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A friend of mine built me 1/2 watt cigarbox amp for for 70 bucks. It sounds like a marshal stack and is very very loud. it has a power off switch to save the battery and a toggle from 20 to 200 for gain. It rocks. I will upload a take using it sometime. It is so small, I could move the electronics into a cigarette sized box. Notice my tech gal Micky checking the amp for me.

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I can go through my modeler set to clean or my bad monkey pedal with the settings at clean both running straight into the pc. I could hook up a little 4 inch speaker if i wanted to. My friend sold one to a studio musician who records with it. Every one he makes has a different tone, He made a real mellow one that he put into a cottenel box. One of the reasons I am getting a mini max attenuater is so i can play it through my blues junior. It is so loud that I have to have the amp turned down to .5 which kinda defeats all that high gain goodness. Bonus is that the mini has a line out so i can finally record from my amp.

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I will probably make some in the spring just to see if I can do it myself.

My friend who made me this one has decided to mass produce them. I will find a link to his site for you. He has also begun to market a custom guitar called a Camelback. I would love to get one. The tonal variety is amazing.

Found it. www.rockbeachguitars.com

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Thanks allthumbs. And lucky me, I don't have an amp yet, so that will be a cool first. :winkthumb: Those camelbacks look like they would have a really nice sound too, but they are outta my price range.

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the amp is a simple 386 audio amp ic, it only needs a few parts to build it and they can all be gotten ar radio shack, if u can soldier a couple parts and some wire u can build it cheap

chuck

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I played his prototype last year. Sweet axe. It has a real clean tone but, can howl with a tweak. It can sound like a strat or an lp and anything in between. If I ever win the loto, I'm getting at least one.

Remember you still need an amp or cab to play the cg amp through. It is incredibly load for a 1/2 watt mini amp.

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I have one of the Smokey Amps, but really don't like it at all. Basically it's just distortion, but IMO not very good.

http://www.smokeyamps.com/Smokey_Pages/smokey.html

I may build myself one of these. Probably have all the parts right here at work.

I will knock out a quick take using it soon. I have to do one anyway for my friend to load onto his site as a sample clip. I have his first prototype. He has a volume knob on the next generation.

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just came back from radio shack, got most of the parts for $16.00, had the capacitors one of the switches and resistor, gonna build it in a speaker box, have an old cassette player - radio and the cassette doesnt work, but it has nice sounding spkrs, will take some pic's as i make it

chuck

ps, radio shack is not the cheapest place to buy the parts, can prob get them for half or less from mail order

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confused?-why make little itty bitty amps?-btw fender makes a little belt clipable battery operated-but why is beyond my comprehension.

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im gonna build one just because i can, they are lite, if u wanna just sit outside on a warm evening it makes a nice little practice amp, u dont have to carry ur big amp out

chuck

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thanks allthumbs, nice site, lots of info, im also building a 50watt amp with 2x10 spkrs, might build in a spring reverb, have the spring reverb unit, just need to build electronics for it, ive been playing around with electronics for many years, off and on

thanks again

chuck

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the speakers are some i had thrown in the closet, first i built the circuit on the bench so i could check it out, then i mounted the parts into the speaker case, not the neatest job ive ever done, this thing will surprise you, its got a lot of volume for such a simple amp, im thinking of making another one using 2 amp chips and using a larger speaker, this one was built out of old parts i had in my junk box of parts, except the circuit board

chuck

PS, i mounted the battery on the back, so i dont have to take it apart to change

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CW, That was a good idea putting in an existing speaker cab. I've got the perfect speaker for that. I may have to go scrounge'n for parts at work today so I can build mine. Not sure why I need one, but what the hay it feeds my GAS.

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we have a family reunion in aug, some of the people bring guitars and we sit around a campfire in eve, i thought that a couple of these amps would work good out there, so im gonna build a couple more, the next one i thing i will build using two 386 chips which will give 1 watt, if u need diagrams, check out the web site allthumbs gave, has a bunch of diff stuff there

chuck

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