If you’ve read this blog before, you know I’m a big fan of Danelectro. And with good reason. Their products are playable, durable, and affordable too. Furthermore, Danelectro’s amps and guitars are absolutely dripping with those sought after classic tones and vintage looks. That’s why I love them, and that’s why I know your kids will love them too.
The Pros: Honeytone Mini Guitar Amp
While the Hodad DH-1 is Danelectro’s flagship min amp, the Danelectro Honeytone N-10 Guitar Mini Amp is probably its best value. In fact, you won’t find a better value under $20 anywhere. Period.
As for its vaunted durability, I’ve owned my Honeytone for 4-years, and it works as well, looks as good, and sounds as great as the first day I got it!
As for performance, this little amp packs a powerful punch. The Honeytone is capable of crystal clear tones that chime like a bell, and its gut-busting overdrive is a spectacle to behold. But most surprising of all is its volume. This 9V battery driven amp is loud. Actually, it’s really, really loud. Luckily, the Honetyone comes stocked with a headphone jack, so you can plug in and practice to your heart’s content without disturbing anyone.
The Cons: Honeytone Mini Guitar Amp
Most mini amps are designed to handle clean tones and overdriven tones, and that’s about it. Few mini amp models–except the Hodad DH-1–come with effects of any kind. So if you’re looking for reverb, tremolo, or echo, the Honeytone might not be for you.
Overall: The Honeytone Offers Incredible Value
For $20, you get a killer mini amp with a real leather strap, a belt-on clip, a 9V battery (you can also plug in and power it with 9V Power Adapter), and a surprisingly handy control settings chart to help you dial in the perfect tone. (On a side note: Oh, how I wish the Hodad DH-1 came with a similar chart!!!)
All in all, the Honetone is an excellent starter amp. But if you a few extra dollars to spend, you may consider opting for the slightly more expensive Danelectro DH-1 Hodad. It’s got all the same great features as the Honeytone, but it comes with slapback echo and tremolo effects.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Brian Parham is the founder of the Rock Dojo in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches hundreds of kids between the ages of 6 and 12 years-old to play, perform, and compose their own original music on the guitar in after-school group guitar lessons. He’s also the author of three guitar method books including Guitar for Kids: Rock Dojo The Complete Belt System.