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Vox amPlug AC30 Guitar Headphone Amp

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AC 30
  • Available in three styles: VOX AC30, Classic Rock, and Metal.
  • AUX in jack lets you jam along with your CD/MP3 player.
  • 100% analog circuit faithfully simulates the response of the original amps.
  • AC30 emulates the AC30 top boost sound of a vintage VOX AC30.
  • Classic Rock gives you the great high-gain sound of a UK-made 100W amp.
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Product Details

Size: AC 30
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 2 x 5 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Item model number: APAC
  • Batteries 2 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (773 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,332 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 22, 2007

Product Description

Size: AC 30


amPlug AC30 - 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.

You Want to Play Guitar Right Now - amPlug is the Answer

With its completely analog design, great care was also taken with amPlug's gain circuitry. The 'AC30' uses two natural-sounding gain stages to reproduce the distinctive AC30 tone. 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.

amPlug AC30

amPlug AC30 VOX amPlug headphone guitar amplifiers engulf you in serious, spot-on sound. Plug one into your guitar, slap on some headphones and you're ready to rock - anytime, anyplace. An AUX input lets you jam along to your favorite CDs or MP3s. The amPlug AC30 delivers the classic top-boost VOX tone. 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. Practice in private with top-notch amplifier tone for complete sonic satisfaction. Battery power provides complete tone-to-go mobility wherever life takes you. Stereo 1/8 input allows jamming along to your favorite MP3, CD or iPod tunes amPlug AC30 delivers the top-boost tone of its classic VOX namesake. Grab more than one and fortify your audition arsenal.

amPlug can be used in numerous ways

With up to 27 hours of battery life, it's easy to take amPlug anywhere. In addition to practicing at home, it's 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. There's also an AUX input jack so you can jam along with your CD/MP3 player.

Available in Many Styles

The original models are still available in three different sound styles: VOX AC30, Classic Rock, based on a UK-made amplifier head, and Metal, based on a California-made high-gain amplifier head. Even with its ultra-compact size, amPlug perfectly reproduces the complex and warm distortion that is distinctive of a vacuum tube, as well as the powerful high gain produced by a large amp stack. Using all new analog modeling technology, amPlug delivers full-fledged amp sound.

  • 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 Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Recipient says: It works great, sounds very good.
P. Wales
I can practice and play in any room at any time day or night without disturbing anyone else in the house.
Connie Jewell
It truly is a great headphone amp with great sound and great FX.
Todd Woodward

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

165 of 170 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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50 of 53 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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60 of 65 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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44 of 47 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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