NoSo One no-soldering amp kit
A guitar amp you can build in an hour – battery powered
An affordable amplifier that’s fun, raunchy and very easy to build. The NoSo One is a great little guitar amplifier that anyone can build. NoSo = no soldering or test tools needed. Whereas most Amp Maker projects use valves and high-voltages, this one uses an amp-on-a-chip and battery power to make amp building fun and affordable and accessible for everyone. It’s a great way to get started in electronics and is safe for all ages.
Despite the super-low price and simple construction, the NoSo One is a surprisingly raunchy and effective little amp. Connect it to a decent speaker and you’ll be amazed at the crunchy guitar tones you can get out of it. I wanted to make an amplifier that anyone could build, safely and without any special skills or equipment. And it had to sound good, too. The thing that makes NoSo possible is the breadboard – a neat block with rows of pre-drilled holes. Each row of holes is connected internally and you can just plug in wires and components to build a circuit. It’s a great way to experiment, making it fast and simple to make a circuit. Professional electronics engineers use breadboards for prototyping. For us amp builders it lets us put together a cost-effective circuit in a compact space.
Easy to build
The NoSo One is a VERY quick build. On the 1-5 complexity scale that I use for amp kits, for example, it would rate as 0.1! 🙂 This is because connections on the solderless breadboard are instant and it also comes with pre-soldered sockets/etc. This means you need nothing more than wire clippers and some needle-nose pliers to build the amp. Mistakes are easily rectified and because there’s no mains supply or high voltages, it’s safe to work on at all times.
The NoSo One is being redeveloped and will be available again in 2021.
NoSo One specifications
- 0.3-0.7W power output
- 66mm speaker included
- battery powered
- gain boost option
- output socket for external cabinet