Thought I'd see if you had any thoughts about the best way to practice electric in an apartment setting where playing through my amp would be extremely frowned upon.

A couple things I'd considered:

1) Something like a Pocket Rockit.
2) Some way to plug headphones into my amp? There is no digital output.
3) Some way to run everything through my (fairly ancient) laptop?

Any advice would be appreciated.

What amp do you have?
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Living in an apartment I'd recommend looking into a pod, or something like positivegrid.
Get a Roland Micro Cube or similar small digital amp with a headphone out - they are perfect for those situations. They also sound decent at very low volumes and push almost no bass, so you can even play them without bothering the neighbors.
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What amp do you have?

Got handed down an old Music Man... this guy. Pretty casual player so may upgrade at some point, really just kinda getting back into guitar after a long layoff.


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Living in an apartment I'd recommend looking into a pod, or something like positivegrid.

Interesting these look cool, I thought Pod was mostly for recording and such though? Can you just play through one, guitar in one end headphones out the other? If so that could be really cool.

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Get a Roland Micro Cube or similar small digital amp with a headphone out - they are perfect for those situations. They also sound decent at very low volumes and push almost no bass, so you can even play them without bothering the neighbors.

Good idea, I will look into these.
- headphone amps
- solid state amp, those have headphone outputs
- multifx pedals. You can connect headphones to those or computer speakers.
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

Boss Micro-BR 80

Pocket POD

Tascam GT-R1

Korg Pandora Mini

Korg Px4

Korg Pandora Stomp

Korg Px5

Here is a visual comparison of (left to right) Tascam, my PX-5 and one of my Px4s to my old Aiwa cassette player, all resting on a 9"x12" manilla mailing envelope:

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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All of the above are great suggestions. I don't know what your budget is, but you could get a decent practice amp (SS / digital), with a headphone jack, for next to nothing. Orange, Marshall, Peavey, and Fender all make models that can be had for very little on the used market.

Another viable option is grabbing up an HD300. I see them on Craigslist for $100, pretty frequently. It will give you a multi-pronged solution: computer interface, headphone jack, and you can get that cranked tone through your amp at 1.

Another possibility, and probably the cheapest solution, would be to pick up a headphone amp. Several companies make these, including Vox and Joyo (which sell for as little as $12). They're cheap, portable, and would probably be the quickest and easiest solution.

By the way, I love those old Music Man amps. I used to have an old 2x12 from the 70s--I regret selling it.
I had the same problem. What I did is I bought a Scarlet from focusrite which is a USB interface and got guitar rig software. A plus to buy the scarlet was all the software for recording and mixing that came with it. It all goes to my computer of course.
Check out the Zoom G1on or G3.

Among the best multi effects out there, and great for headphone practice. Also include a looper & drum sequencer. The G1on also has aux in which is a handy extra.
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i would recommend a pod as well.
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Also Amplitube for ios (also android now) is what I use with irig HD. The amps are generally great buck Slash and Jimi's suck. Orange amps, Fender and some metal amps are great. Not as good for clean tones. I do recommend studio headphones - gigantic difference over earbuds when using modeling apps.

PS garageband's amps suck. Don't bother there
Another vote for a POD Line6 POD 2 version 2 or the XT version, both pretty good and very portable.