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Palmer Pocket Amp

£72.00

Palmer Pocket Amp Boxed and in great condition Palmer's Pocket Amp aims to eliminate the need for an amp or mic when playing electric guitar. Built into a compact, rugged aluminium chassis, it just about deserves to be called 'pocket‑sized'. Four pots, labelled Drive, Level, Treb and Bass, mimic those…Read More

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Palmer Pocket Amp

Boxed and in great
condition

Palmer’s Pocket Amp aims
to eliminate the need for an amp or mic when playing electric guitar. Built
into a compact, rugged aluminium chassis, it just about deserves to be
called ‘pocket‑sized’. Four pots, labelled Drive, Level, Treb and Bass, mimic
those you’d find on an amp. Below these are four switches, marked Amp (for
selecting the model), Mode (with settings for Clean, Crunch and Heavy), Mic
(three emulated mic setups are available) and Gnd, a ground‑lift switch.

The solitary ‘Drive’
footswitch switches the amp simulation off or on. On the review unit, this
footswitch was rather flimsy, and also highly inconsistent: it worked more
often than not, but sometimes did nothing, and others switched twice with one
push — so I can’t really recommend it for stage use, unless you’re happy
to leave it permanently on. This is my only major gripe, though, and in the
more sedate world of the studio, it’s certainly not a show‑stopper.

The expected guitar input is joined by a stereo, 3.5mm jack
input, intended for iPods and the like. The three outputs comprise
a quarter‑inch jack socket, a 3.5mm headphone out, and an XLR. The
first of these allows connection to an amp, the second silent practising, and
the third connection to a mic input. Power comes from a 9V battery or
a 9V DC PSU.

Sonically, this box is rather good: the selection of amp
‘models’ covers ‘Tweed’, ‘Brit’ and ‘US’, with each offering a different
amount of distortion. Tweed ranges from clean to moderate break‑up, Brit from
break‑up to hard‑rock distortion, and US from there to heavy‑metal, high‑gain
sounds. There’s sufficient overlap in the amount of distortion offered by the
models that once you pick your starting point you’re able to approximate some
sounds offered by the other models, simply by adjusting the Drive and EQ
settings.

The Mode switch determines both the amount of distortion that
can be applied and the tonal balance. The range available in the Bass and
Treble controls is well chosen, with the exception that some noise becomes
apparent when Treble is set further than around two o’clock. The Mic switch
presents further options: ‘Classic’ resembles the sound of a cardioid
condenser at up to a couple of feet away from the cabinet; ‘Centre’ sounds
much like an SM57 almost touching the grille (complete with proximity effect);
and ‘Off X’ sounds slightly less brash.

Despite the footswitch issue, the Pocket Amp impressed me: its
wide variety of amp tones is welcome, and though it didn’t respond in quite the
same way as a real amp, in a busy mix, and for practise purposes, it
does its job very well.

condition

Excellent

make

Palmer

model

Pocket Amp

shop_name

Rockstock.store