How To Connect Your Guitar to Your iPhone, iPod, or iPad with Guitar Adapters

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LAST UPDATED: 11-27-2012

Connecting your guitar to your iDevice can be a simple matter of using the built in headphone mic, or getting a converter or interface for your iPhone's headphone jack. The benefits are great. You're iDevice will become a portable practice amp, and a powerful multi-track recording studio. See my list of best iDevice apps at the end of this article–but first, you need to connect your guitar to your iPad.

Below I outline 4 different approaches to connect your guitar to your iPhone/iPad, from the most simple to the most complex. Be sure to read all of them to find out which connect method is best for you. Here's what you'll see covered:

  • Approach #1: Connect Your Acoustic Guitar to the iDevice
  • Approach #2: Connect Your Electric Guitar or Bass to the iPhone/iPad by Plain Wire into Headphone Jack
  • Approach #3: Connect with Specialized iPhone Guitar Adapters (Recommended)
  • Approach #4: Connect a Microphone to the iPhone/iPad

Approach #1: Connect Your Acoustic Guitar to the iDevice

base media6 152x133 How To Connect Your Guitar to Your iPhone, iPod, or iPad with Guitar AdaptersThis is low tech, but works. Simply place your Apple headphones around your neck or in your ears and play! The mic on the headphone will pick up the sound of your instrument in the room. You can also experiment by wrapping the headphones around you headstock or laying the headphone mic on a table, chair, or stool right in front of your guitar's sound hole. This sounds suprisingly good.

For some people this is all they'll need, but if you want to take it to the next level and use a better microphone I'll tell you how below.

Approach #2: Connect Your Electric Guitar or Bass to the iPhone by Plain Wire into Headphone Jack

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There's a potential technical issue with this approach which I talk about below. (See the orange warning section).

Plain Adapters that Can Be Used for Guitars

For now my recommendation is to simple get a 3.5mm 4 conductor plug adapter that you can plug into your iPhone and then plug your instrument cable directly into it. If you don't know what that is then don't worry. Just hop over here to and grab yourself one pre made for about $20. I own two.

Here's a second adapter that also is of a high quality from

DIY Options

You can also take a look at the parts and make your own if you're handy with audio wires. RadioShack should have everything you need.

Here's a post called "Do it Yourself iPhone Guitar Adapters" where you can find a number of plans for building your own iPhone guitar adapters.

Store Bought iDevice Cable Adapters Made for Guitars

Beware that these connectors generally will not give you the best sounding quality.

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Griffin Technology also has a cable only called the GuitarConnect Cable for $17 bucks. This is a good sturdy cable. Heavy-duty 1/4" mono plug connects to your guitar, bass, or keyboard. 1/8" (3.5 mm) jack allows you to connect through headphones, amp, or powered speakers. 6' total cable length.

"Works great with my guitar and iPad! I plugged it into my Bose iPad dock and it works great with Garage Band AND Amplitube!"More Reviews


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Peterson makes a instrument cable which is much cheaper than the GuitarBud and GuitarConnect at about $12. However you can't connect your headphone into it at the same time as your guitar so you'll won't be able to hear your instrument in real time which is doesn't make the Peterson adapter very useful.

"This adapter cable is a must for those who purchased the iStrobo app for iPhone. It tunes all my instruments to the precise note I need it to be."More Reviews

WARNING: There is a potential problem with the above adapters…

What about the impedance issue?

Okay, so if you're and audiophile or purest you'll know that between the iPhone and the guitar you're not going to have a matched impedance. It's not great because you can end up with too low a volume in some apps and even sometimes distortion, or poor tone. Follow this link for a more detailed discussion. Like I said it's not a perfect solution, but to be fair you can actually get pretty good and usable results with just a wire for now. For most apps I've used I've been happy with the results.

One work around is to put a pre-amp between your guitar and the iPhone. I've used an ART Tube MP with great results, or you can stick a stomp box between your iPhone and instrument like a distortion pedal, reverb, or chorus pedal, etc. Ditto if you have a direct input box.

