Cigar Box Amplifiers, by C. G. Gitty.

Cigar box amplifiers not only go great with cigar box guitars, they also add to your decor. They’re stylish – and functional – conversation pieces.

Cigar box amps look great in the dinning room, kitchen or living room.

This is especially important to guys like me, because sometimes I just want to plug my guitar in and play, but don’t feel like lugging my amp downstairs (and then back upstairs) and I have trouble getting my wife to feel jazzed about having a more traditional looking amp sitting in the dinning room when company is over.

Not these little guys though. They’re just funky enough to be decorative, and functional enough to be enjoyed when the company departs for the evening. 🙂

Pre-made Cigar Box Amps

These cigar box amps are not only affordable, but they’re great little amps are hand-crafted in the U.S.A. in C. B. Gitty‘s workshop in the foothills of the White Mountains in New Hampshire.

C. B. Gitty Cigar Box Amplifier: Oliva V Series

C. B. Gitty’s Oliva V Series Cigar Box Amplifiers are “production models”, designed to be mass produced. But while these are not individually unique, they are signed by C. B. Gitty himself, which is a nice touch.

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C. B. Gitty selects the best cigar boxes as his amp cases, and then turns them into stylish and functional works of art. The Oliva 5 Series is comprised of a distinctive all-wood dark finish Oliva Series V cigar box with gold Swirl Speaker Cover with gold screen beneath. The hardware consists of a gold On/Off/Volume Knob, gold input jack and brass carrying handle.

The battery tray holder is eternally accessible, and all 8 corners are embellished with solid shiny brass box trunk corners.

For those who aren’t scared of a soldering iron, the amp board also provides connection points for an output jack and headphones jack as well!

C. B. Gitty’s Oliva V Series Cigar Box Amplifier features:

  • 2.5-watt amplifier
  • all-wood cigar box
  • beautiful gold hardware
  • External mount 9V battery tray
  • panel-mount volume/on/off knob
  • Decorative gold speaker grill and screen

The heart of the Oliva V Series cigar box amps is an Artec SDA-T 2.5W amp board, powered by a 9V battery. The amplifier has a standard 1/4″ mono guitar cord input, and features a single 3.5″ 1W speaker.

It also has a red LED power indicator, so you don’t accidentally drain the battery.

These little amps put out a very respectable sound, and in our opinion are much superior to the smaller half-watt and one-watt amps!

The Oliva 5 Series cigar box amps measure: 5.75″ wide x 6.75″ high x 4″ deep.

C. B. Gitty Cigar Box Amplifier: Armed & Dangerous Macanudo

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The C. B. Gitty Armed & Dangerous Macanudo Cigar Box Amplifier is also a “production” line cigar box amp, like the Series 5 Oliva and not a “one-off” amp.

But just like the Oliva, each of these production models is designed and signed by C. B. Gitty himself.

Where the Armed & Dangerous Macanudo differs from the Series 5 Oliva is it’s body. the Armed & Dangerous Macanudo cigar box amps are made from a distinctive paper-covered Macanudo Hyde Park cigar box, and feature a cool “Armed and Dangerous” multicolor chrome speaker cover over a red steel mesh. The hardware consists of a tone/gain control, black On/Off/Volume and Tone Knobs, externally accessible battery tray holder, and beautiful shiny nickel box corners with a matching nickel carrying handle.

The Armed & Dangerous Macanudo also features protective rubber feet, and connection points on the amp board for an output jack and headphones jack as well!

The C. B. Gitty Armed & Dangerous Macanudo Cigar Box Amplifier:

  • Nice loud 2.5-watt amplifier
  • Distinctive paper-covered cigar box
  • External mount 9V battery tray
  • Panel-mount volume/on/off knob
  • Decorative gold speaker grill and screen

Like the Series 5 Oliva, the Armed & Dangerous Macanudo is built around an Artec SDA-T 2.5W amp board, powered by a 9V battery.

The Armed & Dangerous Macanudo cigar box amps also accept a standard 1/4″ mono guitar cord as input, and output is through a 3.5″ 1W speaker. A red LED power indicator is included to help prevent accidental battery drain.

The Armed & Dangerous Macanudo measures: 7.25″ wide x 6″ high x 2 7/8″ deep.

Cigar Box DIY Kits

For the more adventurous DIY-er, C. B. Gitty even makes a Cigar Box Amplifier Kit with Oliva G Cigar Box, Hardware and How-To Guide!

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This is a complete cigar box amp kit, and includes all of the parts needed to build your own 2.5-watt Series G Oliva cigar box amplifier!

The body is a beautiful all-wood Oliva G cigar box, and all the decorative shiny nickel box corners (with matching screws) to help dress it up are included in the kit. The heart of this amp kit is a 2.5 watt amp board, which really puts out some nice sound considering its size and input power.

This cigar box amplifier kit also includes a four-page how-to sheet that shows wiring diagrams and covers some key points about wiring and assembly.

Skills required to assemble this kit:

  • basic soldering skills,
  • ability to read simple wiring diagrams

This cigar box amps contains the following parts:

  • 3.5″ 1-Watt Ferrite Magnet Speaker with wire screen and mounting bolts/nuts
  • 8pc. Nickel-Plated Box Corners with Mounting Screws
  • 9V Metal Battery Holder Clip with mounting screws
  • 2 feet each Red and Black 24-gauge Hookup Wire
  • 9V Battery Connector
  • 4pc. Rubber Self-Adhesive Non-Skid Pads
  • “Top Hat” Potentiometer Knob
  • ¼” Long-Shaft Mono Input Jack
  • Red LED (Power Indicator) with Plastic Mounting Bezel
  • 2.5-Watt Artec Amp Board
  • Oliva Series G All-Wood Cigar Box

The amp board also has an onboard Tone Trim Pot, adjustable with a Philips screwdriver , which allows for fine-tuning the tone from “clean” to “crunchy”.

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