Vox amPlug (Classic Rock)Item ID: amPlugRock
Compact Headphone Guitar Amplifier with Analog Circuitry, High-gain Tone, 15-hour Battery Life, and Auxiliary In Jack for Music Players
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Classic Rock Guitar Tone You Can Take Anywhere!The Vox amPlug Classic Rock headphone guitar amplifier plugs straight into your guitar's output jack! You get incredibly rich-sounding classic rock tones from the amPlug Classic Rock; in fact, this micro-marvel puts the sound of a classic high-gain '70s 100-watt amp right into your headphones. Using four gain circuits, this handy headphone amp is able to emulate the tone of a cookin' classic rock amp effectively, while giving you portability and convenience. Now you can hear your electric guitar anywhere with the amPlug Classic Rock headphone amp!
Vox amPlug Classic Rock Headphone Guitar Amplifier at a Glance:
Massive tone in a tiny package
amPlug is a headphone guitar amp that can fit in the palm of your hand. Just plug it into your guitar, put on your headphones, and start enjoying serious guitar tones with amazing presence. You can choose from three types of sound. There's the aptly named "AC30" which gives you the top boost sound of a vintage Vox AC30, "Classic Rock" which delivers the classic high gain sound of a UK-manufactured 100W amp, and "Metal" which produces the aggressively powerful metal sound of a US-made amp. With these three different amplug products to choose from, you can start enjoying whatever guitar sound suits your mood for the day.
Analog circuitry, tube tone
amPlug simulates the circuitry of a vacuum tube amp completely in analog. The result is superior headphone amp tone for players who are particular about their sound. Vox was sure to take great care with amPlug's gain circuitry. The "AC30" amPlug uses two natural-sounding gain stages to reproduce the distinctive AC30 tone. The "Classic Rock" model amPlug uses four classical gain circuits to deliver that great sound. The "Metal" amPlug uses two stages of ultra-high gain plus a mid-cut circuit, giving you modern metal high-gain sound anywhere and anytime. Even the circuit response of the original amp is simulated completely. The simulation extends not only to the response of the tone circuits, but also to the way in which the high frequency and gain are affected when you turn down the volume control of the guitar. Every detail has been faithfully reproduced.
Get great tone anywhere
With up to fifteen hours of battery life, it's easy to take amPlug anywhere. In addition to being an ideal home practice tool, the amPlug provides a great way to warm up before a live performance, or on the road. And amPlug is not just a convenient way to get great guitar sound - it also features an auxiliary input jack so you can jam along with your CD/MP3 player.
Vox amPlug Classic Rock Headphone Guitar Amplifier Features:
The Vox amPlug Classic Rock headphone guitar amplifier lets you take massive tone wherever you go!
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Reviewsbased on 5 reviews
by Jim R. from Texas panhandleThese things are incredible for practicing while preserving the peace! It sounds almost like the real amp it's simulating: The Fender 65 Twin Reverb. I also have the AC30 amPlug, and the Classic Ro... read more [+]ck amPlug. I'll eventually purchase the Metal, Satriani, Acoustic, Night Train, and I am debating on whether to get the "Lead" amPlug, or amPhone. I highly recommend these little amps. Use a good set of headphones for best results. close [-]
April 4, 2013
Music Background: Hobbyist. Play in Church.
by Mark from New JerseyThis cool device gives my guitars the classic rock I want while practicing all the while not bothering my neighbors or family.
January 25, 2013
Using my PRS and Gretsch electric guitars I get sounds rem... read more [+]iniscent of southern rock such as ZZ Top, which is a blast! close [-]
Marshall-like punch from a Vox headphone amp!
by Jeff H from Twin Cities, MNI bought the Vox Amplug AC30 and loved it so much, it probably doubled (or tripled) the amount of time I play guitar. I loved it so much I went out and got the more expensive (by $10) Joe Satriani Sig... read more [+]nature Amplug. I liked the Satriani model also because it covered a different tonal range than the AC30, and delay feature is a lot of fun. But I had serious questions about the Classic Rock Amplug. Why did have only a 4-star review on Amazon - among the lowest for any of the fabulous Amplug products. Would it be only a "one trick pony"?