Approach #3: Connect with Specialized iPhone Guitar Adapters (Recommended Approach)

These are advanced adapters that either plug into the headphone jack or even better the external device jack at the bottom of your iDevice. These are more than just wires and have circuits to at least match the instrument's impedance with your iDevice. In most cases these are more expensive than the simple cable solutions above, but are a better option if you're doing more than just tinkering with attaching your guitar/bass to your iDevice.

If you’re looking for overall better sounding quality the adapters that plug into the data port are going to deliver, they do generally have a higher price tag. When it comes to sound quality the reviews reflect that you get what you pay for. If sound quality isn’t super important to you then you can go with one of the lesser expensive adapters.

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The iRiffPort by Pocket Lab Works is a digital audio interface for all iDevices which includes a unique line out feature and a convenient headphone jack close to the instrument. This adapter plugs into the iDevice’s data port and so is better sounding than those that plug into the audio jack. The cable is 6 feet long and overall the iRiffPort gets very good feedback from guitarists and is a top pick. The iRiffPort sells for about $60. “I bought this to use with the Rock Prodigy app and have the line out connected to an old pair of computer speakers that I had around the house. The sound is great, and the note recognition in Rock Prodigy app is spot on. I also tried the same setup with Garage Band with excellent results.”  More Reviews
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Sonoma Wireworks, makers of the pretty famous Four Track app have created the "GuitarJack Model 2". This one doesn't plugin to your headphone jack but into your iDevices's bottom port which provides better sound quality, and lower noise. The GuitarJack comes at a higher price point than other adapters, but has great reviews and suffers from less of the issues other adapters have. If you can spend a little more, this adapter is worth it for the sound quality alone. $199 price tag.

“Very solidly built unit, and I'm using the new ipad (ipad 3) with it. Works very well, and the sound is the best that I have heard. I also have an amp kit interface and there is simply no comparison in sound quality to the Guitarjack 2. The amp kit amplifiers and pedals sound awesome though. Sonoma, Four track and Studio track work well for recording with the Guitarjack 2.” More Reviews
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Apogee Jam is an adapter that is fully digital fitting into your iDevices port as the GuitarJack does. If you have a Mac you're in luck the Jam works with your Mac too. There's also a level adjustment, and led to indicate input level which are very handy.

Apogee claims this is the first high quality interface. Available for about $99.

“It's great for laying down scratch tracks, jamming and late-night sessions that won't wake your wife or your dog.”



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Peavey has entered the iPhone/iPad instrument adapter fray with their AmpKit LiNK audio interface. This will let you plug in a guitar and your headphones and you can get the free AmpKit app software. If you’re looking for a budget adapter with respectable sound quality this is the one to get. This adapter sells for about $30.

"I did my research before purchasing the Amplink Link. Most reviewers preferred the Ampkit Link over the other instrument interfaces (like the iRig, Griffin Guitar Connect, PRS etc)." More Reviews
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IK Multmedia, makers of Amplitube have created the "iRig", along with supporting app software. The Amplitube apps are already available on the App Store and the iRig guitar adapter is currently shipping. Note, I have seen this sold at the Target retail chain. Sells for about $30.

Once you connect this I've heard too many complaints about sound quality issues and inconsistent performance with different apps to heartily recommend this adapter. If your looking for an adapter in this price range I recommend the AmpKit Link instead.

"I got lost for hours the first time I plugged my guitar into iRig and iRig into my iPhone. The presets are good but you'll likely make your own."More Reviews
Mobile In
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Legendary Line 6 POD device for your Apple iPhone or iPad with new Mobile In digital input adapter and Mobile POD app Guitarists of all stripes can finally put legendary POD power in their pocket and take it everywhere they go! Connect this to your iPad and get 64 fully adjustable models based on celebrated vintage and modern gear (32 guitar amplifiers; 18 stompbox and rack effects; 16 guitar cabinets)

Access over 10,000 presets and download them right to your Apple device – all free!  The Mobile In suffers from mixed reviews, so be careful when purchasing. Cost is about $80.

