#1
Hey UG'ers,

I am going off to college next year and definitely was considering bringing my electric guitar with me (my acoustic is too expensive to lose). I am going to be rooming in the typical dormitory setting and so I won't be able to make a lot of noise as I can do at my house.

So I got to thinking.... How the heck am I going to do this?

Should I bring an amplifier and buy headphones? If so... what kind of headphones do I buy and what is good quality for around $50.

Then I also saw the option of getting like a belt-strap amplifier that I can either play through or plug in a standard headphone set (e.g. Dean's "Stack in a Box" )

Please let me know what it is I should be getting as an alternative to playing through a normal amp... and don't just tell me to turn it down, haha, I don't wanna piss off the roomie either

Open to suggestion but I need to act fast-ish-ly!
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#2
I would just bring a small, 10 watt amp you could stash away under your bed.
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#3
maybe just get a small battery powered amp. like the roland micro cube or a vox da5.

i first thought of a fender champion 600 though.
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#5
i live in the barracks, kind of like a dorm, and i have a roland micro cube, which is, IMO the best practice amp you can get with that kind of money. it's got a headphone jack on the back as well for when you want to be quiet. It's done wonders for me.
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#7
I think you should shell out for something like a toneport for your computer. I mean, it'll sound much better than any low volume 10 watt you're gonna get for $50. Not to mention, you can fool around with effects, models and recording while you're at it.

Either that or the microcube.
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keep your stuff locked up, all of my stuff survived my dorm room because of it. my roommate didnt lock up his stuff, his washburn acoustic was smashed by someone and they couldnt hold anyone responsible because they didnt know who did it. after that, just get like a 75 watt, you never know when you may need to jam with someone.
#9
yea the first semester of college I had a little 15 watt amp...but now that ive moved into my fraternity room I got a lil more room...haha just join a fraternity and your set :P

no but really...headphones can be a good idea...especially if ur roomate is trying to study...or take a nap...ive found that naps happen a lot in college, lol. One visit to the guitar center and they had a punch of used amp just piled up in the middle of the floor...and i found my deville, for under 400$, i jumped on the idea...

this is a 2x12 60 watt tube amp...way more then I need, lol, but the way the rooms where set up, were we had lofted beds with a desk under it, i moved everything down a pit, and put the amp between the head of the bed and the wall...and that actually worked out well
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get a microcube. i have one, it pwns considering it runs on six AAs.
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#12
I'm bringing my Fender Champ 600, but if it ends up being too loud, I'll pick up a toneport or a microcube.
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#13
Pignose 7-100 has no headphone jack, just pure AWESOME!

I'd really consider a microcube, though. I've seen a homeless guy sitting behind a bus stop just jammin' on his microcube. It was pretty cool.

He liked his phaser.
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i wouldnt get a micro amp of any variety. youd be happier with a 5-10 watt combo & headphones.

i made the mistake of bringing my deville to school. it bothered me to have so much incredible tone staring me in the face but being forced to limit the volume significantly.

dont worry about tone for this situation. just get something functional and decent that will give you a fair representation of what you're playing.
#15
any little amp will do, really. tone-wise it's not gonna compare to your nice amp, but as long as it's something you can practice with. for my first year i just used my pedalboard and an old marshall mg10 that i had gotten for free. sounded like crap but 'twas enough to keep me practicing. though hopefullly i'll have enough to get an orange tiny terror come this semester :P.
#17
I'm going to college soon too and I'm getting a small combo and bringing up one of my electrics and my Boss GT-8 so I can jam to anything
#18
I tell you what. . . I bought a micro cube a few months back and it has worked out great for my place. I can jam on my Marshall during the day and the micro cube at night with headphones. I have always hated the micro amps or small low-watt amps, and I still have three other ones (pignose, mini-twin, and peavey rage 112), and none of them match up to the micro cube.

definately go to the store and try out some of them. That is the best way to decide what you are looking for.

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#19
Thanks a lot for the input guys... I think i'll go for the Microcube
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^ I think the Vox DA5 is a little nicer. It has a headphone jack, too.
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#21
Oh man, totally forgot about the vox, I vote vox as long as you don't play lots of metal.
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I'm taking a Fender Champ 600, should be here today actually!
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I'm taking a Fender Champ 600, should be here today actually!
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