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You’ve seen ‘em before, the pint-size Marshall
stacks and Fender combos. They’re like mini
monuments to your favorite tones, but taken to
the next level—you can actually play them. And
while they’re probably the last stop you’d make
on your journey for tone, micro amps might just
surprise you. We’re not suggesting that you
budget $50 for your next touring rig and set
yourself up with one of these little guys; we are
suggesting that you might have a little fun in
places your full stack just can’t go.
Have a desk job? They’re discrete enough to
stand in as desk décor or a paperweight, proclaiming
to your co-workers, “Hey! I play guitar,”
all the while waiting for everyone else to go
home so you can wail away in 1W, 9V-powered
heaven. They’re also a good option if you want
to rock out in the wilderness. Of course, their
portability is useful for some gigs, like an electric
version of the Naked Cowboy, or providing
live elevator music. Kidding aside, we’ve really
enjoyed spending some time with these little
guys. Here’s our rundown.