“The sound quality achievable by using the Mobile In and similar guitar adapters that use the iPad dock connector is top notch. You don't have the feedback and noise problems common with adapters that connect to the headphone line in jack. The Line 6 app is great, too. Lots of amps, cabs, and stomp boxes to play around with and tweak.”
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Alesis has released their iPad only iO Dock. This is a pro level solution and not just a simple wire based interface to connect to. This is the most robust interface for an iDevice available. If you're interested in taking your iPad recording much more seriously or have the money to spend this is worth it. This turns your iPad into a console. You get a direct in just for guitar level instruments, two inputs via XLR/quarter inch jacks with phantom power, with switch-able phantom power, MIDI controller, and two outputs for studio monitors, and headphones out. How sweet is that? If anyone would like to buy me one of these for Christmas I would luv u. The iO Dock suffers from mixed reviews, so purchase with care. Sold for about $175.  “Overall I am extremely pleased with this product. The i/o dock far expands the iPad's capabilities and is very good value at $199. As much as I love the Alesis IO Dock I have to mention there have been several unexplainable crashes with my iPad in the dock. Admit-ably I have been taking it to the limits.”  More Reviews
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Sonoma Wireworks, makers of the pretty famous Four Track app have created the "GuitarJack". This one doesn't connect to your headphone jack but into your iDevices's bottom port. $199 price tag.

Not cheap. GuitarJack Model 1 is not compatible with iPhone 4, iPad or iPod touch (4th gen.). This product has been discontinued, though launch of a new product is expected soon.


If you're on a budget the Peavey AmpKit Link adapters are your best bet.  I currently own an iRig because it was first to market, but I recommend you check out the AmpKit Link because a lot of work has been put into designing it.

Approach #4: Connect a Microphone to the iPhone

Again here, why not just use the built in headphone mic? It's simple it's cheap and it sounds good.You can sing in to it, or mic your instrument.

If you want to go more pro and use your  studio microphone then the same rules apply here as they do for setting up a guitar connection. You'll need the adapter cable, and you'll likely need to connect a pre amp between your mic and the iDevice.

One other solution is to pick up a quality condenser microphone that you can snap onto the iDevice's connection port at the bottom of the phone. I personally like the Blue Mikey which you can pick up on Amazon for $50-$60. This will give you stunningly good quality room recordings, or close up vocal recordings. You can also use it to mic a guitar or bass cabinet, or any live instrument for that matter. I own one, and I'm very happy with it. You may be tempted to save some buck by buying the old version for about $40, but I don't recommend you do that because it's not iDevice registered and the new one has some features that are by far worth the difference.

Comments, Questions?

This is an evolving space and so I may have missed something. Let us know if you have any other ideas to connect up instruments to the iDevice in the comment section below. If you have a question just go ahead and ask!

Okay, now that you're guitar is connected, how do you record and use it like an amp?

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About Michael Jae

Michael is a guitarist of over 18 years and has taught lessons, played in front of live audiences, and wrote and recorded his own acoustic fingerstyle albums. He’s especially fond of playing classic rock, heavy metal, classical guitar, and fingerstyle acoustic guitar in the style of Leo Kottke and John Fahey.




  1. The Tramp and Rokbloc allow you to play guitar along with music on your iPhone or iPod.

  2. iphonefreak says:

    Great article.

    I can’t believe no one has actually solved the hardware problem for getting a guitar plugged into the iPhone. PRS Guitarbud tried, but failed miserably.

    I just hope Ground Up Audio’s solution actually maintains the integrity of the tone as it makes its way through the interface, so the apps can work with a decent sound from the start. Don’t let us down Ground Up Audio!

    And yes, Amps & Cabs is a killer app.

  3. Justin Scott Allen says:

    Hello, I’m very interested in this subject. In your post you mention “… you can actually get pretty good and usable results with just a wire for now. For most apps I’ve used I’ve been happy with the results.” I understand the available wire solutions and may make my own, but what are the apps that you have used it with that you refer to in the quote?

