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Smokey Mini Amp $20–$25
The smallest amp we tried was the Zinky Electronics’ Smokey Mini amp, which fits in a cigarette box. The standard production version of the amp is in a glittery plastic case, but we also have one in an old Lucky Strikes box. Zinky also offers custom boxes. The Smokey has a single, exposed 2” speaker, and no controls, just a 1/4” input and extension speaker out—you control the sound of the amp with just your guitar. It’s small enough to fit in your pocket, which makes it as portable as they get.

The tone of this little amp depends a lot on the guitar you plug into it, but if you roll the volume up all the way, the Smokey will produce a loose, rolling, lo-fi distortion that will have you reliving your garage-band days in no time at all.

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