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Despite a few weaknesses, 5 stars are still well-earned.,
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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.
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Initial post: 2 Nov 2010 21:48:10 GMT
Mst J. A. Mccrone says:
Hey, thanks for the review but do you know if you can use it without headphones? Thanks in advance.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2010 08:16:56 GMT
Yes - that's the whole point of it.
Obviously, the speaker is small so don't go for heavy distortion or booming bass, but this little unit IS just for practise or playing in a very small ensemble.
If you search Youtube for the demo of AmpuPlugnPlay you'll see what this type of unit looks like and how it works. The item I've reviewed is almost exactly the same - but it's half the price.
Don't expect something of immense robustness, but it definitely is a VERY useful little accessory and is only fragile if you wallop your guitar around a lot.
I'm about to undertake some work on one of my guitars during which I'll be using this mini amp to test things as I go - it will save having to set up cables and a full amp. I'm taking photos of the project and these will eventually be uploaded to Youtube as a demo of the undertaking. That will show the mini-amp in use.
VOX sell a range of mini plug-in amps but they MUST be used with earphones as they have no inbuilt speaker.
Posted on 14 May 2011 15:05:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 May 2011 15:05:42 BDT
Thanks for the advice - gone for the Amp-U-Plug-N-Play, now £19
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