AmPlug Metal review by Vox

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Features: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 8.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.6 (22 votes)
Vox: AmPlug Metal
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Price paid: C$ 50

Purchased from: Ebay Seller

Sound — 9
When I plugged this into a random pair of sony headphones, man was I blown away by the sound. I use an Epiphone G-400 with an MRG Rocker in the bridge, a stock AL-3000 and a partscaster with a GFS Lil Killer in the bridge. Really nice tone, honestly sounds better then most low end solid state amps, if I were a beginner I'd buy a few of these instead of an amp. Distortion can get very heavy, but can also do things like guns n roses pretty well too, minus the solo tone. I find it great for rhythm playing but not so much for lead, but there is another amplug for that anyways. Its possible to get a clean tone but only with a single coil, gain down, volume on the amplug up and lower the guitars volume a bit, it actually gives a decent clean sound with a strat. I play thrash and 80's hair metal on this and its great. Despite what you may think, it can get loud enough. I went out and bought a cheap pair of headphones, not ear buds, and it made alot of difference than the noise canceling sony ones I had. They only costed 8 bucks, so I could imagine how it sounds on a 100 dollar pair. I never got to use the aux in yet so I can't comment on that. Is this amp noisy? No its actually really quiet depending on the enviroment. For instance, when in my room with a computer on, its quiet, but when I turn my little T.V on its get a really annoying buzz, but its really not an issue once you find a place to play. I do however find the controls react to each other. For instance, if you have the gain on 10, which really isn't needed, then you probably should put the tone past 6 or 7 and volume past 3. That's right 3. Its fairly loud. I never put the volume past 4.

Overall Impression — 9
Overall, this is the best thing invented since slice bread. I'm still amazed how great this sounds. My Peavey XXX is in repair right now so this thing helped me through this wait period. I play thrash and 80'hair metal on this thing and its great, better than most low end solid states. I've been playing 3 years and have 3 other guitars and they all sound great on this thing. The only thing I don't like about it is the plastic casing, but it seems to hold fine. I love the tone. If it were stolen, I would easily buy another as its only 50 CAD. Overall, great buy, really convenient device.

Reliability & Durability — 8
It comes in a plastic case which doesn't seem like a good idea. However it holds up pretty good, I dropped mine a few times and its fine. I've had it for a few weeks and never had a problem with it. I wouldn't gig with it, but take it to practice Backstage maybe. Seems prety well built for such a small palm size amp.

Features — 7
A fairly new device. Its a headphone amp (No built in speaker), that models a high gain american voiced amp. Has a gain, tone, and volume control, and an aux in for playing along with a CD player or mp3 player. Pretty basic, but yet versatile, compact and portable.

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    SGburnsRED
    From all the reviews of this i've read and videos it sounds awesome! Im going to buy this today or tomorrow.