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Vox AmPlug Bass Guitar Headphone Amp

by Vox
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  • A great-sounding headphone guitar amp that gives you serious sound fast
  • Plugs directly into your bass
  • AUX in jack lets you jam along with your CD/MP3 player
  • 100% analog circuit faithfully simulates the response of the original amps
  • Bass features a full-range bass sound with a compressor/boost effect
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Product Details

Size: Bass
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.5 x 5.2 inches ; 1.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001GH4H3W
  • Item model number: APBS
  • Batteries 2 AAA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (720 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,784 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 13, 2004

Product Description

Size: Bass

Plug In, Rock Out!

The headphone guitar amp that lets you enjoy serious guitar sound, fast. Jamming late at night? Don’t want to wake the neighbors? The amPlug Series of palm-sized headphone guitar amps make it easy to enjoy great guitar sounds at home, in your room, or anywhere. Simply plug the amPlug directly into any guitar, attach a pair of headphones, and you’re ready! Use the AUX input jack to plug any CD/MP3 player right into the amPlug and jam along. Connect the optional amPlug Cabinet (sold separately) to create a miniature amp stack to share the sound with friends.

amPlug Bass

'Bass' is modeled on VOX's classic AC100 bass amp, and expands its potential with a full-range tone that supports today's bass sounds. A compressor/boost effect provides not just compression but also a thick overdrive sound, giving you the perfect tones for performing in any style. Careful attention has been paid to the sound quality, and a high-quality FET buffer circuit has been used to obtain even greater dynamic range.

Practice in private with top-notch amplifier tone for complete sonic satisfaction

Need a few minutes alone with your tone? Your amPlug is ready. Up all night working on ideas? Killing time on the tour bus? amPlug is there. Want to polish your solo before that big gig? Don't wanna hear the other kids in Study Hall? amPlug is your answer. All-new analog modeling techniques endow amPlug with no-sacrifice sound satisfaction. For that classic, British VOX top-boost tone, check out the amPlug AC30. A pair of AAA alkalines will keep you alone with your tone for up to twenty hours.


VOX amPlug Specifications
  • Power supply: two AAA batteries
  • Battery life: with alkaline batteries: approximately 27 hours (with zinc-carbon batteries: approximately 10 hours.)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 86 x 80 x 31 (mm), 3.39" x 3.15" x 1.22"
  • Weight: 40g /1.41oz. (not including batteries).
  • Included items: two AAA zinc-carbon batteries

Customer Reviews

This really is a great headphone amp for practicing without disturbing the neighbors.
dj_rose
Works great,sounds great, and don't get in your way when playing. good for not waking up every one in the house when you want to play!
Honesty
Now that I have a Bass headphone amp the difference is outstanding, great bass tones and sound quality.
ten toes

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

160 of 165 people found the following review helpful By Kevin W. Sturges on October 28, 2008
Size Name: AC 30
I recently discovered this little tone wonder by cruising the guitar effect pedal vids on You Tube. (I discover a lot of new things that way, especially with independent user reviews). The sound of this little effect box was a real eye-opener! Plus, I was looking for something that would be very simple for practicing on the couch, that didn't require connecting a lot of wires or an AC adapter. Everyone seemed to be very positive about it - which has got to mean something.

My gear lust got the best of me, so the next day when I happened to be in Best Buy, I checked with their new music department (!) and there it was, they had several of them. I purchased it on the spot and couldn't wait to get home and tear the wrapper open.

There are almost no instructions included, except to tell you the obvious not to break it. I was a bit worried that it would not fit into the jack cavity on my two Stratocaster's, but it does quite nicely, so obviously that was part of Vox's design criteria.

All the Amplug effect plugs were made to be plug and play as simple as possible. All you need is a set of headphones, and your guitar to be ready to go. The body features a very bright red LED indicator for on/off status, and three tiny embedded pots labeled: gain, tone and volume. That's it!

