2 years ago
Toppscore
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Hi! Does anyone know of any headphone adapter/amplifiers that will work with Fender amp heads? Please help me selecting a headphone adapter/amplifier unit for my Fender amps.

The situation is that I own: 1) 1964 Fender Bassman amp head, 2) 1968 Fender Bassman amp head, 3) 1968 Fender Dual Showman Reverb amp head, 4) 2011 SuperSonic amp head. Of course none of the beauties have a headphone jack. I do want to play late at night without waking up the neighbor’s howling wolf hound dogs

I’m seeking a device that will sit between my amp’s speaker line-out that will transfer the amp’s signal out of a headphone jack and into my headphone. I desire a quality $50-$200 new/used headphone device that uses electricity (cheaper is OK, but I do want long-term quality). The headphone adaptor/amplifier I’m seeking can handle the 100w LOUD output from my Fender Showman or Fender Supersonic amp heads and will easily convert the amp’s LOUD powerful signal so I can use my headphones. I want to crank up the Showman, but I do not want to blow out the headphone adaptor/amplifier or my headphones or one of my two remaining ears

Does anyone know of any headphone adapter/amplifiers that will work with Fender amp heads? Thank you for any answers. Toppscore

*I have seen some of the cheaper “Rolls HA43 Stereo Headphone Amp at $30/ish” and the “Behringer MA400 - MICROMON Miniature Monitor Headphone Amplifier at $20/ish”. If these are perfect, great, but if there is better quality or better features, I am very interested. Toppscore

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2 years ago
kcbuck
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Toppscore:
It would probably be a lot easier if you do what I do. While I'm on the road traveling for work (in hotels) I bring with me a Line 6 Pocket Pod Express headphone amp which has a belt clip and all you have to do is connect it between your guitar and your headset or a VOX AC30 headphone amp. Both work well enough so you can play and hear your music without bothering any neighbors in the adjoining rooms. The Line 6 Pocket Pod works a lot better than the VOX AC30 headphone amp as you can dial in the tones better. However, sound quality also is effected by the quality of your headphones so get some good quality headphone to use any headphone amp.
Hope this helps you out,
kcbuck

P.S. The Line 6 Pocket Pod goes for about $80.00 USD depending upon which features you want and the VOX AC30 sells for about $35.00 USD. You can get both at Guitar Center in store or on-line.

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2 years ago
Toppscore
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Thanks, KCBuck! (Kansas City?) I have found out that there are two outputs for many amps. Some amps will have a "line-out" for Midi, headphones, DSP, recording, etc. The "line-out" is much lower tolerance than speaker output. And the speaker outputs are very strong = 20w-400w and will blow-up all the "line-out" equipment.

I have given up seeking a headphone system/device that will take the speaker output and allow for a headphone device. I wanted to play my 1964 Bassman amp head and play with the tone controls, etc. and listen through a headphone. So, that is a quest that I have yet to find.

In the mean time, I've researched what you suggested are the headphone amps. I saw some headphone amps that are specifically designed for "guitar" players and have some controls for clean or breakup fuzz. They vary from $15-$300+ in costs, but my requirement is that they take an AC adaptor or three-prong plug. Too many low-end guitar headphone amps only use batteries. I've seen a few and will check them out. Thank you for your input. Toppscore

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2 years ago
kcbuck
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No, the "KC" are my initials and I live in Texas but at present I'm working in Erwin, Tennessee. Check the headphone amps out the Line 6 Pocket Pod isn't that bad of a little unit for the price.
Be Good,
kcbuck

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2 years ago
Toppscore
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Thanks, KCBuck! I purchased today a Crate Power Block which is a small amp for speaker cabs and has a phone jack for guitar playing. To do what I want, which is to convert an amp's speaker output into a "line-out" signal for a headphone jack, I will need an attenuator. Take care. Toppscore

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2 years ago
kcbuck
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You must be rolling in dough???? I usually take a less expensive route for supplemental equipment "such as a headphone amp) as I don't use it that much. My main amp is a Fender Princeton 65 Reverb - yes, a tube amp, the only way to go. Glad to hear you got all set up.
Be Good and Enjoy,
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2 years ago
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Well, I have done a study before I purchased the Crate Power Block. Main thing with the Crate is that you can plug it in without batteries. Just a better quality way to play with headphones. Also, the Crate can be used at gigs or a recording studio.

