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Despite a few weaknesses, 5 stars are still well-earned.
on 8 October 2010
OK - for £15 (well for ALMOST £15) you aren't going to get a really classy, hammer-proof piece of kit. But if the seller is still shown as the Really Useful Music Company, there might not be any additional costs for postage. (there weren't when I bought mine).
I bought the unit on a whim and didn't expect to be anything more than mildy interested, but I've actually been very impressed.
There are a few weaknesses, so let's identify those first ....
(1) The amp is very lightweight and feels as if it could easily be broken if handled roughly or if pressure was put on it whilst it was plugged into your guitar.
(2) The speaker is necessarily small and not of brilliant quality - but it does its job.
(3) There is no way to adjust the distortion setting other than using the Gain on your guitar.
(4) If you have your guitar Gain setting on maximum there is every possibility that you will experience feedback.
So why have I still awarded it 5 stars? --- because for the money it is an amazing and really useful piece of kit. I found that it worked best with my guitar's Gain controls rolled back to about 7 or maybe 8. Unless you are a really unrealistic optimist, you aren't going to expect powerful output or fantastically exciting distortion ... but it's surprising that you can achieve. I found that the little amp could punch out quite a reasonable volume. Also, for anyone who wants to quietly practise, or for a beginner who can't yet afford the price of a reasonable amp, this little unit is fantastic as you can use it 'live' or silent if you plug in earphones. I've uploaded a set of my own photos which show the unit in a bit more detail. (I've not shown the set of mini-earphones that come with the unit).
The amp fits into Les Paul and Strat-style guitars without difficulty. On the former, it can spin round but this isn't really a problem and connection isn't broken.
Be aware that for exactly double the cost of this Miniamp, there is another alternative. It's called the 'AmpuPlugnPlay'. There's a good demo of it on Youtube.
Sometimes dealers list it as 'Amp-U-Plug-N-Play' - but search beyond Amazon as postage costs vary and may even be zero.
If you can afford £30 for this type of accessory - it's probably better, but if you want to spend less and have almost as versatile a unit, then this 'Mini guitar 2 watt practice amplifier with earphones and MP3 socket' is superb value.