The most obvious difference between this and any other distortion/amp modeling effects I've tried, is that the Amplug is completely modeled with analog circuitry. There is nothing digital involved. The benefit is like night and day. The unit totally reacts to your playing, and your guitars pick up and volume settings. When you push it hard, it sags a little bit, and pushes back at you like a real amp and does - NOT like a digital model.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Todd Woodward on January 24, 2010
Size Name: Bass Verified Purchase
I recently purchased the Vox AMPlug for Bass, because it was the most compact headphone amp I could find for my travel bass. It truly is a great headphone amp with great sound and great FX. It's got that groovy and classic Vox AC100 bass amp sound that truly inspires. With the right headphones/earphones, I worry that I'm blasting my neighbors. Thankfully they can't hear a thing.

The only initial negative is that the construction is flimsier than it looks. The battery door barely stays on, and the gain, tone and volume "wheels" are hard to see and access.

Aside from that, I highly recommend it.
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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful By The California Consumer on March 4, 2008
Size Name: AC 30
How many times have you bought an effect or a gadget like this for your guitar, take it home and find yourself totally disappointed? If you're lucky, you may be able to return it for a store credit at best. Well, after leaving the guitar store, I sat there over a cup of coffee and thought, what did I just spend $39.99 on? A little plastic box with a brown sticker to make look like a "cutsie" miniature Vox amp head, a jack and a few control wheels. However, I really needed something to plug into late in the evenings because my neighbors don't seem to share my appreciation of music. Looking at the Amplug, on the back, it appears it was Made In Japan. "I thought that's interesting, some of the best effects were manufactured in Japan like the original Tube Screamers and Boss pedals, maybe this would turn out OK".

Finally got home, installed the batteries, plugged it in and nothing... The batteries include with any of these devices are usually ready for the recycle bin straight out of the package. New batteries and WOW! I've heard AC30's before and this little device actually sounds like one. I was very surprised at the dynamics and the openness of the sound. It has three wheel controls: volume, gain, and tone. Turn up the gain and you get a nice Brian May-type overdrive. Dial the gain down, turn up the tone and volume and it's very Beatles mid 60's clean. I was very surprised at the lack of compression. I've heard the other two versions of the Amplug(classic rock and metal) and didn't like them because of that "over-compressed" sound. To me, they were fine if you really like the distortion factor but with this AC30 version, you can take it from clean with nice high-end boost to a useable overdrive i.e. SRV, without the coloration of the guitar's true tone.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Danno VINE VOICE on February 16, 2008
Size Name: Classic Rock
Easily the best headphone amplifier I've tried! In the past these things were either full of hiss, smothered in echo, or were little more than glorified fuzz boxes with an Walkman-style headset. (That was definitely the case with Vox's discontinued AC1). The Amplug is different. It plugs right into your guitar's output jack, and has distinct tone, gain, and volume controls. No, this doesn't sound like a 100 Watt Vox head shrunk into a palmsize toy. It DOES sound amazingly like a much larger and more expensive amplifier, with very pleasing and tube-like distortion at higher volumes. It's the "classic rock" model, meaning that it's optimized for the chunky tube-distorted sound of the mid 1970s.

I like the Amplug a lot.

If you're into lead or rhythm guitar in the styles of Free, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, or the Who, you're going to enjoy this as a very valuable and inexpensive practice tool. The sound quality is good enough to use the Amplug as an amp simulator if you want to record your guitar directly to your computer. I think many people would be fooled into thinking you really had a large tube amp if they heard the recording. It's an amazing simulation, and I prefer the tube emulation in it to some digital effects units I've tried. I actually like the fact that it doesn't have built-in reverb as I'd rather use my own reverb when recording than be forced to settle with the built-in type.

Drawbacks? The clean sound is anemic. (This is not the headphone amp to use if you're planning on comping jazz chords with a heavy right hand. I have tried my mandolin with the clean setting and the results were somewhat better due to the double coursed strings.) Also, the Amplug really does require fresh batteries - the sound as the batteries weaken becomes more and more abrasive.
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