Introduction: Little Gem Guitar Amp

Here's my take on the famous Little Gem mini guitar amp.
All details on the electronics can be found at runoffgroove.com.
http://www.runoffgroove.com/littlegem.html
The case came from Jameco p/n 11886.
The speaker bezel is the rim of a tin can that was epoxied to the case.
The disk in the rear serves as a cord reel.

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irishjim68 made it!(author)2015-02-26

I absolutely LOVE the look of this. Those 386 based amps really ROCK as well.

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garagemonkeysan made it!(author)2013-09-02

Thanks! : )

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jrace2 made it!(author)2013-08-13

Hi, this looks great, makes me want to get back into this sort of thing when I get my soldering iron situation sorted! :)

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NunoMorna made it!(author)2012-12-18

Hi. I've been studying the schematics and the pictures you posted and since I'm a beginner I'm frustrated because I don't understand a few things.

For instance, where do I put the speakers, dc-in, dc-out, the on-off switch, the 5K vol pot? That's not represented in the schematics, is it?

I apreciate the help you can give.

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garagemonkeysan made it!(author)2012-12-29

Hi NunoMorna -
Sorry, the dc-in and dc-out are special to this build and not necessary.
Your other questions can be found at this great Instructable.
https://www.instructables.com/id/The-Process-of-Building-a-Cigar-Box-Guitar-Amp-L/
Good luck! : )

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myakka made it!(author)2011-05-07

someone gave me a mini guitar amp that you can buy online for $20. they said it was broken but i took it apart and found that it was just a disconnected wire that runs to the male input/output jack. it runs on a 9 volt and it doesn't require a cable to connect to a guitar. so i stripped it down and went to LOWS and bought a slab of pine wood for $3. i cut the wood into 4"x3" pieces and made a box, added all the components and designed it to look like a Marshall half stack. so now i have a mini Marshall half stack for $3! thanks for the inspiration - myakka

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garagemonkeysan made it!(author)2011-05-08

Great! You should post the build! : )

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garagemonkeysan made it!(author)2011-03-14

Thank you! : )

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curator made it!(author)2011-02-10

can u post the schematic for the circuit i like your instructables!

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garagemonkeysan made it!(author)2011-02-10

There's a schematic on the link to the Runoffgroove site. Thanks for the comment!

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jm56 made it!(author)2010-10-04

What speaker are you using?

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garagemonkeysan made it!(author)2010-10-04

Sorry, the speaker I had in my junk box and I forgot where I got it. There's no name or number on it either. Any 4 or 8 ohm speaker should work.

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jeffrey_om made it!(author)2010-03-02

this is very cool   how much is the price to make this?

sorry for my bad enlish

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garagemonkeysan made it!(author)2010-03-02

 Thanks! Sorry but I didn't keep track of the cost of this build. Most parts were spares or left overs. The most expensive part was the box itself. About $9.00 US at Jameco. : )

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darkria+45 made it!(author)2010-09-29

jameco iz da best!

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corey_caffeine made it!(author)2010-07-19

sweet, how's the sound?

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garagemonkeysan made it!(author)2010-07-26

Thanks. It sounds similar to the famous Smokey Amp. http://www.smokeyamps.com/

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nomuse made it!(author)2010-06-27

Oh, my, that's purdy. I like the cord reel, too -- great idea.

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garagemonkeysan made it!(author)2010-06-28

Thank you! : )

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Zaphod+Beeblebrox made it!(author)2009-11-14

oooooooooooooooooooooooooooohhhhhh.........................

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l3owzaaaah made it!(author)2010-03-29

Hooorah a fellow hhgttg fan

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garagemonkeysan made it!(author)2009-11-14

 Thhhaaaaaannnnks! : )

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junits15 made it!(author)2009-12-09

you sir, should should be employed n making computer cases.  I like the case more than whats inside.

very nice job!
*****

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garagemonkeysan made it!(author)2009-12-10

Thank you! Stay tuned, I'm working on a case for some powered speakers. : )

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junits15 made it!(author)2009-12-10

I will!

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JamesRPatrick made it!(author)2009-12-07

Can you post some pictures? Mine worked fine until I bent a tiny piece of solder over to touch a contact. Make sure there are no shorts.

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mattthegamer463 made it!(author)2009-11-14

That thing is gorgeous, very nicely done.  How does it sound?

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garagemonkeysan made it!(author)2009-11-14

 Thank you. Sound is okay for a practice amp. : )

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emedina94 made it!(author)2009-11-23

 does this work on a bass

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garagemonkeysan made it!(author)2009-11-23

 If you go to the runoffgroove site there's a note on the drawing about playing with the value of the 220uF cap. However, I am not sure if that will turn it into a bass amp. As I mentioned below I've got almost zero experience with amps. : )

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JamesRPatrick made it!(author)2009-12-07

I tried mine without modification with a bass, and it sounds like the beginning note of Tom Sawyer. Also managed to cram the thing into the original speaker box.

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garagemonkeysan made it!(author)2009-11-23

Hello gunsigma. Sorry, I'm not an amp expert. In fact, this is the first amp I've made. Maybe other readers can help. Here is a forum you can try www.ssguitar.com too. 

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JamesRPatrick made it!(author)2009-11-19

Very nice!

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garagemonkeysan made it!(author)2009-11-19

Thank you! : )

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220VAC made it!(author)2009-11-19

VERY cool looking!  Q - what's with the two small square holes toward the back and bottom of the box?

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garagemonkeysan made it!(author)2009-11-19

Thank you! Very observant! The holes are for a transformer in/out cords. The enclosure also houses the transformer. I didn't get in the photo though.

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lowercase made it!(author)2009-11-15

 very nice, really well done.

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garagemonkeysan made it!(author)2009-11-15

 Thank you! : )

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