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Amplifiers and Other Unique Things

This page is the source for unique amplifiers and other oddities made from repurposed objects with the intention of capturing that amazing vintage style!

Whether it’s a bit “dirty” or “gritty”, each amplifier has its own sound.  They are as unique as the design!!

The Spartan

The Spartan amplifier is small, it’s portable, and it’s durable.  

Fashioned from an old Spartan radio case, the original Tolex covering provides a ton of durability but still shows the battle scars from years of use.  Driven by a low wattage amplifier kit, this unit produces enough sound to sit around a campfire with some friends and play some Blues!

The controls are all up front and have been mounted on a rusty steel plate where the original tuning needle would be.  Volume and tone controls, an LED indicator light, guitar cable jack, and earphone jack are all you need.  A door pull mounted on top as a carrying handle completes the amplifier.



Sometimes I stumble across the funkiest old radios in my travels.  “Rincon” is one of those!!

This 60’s era Rincon radio was pretty much destined for the landfill but I rescued it and turned it into this awesome little guitar amplifier.

Powered by a 9 volt battery, the low wattage amplifier chip drives this unit and produces a ton of sound while still allowing for portability. Battery change is a breeze by accessing the 9 volt battery from the back panel.

It features three settings; Blues (clean sound), Rock (more gain and some distortion), and Metal (total grit with lots of crunch). There are separate volume and tone controls, an LED indicator light, and an earphone jack. The wooden panel on the front of the amplifier is actually a piece of the back panel of an old unplayable, donor guitar. And finally, a vintage brass drawer pull was added as a carrying handle.  

All you need is a Cigar Box Guitar to complete the whole package!!

Sold to Chantal and Andrew

Drum Lamps

Another interesting fun fact about me…..I love drums!!  Especially vintage drums (big surprise).

Occasionally I end up with an orphan drum that may be damaged or unplayable due to being out of round.  It seemed wrong to just toss them away so I looked for a way to up-cycle them into something more interesting and useful.  Thus, the idea of a drum lamp was discovered. 

I had a collection of vintage microphone stands and parts lying around the shop as well as a few of these old drums.  Together they make amazing and functional art pieces that are perfect for any music room, a home recording studio, or just as stage props at your favourite venue!!

The cast iron microphone bases make them very stable and the adjustability make them quite versatile.  Outfitted with “Edison” style light bulbs for that vintage look, these lamps have such a cool vibe as the light is filtered through the well worn drum skins.  

Limited quantity available. Please email for details on availability.

Available Drum Lamps

Due to high demand, I only have two drum style lamps available at this time. 

Both of these lamps feature a 13″ tom drums with worn skins to allow filtered light to pass through. The drums are Mahogany and finished in a clear polyurethane on the exterior and a light grey paint on the interiors for durability.  The lamp bases are restored vintage microphone stands which are quite heavy and very stable.  They are equipped with 40 watt LED Edison style light bulbs for that vintage look. 

The shorter lamp is not adjustable and the overall height is 44″. It is equipped with a standard on/off switch located in the light bulb socket. Vintage style Edison light bulb included.


The taller lamp is adjustable from 44″ to 52″. It is equipped with an inline switch on the lamp cord. Vintage style Edison light bulb included.


Cigar Box Lamps

Sometimes a cigar box just doesn’t have the right shape to be used for a guitar body.  It may be too small or just too “boxy” (if that even makes sense)!

Over time, I end up with a few of these odd shaped cigar boxes and I wanted to find a way to use them that was functional yet still celebrated the beauty and original graphics of the box.

The idea of using them as unique desk or nightstand lamps was the result.  These cigar box lamps are also the perfect accessory to a music themed room, a practice area for a budding young Blues guitarist, or that jam room that needs just the right amount of ambient light!

These lamps are equipped with either an inline on/off switch or a box mounted on/off toggle switch. The boxes are weighted inside for stability and each one has felt pads adhered to the bottom of the base to protect furniture.  

