#1
Hey everyone! Last night I was watching a Youtube video of singer-songwriter, Shakey Graves. He was using one of these Honeytone Mini Amps, I liked the sound he was getting out of it but had never heard of them...

I did some research, read some Musician'sFriend reviews and I think that one of these little things would be perfect for the style of music I play (acoustic folk-pop-county stuff). And for $20, the price is perfect for my kinda shoestring budget.

Does anyone here in GG&A own a Honeytone? What's everyone's opinion of them?

#2
Never tried one in person, just some considerations:

It's a youtube video, the sound coming out of that thing might have been changed in post production by a fair amount.
It's a hell of a small amp, it will have close to zero ability to reproduce bass at appreciable volumes and it will start giving you a pretty bad sounding distortion even if you don't turn the volume up much.
The headphones output will have no speaker emulation, giving you a pretty bad sound in any case.

If you're up for all that, by any means get one.
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#3
Some of the best recorded albums have used small guitar amps. While it may not be a "go to" amplifier, it could be interesting to use in the right application (recording). If I had one here, I'd be tempted to slap a mic on it and see what it can do. It's only $20... give it a shot.

Edit: Is the song titled Late July? You also need to realize, if this is the correct song, that the Honeytone amp is not miced. So, even though he's using one in the video, he may not have used it in the studio recording the song. That's the cool thing about videos - they usually don't record the song played in the video. It's dubbed over, which is why it sound good.
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I haven't tried one, but that'd be my feeling. If you like the tone it puts out, it might be worth the risk for all it costs.
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Some of the best recorded albums have used small guitar amps.
Please list all of the decently selling recorded albums that feature guitar amps using 3" speakers in them you know of.
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#6
I have one. The lil thing is pretty bad ass! There's no clean, its cheaply made and I wouldn't recommend gigging with (though I'd get a kick outta that). But its louder than it looks, has a cool, gritty distortion sound to it and its only $20.
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Please list all of the decently selling recorded albums that feature guitar amps using 3" speakers in them you know of.



Just went back and reread my post and confirmed that I never said anything about recordings using 3" speakers. I did say "small" amps, which is subjective. This is what I'm referring to:

http://www2.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/10-huge-sounds-recorded-521.aspx

While none of the musicians in the article above used a Honeytone amp, several of them have used the venerable Fender Champ - Clapton used a 3-watt model on some of his recordings. If you can get a great tone out of that $20 amp and it sounds good to you, then have at it.
#8
With some post work, it can sound pretty good. You could probably even put a few pedals in front of it at low outputs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_exrbzGESA

I presume this is the video you are talking about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np1tVSJpO_E You're also hearing a lot of the natural guitar acoustics.

It'd be good for you until you can get an actual amp c: I recommend the Blackstar Fly though.
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Hey everyone! Last night I was watching a Youtube video of singer-songwriter, Shakey Graves. He was using one of these Honeytone Mini Amps, I liked the sound he was getting out of it but had never heard of them...

I did some research, read some Musician'sFriend reviews and I think that one of these little things would be perfect for the style of music I play (acoustic folk-pop-county stuff). And for $20, the price is perfect for my kinda shoestring budget.

Does anyone here in GG&A own a Honeytone? What's everyone's opinion of them?


I have the Aqua (cheaper at $18.95 and better tone than the more expensive Yellow, Black, or Burgundy)) and it sounds nice with a Kokoboost.
#10
i have a honeytone, and i love the thing. i would never gig with it or anything, but $20 its a riot. its got a fuzzy tone, no cleans, and it can get pretty loud. its interesting.

$20 buy one from guitar center, if you don't like it return it two weeks later. no risk.

its just a toy. pots are actually solid (however mine is a decade old and things could have changed) t can handle loud volumes from that little speaker.

i have toyed with the idea of adding a speaker jack to see what it would sound like pushing a 12" speaker cab. i would then just reconnect it for normal.

i think its cool.
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Never tried one in person, just some considerations:

It's a youtube video, the sound coming out of that thing might have been changed in post production by a fair amount.
It's a hell of a small amp, it will have close to zero ability to reproduce bass at appreciable volumes and it will start giving you a pretty bad sounding distortion even if you don't turn the volume up much.
The headphones output will have no speaker emulation, giving you a pretty bad sound in any case.

If you're up for all that, by any means get one.
Worse thing that can happen, you lost 20 bucks.


i must say you are making bold negative accusations for never trying one. some legitimacy on a theory basis, but , maybe give one a go before you burn it at the stake.
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