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Smokey Amp Mini Amp  

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About the size of a cigarette pack, amazingly it can drive a 4 x 12 cabinet. (We didn't believe it either, so we tried it. And, sure enough, through ...Read More

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The world's smallest and least expensive U.S.-made guitar amp!

About the size of a cigarette pack, amazingly it can drive a 4 x 12 cabinet. (We didn't believe it either, so we tried it. And, sure enough, through the magic of technology, it was actually loud and sounded great, though the battery didn't hold out long.) It responds to the volume knob on your guitar and generates a sweet and convincing tube amp overdrive when cranked. It has its own built-in speaker. It can also be used on the input of another amp as a fuzz box.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

FEATURES
  • Great tube amp tone
  • Sympathetic overdrive
  • Tiny size

Where else are you going to find a real amp you can carry in your shirt pocket? Go ahead, put it in the cart.

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Smokey AmpMini Amp
 
4.2

(based on 64 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (5)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Portable (5)
  • Good power output (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

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        • Experienced (5)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Lack of features are the features

      This little bugger seems to like single coils a lot better than humbuckers. Humbuckers just seem to overpower it a bit. With a SD equipped guitar, at 5 it was hitting it's limit,...Read complete review

      This little bugger seems to like single coils a lot better than humbuckers. Humbuckers just seem to overpower it a bit. With a SD equipped guitar, at 5 it was hitting it's limit, any more and it became just a mess of noise. But around 5 was perfect, nice and crunchy. But it's sort of limited in that area. With singles, I could crank it to 10 and get a good OD, but honestly for what it is I should've expected that. The small speaker just ain't got the air moving ability a larger one has, but I can't dog it for doing what it does. I needed a late night amp so I could hear myself and this delivers and sounds pretty good for such a small amp. For me, it's worth every penny.

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      Noisemaker

      I got one of these because I was going to my Dad's house for a week and there was no way I could haul my 70 lb. vintage Marshall with me. He would have...Read complete review

      I got one of these because I was going to my Dad's house for a week and there was no way I could haul my 70 lb. vintage Marshall with me. He would have freaked at the sound anyway. This so-called amp doesn't have any tone, the volume works through the volume knob on your guitar, it doesn't have any knobs or features, and since it doesn't plug directly into the guitar, you have to find a place to set it down and a cable to connect it with your guitar, which in my opinion is a serious drawback. There's also a ton of fuzz and distortion and noise, so tune up before you plug in, although the signal to noise ratio is so poor that it may not make that much of a difference. The only good things that can be said about it are that it's small enough to hide in your case or purse, and it's louder than you'd think for the size. Parents hate it! It's loud enough that my Dad said, "Turn that down!"I'd say, skip this one and get something else unless this is the only small "amp" you can find, and you have to leave tomorrow to go someplace where you can't take a real amp. Good for annoying your parents, not good for much else.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Fun, easy, not hi-fi

      By oldmil

      from Massachusetts

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Goofing Around
        • Home Studio
        • Practice

        Comments about Smokey Amp Mini Amp:

        No question but that this is a very cool little piece of instrumentation. Works just as advertised. Could not be more straightforward. The sound quality is not hi-fi. But it is not terrible either. I found that simply lowering the volume on my guitar helped a lot. Of course, the downside of that is relatively soft volume. Oh well. I find it a lot of fun to practice with and to goof around with. Very happy with purchase, all in all!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        I love my Smokey Amp!

        By SMOKEY

        from Canada

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Portable
        • Powerful
        • Sound Qa On High Notes

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality
        • Sound Quality On Low Note

        Best Uses

        • Practicing at home
        • Practicing With 2 Guitars

        Comments about Smokey Amp Mini Amp:

        Great Amp, I recommend this. Cheaper than other portable amps, just as powerful, fits easily into my case, no volume button is not an issue, tone is good enough considering size of speaker.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        SMOKEN HOT mini AMP!!!

        By Ray

        from Brattleboro, VT.

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Smokey Amp Mini Amp:

            Don't let this little guy fool ya. It's the real deal
            This thing has given me YEARS of use. Purchased mine back in 1998 & I STILL enjoy its full, crisp sound.
            I even endulge it's use when the battery is about to die & love that crackel is gives @ that point. Best investment I've ever made,(knowing it's NOW going for nearly twice the price I paid back in 1998 Makes me Grin even more so)

            THANX Smokey Amp!

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Smokey amp

            By 57strat

            from greencastle, pa

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Weak

            Best Uses

              Comments about Smokey Amp Mini Amp:

              don't expect too much.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Perfect Travel Buddy

              By GuitarAdam

              from Boulder, CO

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ

                Comments about Smokey Amp Mini Amp:

                Worth every penny, it's loud even when its in your pocket!

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                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Hubby soooo Happy!!!!!

                By makehubbyhappy

                from Sarnia Ontario Canada

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • My Husband Just Loves It

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Practice
                • Recommend It To Anyone

                Comments about Smokey Amp Mini Amp:

                it has great sound

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Didn't work as advertised

                By Irisheagle

                from Florida

                About Me Novice

                Pros

                • Portable

                Cons

                • Limited Functions
                • Poor Sound Quality
                • Weak

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Smokey Amp Mini Amp:

                  Maybe I recieved a dud and this actually a great product, I don't know. All I can say is the one I recieved was absolute garbage. The sound quality was absolutely horrible even for a mini amp and there was almost no volume. Tried putting in a fresh battery with no joy. I bought a mini amp at the military exchange for half the cost that sounded a thousand times better.

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                  (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  THE MOST AMAZING LITTLE AMP!

                  By william hunnicutt

                  from north of Dallas TX

                  Comments about Smokey Amp Mini Amp:

                  hI - I have 2 of these little guys and here's how I use them --- buy a 1/4 to 1/4 inch SOLID adapter used to plug stomp boxes together - insert into amp and now you have a usable UNIT without having to use a cable! This works best for "sitting down" if you use a SG or STRAT style guitar as you plug into the front of the guitar....... I have my practice guitar w/ strap on a wall hanger,and when I want to,I just put the adapter in the amp and insert into guitar and I'm good to go!!!! Simple and portable - hope this helps! ....... a rubber band for storage & travel.......... PRAY

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Nice, useful piece of equipment for the price

                  Comments about Smokey Amp Mini Amp:

                  The only thing that's missing is a clip on the back. Now that would be useful, if I want to attach the amp to my pants pocket.

                  Other than that, the Smokey is what it is. And I wouldn't have it any other way.
                  Yes, some reviewers have said negative comments about the Smokey Amp. But for a $25 piece of equipment that can fit in your shirt pocket, I think it works great.

                  Let's be clear -- this isn't a Marshall stack or a Fender Twin reverb. But this little baby is perfect if I wanna play my electric guitar on the porch or at the beach. As a touring musician, it's also helpful if I want to practice in my hotel room, without driving the neighbors bonkers.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Don't waste your time.

                  By Angryl3eaver

                  from Michigan

                  Comments about Smokey Amp Mini Amp:

                  Although this thing is tiny and well made, the sound that it puts out is terrible at any volume. I picked this Mini after reading reviews and I should have paid better attention to the bad reviews. The Low E, A and D strings make this thing crackle and pop, They are pretty much unplayable. The G,B,E sound like you are choking a cat.... All in all, waste of time and money.

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