Cheapo amp

From wolsk–(at)– Sun Nov 20 09:46:33 CST 1994
From: wolsk–(at)– (Will Wolski)
Newsgroups: alt.guitar
Subject: Re:Cigar Box Amp
Date: 16 Nov 1994 17:55:09 GMT
Sender: wolsk–(at)–merha4b (Will Wolski)
Distribution: world

THe cigar box amp posted should work well enough.

Here’s my suggestion to make a cheap electric guitar amp.

a) Mono cassete player- you can get it for $5 at a yard sale.
b) a 1/4″ jack and some wire.

Assembly procedure:

De-solder the playback head and solder the 1/4″ jack to the two

Playing Instructions:

Plug into the 1/4″ jack and press ..well.. PLAY! (duh)
Turn up the volume to full.

Evaluation notes:

The sound is very compressed and distorted with super long sustain
and squealing feeedback(especially with a rickenbaker)
Works best with a humbucker.
You can almost get a clean tone if you turn down the volume on your
I used a minimus7 speaker with it and got suprising results on tape!

A guy I know built one of these years ago and once I heard it had
to make on for myself(this is a great Xmas gift for someone who
needs an amplifier).

On mine I started removing things like the motor etc and finally just
said screw it and installed the circuit board and speaker into an
empty Kraft Dinner Box.

It’s a Cheezy amp but it gets lots of laughs. :}


Will Wolski, Bell-Northern Research Ltd.
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
(613)763-2117 EMAIL wolsk–(at)–
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