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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.

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

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • 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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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 

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 

    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 

    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 

        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.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Perfect Travel Buddy

          By 

          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 

            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 

            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 

              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 

              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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