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Carl Martin Rock Bug Headphone Guitar Amp and Speaker Simulator   

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The Carl Martin Rock Bug is an amp speaker simulator and headphone rehearsal unit that operates on a single 9v battery. Just plug your guitar (with o...Read More

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OVERVIEW

Sounds like you're playing through a tube amp.

The Carl Martin Rock Bug is an amp speaker simulator and headphone rehearsal unit that operates on a single 9v battery. Just plug your guitar (with or without pedals) into the headphone amp's unbalanced 1/4" input, plug your favorite headphones into the unbalanced 1/4" output and off you go. Adjust your guitar's volume with the headphone amp's Guitar knob, select an open cabinet or closed cabinet simulation with the mini-toggle switch, and wail away through the privacy of your headphones. If you like, use the Carl Martin Rock Bug's AUX stereo inputs with an MP3, CD or DAT player, and either play along or add a personal touch to your prerecorded backing tracks. Thanks to the balanced XLR output, you can connect your Carl Martin Rock Bug headphone amp to a mixing console for recording, solo gigs accompanying prerecorded music, or as a DI for live performance if you're packing light or your amp goes down.

FEATURES
  • Unbalanced input for guitar, or guitar through pedalboard
  • Unbalanced guitar output or headphone out (600 Ohm)
  • Balanced output (200 Ohm) for direct recording or PA use (Not digital audio)
  • Aux stereo inputs for MP3, CD or DAT
  • Master output controls the overall and AUX levels
  • The Guitar volume knob controls the instrument volume in relation to the Master volume

With all these features, the Rock Bug is a little Swiss Army Knife that's a handy addition to any guitarist rig. Own it now.

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Carl MartinRock Bug Headphone Guitar Amp and Speaker Simulator
 
4.4

(based on 7 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Excellent sound (3)
  • Portable (3)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

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4.0

Excellent, but for the but

By zedthewizard

from new england

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

    Comments about Carl Martin Rock Bug Headphone Guitar Amp and Speaker Simulator:

    This is a great little item for an apartment dweller to practice using pedals. I haven't used my whole board yet, but I don't perceive there would be any problems. The tone is very pleasing and very much like playing through a tube amplifier. But, I have a very popular set of Sony headphones that have a 1/8" plug as well as an adapter. Can't say why, but I can't just push it in. Somtimes, you have to play with it slightly to get a good connection. This would be no problem, but you often have a buzzing sound when playing. I am thinking of buying a cheaper pair of headphones on a Deal of the Day or holiday sale without the adapter to see if that is the issue.

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    5.0

    Great Product!

    By LesPaulMN

    from Mpls MN

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Carl Martin Rock Bug Headphone Guitar Amp and Speaker Simulator:

      This is just what I was looking for to be able to keep in my gig bag so when my $2000 tube amp dies at a gig I still have a way to finish the night with decent tone! I also picked up the new Bogner "Red" preamp pedal for the backup kit.. Used together these ROCK plugged right into the PA..

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      It does exactly what it should

      By SingleCoilVoodoo

      from Abilene, TX

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Carl Martin Rock Bug Headphone Guitar Amp and Speaker Simulator:

        This thing is great! Amazing sound, and will keep the angry neighbors off my doorstep.

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        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Actually, it's even better than I 1st thought

        By Tominator

        from Boston - Metrowest

        Comments about Carl Martin Rock Bug Headphone Guitar Amp and Speaker Simulator:

        Just an update to my previous review:My previous comments apply to using the headphone output with a regular guitar cord into a PA's Hi-Z input. I can't speak to the effect of plugging an extenal sound source into the stereo aux inputs at the same time, as I don't intend to use that function.But this thing's simple design is even more brilliant than I thought. If you use the Balanced output with an XLR mic cable into a PA's Lo-Z input, the 'Master' knob is out of the circuit and it's absolutely dead quiet no matter where the 'Guitar' knob is set.(With all due respect to Winslo, an electric guitar does not produce any appreciable output in the 10-15kHz range, and in fact most guitar speakers only have measurable response up to about 8kHz; take a look at some of the frequency response graphs on Eminence's Website for example.)

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Works as advertised

        By Tominator

        from Boston - Metrowest

        Comments about Carl Martin Rock Bug Headphone Guitar Amp and Speaker Simulator:

        I bought this to use as an emergency amp backup and for direct recording; I don't plan to use it with headphones or an external sound source. I already have and use a Carl Martin Quattro and Tuner.

        It is not noisy if you use it properly: Turn the master down (to 1/4) and the guitar up (to 3/4). I've only tried it through a small PA - it made it sound like I was playing through an amp. That's all I expected. The open/closed switch is subtle but effective. I put it in my gig bag to be ready for an amp-failure emergency. That's the main reason I bought it. I will try it soon with my son's MBox/ProTools rig, but he's already got a slew of software amp models, so it's really not necessary in that application ... but I'll still try it when we get around to it.

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        (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Too noisy to use

        By Winzlo-CSa5U

        from Minnesota

        Comments about Carl Martin Rock Bug Headphone Guitar Amp and Speaker Simulator:

        The Rock Bug sounded like a very promising addition to my pedal board so I could stop dragging an amp back and forth to gigs. However, it was so noisy that the sound guy had to cut my 10-15kHz by -12db just to make it tolerable.This does not and can not replace an amp. You are better off getting a cheap combo amp with a direct out or invest 10 times more to get a full multi-effects modeling processor.

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        (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Pure Analog Powerhouse

        Comments about Carl Martin Rock Bug Headphone Guitar Amp and Speaker Simulator:

        If you have used ANY Carl Martin products, you already know the quality. This unique problem-solver will deliver YOUR tone as if through a professional speaker-cabinet to any PA or studio-mixer.It also converts your signal to Low-Z so you don't loose treble over long cable runs. By itself, that feature is worth the price of admission. But when you combine this with the head-phone out, stereo aux-ins and two-knob mixing, you have a tool that lets you practice in hotel-rooms or on the tour-bus with the EXACT tone you use live.It's small, but just as tough as all CM pedals.I love it because it retains noiseless-clarity with practically NO signal degradation over 100' of cable.

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