Making a “Jam Jar” Amplifier


An electric guitar is as good as the amplifier that is connected to it. Without an it, the guitar is not very useful to play any music. Amplifier comes in many form and can be powerful enough to make a full stadium shake. Here, we will be building one of the smallest amp you can make: a jelly jar amp. You can find various examples of this amp online and you can even buy it already built or in a kit. But here, I will show you how you can make it on your own for a couple of bucks, with few tools and components.

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Modeling a custom electric guitar


3D Model of a custom electric guitar
3D Model of a custom electric guitar

I have been building electric guitars for a bit more that a year. For my first build, I chose some trusted designs to learn the building process and refine my woodworking skills. But my goal is not to mimic an instrument that has already being made but to learn new skills in design and fabrication. I am looking to use my creativity to build something that is functional and, as much as possible, aesthetically pleasing. So, after building a couple of guitars, I felt the need to come up with my own design. To gauge if my ideas made sense and to help build the instrument after, I used 3D modeling to make a virtual copy of my design.

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