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:
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12 Responses to Mark makes a mini amp / Funky cowboy (BBtv's 50th!)

  1. Ocker3 says:

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

  2. License Farm says:

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

  3. Patrick Nielsen Hayden says:

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

  4. 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!

  5. DeWynken says:

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

    Sweet axe, Mark!

  6. allenrl says:

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

  7. Mark Frauenfelder says:

    There’s a schematic for the amp in the datasheet for the LM386:

  8. 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!!


  9. 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.
    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).

  10. Anonymous says:

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

  11. 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!

  12. zuzu says:

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

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