January 19, 2013
Music Background: Hobbyist
Well, I have to tell you, I was completely blown away by how great the Classic Rock Amplug is, and I'm now even more blown away by some of these negative reviews. I've tried out a number of effects pedals for plugging into an actual guitar amplifier, and many pedal users are seeking what they call a "Marshall-in-a-box". In other words, they want a effects pedal that will single-handedly transform whatever amp they have into the sound of a miniaturized stack of Marshalls. Believe it or not, the Vox Classic Rock on higher gain settings is about as close to a "Marshall" sound as I can imagine. And it comes in a small, plastic headphone amplifier that runs on 2 AAA batteries and costs all of $39.99.
Functionally, the Classic Rock Amplug is the same as the AC30 - three dials for gain, tone, and volume, an aux in jack (for MP3 players), a headphone jack, and an on/off switch. But that's where the similarities end. While the excellent AC30 model simulates the boxy, sparkly sound of a tube amplifier, the Classic Rock packs some PUNCH. The low end presence on this thing (even through a $20 set of entry-level Sony headphones from Target) is significantly greater than on the AC30. More importantly, the sound doesn't deteriorate with higher volumes. There are plenty of ways you can try to play guitar through headphones, but most of them become a static-filled mess as soon as you turn up the volume. Amazingly, the tiny Amplug has plenty of power on tap, and the "overdrive" is controlled through analog circuitry, with amazing clarity.
But the real surprise in the Classic Rock Amplug (and the point upon which I disagree with several other reviewers here) are the clean and slightly overdrive tones as you roll back on the gain knob. Several reviewers referred to the clean tones as weak, or claimed that there were no clean tones. Yet, with both my Les Paul and a Strat, I was able to set the Volume at around 6-8 and the gain at about level 2 and get a very nice clean tone without loss of volume. If any dirt was remaining, a slight rollback on the guitar volume further cured the problem. Even better, playing a Strat into the Classic Rock with the gain set somewhere between 2 to 4 actually created a Tubescreamer-like blues tone! This tone was one of the audio demos offered on Vox's website, but I didn't believe it for myself until I plugged the Classic Rock in and dialed in that tone.
Long story short, the Classic Rock is extremely powerful, but more verstaile than I thought. It can do the high-gain Marshall tones I expected, but also offers a wide array of clean or slightly-overdriven tones. It might even be more versatile than the AC30 Amplug, though I remain pretty loyal to the AC30. The good news is that the two models are different enough and cheap enough that you can own both. Highly recommend the Classic Rock - 5 stars. close [-]
All that in a small package - nice!
by Pete B. from Orlando, FLWhen I first plugged in and jammed using the Vox amPlug, I was using earbuds and I was blown away by the clarity and crunch-tone I could get from the Classic Rock model. Later at home, I tried it with... read more [+] my Sony studio headphones and holy amps, batman! This thing sounds amazing - warm, robust tones just like a standard Vox amp! If you turn down the gain to 1 and crank the volume, a clean tone comes alive, so, to me, this thing has everything I need, clean and crunch. The only thing missing is reverb and delay effects! close [-]
August 16, 2011
Music Background: Musician, Bassist, Guitarist, Home Recording, Vocalist
by juanypei from the 718if you want the sound of a plexi, and you want to play late late at night into the wee hours of the morning and didn't want to wake anyone up, or if you were lying in bed and suddenly a lick popped in... read more [+]to your head and you had to get it down, and again, you didn't want to wake anyone up, then this is the thing for you. it's probably pretty good on long road trips too.
April 15, 2008
Music Background: earcandyist
it seems pretty solid for a small palm sized piece of plastic, and it's really good at what it does. the 3 tone master volume and gain dials are pretty interactive, and you can actually get a good range of overdrive tones.
it should be noted that good headphones should be used with this. preferrably something with a driver. the cheapie white earbuds that came with that mp3 player aren't good, and fart out at higher gain.
it fits perfectly in the cup for the jack of a strat, as the body of the strat gives it support (unless your strat is from early 80's). close [-]