This amp was built for private playing or as a backup should your main amp fail during practice or gigging. This will not replace a high-end tube amp, but rather this would supplement the serious player with something that could be used quietly in a small room or as a backup amp. While this is suited more for guitar players, bass players could potentially use this as well. It’s not really setup for that, but you could use it in a pinch.
The Smokey amp is powered by a 9-volt battery that will give any player at least 16 hours of hard playing. This model is housed in a nearly indestructible polycarbonate case that is held together by 3 screws. The casing is nice and tight so the battery will not come loose during playing. This will ensure that you keep playing without any finicky noise to clutter your sound.
There are no volume or EQ for tone control knobs. Again this is the world’s smallest amp. So how do you control your tone? Simple. The pots on your guitar do the work. Volume is controlled by your volume pot and tone by your tone pots. This works very well with the High Gain version. The louder the volume, the more distortion cranks through. The speaker/amp is a special 1 Watt, 1 ¾ inch setup that works well for standalone play or private practice without the need for a bigger amp.
However this can do both! The external ¼ inch jack allows you to plug into your guitar cabs with any ¼ input and power any 4,6,8,or 16ohm speaker right off of the 1 Watt amp. How awesome is that? A portable amp that can be put in your back pocket and play through a half stack guitar cab. You have to hear it to believe it.
I enjoyed playing with this amp, especially the High-Gain version. Like I said before, this is a great product for the working musician and I recommend this to anyone who looking for something small and simple. For an amp that’s well under $40, how could you not get one?
They do come in different models and styles. The normal and Hi-Gain versions, as well as a cigarette box version, are available at Ant Hill Music.