    The only ones I know of are Amp&Cabs by Ground Up Audio, and JamAmp by PRS and Bond Audio. Are there other guitar amp and/or effect apps that you know about? If so please reply to this comment, or you can email me at [email protected]

    Thank you for your time.

  4. I’ve shown my son this page. He is wrapped. He didn’t know you could connect your guitar to your iPod. Thanks for the how to.

  5. @Warren: Thanks. Looks like the Rokbloc is a nifty pre-amp. You could certainly use that to boost and control your levels into your iPhone. Here’s a vid if anyone else wants a look:

    @Justin: Yep, I plan to do a review of the apps out there soon, but my current favorite by a wide margin is RiotFX. That app has currently 9 effects built into it! It just doesn’t record yet and doesn’t have a metronome, but the developer is working on getting those features in. Recently he reduced latency and added the chorus effect. If you must have recording check out Guitar FX which has not great but decent effects, though only 3.

  6. I have found a solution to build a cable by yourself to connect your guitar to your iphone.
    It will not crash the app, you don't have a dc voltage on your guitar, checked it with Amplitube for iphone (great app!!!) and it works pretty well for me.
    check out

    • Hey ltdan, awesome work! Thanks for the instructional post. Some of us are do-it-yourselfers or we don’t have $50 bucks to plop down on an adapter, so it’s nice to have some options you can hack together.

  7. Wondering if the sound, once sent to the IPOD, can then be directed to an onstage amplifier through the headphone jack.  Is there a connecting cable for this?

    • Hi John,

      Sorry for the late reply, missed your comment initially. But, yes, you can often do this. If for example you’re connecting your guitar through the headphone jack then you’ll have a splitter with two plugs on the end coming out of your iPhone/iPod. In one plug you put your guitar, in the second plug which is normally for your headphone, you just route that signal to your amp/speaker cabinet. Then just make sure whatever app you’re using for signal processing on your iPhone will let you monitor your playing in real time–just about all of them do. That should do the trick!

  8. Technology continues to amaze me. The fact that we can now physically connect an acoustic guitar to headphones blows my mind, but that the quality of sound will actually be exceptional is amazing. I love the advancement of technology especially when it supports my love of music.

  9. Really Decent Post AND I want TO Put THIS Post IN MY Weblog.

  10. D!no Brandon says:

    I bought the Peavy Link for my Ipod Touch, and I've researched most of the other options available.  Link works well for my Dean Soltero (passive dual humbuckers), OK for my Washburn hollowbody (passive single humbucker), and barely at all for my Luna ukulele (active electronics).  The Link takes two AAA batteries.
    If I'm not mistaken, Ipod Touch's headphone jack and 20 pin dock are both I/O, allowing input (ie in-line headhone mic) and output. 
    I bought a Gigawire 20pin dock-to-1/8m cable and a 1/8-to-1/4 adapter.  It does not do anything, in or out.
    I have a 1/4m-to-1/8m cable.  Running direct from any of my instruments to the headphone jack does nothing.
    I suppose I should be happy that the Link does what it does, but its construction is less than ideal and the connections aren't as sound as I'd like.  Direct line cables are better quality and less expensive, but don't seem to work.
    My question is this:  What do the two AAA batteries do that make the Link adapter work (somewhat, for my purposes), and why don't my other cables produce a signal?  On this same line of thought, will the Irig, Guitarbud, and Guitarjack work on Ipod Touch when direct cables, splitters, and adapters of better quality construction won't?  If so, WHY?

    • D!no Brandon says:

      (See above:  Ipod Touch G2, 30-pin dock connector, not 20 :)

    • Sorry, but the Link is crap … Can’t believe something so poorly made can sell for thirty bucks!

      First, it doesn’t do what it’s supposed to. The signal is really weak with almost no volume and the
      connections (where you plug in your guitar and headphones) are pathetic. Cheesy, not like the jack on a guitar or amp. And if you happen to touch the cord which connects the Link to the iPad, the high volume crackle will blow your ear drums out.

      If this reviewer thinks that this is the best of the available options, then he’s either getting paid by the maker to give it a good review, or the other available options must be even crappier than the Link. That, I would find hard to believe.

