Mark makes a mini amp / Funky cowboy (BBtv’s 50th!)

W00t, here’s the 50th episode of Boing Boing tv! Mark makes a tiny amplifier for an electric guitar, then proceeds to shred. Next, a short film by Walter Robot (Bill Barminski and Christopher Louie) in which an urban cowboy funks out.

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Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email: xeni@boingboing.net.
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12 Responses to Mark makes a mini amp / Funky cowboy (BBtv’s 50th!)

  1. allenrl says:

    You should post the schematic for that amp… I want to build it

  2. Anonymous says:

    You’ve been consistently good as of late.
    Keep it up, or else.

  3. zuzu says:

    What ever happened to the geek excitement for the T-amp?

  4. Mark Frauenfelder says:

    There’s a schematic for the amp in the datasheet for the LM386: http://www.national.com/ds/LM/LM386.pdf

  5. wendy says:

    Hi, Marc,
    Nice for you to show how to make a sweet little amp, but could you zoom into your breadboard :-) to let me peek at your breadboard construction!!

    Thanks!
    w

  6. Bottlekid says:

    Looks like a fun little project!
    Anyone interested in taking it up a notch to tube power should check out the AX84 Project web site.
    http://www.ax84.com/
    They have a bunch of low-wattage tube-powered amp projects with schematics, photos, mp3 samples and discussion groups. I believe that some well-tested configuartions are available in kit form as well. I plan to try one this year by retrofitting an old cathedral style radio (hoping to find a non-workng unit on Ebay).

  7. Dave X says:

    Does anyone recall a chewing gum commercial from the 80’s that used a similar “morphing” effect, and some sort of catchy jungle music in it? I think it was Hubba Bubba, or Bubblicious… I’d love to see that again, I used to think it was kind of scary!

  8. Ocker3 says:

    I’m sorry, but morphing someone’s body to music?

  9. License Farm says:

    What of it? Simple, yet effective. And there was a certain symmetry with Mark’s segment.

  10. Patrick Nielsen Hayden says:

    I note with approval that Mark appears to play a butterscotch Telecaster.

  11. kpurcell says:

    Well, shredding is hardly what Mark is doing but hey he at least play which is more than I can say.

    Happy 50th BBtv!

  12. DeWynken says:

    http://www.walterrobot.com/quiktime/weekly/cowboy.html

    The cowboy bit is much better with the full window quicktime view.

    Sweet axe, Mark!

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