Don’t let Load Shedding stop you from Shredding

Don’t let Load Shedding stop you from Shredding

Don’t let Load Shedding stop you from Shredding

Practice makes perfect, so as musicians, it goes without saying that we spend loads of time practicing, crafting our artform to perfection. It’s also a part of life that time is a valuable commodity that we can’t just “give away” freely so I can imagine I am not the only one in South Africa that wants to rip my hair out of my head when I am sitting down during my allotted time to rehearse, learn a new part or just practicing and the next thing I know I am in complete darkness thanks to our countries fragile power grid and a company that will remain nameless but rhymes with {lessCom} 

Yes, yes, I know, you could always buy an acoustic guitar and hey, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, in fact a well-rounded guitarist would almost certainly have an acoustic guitar (or two) at arm’s length but for predominantly electric guitarists, being without power doesn’t have to spell the end of rehearsal for you or the many effects that so often go missing along with your power supply. So, with load shedding becoming an unwanted “part of life” in South Africa, we here at MiTech Direct decided to offer up a few solutions to keep you playing long after the lights have gone out.

So let's open the “go anywhere, play anywhere goodie bag and see what is out there in terms of portable battery-powered amplification.

Blackstar Fly 3 Mini Amp

Blackstar Fly 3 Mini Amp

The FLY 3 is an innovative, cutting edge 3-watt mini amp which combines two channels, tape delay, and the Blackstar patented Infinite Shape Feature (ISF) to create the perfect compact and portable guitar amplifier. It's advantageously small and packs a punch with big TONE, even at the lowest volumes.

The ISF allows you to infinitely change the sound of your FLY 3, which gives you endless possibilities on the tone of your amp. The FLY 3 also features tape delay effects, allowing you to make your amp output resonate during play.

The FLY 3 also comes with an MP3 / LINE IN jack built in, allowing you to connect to your MP3 player, mobile phone, laptop, tablet etc. and jam along to your favorite tracks; the Emulated Output jack can also be used with headphones. Capable of being battery powered, you can take the FLY 3 with you wherever you go as a set of portable speakers.

Blackstar Fly 3 Mini Amp at a Glance:

·         Wattage - 3 Watts

·         Power -  6 x AA batteries or 6.5V DC power supply 

·         Controls - Volume, gain, ISF EQ, overdrive switch, delay level

·         Ins/Outs: Instrument, line in/Aux, headphones

·         Amp simulators - Non 

·         FX - 1


Vox Mini3 G2 Guitar Amp

Vox Mini3 G2 Guitar Amp

Always on the move? With its lightweight design and incredible sound quality, the MINI3 G2 is the perfect grab and go amplifier. Powered by six AA batteries, or the included adapter, the MINI3 G2 is a great companion for long road trips or for bringing your music to the city streets. 11 authentic amp models and on-board 8 effects make this little amp a tremendously versatile tool, allowing you to explore any genre of music you can think of! With microphone and auxiliary inputs, you can accompany yourself on the mic or jam along to your favorite tracks.

Vox Mini3 G2 Guitar Amp at a Glance:

·         Wattage - 3 Watts

·         Power - 6 AA batteries or power adaptor 

·         Controls - Volume, gain, tone, amp simulators, effects, 

·         Ins/Outs: Instrument, Mic, AUX jack

·         Amp simulators - 11

·         FX - 8 


Fender Mini '57 Twin Amp

Fender Mini '57 Twin Amp

Designed to replicate the traditional styling and design of the legendary '57 Twin-Amp, this portable headphone amp imparts a classic look for at-home practice or play on the go. Capture the vibe of early '50s tweed amps—from the vintage-style exterior to the brown old-school grille—with the versatility of 9V battery power or an AC adapter. Best of all, this one-watt amp comes with all the controls you need to dial in your signature sound no matter the location, including Volume, Tone and Gain controls and a built-in distortion.

Fender Mini '57 Twin Amp at a Glance

·         Wattage -1 Watt

·         Power - 1 x 9V battery or 9V power adaptor 

·         Controls - Power, volume, tone, drive

·         Ins/Outs: Instrument, Mic

·         Amp simulators - Non

·         FX – Non


Boss Katana Mini Amplifier

The Katana-Mini makes serious Katana tone accessible in a small, go-anywhere amp that runs on batteries. Offering sound quality that far exceeds other amps in its class, this miniature powerhouse features an authentic multi-stage analog gain circuit for big, expressive sound, plus a traditional analog EQ and an onboard tape-style delay. Ultra-compact and travel-ready, the Katana-Mini delivers inspiring Katana tone anywhere you want to play.

Boss Katana Mini Amp at a Glance:

·         Wattage -7 Watts

·         Power - 6 x AA batteries and AC power adaptor 

·         Controls - Amp type, volume, gain, bass, middle, treble, delay time, delay level

·         Ins/Outs: Instrument, Aux-in

·         Amp simulators - Non - 3 tone choices

·         FX - 1: Delay


Marshall MS-2 Micro Amp

The Marshall MS-2TM is a 1w micro amp that may be small but will deliver the true Marshall tone. It is battery powered and can plug into mains so it’s versatile enough to play on the move or practice in your bedroom. These are available in a variety of colors and styles: black, red, white, light grey, classic dark grey.

