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Discussion in 'Modeling Amps, Plugins and Apps' started by SamIV, May 15, 2020.
This is my 'gotta play something!'
Hotel Room kit, Danelectro and Smokey Amp:
Another vote for the Pignose.
I always take a small rig to hotels...three 100-watt Marshall full stacks. With the (24) 12-inch speakers, I’ve never heard a complaint from hotel management or other patrons...of course, I really can’t hear much of anything because of those speakers, but...
PS—remember to throw the TV off the balcony, too. Since the newer flat-screens don’t have that satisfying “crunch” of the old CRTs, I’ll usually bring my own.
The Boss Waza Air headphones are very expensive, but I have zero buyer's remorse (that is very atypical for me). My practice time has gone through the roof. I used to bring a Blackstar Fly 3 on vacation to Air BnB, but I don't like to practice at any volume in hotel rooms. The Waza Air are the perfect solution.
Yet another vote for the Zoom - I have a G3 that I picked up for $70, and it handles all my headphone playing needs. Battery powered. I took it and my headphones to a guitar show to audition various guitars I was interested in. Way better than trying to hear what an axe sounded like with all the clamor going on at the time.
Had a guitar for sale and two people wanted it. One guy offered to throw in an Vox VT-20+, so now I have a practice amp. He had a Peavey Vyper as well, but I found this one sounded better. The headphone out sounds quite good as well. This will do for now. Still interested in the Line 6 Pos Go whenever they are available. Thanks for all the tips.
do you have to be amplified to practice
I use my Traynor Quarterhorse pedal amp headphone out which is not bad. Still kicking my ass for not grabbing an E-band second hand when I had the chance- still want one....
Roland Micro Cube.
There is none better. It is simple to use, has great-sounding amp models and effects (stereo when used with headphones), and you can inject MP3 or other audio and play along.
Even the original version 1 is an amazing little piece of guitar gear.
I have done a fair amount of traveling with a guitar. A few things I have come to accept:
1. Nothing sounds very good through headphones, even my decent Sony cans that I really like for music. If it has to be headphones, it's not going to sound very good.
2. A simple rig matters a lot if you're setting up in a different room all the time. So the Fly3 and a cable work pretty well (I prefer the THR10 in every way except size). You're not going to play it if setup and takedown is a pain.
The rig I took with me to Costa Rica last summer was kinda interesting: Joyo AC Tone, Digitech Trio pedal, and a little bluetooth speaker with a 1/8 jack, and the right cables and adapters. The whole mess didn't weigh very much, was easily controllable for volume, and sounded really pretty good. I didn't end up using the trio all that much, but it was cool to have that option around.
If I had money to spend on a rig just for this purpose I would get one of the newer Yamaha THR series with the bluetooth and the wireless options. Guitar, amp, cell phone, done.
You might also consider something like a MFX with amp emulations, maybe the Boss GT-1 would be an option, or I think Hotone makes one with drum tracks onboard? Those are cheaper than a Line6. I doubt you'll find something that sounds better through headphones than the THR10c, if you do let us know.
If you don't need a speaker (you'll be headphones only), a Line 6 Pocket Pod is an amazing little gadget that sounds fantastic. I've recorded with one. It's compact--about the size of your fist.
Headphone outs on amps can VARY WILDLY depending on the phones you use. IMO, some experimentation is required, because I've found that a set of phones that sound great with a stereo can sound like doo-doo with a guitar amp out, and vice-versa. The Boss Katana Mini is one of my go-to practice amps. It's small, lightweight, sounds great, and can run on batteries or with the standard Boss PSA-120 9v adapter.
Micro cube all the way
I spent years traveling during the workweek and the best headphone rigs were the Boss GT-1 and DigiTech RP360 with a good set of headphones. You can get like new RP360s for under $100 on Reverb, almost indestructible, fits in a computer case with cord and headphones. This way you retain the pedal type functionality you have at home. They make the RP360XP if you want exp pedal. The GT-1 isnt much larger or expensive, but its very thin. The Boss doesnt do AC or Blackface amps as well imho but its a practice amp, right?
Note: look at actual measurements for the GT1 as the pictures make it look larger than it is. It is no wider than a 14" notebook pc.
Katana Mini. Clean, Crunch, Brown channels that "overlap", Gain & MV, TMB, versatile Delay circuit. Aux In and Headphones/Rec out. 6 AA bat. $100, shipped, new.
It's not exotic nor expensive but these Mustang 1s are a swiss army knife of sounds and effects. IMO, best practice amp around. There's a million demos on YT.
THR, you choose the flavour.
I used to travel with one of these. Works great in the airport too!
I just tried it and it still works! PM if you'd like a piece of history.
If you have iOS then is suggest an audio interface and either Mooer GE Labs or THU (Overloud). I run both of these thru an iRig HD2 with Shure SE215 IEM.
I have the Boss Katana Mini, but it sounds like crap with headphones. I only went the iRig Route because of the free software, it’s not that great tbh, but some people like it.