      I bought mine because of this review … I bought it from Amazon and I’m going to try to return it.

      • Well, I think it’s only fair that I update my rant … I’m changing my tune a little.

        I was really disappointed when I tried my new Link. I had been so looking forward to
        creating some great sounds and it really ticked me off to find that after the wait, the damn thing didn’t work!

        A couple of days later, a calmer me gave it some thought … What if it wasn’t the Link,
        Maybe the guitar, or the cable … I had originally tried it with a Gibson SG. This time, I used an big ole Ibanez archtop. And of course, it works great … Loads of volume and
        Clean as a whistle. So it’s a keeper.

        However, I won’t retract my critical opinion of the quality of the Link, itself. I still think
        It’s a cheesy bit of gear. Looks and feels el cheapo. If you didn’t know better, you would guess $3.98 at Wal-mart. I’ll enjoy it while it’s working, but I wouldn’t expect it
        to last very long.
        guess it cost about $3.98 at Walmart.

        • Michael Jae says:

          Hi Dave,

          Thanks for your honesty and sorry for your initial poor experience. Both the Link and the iRig aren’t super high quality but for the price they’re a pretty good deal. I’m glad you didn’t buy the iRig because I’ve seen far more issues reported with that, and I’ve had issues myself. I think the Link overall is the better product.

          Michael Jae

  11. Hi, just wondering what you would recommend more; the irig or the guitar adapter from touchmic/kvconnections. I'm also curious as to what you think of the apogee jam or have you not had the chance to try it yet?

    • Hey Julian, I would get the iRig over the touchmic/kvconnections cable if you’re okay spending a little extra money. I would actually recommend the Peavy AmpKit Link before the iRig. You can check it out here. The Apogee Jam I haven’t tried yet. It’s in a class all itself though, since it plugs directly into the iDevice port you should technically get better sound. Is it worth it though? Probably not worth the price. For most people the iRig or preferably the AmpKit Link will work just well sound quality wise without the cost. You can see my iRig review here.

  12. Hello, i made DIY cable and it worked great with my epiphone les paul special II, but i recently got a Epiphone 333 Tom delonge sig, and it doesn’t work, says no iput, any suggestions and whats causing that?

    • Luis, it may be the iPhone is confused. I’ve found that if I plugin one guitar or device, then switch to another right afterward, the iPhone sometimes can’t recognize the second. Try resetting your iPhone or iDevice and then plugin the Epiphone 333 and try again.

  13. Mr Riffter says:

    Thanks for putting all these posts together. What I am looking for is a way to plug my bass into my iPod Touch 3rd Gen and play along to music so I can learn new material for my band…without keeping the family up at night. I have read through many of the articles on the various ways to connect your guitar to the iPod but they all seem to focus on the effects, amp modeling etc. I personally don't care about all that stuff because I'm not using the iPod to play through live. I just want to be able to chug along to tunes and be able to hear myself playing along with the iPod. Do any of these apps allow this specific functionality? Thanks again!!

    • Yeah, any app will do that for you. What you have to keep in mind is that you must have an app of some sort to interpret the audio coming in from your guitar and do something with it. I’d get the RiotFX app, or the free Amplitube app. Those will let you use the iPod as a practice amp without a lot of fuss. If you want to go REALLY bare bones you could actually record into the iPod’s native recorder, but you’ll get a completely dry guitar signal.

  14. was wondering if anyone knows a way to record from the output from a roland drum module to the iphone?

    • Dennis, you should be able to do it the exact same way you would a guitar. As long as the output is an audio out and not midi or digital. Otherwise just get a guitar adapter and you should be able to make it work.

  15. I was wondering if this is possible with any instrument. I know a few guys that play the guitar, both bass and acoustic that will be thrilled when I show them this article. How much power can the ipod, ipad or iphone take before they blow up? I know on some of those they can put out a lot of amps. Just curious thanks for the post.

  16. That is really good information for anyone who wants to connect up their iPhone to a guitar. Of all the guitar sites I have come across I reckon yours provides some of the most interesting tips and practical advice. Keep the good stuff coming.

