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Mini Headphone Amplifier for Guitar - "Lead Overdrive"
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Mini Headphone Amplifier for Guitar - "Lead Overdrive"

As a musician you know you need to practice regularly to hone your skills and learn new songs. However, you can't always break out the amps and crank up the volume. For those times when quiet is required, you can both practice and hear the amplified output from your instrument using this Mini Headphone Amplifier for Guitar from Monoprice!

This amplifier is designed to provide amplification to the output of instrument level devices, such as electric guitars and bass guitars. It features a 1/4" TS plug, which plugs directly into your instrument's output. It is powered by two AAA batteries (not included) and has a 3.5mm TRS output for listening with headphones.

An additional 3.5mm TRS auxiliary input is provided for connecting another audio source, such as an mp3 player. The audio from the Aux jack is mixed with the audio from the guitar so you can play along to an existing recording.

This amplifier produces a "Lead Overdrive" sound with distortion and delay reminiscent of Stadium Rock performances. The amplifier includes analog Gain, Tone, and Volume controls.

Note: The distortion effect that this amplifier produces means that there will necessarily be some background hiss/noise, even at normal volume levels. If you listen to the amplifier without it being plugged into a guitar, the noise level can be loud and pronounced. However, when it is plugged into a guitar the signal returns to a desirable noise level for playing.

6 Reviews

61.67% of the reviewers recommend this product

  • Anonymous,
  •  Toronto, ON 
  • 4/6/2015 11:15:52 AM

Pros: they work

Cons: everything else

All the dials use the wrong kind of potentiometers. The result being that the 'usable' range of the dials is about the first 10% and the rest is too loud or sounds too similar. The dials have no indication of which way to dial them, so the first time you use it, you will probably destroy your ears with volume. They go ridiculously loud (and not in a good way), and given that most of the range of both the tone and gain dials is unusable, the ability to get a decent tone is nearly non-existent.

I wasn't expecting much for $12, but it would have been nice for them to at least be built with appropriate parts. All three of these amplifiers exhibit the same issues.

by Monoprice Administrator

Thank you for your review and truly sorry to hear about the issues experienced with PID 611501. I will submit a complaint regarding the dials for our product team to take into consideration. We appreciate your feedback! For now, if truly dissatisfied with the amplifiers, I can assist you in setting up an RMA for a return. If you wish to proceed with the RMA, just let me know and I can get that started right away. My apologies for any inconvenience and I hope this helps!

Gabby Villa
Tech Support Associate
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Does Not Sound Like an Overdriven Amp

  • Anonymous,
  •  Dublin, CA 
  • 3/12/2015 2:52:07 PM

Pros: Turned on on insertion of batteries.

Cons: Constant, invariable noise regardless of volume, tone, and gain settings.
Volume and gain have no influence over guitar tone.
Tone control doesn't seem to do anything except rotate.

There is a loud background noise at constant pitch that appears at any volume and gain setting. It's totally independent of the guitar. The noise seems to be at a constant volume so it's less noticeable at higher volumes, but is always at least as loud as the guitar. The amp doesn't sound like an overdriven amp. It sounds like a clean amp with another sound source on a different track. The guitar tone hardly varies with changes in volume and gain.

by Monoprice Administrator

Thank you for your review and truly sorry to hear about your experience with PID 611501. We do offer a 30 day return policy as well as a one year warranty on this item. If you would like, I can assist you in setting up an RMA for a replacement, which will be of no additional cost. Please let me know if you would like to continue with a replacement. Thank you for your understanding in the matter.

Gisselle B.
Tech Support
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Nice Sound Quality, all without disturbing everyone else!

  • Lex W.,
  •  Kansas City, MO 
  • 9/8/2014 11:09:51 PM

Pros: Great sound quality, especially if you have a good pair of earphones

I really like the way that the amplifier sounds. I was expecting it to sound really cheap for its price and size, but it exceeded my expectations. I like the option to plug in the source of the sound you're trying to play along with for practice as well, it's very intuitive!

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Serves its purpose

  • Anonymous,
  •  Portland, OR 
  • 6/27/2013 8:15:40 PM

Pros: Price
Volume (it can be loud)

Cons: Poor sound quality

It serves its purpose - plug in your headphones and off you go. It provides a decent level od distortion, but it's poor quality, like a cheap solid-state amplifier (well, I guess you can't expect much more for the price good solid state amplifiers cost 50 times more). I can't compare it to Vox offering, because I never used those.
Overall, if you don't have an amplifier you can get quiet enough for room practice, or are saving money to buy a good one, this can definitely do the job.

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Good Product

  • lynrd63,
  •  Austin, TX 
  • 12/5/2012 4:51:53 PM

Pros: Perfect for playing w/o disturbing the neighbors. Sounds good for the price.

Cons: My PRS guitar has the amp jack on the edge toward the bottom, so it is a little awkward once it is all plugged in. Other guitars may not have any issues, depending on where their jack is located.

I bought this as a x-mas gift for my brother, who lives in an apartment, and cant turn up his guitar amp without aggravating the neighbors. He has been practicing "unplugged", which sucks for an electric guitar. Then I saw this new product, and knew it would be the perfect gift. As soon as I got it, I put batteries in it, and plugged it into my guitar with my headphones, and it works great. You can adjust volume and tone, and it sounds really good for the amount of money spent.

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