Tech Squibs: VOX amPhones for Your Guitar

VOX amPhones let an electric guitar player practice without the need of an external plug-in amp.

John Scott Lewinskiby John Scott Lewinski

SQUIB: a : a short humorous or satiric writing or speech; b : a short news item. (Merriam-Webster)

This Tech Squib gives you the perfect opportunity to tell your annoying, wannabe rock star roommate to shove that guitar up their amps.

The VOX amPhones are essentially a portable personal electric guitar amplifier that fits over the ears. Rather than plug into an external amp, players can hear their own playing by plugging the amPhones into their guitars.

Made by Audio-Technica and selling for around $100, the headphone amp uses a new "reactor circuit" based on  Valve Reactor. It's an analog built to mimic a real amp.

I'm not a guitar player, so I passed them over to Pierre Karrlson – a professional session player in Los Angeles. He reports they work well for what they're intended to do – allowing the player to hear his or work without bugging anyone around them.