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Cheap, but awesome, battery powered guitar amps

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Antigua Tele, Sep 26, 2018.

  1. Antigua Tele

    Antigua Tele Friend of Leo's

    Jun 2, 2014
    west coast
    I found a couple cool portable battery powered amps on Amazon, of course from China. I wanted to share, as both seem rather novel.

    The first


    Now you can have a guitar/ speaker combo wihtout literally having a speaker built into the guitar. They don't label it at all, but the three way switch is "off / clean / distortion", and the distortion mode is awesome, it feeds back with the guitar like crazy, due to the rigid connection between guitar and speaker. You can do a Hendrix Star Spangled Banner no problem. Of course this thing torques the input jack, but if you're careful with it, it's not bad.

    The other cool find


    This thing costs $50, which is close to the Blackstar Fly, but it's easily the most loaded $50 battery amp out there, it has reverb, chorus and tremolo effects, as well as a built in drum machine with tap tempo, and a tuner. It's not perfect, it feels and sounds cheap, but this is a price point where that is to be expected. The Blackstar Fly feels and sounds high quality by contrast, but it's not as feature rich and it's a larger, heavier amp that would not fit nicely in the side pocket of a gig bag.

    I not only want to draw attention to these amps for Strat Talk's sake, but I hope they're rewarded with some sales and continue pushing the envelope on the batter powered amplifier front.
  2. Bluey

    Bluey Tele-Meister

    May 15, 2018
    A guy used to have a battery powered line 6 pocket pod plugged into a battery powered makita radio when we worked remote. He was skilled and took playing as a craft and not a way to attract attention. Allways managed to draw everyone into his world belting out a tune through that dodgy outfit.
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  3. Seasicksailor

    Seasicksailor Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 26, 2012
    Bristol UK
    Can you axially hear the first one over the guitar string sound?
  4. Seasicksailor

    Seasicksailor Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 26, 2012
    Bristol UK
    Axially? Wow! I meant actually.
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  5. claes

    claes Tele-Holic

    Aug 20, 2007
    I miss my fender passport mini. Should'n have sold and may buy one again. It was my tv-amp, practised singing with headphones on it and even did a small gig once (singing and acoustic).
  6. beagle

    beagle Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2010
    I'll stick with the Roland Micro Cube.
  7. 545454

    545454 TDPRI Member

    Dec 29, 2011
    Garden if it's sunny
    Amps come and go in my house, but the Micro Cube remains!
  8. archiemax

    archiemax Tele-Meister

    Oct 11, 2016
    Phoenix AZ
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  9. P Thought

    P Thought Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    I just bought one. It's lots of fun, and I plan to hit the streets with it. I ordered a rechargeable battery generator for it, and the whole kit should fit in my "busking box".

    Busking Rig.jpg
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  10. scottser

    scottser Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 6, 2009
  11. magicfingers99

    magicfingers99 Tele-Holic

    May 7, 2015
    did you do the mod to add the switch so you can turn the speaker off and on when recording from the output jack? Pretty handy and pretty simple


    I also installed a little bigger speaker in mine. Only ran it off batterys 2 or 3 times, usually use it plugged in.

    I used these instructions to add the switch:

    I've also got the danelectro hodad and the honeytone. They sound good plugged in but will clip on battery power, bad design I guess.But the honeytone will fit in a guitar case...

    I use it on the bench to test things, so I keep the hodad plugged in to an ac/dc adapter when I use it.



  12. Jim622

    Jim622 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Apr 1, 2011
    Far N.E. Philadelphia
    I have this and love it.

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  13. 545454

    545454 TDPRI Member

    Dec 29, 2011
    Garden if it's sunny
    I did a slightly different mod to add an external speaker jack, just on a switch with the internal speaker. Certainly gets more volume, but not sure the amp is really voiced for a bigger speaker. Still, no harm in trying!
  14. richey88

    richey88 Friend of Leo's

    Jul 28, 2009
    philly suburbs
    Digging my Katana mini
  15. J-bass&Tele

    J-bass&Tele Tele-Meister

    Mar 16, 2012
    The Micro Cube GX has a pretty handy iLink. Headphones on and recording on the phone (1/8 input) at the same time. Quick way to record ideas.
    A powerbank and a USB->2.1mm cable is also handy if one’s trying to use less regular batteries.
  16. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 21, 2012
    I heard one of these (Bose S1) being busked in Portland, Or. a few months ago. Totally awesome ... but not cheap. IMG_3159.JPG
  17. Fearnot

    Fearnot Friend of Leo's

    Jan 17, 2010
    Decatur, GA
    I've been enjoying my Vox Mini 3 for about 5 years now. I'd never confuse it with my 'real' amps, but it's very satisfying anyway. That said, I'd have to give that little Blackstar a shot if I was buying today.
  18. craigh9

    craigh9 Tele-Meister

    Aug 6, 2009
  19. tfarny

    tfarny Friend of Leo's

    Sep 4, 2008
    Hudson Valley, NY
    I have the Blackstar fly 3. I don't think it's awesome, but it has served its purpose more or less. On mine the speaker has an intermittent short so I mostly only use it as a headphone amp, to be expected at this price point. I should have got a Vox amplug, oh well.
  20. Tootle

    Tootle Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

    Feb 16, 2015
    Pacific Northwest USA
    Nahh. My Vox Amplug gives me a headache. Sonically it’s putting out some very jagged edges, & headphones inject them straight into your eardrums. My Fly3 sounds much warmer, richer, more natural and versatile in tone, event through headphones, & on higher gain settings too.

    That speaker short might be an easy fix if you crack ‘er open.
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