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Title: Play guitar through earphones????
Post by: onewilyfool on April 03, 2008, 03:26:02 PM
At the special request of my wife and dogs, I have been asked to practice privately with earphones. My amp, doesn't have an earphone jack.....are there any portable, perhaps battery operated earphones that will allow me to practice in silence??? Thanks
Title: Play guitar through earphones????
Post by: workknot on April 03, 2008, 04:14:47 PM
onewilyfool; I think it is possible to wire in a headphone jack into your amp that cancels the speaker when a jack is inserted. Not sure how it would be hooked up but many amps have that feature and it should not be that difficult to create if one had a wiring diagram and the correct jack.
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Title: Play guitar through earphones????
Post by: Simon on April 03, 2008, 04:38:09 PM
wily, I can only repeat what I've seen mentioned, no personal experiences unfortunately:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Vox-Amplug-AC30-Headphone-Amp?sku=481676
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Smokey-Mini-Amp?sku=483005
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/C-Tech-Pocket-Rockit-V2-Guitar-Headphone-Amplifier?sku=151708
http://www.line6.com/pocketpod/
Title: Play guitar through earphones????
Post by: SilentLegume on April 03, 2008, 04:59:15 PM
The output jack of my digitech RP50 powers my headphones nicely (just need a 1/4 to 1/8 stereo adapter).  The effects aren't great, but if you're gunna spend money on something, it's not a bad price and the effects are decent enough for practice or light use:

http://www.zzounds.com/item--DGTRP50
Title: Play guitar through earphones????
Post by: Lunaray on April 05, 2008, 05:16:11 AM
Hey wiley,

Don't know how well this would work with an acoustic-electric, but I just bought my first electric so I'm going to try it out, it's called a Pocket Rockit  http://pocketrocki.web131.discountasp.net/temp/  As soon as I get mine I'll report back on it, it'd be cool if it works for my acoustics too.


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Title: Play guitar through earphones????
Post by: SAJay on April 06, 2008, 10:59:20 AM
I don' know if you have a mixer or recorder but I go through my Tascam 4 track recorder with my headphones out of the recorder. Works great, also provides me with EQ and L/R mixing. I can still use my pedals either before the device or in the effects loop. Never any complaints from my dogs.
Title: Play guitar through earphones????
Post by: willieturnip on April 06, 2008, 05:32:40 PM
I built a guitar pre-amp and whacked a headphone output on it about 6 months ago. Cost a bit over $5 and works like a charm. Get all the parts from maplin including a box to house it all in.
Title: Play guitar through earphones????
Post by: Rockette on April 07, 2008, 01:25:37 AM
Mini Portable Guitar Amplifier

(http://www.dansdata.com/images/cmoy/amp640.jpg)

Circuit diagram:

(http://www.redcircuits.com/MiniGuitarAmp.GIF)

Parts:
R1______________22K  1/4W Resistor
C1______________10µF  25V Electrolytic Capacitor
C2_____________100nF  63V Polyester or Ceramic Capacitor
C3_____________220µF  25V Electrolytic Capacitor
IC1__________TDA7052  Audio power amplifier IC
J1,J2__________6.3mm  Stereo Jack sockets (switched)
SPKR___________8 Ohm  Loudspeaker
B1________________9V  PP3 Battery or
                  3V  Battery (2 x 1.5V AA, AAA Cells in series etc.)
Clip for PP3 Battery or socket for 2 x 1.5V AA or AAA Cells

See complete details at: http://www.redcircuits.com/Page96.htm
Title: Play guitar through earphones????
Post by: millenium on April 08, 2008, 07:31:30 AM
Is this going to be the next rocket puzzle prize ??? hihihihi

I do play sometimes with the earphone plugged in the amp some times. Most of the time when the little girl is slept and I don't want to wake her !! Buy an decent earphone set that cover ALL your ears, so this way, you won't have the ambiant sound getting disturb you (if your wife is doing something else, you won't hear her)
Title: Play guitar through earphones????
Post by: onewilyfool on April 08, 2008, 11:58:11 AM
Hey Rockette.....that little amp is cool.....too bad I am electronically retarded....lol.....too bad they aren't for sale.....cool...
Title: Play guitar through earphones????
Post by: guitar-beginner-help on April 10, 2008, 04:32:16 AM
Have you tried the Vox Amplug?
Title: Play guitar through earphones????
Post by: Drefen on April 10, 2008, 09:12:40 AM
I have the Pocket Rockit Pro and I have nothing but good things to say.  It sounds better than most practice amps, is very easy to use, and the battery life is pretty good if you remember to turn it off when not in use.

I have not tried the V2 but it should be fine if the Pro is any indication.

