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Which has the best-sounding, built-in distortion?

• The Dean Markley GT1000 Micro
• Fender Mini Deluxe
• Fender Mini Twin
• Marshall MS-2 Mini
• Marshall MS-4 Micro Stack
• Smokey Mini Amp

Other suggestions? What's the name of that one that's like a little box that plugs right into your guitar?
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I dont now about mini-amps but the "little box" you mentioned would be a Vox AmPlug
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The Vox is way overpriced. Try the DVForge Jamplug.
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Thanks. Oh, damn. I thought that had a speaker in it, but it's only a headphone amp. I was looking for a mini-amp with a speaker, so that I could play with my friends at work. We're all going to get the same mini-amps.

But that Smokey Mini Amp sounds cool! Check out the Guitar Center online description:

"The world's smallest and least expensive U.S.-made guitar amp!

About the size of a cigarette pack, amazingly it can drive a 4 x 12 cabinet. (We didn't believe it either, so we tried it. And, sure enough, through the magic of technology, it was actually loud and sounded great, though the battery didn't hold out long.) It responds to the volume knob on your guitar and generates a sweet and convincing tube amp overdrive when cranked. It has its own built-in speaker. It can also be used on the input of another amp as a fuzz box." —Guitar Center


All I need is a male-to-male, 1/4' phone, and I'd be good to go with that thing.
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In that case, the Smokey amp might have the most bang for your buck.
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Thanks. Have you tried any of the others? Good? Bad? Sucks? At these prices, cost isn't an issue at all. I'm just looking for the best-sounding distortion, from a little amp with a built-in speaker, that can still fit inside my guitar case.
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yeah get a smokey
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I haven't heard anything good about the Marshalls. I don't know about the Fenders though.
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Weren't he just in search for the BEST mini-amp? not best/buck. there's one HELL of a difference between that I must say.

Anyways, I've no idea which's the best, but they can't be that expensive.
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Not the Marshall MS-2 Mini! I have that one... the electronics or somethin is screwy.. but its still fun!
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Wow! I just read all the Harmony Central reviews, and they were overall, hugely positive on this little Smokey amp. I just hope Guitar Center stocks this retail (they probably don't). I hate waiting for mail order stuff! Thanks for all the helpful replies!

The other question, is, what is the BEST-sounding mini-amp overall (regardless of its distortion capability)? Because I just realized, I could just Velcro a Danelectro mini kind of pedal to any of the above mini-amps, for the distortion part, and it would all still fit in my guitar case.
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what is the BEST-sounding mini-amp overall (regardless of its distortion capability)?

That would be the ZVex Nano.
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No speakers.
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Wrong it has a small inbuilt 1" speaker
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well the smokey amp seems like a good choice (besides the zvex nano... which is a little expensive for a mini amp, yes its tube but still)... i like the vox da5... its not traditionally mini but its a nice little five watter... the micro cube runs in a similar vein but i didnt like it as much for some reason
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Wrong it has a small inbuilt 1" speaker
Oh. My bad! Thanks. Okay, then, what's the SECOND-best sounding little amp?
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I know...old thread but I thought I'd chime in because I have a few mini amps.

#1 on my list is the Vox AMplug but for speakers...I also have a mini Fender Tonemaster amp.
with the plastic parts and small speakers it sounds a little thin BUT it's loud and a fun, nice practice amp.

I will mic the fender up tomorrow with the SM57 and post a few recordings just so everyone gets an idea of how this product sounds.
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I know...old thread but I thought I'd chime in because I have a few mini amps. I will mic the fender up tomorrow with the SM57 and post a few recordings just so everyone gets an idea of how this product sounds.
No, that's great! Thanks! I still haven't gotten around to getting one yet! Glad you posted!

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Smokey amp. Just try and install a treble bleed mod on your volume control. Makes it much more usable. Treble bleed's are super easy to install.
Hey, thanks! That sounds like a cool mod. I was leaning toward the Smokey anyway, just haven't gotten around to ordering one yet. It's so inexpensive, that even if it sucks, it's fine. Thanks for your comment, and for the link!
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Sorry for the delay everyone..just got back from class and all and finished the record.
Glad I could help you out LEVEL4

I have a work .doc file with a table to let you know what the knobs were set at for each sample I played. I have a .wmv file for the audio part of it.

