In college, our friend got an Altoids guitar amp kit online. It was a cool idea, but it didn’t sound great because it’s such a small enclosure. The same electronics worked great in a soda can. Then came the realization: you can put music in anything – Trash Amps was born. After showing a few prototypes to friends, we knew there was a market for a products like ours.
The Early Days
We started out with a small run of 100 Soda Can Guitar Amplifiers which utilized PVC pipe and off the shelf parts, built in a Silicon Valley Garage. After selling those, we wanted to up the level of quality so we raised money from family and friends for an injection mold. We built 500 Soda Can Speakers, which quickly sold through our website and booth at the local mall for $50 each. So, we made 1000 more. We’re talking 1,500 units made by hand on the dining room table. Trash Amps has steadily grown over the years as we’ve expanded our product offerings. We’ve had customers from all over the world, music loves and musicians alike.