I bought the C.B. Gitty amp kit... https://www.cbgitty.com/amplifier-kits-parts/great-2-5-watt-parts-o...

I'm very disappointed with it. It has a terribly shrill sound with all treble and no base. There is a pot to adjust the gain but nothing to adjust the tone. Does anyone have any clue if you can add a tone pot to this kit?

For about 2/3 the price, I could have bought another Honeytone amp and just tore the parts out and installed them in cigar box. It would have more volume, better overdrive and a sound knob.

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Shane Speal has a video here somewhere of the preamp made pedal style. These preamps are very inexpensive.

another simple  lil  trick , get a new box ,  cut a hole out about half  as small as  the speaker  .  mount the  speaker  inverted  on the outside of the box  (blowing in  ).  it then acts as a bass box  , and adds  a much bigger/ warmer sound  .  drill a few small sound  holes  if needed   ..  just a couple  like 2 or  3  tuner size holes . . 

you will be  surprisingly impressed..

Great idea Pick!

I must say that the one thing I would change about the Gitty kit is the speaker, but I understand that these guys and gals have to make a living off of the stuff that they sell, and that any profit can evaporate very fast with superior components.

But we're go to guys and gals as well, and a maximum spend of a British Tenner can buy a brand spanking new speaker that sounds great and remains compact, and your US "Thrift Stores" (did I get that right?) would probably provide a similar quality pre used item for much less.
All the best from Bill. :D
Pick is right on the money with this idea. Same reason a cajon works as well as it does.

Which gives me another idea: I bought one of those Lil Smokey 9V amps, with the 2.5" diameter speaker. They are really cool, fit on your belt, and have a nice distortion when cranked.

Since I am in the process of inventorying our belongings for our move back to the States later this month, I won't be able to test the idea for a few months while the shipment is in transit, but...I could put that thing inside, say, the tail end of a decent sized homemade or cigar, or maybe, wine, box. Then, you make a small, say, US quarter-sized, hole in the upper left bout of the soundboard.

You will then have created a bass reflex ported box. With an internal amp. Hmmm. Lil Smokey amps retail for $35-38. They can drive a 4 X 12" Marshall speaker cabinet...Muahahahahahaha!!!

Ben Gitty - any chance y'all could sell the LilSmokey amps?

Somewhere on here and/or facebook is a video Shane did building a gitty amp and he used 2 speakers and really sang the praises of that mod.

So I added an EQ-7545R pre-amp to the Gitty amp kit and it sounds great! You can read on another post how I wired the two together... http://www.cigarboxnation.com/forum/topics/gitty-amp-kit-and-pre-amp


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