  17. Great article! Thanks so much for compiling all the info!
    One thing: The Ampkit link goes to the Griffin cable at amazon.

  18. I see that the connections which are depicted here show ipod touch models. So I wonder if I can do the same with an ipod classic. I just bought an ipod 160 gigabyte classic which is a seventh generation model. It is relatively new and plays video. I hope this is not limited to the latest models. I would think that an ipod that can play video must also be compatible with a connection that is solely for audio purposes.

  19. Please clarify one thing for me. Is the purpose of connecting an Iphone or ipod to a guitar to record the output of the guitar in a popular format such as .WAV? If that is the case, can you connect an ipod to a synthesizer machine like the ones with beat making drums and organ keys? I never realized the versatility of the ipod until I began to see how musicians and producers use mobile devices when they’re on tour with a live show. I’m sure there are other ways to use the ipod which I have yet to learn. This is great news for me since I am buying a 160 GB ipod 7th generation model.

    • RE: “Please clarify one thing for me. Is the purpose of connecting an Iphone or ipod to a guitar to record the output of the guitar in a popular format such as .WAV?”
      A: Well, you could do that, yes, but that’s not the main purpose. Even better you can do multi-track recordings and mix and publish your own songs right from the iDevice. You can also simply use it as a practice amp to hear yourself playing through different effects.

  20. Jonathan Clark says:

    How can I know what the old version of the Blue Mikey is, the one you say to avoid? A model number sure would be helpful!

  21. MiguelUrangaAusucua says:

    Hello, that’s good info, but my question goes a little deeper in this topic, Do you know a way that I could connect my guitar to an iPod/iphone and send that audio through a wireless network into a mac, and then… receive that audio in a multitrack program like Mainstage 2, (in an audio channel)

    That way we wouldn’t need to buy a wireless transmitter and receiver system, for playing live, wireless. Even though, latency could be a problem, Anyone has an idea?

    • Michael Jae says:

      Wow, that’s an interesting question. Off the top of my head. No. The closest thing I can think of is there are apps you can record into using like an iRig, and then you can then download the recorded file directly from your computer. But, it’s not real time. In order to accomplish what you’d want you need some kind of app that can broadcast what it’s hearing through the iPhone mic input. If you can get it broadcast then you can set your computer to listen. And go from there. If you find a way let me know. Sounds kind of neat.

  22. Hey,
    Lovely review…
    I have a question:

    1. Wuld Jam or MobileIn work with all software. i.e. I want to make decent sounding video’s for upload on youtube. Or use other recording software for iphone.

    2. Might you know which is the best Video recording app that has good sound quality? – I ask because I’ve noticed that even when I use the standard iphone mic, the sound quality on the ‘standard video recording app’ isn’t as good as the sound quality on ’4track app’ (which I highly recommend)

    Thanks for the help
    Nir Hermelin

    • Michael Jae says:

      Hi Nir,

      1) Any software will work with the hardware. Some of the hardware isn’t as good as other hardware however.

      2) For shooting video I like the app ProCamera. For audio while shooting video you should have an external mic like the Mikey from Blue Microphones on this page above. You could also use the Jam or any input device to connect an existing mic you might have to your iDevice.

      Some apps may give you different results with the internal mic mainly because some apply more or less gain when recording.


  23. Hi, I’ve bought the irig, and it never work, no input.
    So I bought the ampkit link hoping it was better. It detecs the input. But it doesn’t get the signal from the guitar. I made it work connecting the jack a little bit more than half way, but if the link moves it loses the signal again, and it takes me about an hour to get to plug it right to get any sound from the guitar.
    Tried 3different guitars and different cables (all 1/4 mono jacks)
    What could be the problem?
    Tried the amplitube and ampkit applications.

  24. Mike Jenkins says:

    Tried connecting with direct wire to iPad 2 and GarageBand. The microphone will not turn off and the signal is really too weak without some kind of preamp. I did just hook a splitter into the headphone jack and then headphones worked with the guitar input. Just a very quiet signal… Wish they made GuitarRig for iPad.


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