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Mini Portable Guitar Amplifier

Can be fitted into a packet of cigarettes Also suitable as Fuzz-box

This small amplifier was intended to be used in conjunction with an electric guitar to do some low power monitoring, mainly for practice, either via an incorporated small loudspeaker or headphones.

The complete circuit, loudspeaker, batteries, input and output jacks can be encased in a small box having the dimensions of a packet of cigarettes, or it could be fitted also into a real packet of cigarettes like some ready-made units available on the market.

Circuit diagram:

MiniGuitarAmp Mini Portable Guitar Amplifier Circuit Diagram

Parts Description
R1 22K 1/4W Resistor
C1 10µF 25V Electrolytic Capacitor
C2 100nF 63V Polyester or Ceramic Capacitor
C3 220µF 25V Electrolytic Capacito
IC1 TDA7052 Audio power amplifier IC
J1,J2 6.3mm Stereo Jack sockets (switched)
SPKR 8 Ohm Loudspeaker (See Notes)
B1 9V PP3 Battery or 3V Battery (2 x 1.5V AA, AAA Cells in series etc.)
Clip for PP3 Battery or socket for 2 x 1.5V AA or AAA Cells

This design can be used in three different ways:

  • Loudspeaker amplifier: when powered by a 9V alkaline battery it can deliver about 1.5W peak output power to the incorporated loudspeaker.
  • Headphone amplifier or low power loudspeaker amplifier: when powered by a 3V battery (2x1.5V cells) it can drive any headphone set type at a satisfactory output power level or deliver to the incorporated loudspeaker about 60mW of output power. This configuration is useful for saving battery costs.
  • Fuzz-box: when powered by a 3V battery (2x1.5V cells) and having its output connected to a guitar amplifier input the circuit will behave as a good Fuzz-box, showing an output square wave with marked rounded corners, typical of valve-circuits output when driven into saturation.


  • For the sake of simplicity and compactness, this unit employs a dual bridge IC amplifier and a few other parts. For the same reason no volume or tone controls are provided as it is supposed that the controls already existing on the electric guitar will serve satisfactorily to the purpose.
  • No power switch is used: the battery voltage will be applied to the circuit when the input plug will be inserted in the input jack socket J1. For this purpose be sure that the input plug is a common 1/4 inch guitar mono jack plug and J1 is a 1/4 inch stereo jack socket.
  • The output jack socket J2 must be a switched stereo type. The changeover switching is arranged in such a way that, when a common headphones stereo jack plug is inserted into the socket, the loudspeaker will be disabled and the mono output signal will drive both the headsets in series, allowing full headphone reproduction. When used as a Fuzz-box output, a mono jack plug must be inserted into J2.
  • If the amplifier is intended to be encased in a packet of cigarettes, standard loudspeaker diameter should be 57 or 50mm.

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