Marshall MS-2 Micro Amp at a Glance:

·         Wattage -1 Watt

·         Power - 9V battery or detachable power cable (not included)

·         Controls – Volume and tone

·         Ins/Outs: Instrument, headphones

·         Amp simulators - Non 


·         FX - Non

Roland Micro Cube GX

The MICRO CUBE is the most popular battery-powered amp of all time. The new MICRO CUBE GX retains the tiny size and huge sound of its legendary predecessor while adding many great additions and improvements, including i-CUBE LINK, increased output power, a chromatic tuner, and a MEMORY function for saving your favorite settings. The massive, high-gain EXTREME brings the total number of COSM amps to eight, while HEAVY OCTAVE has been added to the onboard effects section for thick, ultra-low tones. i-CUBE LINK opens many new opportunities for practice and recording, providing a built-in audio interface for working with music apps on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Roland Micro Cube GX amp at a Glance:

·         Wattage - 3 Watts

·         Power - 6 x AA batteries or AC power adaptor 

·         Controls - Gain, volume, amp type, effects, tuner, tone, master, memory function

·         Ins/Outs: Instrument, Aux-in

·         Amp simulators - 8

·         FX - 8

Yamaha THR5 Guitar Amp

Yamaha’s THR amps have captivated guitarists around the globe. The little amp with a big tone and a feature-set designed to give players just what they need when they’re not on-stage has finally proven that a gig or session isn’t the only place you should expect the perfect tone. And now that tone's getting even better - the newly upgraded THR5v2 and THR10v2 feature enhanced cabinet behaviors such as multi-mic’d speaker simulation, for better sound quality with cleaner cleans and dirtier distortion.

Eminently portable, THR amps run on both AC and battery power, guaranteeing that you’ll sound great no matter where you are. Each of the five THR amps has its own distinctive sound, feel, and tone, with amazingly natural, sought-after tones on tap. From shimmering acoustic tones, soaring leads, crunchy power riffs, to all-out metal mayhem, the THR series has got you covered.

Built to ensure that you sound great and play better, THR amps deliver quality audio playback that allows you to practice along with external audio sources in hi-fi sound. When inspiration strikes, the integrated USB port means that you can lay down tracks effortlessly with your bundled copy of the renowned Cubase AI DAW software. For even more flexibility, you can download THR editor, giving you more detailed control of your THR’s tone, effects, and overall sound.

Whatever your style, whatever your preference, wherever you are, THR meets the offstage demands of guitarists across the nation and beyond. It's not just an amp, it's a THR.

Yamaha THR5 Guitar Amp at a Glance:

·         Wattage -10 Watts

·         Power - AC power adaptor (included) or 8 x AA batteries

·         Controls - Amp Model, gain, master, tone, effect, delay/reverb, volume, tap tempo/Tuner

·         Ins/Outs: Instrument, headphones, USB

·         Amp simulators - 5

·         FX - 8


EVH 5150 Micro Stack Amp

EVH 5150 Micro Stack Amp

Just like it’s bigger brothers, the EVH® 5150III® Micro Stack is filled with arena-sized crunch—yet you won’t need a road crew to move it. Perfect for practicing in a dorm room or office, it features the look and sound that put EVH amplifiers on the map. With a full set of Gain, Volume and Tone controls you can dial in your sound as clean or gritty as you want. It even includes a headphone output jack for silent practice.

EVH 5150 Micro Stack Amp at a Glance:

·         Wattage -1 Watt

·         Power - 9V battery

·         Controls - Gain, volume, tone

·         Ins/Outs: Instrument, headphones

·         Amp simulators - Non 

·         FX - Non


VOX amPlug 2 Guitar Headphone Amp

With amPlug 2, the crucial analog circuit has been drastically improved, and each model now provides three modes. Guitar types provide multi-effect functionality, and a rhythm function has been added to the bass type. A foldable plug mechanism that rotates 180 degrees and an auto power-off function are additional features that contribute significantly to improved convenience and ease of use. The amPlug is the simplest way to get serious sound; occupying virtually no space, it's an ideal choice for any guitarist or bassist on the go.

Available models: AC30, Classic Rock, Metal, Bass, Clean, Blues, Acoustic and Lead.

VOX amPlug 2 Guitar Headphone Amp at a Glance:

·         Power - 2 x AAA batteries

·         Controls - Gain, tone, volume, fx

·         Ins/Outs: Instrument, Headphones, Aux

·         Amp simulators - 3

·         FX – 3


IK Multimedia iRig HD 2

iRig HD 2 fits easily in your pocket and connects directly to your Lightning and USB devices – so no matter which iPad, iPhone, Mac or PC you have, you’re ready to rock at a moment’s notice. There’s no complicated setup – just plug in and play.

The iRig HD 2 will free your mind from the confines of tradition and inspire you to be your creative best. Break away from the past and enter a whole new world of mobile guitar playing 

IK Multimedia iRig HD 2 at a Glance:

·         Power - iOS device or USB

·         Controls – Complete array

·         Ins/Outs: Instrument, Headphones, Aux

·         Amp simulators – Multiple in App purchases available

·         FX – Multiple in App purchases available

Ok, so there you have it, a comprehensive list of 10 options for the guitarist that still needs to shred while the rest of the country “sheds”. Granted, these are nowhere near their arena-filling big brothers in terms of volume but when it comes down to it, sometimes the stripped-down approach has its creative benefits. Also, I mean, do your neighbors really need to hear you learning to play “Sweet Child of mine” cranked to 11? Probably not and thanks to these options, they won't have to.

A big plus on all of these amplifiers is that they are all super portable, relatively inexpensive, and for the most part, plug and play, making for an incredibly quick and easy solution for practicing whether you have power or not. Some of these amps have a few more features than the others but you will no doubt find a solution that suits your specific needs.     

The choice is yours. But whichever type of “micro amp” solution you go for, just plug in and have hours of fun playing your heart out. Bottom line, no matter what, you will be doing “loads of shredding” while the rest of us are load shedding #nopowernoproblem


For more information, please feel free to contact a MiTech Support Specialist as they are ready to help you, no matter what your musical need.  

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