, demos of amps on youtube to get an idea of what they are like.
Last edited by mickeyj4j at Mar 19, 2015,
#17
Quote by lucky1978
I pester people in public with a lil danelectro mini amp. Its pretty simple, acdc, and has a scratchy, dirty tone to it. Not bad for $20 new I guess.


what exact mini amp is it Danelectro have the honeytone and the hodad both great amps.