"It delivers a smooth, thick, high-octane overdrive that perfectly captures modern rock and metal, with a full and bright clean tone to match": Vox amPlug3 High Gain review

Turn up the gain while keeping down the volume with Vox's ultimate high-gain practice solution

Vox amPlug3 High Gain review
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Guitar World Verdict

Tonally, there's a lot to like about the new generation of Vox amPlug. From gut-punching riffs to searing leads, this high-gain headphone amp is ideal for recreating the tones found on modern metal records. If we were to nit-pick, we would prefer to see a few more modern features added to the device, such as USB charging and Bluetooth audio, but at an incredibly affordable $49.99, it can't be denied that Vox is offering outstanding value for money.


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    Sleek design

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    Plenty of gain for metal

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    Surprisingly good clean sounds

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    Very affordable


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    Controls can be tricky to read at times

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    No Bluetooth

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    Can't be charged by USB

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As a guitarist, you're in for a treat with the Vox amPlug3 High Gain headphone amp. This device, among a sea of other gadgets, offers a unique blend of convenience and tonal power. It allows you to practice anytime, anywhere, without disturbing others while also giving you the freedom to experiment and take control of your practice routine. 

Easily one of the best headphone amps on the market, Vox's amPlug has just gone through a makeover for the brand-new third generation. Available in seven different flavors, from classic recreations of Vox icons to heavy-metal monsters, these all-analog practice devices pride themselves on being easy to use, affordable, and, dare we say, collectible.  

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Daryl Robertson
Senior Deals Writer

As a Senior Deals Writer at Guitar World, I help create and maintain the site's 200+ buyer's guides, scour the internet for the best possible deals on a range of guitar products, and spend a lot of time getting hands-on with the latest guitars, amps, pedals, and more. My gear reviews have also been featured in many prominent publications, including Total Guitar and Future Music magazines and MusicRadar.com.

During my career, I have been lucky enough to talk to many of my musical heroes, having interviewed members of Sum 41, Foo Fighters, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators, Creeper, Thrice and more.

In a past life, I worked in music retail. For a little under a decade, I advised everyone from absolute beginners to seasoned pros on the right gear for their needs. 

I also have a passion for live sound. I'm a fully qualified sound engineer who holds a first-class Bachelor's degree in Creative Sound Production from the University of Abertay and I have plenty of experience working in various venues around Scotland.