Build a Versatile Altoid Tin Amplifier [Electronics/DIY]

By Jason Fitzpatrick on May 11th, 2011

You’ll find no shortage of Altoid tin projects (and certainly no shortage of Altoid amps), but this compact design functions as both a well-designed speaker and guitar amp.

Dino Segovis, the guy behind Hack-A-Week TV, shares an awesome video on how to build an Arduino-based 1/2 watt amplifier that amplifies both your speakers and your guitar (with neat distortion effects). Check out the video above to see him explain the circuit, build one, and the demo it.

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Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 05/11/11
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