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Cigar Box Amplifier KIT with Wooden Cigar Box, Hardware and How-To Guide!
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- Build your own amplifier! Contains everything you need to build a great cigar box amp.
- Includes nice all-wood Oliva G cigar box, all hardware & how-to guide. Kit comes UNASSEMBLED.
- 2.5-watt Artec amp board produces very respectable amount of volume off of a 9V battery
- On-board Tone/Gain Trim Pot allows fine-tuning of sound; also has optional headphones and output jack hookups
- Only basic know-how and tools for drilling, cutting, soldering and hardware assembly (putting in screws) required!
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This is a complete cigar box amp kit, and includes all of the parts you'll need to build your own 2.5-watt amplifier! The box is a beautiful all-wood Oliva G cigar box, and the kit includes some nice decorative shiny nickel box corners (with matching screws) to help dress it up. Please note that two of the listing photos show the assembled version of this amp. These are for illustrative purposes only - this kit does not come assembled.
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It helps (a lot) if you are mildly proficient with simple woodworking, electronics wiring, soldering, and being able to completely read all directions *before* you start.
Mine works great but I wired it up with alligator clips first before I soldered anything.
The chrome corner box trim pieces prevent access to the inside of the cigar box. I left them off. You will have to remove them every time you change batteries.
Before I installed the electronics, I spent a lot of time antiquing and relicing this cigar box. Added a handle. Changed the knob. Painted the speaker grill. I even upgraded the speaker. In retrospect. I would not have wasted my time.
I have a Danelectro HomeyTone mini transistor amp (i paid $19 bucks for) that puts this Cigar Box amp to shame. About all I can say is the Cigar Box amp looks good sitting on the shelf. I doubt I will ever use it.
EDIT 7/25/2017: After some time and occasional use, I have changed my mind about this amps quality of sound. With the "upgraded speaker" I added, the sound has grown on me. It is not very loud but it does deliver kind of a nice vintage crunchy distorted sound. I have come to very much like this amp. My initial review was to harsh. If you like quirky out of the ordinary "stuff" this amp is pretty cool. I changed my star rating to a 4 from the initial ONE1 i had posted.