Tools for the Task: Micro Amps
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.