Please note: Prices vary based on style of lamp and size of box.  Light bulbs and lamp shades are NOT included due to personal requirements on light output and shade colour preferences (unless otherwise stated).

Matilde Verde

“Matilde Verde” is a classic small cigar box typically used to house cigarillos or other small diameter cigars.  

This lamp features a box mounted toggle switch, vintage brass corner protectors, padded feet, and a weight installed inside the base for stability.  The green and antiqued brass theme is carried on throughout including a green power cord. This lamp does include the green light bulb (just because it’s that cool)!

Box size is approximately 4″W x 3″D x 6-1/4″H.  Overall height with bulb is approximately 10-1/4″ H.


El Jefe sin Arpa

“El Jefe sin Arpa” is “The Boss without a Harp”.

A popular box for lamps due to its larger size, El Jefe is outfitted with brass corner protectors an internal weight for stability, and felt feet to protect your furniture. The box mounted toggle switch is convenient and easy to access.

Box size is approximately 6″W x 4″D x 8″H. (Of course a light bulb will add to the overall height dimension.)



Flor Fina

“Flor Fina” means “Fine Flower” in Spanish.

This box certainly is fine!  A different style than other cigar boxes, this one clearly has some class!

The box features dovetailed corners, an inline on/off switch, padded feet, a weighted base for stability, and a harp for a lampshade of your choosing. Probably one of the nicest cigar box lamps yet!

The box size is approximately 7″W x 4″D x 4-1/2″H.  Overall height to the top of the harp is approximately 13-3/4″H.


Tucketts Preferred

Vintage cigar boxes….there has to be a story….

Tucketts Preferred is a vintage box that I was fortunate enough to come across one day. The slightly tattered box has a history that we will never know.  It might have held coins, or buttons, or photos of a long lost love….who knows.  The shape was all wrong for a guitar body but I couldn’t resist taking this one home.  It is perfect as a lamp and would be a great addition to any room with a vintage feel.

It features an inline on/off switch, padded feet, vintage brass corners, and a weight installed inside for stability.  Add a shade of your choosing and you have a great little lamp that has some history.

The box size is approximately 4-3/4″W x 4-3/4″D X 5-1/2″H.  Overall height to the top of the harp is approximately 14-1/2″H.



“Rosalones” is a rich, dark brown beauty of a box.

She has dovetailed joints and gold graphics which are complimented with brass corner protectors.  A convenient on/off toggle switch is located on the side and I have installed added weight to the inside of the box for stability. Padded felt feet protect your fine furniture from scratches too.

The box size is approximately 4-1/2″W x 3-1/2″D x 7″H.


Matilde Natural

This “Matilde Natural” cigar box is unpainted and features a clean, natural finish.

Neutral colours and natural woods compliment almost any decor and this cigar box lamp is no exception. The graphics and lettering are gorgeous and feature a beautiful woman surrounded by leaves forming the letter “S”.  Well made, this dovetailed box has a side mounted on/off toggle switch and antiqued brass corner protectors that match up nicely with the lettering and graphics.  Padded felt feet and an internal weight for stability complete the lamp.

The box size is approximately 4-3/4″W x 4″D X 7″H.  


Guitar Hangers

These guitar hangers are perfect for displaying your Cigar Box Guitar from 61 Nickel Guitars!

Each one is made from salvaged or excess wood scraps that would typically be destined for the landfill or the wood stove. They feature plastic coated metal U-hooks that cradle the guitar neck perfectly.  Each hanger comes with two pre-drilled countersunk holes complete with mounting screws and drywall inserts.  The glossy finish is achieved with multiple coats of durable polyurethane. Various species of woods are used and availability is dependant on what woods are currently being used in the shop.

These are a must for any CBG collector!!

Size is approximately 3″ wide X 4″ high x 3/4″ thick.

$15 each