The other item I am seeking is an attenuator which will connect to the output cable of an amp and you can play your Fender amp without speakers, or you can through-put on to the speaker cabinet. I have discovered that Weber makes one called the Weber Headphone Tap. My 1968 Dual Fender Showman Reverb has eleven control knobs that I can play with and learn the differnt configurations for different songs or guitar sounds, while others are sleeping

I love these little exploration efforts. There is quite a bit to discover within the guitar, amp, speaker & recording worlds. Take care, KCBuck. Thanks for your input regarding the VOX AC30 headphone amp and the Line 6 Pocket Pod Express headphone amp. Much appreciated. Toppscore

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2 years ago
kcbuck
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Well, I must say it sounds as though you did do your homework and are getting exactly what you need at a price within the range you set. Proper pre-planning and research leads to a great performance, well done.
Be Good

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2 years ago
totaltone
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Hey bro, just like to interject if it's not too late? If you're good with your hands and some tools you can build an iso box with a speaker in it to crank your heads (match impedance though) and run a mic through a two channel mixer. This works with all your amps and you can hide it in a closet. It's also great for home recording which is probably not to far on the horizon for you too.Oh, and i use it to do "tube tasting" and speaker comparisons also. Just a thought.....

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2 years ago
kcbuck
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TotalTone:
Sound interesting, how do you use it for tube testing? Do you have a diagram and materials list? I bought a test tester on ebay for $30.00 USD that my son and I now use for that function.
Thanks,
kcbuck

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2 years ago
Toppscore
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See below Descriptions of Eight Amps
Purchased and Researched.
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2 years ago
kcbuck
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Wow.... That is a mouthful and I'm sure this will be of help to people in the market.
Good Job,
kcbuck

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2 years ago
Toppscore
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Thanks, KC Buck!

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2 years ago
kcbuck
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You did the work.... Toppscore. The thing is, you have to figure out what you need and then, what's right for you. Know what I mean Vern? I do it with each item I need or want.

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2 years ago
Toppscore
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KC. Who is Vern?

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2 years ago
kcbuck
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The guy on the commercials and then movies years ago. Your showing your age.... Toppscore.

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2 years ago
totaltone
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Tube testing through my head. Meaning tasting is probably a better word. Been through every current production 12ax7 and el34 you can think of.

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2 years ago
kcbuck
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What???? Tube tasting???? Like Boo-Berry, Count Chocolar, and Rooting-Tooting Raspberry?

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2 years ago
Toppscore
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TotalTone: Are you talking about attenuators becoming or being used as tube testers? Interesting and please explain. I will be purchasing two or three different Weber attenuators, and will have the headphone upgrades added. My goal is to enable the amp heads to "scream" and get those crazy tones, all the while keeping my speaker output to below bedroom level, or simply headphone output.

Please share what you know. I am not a electrical, tube, capacitor, wiring, kind of guy. I am a true "resistor" to electronics dummy. Toppscore

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2 years ago
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Some guitar amps with Headphone Jacks are perfect powered guitar amps for small parties or small club venues. After seeking amps with headphone jacks that shut off the speakers, I've purchased the below following eight (8) amps. I'll share a few thoughts on each amp to help when procuring some of these. I have reviewed many, many other amps and ALWAYS DISCARDED ANY AMP THAT ONLY RAN STRICTLY ON BATTERIES. Looking for good value and reputation is important, as well as longevity on the market place and positive user reviews. I believe the following eight are "great value buys", depending upon your performance, recording and/or practice reqirements. My pricing is approximate brand new prices with shipping:

1) Fender G-Dec Thirty 30w 1x10 (Rare "Blues" version and maybe discountinued * readily available are the Metal version, Country version & normal version). This amp is extrememly popular with touring pros for back concert stage practice. The 100(+) guitar & amp settings are dialed in and awesome sounding. Great little amp. Includes a headphone jack.
$260-$300 for the Metal, Country & Original versions

