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Silent Practice-Anything better than Mustang 1

Discussion in 'Modeling Amps, Plugins and Apps' started by mnutz, Jul 15, 2017.

  1. mnutz

    mnutz Tele-Afflicted

    7 years ago, when my son was born, I bought a Mustang 1 for silent practice. It was fine, no problems. I sold it when he got out of the baby phase.

    We've got another baby in the house now, so I need something for silent practice again. Should I just get another Mustang?

    This is strictly for headphone use and I want to keep it cheap. I considered even going with iRig, or an amplug. Mainly interested in slightly overdriven rock tones and cleans. No need for thousands of tones, I remember the Mustang even being much more than I really needed. Although reverb was nice.

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  2. beyer160

    beyer160 Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 11, 2010
    On Location
    If you have an iPhone, get a cheap interface off eBay (I got a Line 6 SonicPort) and try the various apps. ToneStack is cheap and good, most have a free "trial" version with only one or two amp models.
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  3. Honest Charley

    Honest Charley Tele-Holic

    Dec 13, 2013
    I bought a Yamaha THr10c and it changed my world according to practice amps! :)
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  4. Bill

    Bill Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    Mar 16, 2003
    A phone or laptop app plus an interface.
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  5. john_cribbin

    john_cribbin Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 26, 2014

  6. jannodude

    jannodude Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

    Aug 10, 2016
    SF Bay Area/California
    I have one myself, just make sure to play in low volumes. You can damage your hearing.
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  7. dswo

    dswo Tele-Meister

    May 1, 2016
    East Carolina
    I took a Vox Amplug on a two week trip: good sound, you can start playing right away, and you don't need a guitar cable. (These last two are an advantage over iPhone/iPad solutions, which I have also used and enjoyed. The iOS way is superior if you want to tweak effects, record, or use a drum machine app -- tho' for the latter you could also plug an iPhone into the Amplug's AUX port, which works just fine.)
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  8. JasonKingsX

    JasonKingsX Tele-Meister

    May 15, 2017
    The Mustang I might be a good choice if you were happy with the tones. Aren't they just over $100? Another alternative is the Vox VX20X. It sounds good and is easy to tweak but they cost a bit more at $179 before discounts. I have not listened to it via headphones but will shortly.
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  9. rad1

    rad1 Tele-Holic

    Aug 5, 2015
    Santa Cruz CA
    Yup, me too. Great stereo headphone sound with a fantastic amp modeling software on line for free.

    It is also portable and can be operated on batteries if you want to. I take mine camping.

    Oh ain't cheap
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  10. Honest Charley

    Honest Charley Tele-Holic

    Dec 13, 2013
    Yeah! I got mine as a present! Not shure i had bought it with my own money..:)
    Still, it is fantastic! I would not be without it!

  11. raysachs

    raysachs Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    May 21, 2017
    Near Philly
    I think buying a full amp with a speaker (or speakers) is kind of a waste if you're just gonna plug your headphones into it. I mean, if you want an actual amplifier for playing in a room as well, that's a different story. But for a headphone amp, get a headphone amp! The Amplugs are only $40 each and there are several of 'em to choose from. I have the AC30 and Blues and basically only use the Blues version - they don't sound very different they just have slightly different options. Or if you have a way to plug into your iPhone or iPad, you can use Garage Band or some other app...

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  12. Tony Done

    Tony Done Friend of Leo's

    Dec 3, 2014
    Toowoomba, Australia
    I have an amplug, and it works fine. The only criticism I have is that the design is a liability with a side-mounted socket, OK on a trad top-mounted strat type. I've been thinking of doing some kind of conversion on mine so that it doesn't plug idirectly into the guitar.

    I've also been tinkering about with a passive stethoscope-type device, as I'm frugal enough to resent buying batteries. More on that later.
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  13. Frontman

    Frontman Tele-Holic

    Jul 10, 2014
    I got the iRig, and enjoy using it so far. On the positive side, it is small, needs no batteries, and works well, the app effects are pretty accurate, and I have been able to fairly imitate the same sounds I get on my regular gear. The latest version allows you to use the app effects on your full-size amp. On the negative side, you need to use a guitar cable to plug in, and though the app has literally thousands of combinations of amps, speakers, and effects pedals, the learning curve is a little long. The iRig includes enough free apps to get you going, but additional apps can be expensive.

    For simplicity, the Vox amplug is hard to beat. For me it's great to use when practicing at the park or beach. You can use the amplug with your pedals if you want effects.
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  14. sergiomajluf

    sergiomajluf Tele-Meister

    Sep 26, 2015
    Santiago, Chile
    I got an Apogee Jam interface couple years ago. Similar concept to the iRig but more expensive, paid around $100. It's an active preamp interface, so sounds much much better than other adapters like the iRig. It works with iOS and also dubs as a USB interface for your computer.

    It's my go to piece of gear regardless if I'm at home playing and recording bass, electric or acoustic guitar.

    On the software, garage band works great, and I'm in awe with Bias FX software on a Mac
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  15. Lake Placid Green

    Lake Placid Green Tele-Meister

    Sep 29, 2016

    THR10 is a life changer when you have a family and have a chance to play at night
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  16. elskipper

    elskipper TDPRI Member

    May 22, 2012
    I haven't played my Mustang 1 in quite a while after buying a Mustang III. Dug it out the other day and was surprised at how much I still liked it. Not sure I'd buy another, if only because I have nothing to run Fuse on anymore, but they are a lot of fun for the price. I've seen them going for $50 used.
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  17. flyingbanana

    flyingbanana Poster Extraordinaire

    Blackstar Fly mang.
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  18. mnutz

    mnutz Tele-Afflicted

    I downloaded the free version of amplitube and have played around with it a bit. I think I'll just order a cheap interface and call it good.

  19. LutherBurger

    LutherBurger Friend of Leo's

    Oct 29, 2013
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  20. fender_freak

    fender_freak Tele-Meister

    Jul 13, 2017
    La Crosse, WI
    I liked the Amplugs when I lived in an apartment for school.
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