Playing electric guitar at home isn’t easy these days, But here are a few solutions that will work for you without breaking the bank.
Practicing through an amp is a blast, but it can also be a nuisance to the people who have to live with you (or your neighbors). Here’s how to practice through your headphones without losing too much of the sweet tone of your full rig.
Before Picking a Solution Remember
Guitars don’t put out enough voltage to power speakers or headphones. Even if your guitar has active pickups, you need an external amplifier to boost its signal. And that is, essentially, what all of the tools and products in this article do. They amplify your guitar’s signal and give you a slot to plug in your headphones.
Pretty simple, right? But as with all things guitar, there’s a lot to take into consideration before spending your money. The big things that we’re going to focus on here are tone, convenience, and cost.
Tone might be the big sticking-point here, because it’s difficult to get an “amp-like” tone without using an actual guitar amp. For this article, we’re only looking at tools that mimic the sounds of a real amp. And on that note, let’s get into it.
Here are six ways to practice guitar through headphones
BOSS Katana Mini 7-W Amplifier
BOSS Katana amps have received accolades from guitarists everywhere for their fantastic sound and feel, onboard effects, and great value. Now, the Katana-Mini makes serious Katana tone accessible in a small, go-anywhere amp that runs on batteries. Offering sound quality that far exceeds other amps in its class, this miniature powerhouse features an authentic multi-stage analog gain circuit for big, expressive sound, plus a traditional analog EQ and an onboard tape-style delay. Ultra-compact and travel-ready, the Katana-Mini delivers inspiring Katana tone anywhere you want to play.
- Great Katana tone in a highly portable amp
- Rich, full sound that far exceeds other amps in its class
- Authentic multi-stage analog gain circuit and three-band analog tone stack
- Three versatile amp types: Brown, Crunch, and Clean
- Built-in tape-style delay for warm ambience
- Aux input for jamming with music from a smartphone
- Phones/recording output with cabinet voicing
- Runs on six AA-size batteries or optional AC adapter
Orange Micro Crush PiX CR3
The Orange CR3 Micro Crush Pix is the company’s tiniest offering of its practice amp line, offering an apartment-appropriate playing experience that retains the company’s signature tone. Coming in at a size small enough to fit on a desk, the 4″ speaker produces tones ranging from clean to searing thanks to a set of controls for tone, volume, and overdrive on this pint-sized powerhouse. A great piece of gear to have around when you want to noodle in your bedroom.
Practicing electric guitar through an amp may sound so much better than unplugged, but it’s not always practical—especially if you have a large and/or complex rig. Practice amps are a good way to go for portability, but even they can be a bit cumbersome to carry around in some situations.
That’s where micro amps come in handy.
A micro amp—or mini amp—as the name suggests, is a much smaller guitar amplifier than a regular or practice amp. Typically in the region of five inches across, micro amp’s will easily fit in a gig bag or stowed away in a car compartment. It also comes with a headphone output of course…
Fender Mini 65 Twin-Amp
From the black control plate and miniature knobs to the silver grille cloth, the Fender Mini ’65 Twin Amp replicates the classic look of the full-size Twin amp. Plug in and tap into Fender tone at a fraction of the size, wherever your next destination may be.
- Power: 1W
- Single input
- Speakers: 2×3”
- Controls: gain, volume and tone controls
- Tilt-back kickstand and belt clip on back
- 1/8” headphone jack and 9V adapter jack (center-negative DC; power supply sold separately)
- Includes 9V battery
Vox amPlug2 Headphone Amp – AC30
Improved sound and convenience! …amPlug, the number one choice for headphone guitar amplification
With amPlug 2, the crucial analog circuit has been drastically improved, and each model now provides three modes. Guitar types provide multi-effect functionality, and a rhythm function has been added to the bass type. A foldable plug mechanism that rotates 180 degrees and an auto power-off function are additional features that contribute significantly to improved convenience and ease of use. The amPlug is the simplest way to get serious sound; occupying virtually no space, it’s an ideal choice for any guitarist or bassist.
- No need for a guitar cable! Plug it directly into your guitar; the latest version of this headphone guitar amp is the fastest way to get authentic amplifier sound.
- The fully-analog circuit has been totally reworked for an even clearer and more present sound!
- “AC30” provides the AC30 top boost sound.
- “Classic Rock” delivers the classic crunch of a UK-made 100W amp.
- “Metal” gives you the extreme high-gain sound of a US-made amp.
- “Bass” is designed specifically for low frequencies, offering a wide-range response.
- Each model provides three amp modes, giving you even more variety.
- Nine selectable effects (Chorus x 3, Delay x 3, Reverb x 3) are built into the guitar-type models.
- Bass model includes nine built-in rhythm patterns for convenient and effective practicing.
- A multi-stage gain circuit featuring VOX’s proprietary analog technology perfectly reproduces the complex distortion created by a vacuum tube amplifier.
- New folding plug mechanism rotates 180 degrees to fit any guitar
- Play anytime, anywhere with up to 17 hours of battery life
- Use the AUX input to jam along with your smartphone, tablet, or MP3 player
Offering the easiest way to enjoy true analog amplifier sound in your headphones, the amPlug series has been a bestseller since it first appeared in 2007.
The Vox amPlug 2 Headphone Amp – Bass is the simplest way to get serious sound; occupying virtually no space, it’s an ideal choice for any bassist.
Designed specifically for low frequencies, offering a wide-range response.
Roland RH5 Headphones
The RH-5 headphones are perfect for electronic musical instruments such as Rolands digital pianos and V-Drums. Equipped with high-performance drivers and large-scale housings, these headphones provide quality sound and a comfortable fit. From musical-instrument practice to audio-playback applications, RH-5 delivers exceptional performance.
• Equipped with high-performance φ40mm drivers for dynamic, quality sound
• Provides a natural, flat response that’s balanced across the frequency spectrum
• Large-scale, lightweight design for secure and comfortable fit
• Conversion plug (included) accommodates standard and mini headphone connectors
Hosa HDS-100 Stereo Headphones
Supra-aural, Closed Design
Hosa headphones are designed to provide years of dependable service. High-quality components and world-class manufacturing combine to deliver products of exceptional value.
• Padded earcups for long-lasting comfort
• 1/4 inch adaptor for use with pro audio devices
• Full frequency response for critical listening
The items we’ve listed above are just a few items that will help get you by your confinement during these difficult times … They are not meant to replace a guitar amplifier, But they will do an amazing job at mimicking a guitar amplifier sound while keeping the peace with your housemates and neighbors. And if you’re still not sure what to get, please do not hesitate to Contact Us either by email or even Facebook Messenger on our site and it would be our pleasure to help you.