Ten very little amps that won’t blow any doors down, but might inspire more practice.

Whether you're tight on space, your neighbors hate you, you want a simple practice solution, or all of the above, any of the following 10 micro-amp options can lend a plug-and-play hand. Bonus: All are priced to stuff a stocking without putting a hole in a wallet.

Katana-Mini

Able to run on six AAs or an AC adaptor, this mini houses a multi-stage analog gain circuit, 3-band analog EQ, tape-style delay, and brown, crunch, and clean sound settings.

BOSS
$99

Mini3 G2

Designed to grab and go anywhere, this mini boasts 11 amp models, eight effects, an onboard tuner, and inputs for a mic, headphones, and an auxiliary device.

VOX
$129

Fly 3

This 3-watt, 2-channel compact amp features the company’s Infinite Shape Feature (ISF) for loads of tonal options, a digital tape-delay effect, and can be DC or battery powered.

BLACKSTAR
$59

EL 3.1

This unique yet simple micro is powered by two 9V batteries for 3 watts of power, and houses a 3" high-performance driver, a brightness toggle, and gain control.

SONIC PIPE AMPLIFIERS
$45

MS-4

Own a full-stack Marshall for well under $100 with this 1-watt screamer that has separate volume and gain dials, a stand for angling upwards, and a headphone jack that doubles as a preamp out.

MARSHALL
$64

iRig Nano Amp

This tiny 3-watt amp is powered by three AA batteries and can even drive a 4x12 cab. Additionally, it’ll serve as an interface for iOS devices to access tones and recording functionality galore.

IK MULTIMEDIA
$49

Micro Crush PiX CR3

Dressed in unmistakable Orange styling, this 9V-powered micro features an all-analog signal path, an onboard tuner, and an overdrive switch to bring the heat.

ORANGE
$69

5150 III Micro Stack

Ideal for (really) small-room practice, this 1-watt little brother in the EVH line houses a control set consisting of gain, volume, and tone, and also features an integrated tilt-back kickstand.

EVH
$49

Micro Cube GX

Boasting eight amp tones, eight effects, and a memory function to save your favorite settings, this micro also interfaces with Apple products and can run up to 25 hours on six AA batteries.

ROLAND
$149

Micro Spider

This wee 6-watt amp offers up four Spider amp models, an acoustic-guitar model, a 3-band EQ, six effects, and an onboard tuner with note-name display.

LINE 6
$134

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We’re almost finished with the aging process on our project guitar. Let’s work on the fretboard, nut, and truss rod cover, and prepare the headstock for the last hurrah.

Hello and welcome back to Mod Garage. This month we’ll continue with our relic’ing project, taking a closer look at the front side of the neck and treating the fretboard and the headstock. We’ll work on the front side of the headstock in the next part, but first we must prepare it.

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Diatonic sequences are powerful tools. Here’s how to use them wisely.

Advanced

Beginner

• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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