I'll zip it up and make it an .rar file so a program like WinRAR should be able to open the file with both parts.

Rapidshare link to the file:
http://rapidshare.com/files/67710159/Fender_Tone_Master_mini.zip.html
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apparently the danelectro honeytone is very nice sounding, someone was saying about it yesterday, just wish I could remember the thread
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Quote by moody07747
Sorry for the delay everyone..just got back from class and all and finished the record.
Glad I could help you out LEVEL4

I have a work .doc file with a table to let you know what the knobs were set at for each sample I played. I have a .wmv file for the audio part of it.

I'll zip it up and make it an .rar file so a program like WinRAR should be able to open the file with both parts.

Rapidshare link to the file:
http://rapidshare.com/files/67710159/Fender_Tone_Master_mini.zip.html
Thanks a lot for going through all that trouble! I'll have a listen when I get home from work later.

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apparently the danelectro honeytone is very nice sounding, someone was saying about it yesterday, just wish I could remember the thread
Thanks. I just happened to try the Honeytone yesterday. Sounds nice, but it's not for me. There's not enough gain for any kind of metal distortion sound.
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^ reviews on HC say it takes well to pedals, but i mean your defeating the purpose when you start bringing a pedalboard with 20 9V batteries around lol
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The Smokey amp doesn't sound all that great. However, it's cheap and it's small. So it's OK. Just don't want you to get your hopes too high.
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I hate to rain on the Smokey amp parade, but I personally found it to sound horrible.

I picked one up without ever hearing it in person (hey, it was only 30 bucks), and I was extremely disappointed with its performance. I'm no tone snub, but I couldn't stand the way it sounded. I honestly preferred playing without any amp to playing with the Smokey amp.

With that said, I didn't try it through a cab, but if what you want is a portable amp, then this may not necessarily be your best bet.

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The Smokey amp doesn't sound all that great. However, it's cheap and it's small. So it's OK. Just don't want you to get your hopes too high.

Thanks. Yeah, I wasn't expecting much from that hard plastic little speaker. Seemed kind of a neat product, though.

Quote by FourSticks17
I hate to rain on the Smokey amp parade, but I personally found it to sound horrible.

I picked one up without ever hearing it in person (hey, it was only 30 bucks), and I was extremely disappointed with its performance. I'm no tone snub, but I couldn't stand the way it sounded. I honestly preferred playing without any amp to playing with the Smokey amp.

With that said, I didn't try it through a cab, but if what you want is a portable amp, then this may not necessarily be your best bet.

Just my two cents.
Thanks for your comment. Yeah, I just wanted something I could just keep in my guitar case, so that I'd be able to just whip out my guitar, and be able to play anywhere. Also, in my work, sometimes I have move quickly, so I can't be toting around a Roland Cube, even as small as that is, around with me. Is there anything else you would suggest over the Smokey?
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The Smokey amp is pretty much a what-you-see-what-you-get.

It's really reactive with your volume and tone controls, and your picking dynamics. It CAN sound harsh, if you don't know what you're doing. I still have mine, and I think it's freakin' awesome, as it can fit in my case. It sounds pretty beastly if you put it to a cab...

Alternative..? Build your own LM386 based amp. Super easy.
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u think i can add a Mosfet clipper circuit on a LM386 ruby? o.O
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i want to build a little amp inside a hard shell guitar case hahaha.

so i can play my strat everywhere.


are there any linear really clean but small amplifiers? i want to add a dirt box in front as kind of a preamp.
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i want to build a little amp inside a hard shell guitar case hahaha.

so i can play my strat everywhere.


are there any linear really clean but small amplifiers? i want to add a dirt box in front as kind of a preamp.
Hey, man! That's a DAMNED good idea! Plenty of space for the electronics, batteries, speakers. PLENTY of space. By the way, what's this "Ruby" thing everybody keeps mentioning?
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Oh, thanks! By the way, has anyone ever tried this Dean Markley GT1000 Micro Amp? It looks like a portable transistor radio (just the kind of sound I'm looking for). I'm looking for a lot of out-of-the-box distortion.
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hmmm. i still want a really clean amp and push it with a Old Crazy Dave. hahaha.
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