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Vox amPlug AC30 Guitar Headphone Amp

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  • 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 Dimensions: 8 x 2 x 5 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000ZMYRJS
  • Item model number: APAC
  • Batteries 2 AAA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,023 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 22, 2007

Product Description

amPlug
amPlug

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.


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


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Customer Reviews

The build is made from very light plastic.
Kevin W. Sturges
Works great for late night practice when the family is asleep or for business travel.
TK
Recipient says: It works great, sounds very good.
P. Wales

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

146 of 149 people found the following review helpful By Kevin W. Sturges on October 28, 2008
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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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By The California Consumer on March 4, 2008
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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By JR Media Freak VINE VOICE on January 16, 2008
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I have always thought of getting some sort of small headphone amp to plug into my guitar and practice with while lounging on the couch or around the house.

When I saw that Vox had made something that fit that description, I wasted no time in ordering this. I have a Vox Tonelab and just love it. This little do-dad is easy to use...thumb wheel controls for Gain, Tone and Volume. There is an Aux jack to plug in a CD or MP3 player to jam along with, and then of course there is the headphone out for your choice of headphones.

The analog circuitry inside is said to emulate AC30 amp, and I think it really does sound more like an amp than a tiny headphone amp. The Gain and Tone controls give you a pretty good control on tones either dirty and distorted or chiming and clean. I think you could even take the headphone out of this and go to a recording device to get a different tone for solos or recording projects as something different!

My take is that this little do-dad is well worth the $39.99 price tag!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By V. Brancart on May 8, 2009
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This product worked ok for about 3 weeks and then bit the dust. Replaced cheap batteries, tried different guitars, but still no sound. Junk. As far as the sound while it was working, the distorted tube sound was ok for those that like that - and I do at times. But if you are seeking a crisp, clear, non-distorted tone, then this may not be the device for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By wldfowlr on March 5, 2012
I read some of the reviews-good and bad on all the different models...After a few days of this, I got aggravated because as a beginner, I don't "know" the exact tone or sound I am looking for...I know what I like to listen to, and hope to one day emulate though...So I went to the Vox website and found "sound demos" of all the different models...Now I am sure these are "experts", but I was able to LISTEN to the different models, and thus able to boil it down to the sound I like the most, and hope to be able to play...At the very least, it gives you a way to compare your "sound" to the experts "sound"...You have no way of knowing all that went into there "demo", but for me it closed the deal, quickly...

I was able to settle on two different models, AC30 and Twin...Do yourself a favor and go listen to the demos before you purchase, then re-read these great reviews...

I play through my computer/home theater set up with out an amp...This will help me be able practice once and awhile without having to set everything up...Each of you have different reasons for wanting this, but for me it is a matter of simplicity...
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