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(@old-lefty)
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Has anyone tried one of these Amp-U mini amps? http://www.ampuplugnplay.com/ I'm in kind of a unique position where I can bring my guitar to work and I'd like to use a small amp when I play. I don't want to drag anything around, and I can't play very loud in my workplace but I'd like to be able to practice with some sort of amp instead of what I'm doing now, just playing an un-amplified strat.

I was looking at the Vox mini amps also but it looks like you have to use headphones with those and that's not something I can do at work.

Love the website by the way, tons of valuable info for a beginner especially and you can spend hours searching on here.

Brian


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(@dogbite)
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I love those portable battery mini amps. I have a Fender Twin. I take it camping. my camp mate has a amp that clips on his belt. he walks around the campfire and plays.
total fun.

the tones are what you get. not fantastic, but hey, it works and you can play anywhere.

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(@lue42)
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My recommendation would be to get a Vox Amplug, which is a fantastic headphone amp... very small, very portable and great sound. I have the AC-30 version and am extremely happy with it.

The reason I suggest that is that I am going on the assumption that you have computer speakers at work, or could have them at work for your/a computer? Many computer speakers are great these days... and the combination of the Vox Amplug and a decent set of computer speakers would blow away the sound you would get from the "ampuplugandplay".

Then, you would have a tiny headphone amp you can carry with you in your case. I really with the jack folded against the body of the amp... it is tiny already, but that would make it small enough to carry in your pocket. The jack sticking out at a right angle makes it bigger than it needs to be.

I have used computer speakers in the past plugged into the Vox Amplug and really, it sounds great. Actually, it sounds just as good as my little Marshall 15 watt amp.

There are a couple of videos on YouTube of an Amplug being used this way... they mostly use the Amplug Metal... but you get an idea of the sound that is possible.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y5VKql3lAI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax7g3apOJto
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmvvbJ7B7_c

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(@old-lefty)
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I almost forgot that the Orlando Guitar Expo is in 3 weeks....hopefully there'll be some mini amps I can sample amongst the vendors. So I'll hold off buying anything until then. There's also a musician's swap meet coming up on Sunday so I'll look around there, too.

Good suggestion about the computer speakers, I do have one sitting in front of me and that's what I'm playing the backing tracks and lesson discs on.

Brian


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(@lue42)
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The Vox has an AUX input as well... so you could still listen to your backing tracks, etc through it and play the guitar through it at the same time.

So...
Vox plugged into guitar
Computer to VOX's AUX in (patch cable with headphone jack at each end)
Vox output to computer speakers

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Ibanez Artwood AWS1000ECE-NT
Schecter S-1 30th Anniversary Edition
Ovation CS257
LaPatrie Etude
Washburn Rover RO10


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