Cigar Box Guitar Amp Project

Introduction: Cigar Box Guitar Amp Project

About: Commercial photographer with a need for some diy projects with the kiddies!

As part of my continuing challenge to give my kids things to do, I gave my youngest a cigar box amp solderless wiring harness for Christmas. This was going to be his first instructable. Alas, he had other projects to do...

- drill
- drill bits
- 4" hole saw
- sharpe
- screw driver
- needle nose pliers
- glue
- safety goggles

SD-MAH3 amp kit from

I got the cigar box from a local cigar shop. They usually have a bunch of empty cigar boxes by the door.

This kit came already soldered up, so no problem with that. Also, it works with a 9 volt battery, so no electrical issues. However, be smart about using your tools. Use safety goggles.

Follow safety procedures. Don't be careless or you may become fingerless... or worse.

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Step 1: Layout and Drill Holes

Always helps to start with a plan. I traced the front of the cigar box so that I could figure out where I wanted to put the speaker and knobs.

The directions from the company were very simple but clear and concise.

Step 2: Drill Holes for Speaker

We used a 4" hole saw and ran it slowly to avoid spinning and ripping through.

A black sharpe colored the edges of the hole, after a light sanding.

After making the big hole, it is easy to rest the speaker on the hole and mark the smaller holes for the mounting screws.

Step 3: Glue on Speaker Cloth

Because we put the speaker to one side, we were too close to the inside box corner. The speaker cloth was too big for the area we wanted to put it. It needed to be trimmed a bit.

Glue down the edges with some white or yellow glue to the inside of the box around the speaker hole. Then we poked the speaker mounting screws in from the outside, through the cloth.

When we snugged the nuts down, it sandwiched the cloth and held it tight.

Step 4: Push Wires and Contols

We pushed the led into its little hole and secured it with a drop of glue.

And just followed the directions on the rest of the wires and knobs.

Our only variation was taking the battery holder and screwing it into place rather than gluing it. Knowing my boys (and me), the box would get dropped and the glue would just pull off the paper, otherwise.

Step 5: Add Feet, Plug and Play

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    3 Discussions


    7 years ago on Step 5

    Aww that's so awesome and cute at the same time :3 I wish I had something like that when I was a kid.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Nice job, I have that exact fender and I love it. I want some details on the Ovation in the back ground of the last pic.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks Friger! What can I tell you about my little beauty. Bought it used about a year and a half ago from Daddy's Junky Music, which, sadly doesn't exist anymore.

    It has a nice sound but is best thru an amp.

    But the best part is that it is so easy to play! My older guitar had a really high action, making barre cords painful. Felt like playing rebar instead of strings. This is much nicer.

    Makes it more fun when my 9 year old is shredding next to me. I can actually almost keep up!