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      20.07.2002 20:45
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      People will recycle anything these days. But here's a great idea from those clever chaps from Smokey amps. A mini guitar amp in a cigarette packet. Whilst I'm sure there are some Smokey owners who don't play guitar and bought this amp for it's novelty value, I doubt there is a guitarist out there that could resist the Smokey if they saw it. According to the website, the Smokey has some pretty famous devotees too….. A genuine reinforced cig packet hides a standard 9 volt battery and the circuitry that delivers half a watt of power through an open speaker on one side of the packet. The top end of the packet has standard jack sockets, one to take the input of your guitar and one for output to headphones, effects unit or larger amp (Smokey can double as a distortion creator too). Controls are minimal - well, none existant really ! The fact that a mini amp can be housed in fag packet should be enough. Volume control ? Just use the one on your guitar or improvise by covering up the speaker with your foot as you play ! There's no visible on/off switch, plugging in your guitar turns on the power and unplugging disconnects power, although the consumption is minimal. Wonder what it sounds like ? Well the website invites users to share tips which range from echo effects acheived by placing the amp in a large jar to emulating e-bow type sounds by waving the amp over the pick ups. But for standard use, it recreates the distortion similar to that used on the old Ike & Tina Turner track Nutbush City Limits. You won't be able to entertain even a small hall full of people with the power this amp puts out - perhaps a small living room and the neighbours certainly won't complain. But if you want a cute toy that will be a talking point over the coffee table, or a practice amp that can hold it's own over some of the rival mini amps, this is for you. The only difficult decision you need to make i
      s which brand to choose. I went for Camel, though Marlboro & Winston fans won't be disappointed either ! Although this amp is difficult to find these days in the UK shops, you can order easily via the American website. My Smokey arrived within the week.

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