Cheap, but awesome, battery powered guitar amps

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  1. Antigua Tele

    Antigua Tele Friend of Leo's

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    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 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00345GTY4/?tag=strattalk05-20


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    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 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07G268KNF/?tag=strattalk05-20



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    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

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    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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    Seasicksailor Friend of Leo's

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    Can you axially hear the first one over the guitar string sound?
     
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    Axially? Wow! I meant actually.
     
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    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).
     
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    I'll stick with the Roland Micro Cube.
     
  7. 545454

    545454 TDPRI Member

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    Amps come and go in my house, but the Micro Cube remains!
     
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    Ditto.
     
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    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".

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    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

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    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:

    http://www.lojeck.com/brian/MicroCubeRepair.html


    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.

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    honeytone

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    I have this and love it.

     
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    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!
     
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    Digging my Katana mini
     
  15. J-bass&Tele

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    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.
     
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    I heard one of these (Bose S1) being busked in Portland, Or. a few months ago. Totally awesome ... but not cheap. IMG_3159.JPG
     
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    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.
     
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    I like my pignose.
     
  19. tfarny

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    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

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    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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