Vox amPlug Metal
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Vox amPlug Metal

amPlug Metal, Portable Guitar Amp Simulator from Vox in the amPlug series.

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mooseherman 23/04/2010

Vox amPlug Metal : la opinión de mooseherman (content in English)

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This is a headphone amplifier that plugs directly into your guitar, with a headphone out and a a few controls. This particular model is the "Lead" model, which has a tone specifically for playing soaring leads. This is actually a decent piece of gear for rehearsal, assuming volume is an issue (which for most people with families and roomates, it is). It's a digital technology. The gear isn't complex enough to be edited with computer or controlled with midi. It's not rackable. There is simply a 1/4" cable head that plugs directly into the guitar, and a headphone out.

UTILIZATION

This thing couldn't be easier to use, just plug it into the guitar and plug in the headphones. Then adjust for volume and gain. There is also a digital delay effect that makes your leads sound way huger. There's really no variety which is a bummer, and part of the reason that this is a rather limiting device.

SOUND QUALITY

This thing will sound good enough through your headphones to get you through the practice session, assuming of course that lead guitar is all you are going to be playing. Especially since only hard rock and metal lead tones are possible with it. The quality of the sound depends entirely what you expect of it. I would hope that I could do more than just get a decent lead sound, so I wasn't impressed. I couldn't motivate myself to do anything but shred when I used this thing. I would say that if that's all you care about, you might be really interested, especially since you probably have a lot of complaints from neighbors and family members about the noise that you undoubtedly create. I'd say if you have any interest in groove, tonal character, or anything resembling real amplifiers, this is not for you. It's certainly not for me.

OVERALL OPINION

I like the idea of headphone amps, but only a few of them are really worth getting, as most simply have one real tone and do that and nothing more. This is an example of the latter case. Shredders only need apply, unless you feel like buying the whole Vox series and switching them out as you see fit. I certainly don't have any interest in doing that, so I'd say that I would rather use a smaller practice amp and try to compromise with the annoyed roomates.