It was only a matter of time before the features of virtual software amps hit digital hardware, resulting in what could be a perfect practice amp:

  • Multiple amp models: Clean, crunch, overdrive, whatever you need — in one hardware amp.
  • 11 digital effects: Multiple effects, and even tap tempo for modulation/delay time. Included effects: wah, chorus, compressor, delay, reverb, phaser, and combinations.
  • Multiple inputs: Guitar in, yes, but also an aux in (for an MP3 player, computer, etc.) and even a mic in.
  • Portable, powered: Runs on an AC adapter or six C batteries, and weighs under 8 pounds. How, you ask? The speaker is a tiny 6.5″.
  • Line, headphone outs: Plug in headphones and you defeat the speaker. Yep, this works well as a practice amp.

  • There you have it: you can leave your laptop or heavy amps at home and practice anywhere you like. Don’t expect any big sound out of the speaker, but having different amp models and effects could make practicing more fun.

    Street price: US$140. Better add that to our Holiday Shopping List! And what’s more hilarious than using an amp as a stocking stuffer?

    In other amp news, it seems to be amp week over on Harmony Central: Vox also has a traditional (non-digital) amp with a “classic British tone,” bass players can drop $2800 on a bass amp, and best of all, the Hottie toaster amp with a custom auto paint job is going to be available this month. That’s the toaster you use for breakfast, not some kind of special “guitar amp” lingo — see CDM: Advances in Toaster Music Technology

    • rockridge98

      "It was only a matter of time before the features of virtual software amps hit digital hardware".

      Umm, I think that time was about 1996 when Line 6, Johnson, and H&K came out with completely digital modeling amps containing amp models and digital effects.

    • rolandreinke

      You may be right there rockridge….. maybe they haven't been this small before, but otherwise digital simulation amps (or, as I prefer to call them, computerized amplifiers) have been around for some time.
      I never liked the idea much though I have a Roland cube at the reahearsal space… OK to amplify the guitar but otherwise, the sound ain't too great…

    • admin

      Kinda botched that lead there, sorry, but I'm still fairly certain they haven't been a form factor this small before. Could be wrong.

      Anyway, I'm with Roland (in comments, not the hardware maker) that I'm suspicious of digital amps. But this is a little tiny practice amp, anyway, and for what it is — at the price — my standards would be much lower.