Title: Play guitar through earphones????
Post by: JohnCub on April 13, 2008, 08:50:29 AM
Personally I just use my computer since it doesn't cost me another piece of gear.  I use a sound card that has 1/4 inputs and even has studio effects.  They don't make my sound card anymore but if one was looking to do this at home on a budget you could start with http://us.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=1&subcategory=16&product=14659 and then find a suitable soundcard to go with it (Creative X-Fi),  This allows silent practice as well as the ability to record what you play and possibly multitrack it if you were so inclined.

I will warn that creative's software leaves much to be desired and though I've been a soundblaster supporter from way back I do know their drivers and applications are not always 100%.
Title: Play guitar through earphones????
Post by: onewilyfool on April 16, 2008, 01:13:36 PM
I'm waiting for our local guy to get the Vox amplug's in.........Thanks for all the advice guys...
Title: Play guitar through earphones????
Post by: onewilyfool on May 01, 2008, 01:05:20 PM
Hey I found a neat little guitar trainer in MP3 form......also a way to play along with your favorite song...etc.....


http://www.guitarcenter.com/TASCAM-MP-GT1-Portable-MP3-Guitar-Trainer-104284690-i1174831.gc
Title: Play guitar through earphones????
Post by: nodehopper on May 01, 2008, 06:12:48 PM
onewily!!!  I have one of those TASCAM MP-GT1 doo-hickys.

It does work pretty well. I have loaded MP3s on it and played along with earbuds.

Some good things about it. It has multiple volume controls ..i.e. Master volume, guitar input volume and a volume to set the balance between guitar and MP3 playback. There is no way you can't get it so the levels are right for you.

I have some decent earbuds ....they were about $40 and it does sound good.

The loop feature is very awesome. During playback you hit the loop button once and it sets a beginning tab then you let the song continue till it gets to where you want it to stop and set the end tab. The portion between the tabs will now loop until it drives you insane or you get what you wanted to learn. Hit the loop button a third time and it re-sets the tabs away. Very Nice Feature!! Great for learning licks etc.

The slow down and + and minus pitch both work as advertised ...BUT only to a certain degree ....i.e. a 20% decrease in speed will make the music sound just a little fluttery or odd. (hard to describe the sound..but it isn't perfect)

OK so now some of my critiques.

The buttons / menus are so-so. I have used it for hours, yet I can still get frustrated trying to navigate and do a few simple things. Again....not terrible ...not bad ....just so-so.

Battery life is again so-so. nothing bad but I did finally get the plug in power supply. I got tired of getting everything set up cords - guitar- earbuds.....and then finding my batteries were low and you can't use it when it is plugged in via USB to charge. Plug in AC adapter is $19 on Amazon.

And my biggest complaint is the Amp sound effects. In my opinion they just suck ass. 90%of their presets sound like Death Metal or  some Alien Space Creature. So I tried the customize feature and after a couple hours I just gave up and plugged a Boss Overdrive Pedal between the Tascam and my Les Paul and was much happier. Not a big deal.... it just makes the whole thing less convenient.

So I would say that it is definitely worth-while. It does what it advertises mostly and be prepared to use a pedal if you want a good sound.

************** Tech Notes to save frustration ********

Make sure you use non-DRM MP3s

Never use a USB hub to transfer files onto it. Only plug it directly into the USB port on the computer itself. The hub will mess it up and you will get file errors trying to transfer music onto it.

Don't make yourself deaf ...it can get loud !!!



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Title: Play guitar through earphones????
Post by: onewilyfool on May 01, 2008, 06:21:22 PM
Hey Node.....can you transfer I-Tune files from a Mac? Or, do you have to translate them into MP3's first? Thanks
Title: Play guitar through earphones????
Post by: nodehopper on May 01, 2008, 06:33:12 PM
quote:
Originally posted by onewilyfool

Hey Node.....can you transfer I-Tune files from a Mac? Or, do you have to translate them into MP3's first? Thanks



I believe the majority of ITunes music has DRM (Digital Right Management) included.

I only use DRM free music (i.e. I buy the CD and rip to MP3 then archive the disc) so I can't say from experience. Right after I got it I vaguely remember seeing a post about it and the person was having issues with play back and I believe the problem was ITunes DRM music.

I do like mine and I would suggest getting one and trying it out.....worst case is you have to burn the ITunes DRM music to CD then rip the CD to MP3 to remove the DRM (The dirty little ITunes secret that everyone including Apple knows) You will lose a little quality, but for practice applications I don't think it would be an issue unless you are a real Hi-Fi-Guy.

Stephen......   Ain't no more potatoes, the frost have killed the vine ......
Well, the blues ain't nothin' but a good woman on your mind MJH

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WASHBURN 125-ANNIVERSARY-R316-SWRK PARLOR                                

Martin D 16 H

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Title: Re: Play guitar through earphones????
Post by: dschwartz on April 01, 2019, 05:10:38 AM
Consider getting a compact headphone amp like the Vox Amplug. I use the Audio Technica ATH M50X guitar headphones (https://musicoomph.com/best-headphones-for-guitar-amps/) instead of in-ear headphones.