2) Peavey Vypyr 30w Head Amp. This little baby is in the same class as the Fender Supersonics as far a voicings (much less power & volume, and with a headphone jack). No tubes within the Vypyr (the two 60w Fender Supersonics have 8-10 tubes). 30w is a very comfortable amount of power to drive most one & two speaker cabinets inside of small & medium venues. With Peavey's Patented "TransTube® Technology" integrated within both the preamp & power amp, the Vypyr dials in the famous "tube sounds & voicings" form a wide variety of famous Fender, Marshall, Vox & 21 other different amp channels. The Peavey Vypyr performs all it's amp emulation voicings with reliable solid state electronics.
$180(+)

3) The Pig Nose Hog 20w. Great little 6.5" 20w amp. Portable and light for suitcase travel. Headphones & AC power adapter. Overdrive gain allows for fun distortion. This amp plays off batteries for 6(+) hours "and" you can keep the power cord plugged in ~ no need to buy batteries. The Hog 20's front panel features include volume, tone & "squeal" overdrive/distortion controls, and a standard 1/4" input jack. Play while your spouse is sleeping using the headphone jack ~ just do not sing along too loudly. hahaha
$120

4)The Tascam Guitar Trainer CD-GT2. Beautiful little pocket sized CD-Player. Play along with a CD. Slow the pitch or tempo down, or speed them up. Record loops or repeat sections of songs to learn, play & replay. The Tascam CD-GT2 has an AC power adapter & headphone jack. When I get into the smaller IPod/Walkman sized gadgets, Personally, I always & absolutely require AC power adapters (no batteries for me) and headphone ability.
$130-$160

5) Scholz Rockman GUITAR Ace Headphone amp. Headphones and AC power adapter. Play along with this high-quality, low-priced headphone amp. Offers built in compression, volume control and auxiliary stereo input/output. You can route the output to a mixer for recording! Offers pristine clean, semi & heavy distortion. Full-stack sounds from a double DVD sized box
$80 for Guitar Ace, Metal Ace or Bass Ace

6) Scholz Rockman BASS Ace Headphone amp. Same as the Rockman GUITAR Ace but offers selectable treble boost and mid boost to add to your sound. Make sure you have headphones and buy the AC power adapter.
$80 for Guitar Ace, Metal Ace or Bass Ace

7) Tascam MP-GT1 (1gb) Digital Media Player. Headphones & AC power adapter. This little IPod like guitar practice amp has memory to store songs to play along with and many more interesting features that all digital devices will allow. Awesome. It's the "IPod" size for your hand. Plug in a guitar and practice along with your favorite music. Nice little amp.
$160

8) As I was studying small amps and practice amps, I discovered and purchased this extremely powerful little cigar box sized, 150w Guitar amp:
The Crate Power Block Amp #CPB150 * w/Crate Power Pak & Bag. Included: Crate Power Block amp * power cable * gig bag w/shoulder strap
Features Include:
•150w (Mono) @ 8 ohms
•75W per Channel @ 4 Ohms
•Speaker simulation circuitry for enhanced sound at each of the audio outputs
•Protected against speaker impedances below the recommended minimum signal levels outside the proper operating range for the unit, and extreme unbalanced stereo conditions.

Crate Power Block info: http://www.zzounds.com/item--CRACPB150
Front Panel:
•Gain •Low •Mid •High •Level
Rear Panel:
•Stereo& Mono Speaker Out
•Balanced XLR Out •CD Input
•Dual Purpose Line In/Effects Loop

Remember, most Fender Bassmans are only 50w/8-ohm or 4-ohm output. This little 150w amp can power a 4x10 or 4x12 speaker cabinet to performance nightclub levels with 150w/Mono/@8ohms or 75W/Channel/@4ohms. Absolutely great for backing up your normal amp. Very small but very powerful. NO HEADPHONE JACK, but this whole amp with accessories fits right into a small shoebox-sized gig bag that is included.
Discontinued in 2007. Available on EBay for $100-$200


Enjoy the info. Toppscore
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2 years ago
kcbuck
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Thanks for sharing, Toppscore....

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2 years ago
kevinpaul
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Check Grado pre amp, they cost lots of money but they are great. Grado made turn table needles and cartridges.
Put the name in google and look at the price of the pros!

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