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Posted in Press | 08 April 2010 | 2 Comments

HOTTIE AMPS: Turning old toasters into guitar amplifiers may seem like an idea you’d only come up with when you’re a little toasted, but that’s exactly what Jean-Claude Escudie of Portland, Oregon, is doing with his line of Hottie Amps. By retrofitting vintage toasters from the ’40s and ’50s with a 9-volt battery-powered amplifier and a 6″ Jensen speaker, Escudie has given new life and utility to these classic icons of the American household.

Our Hottie Amp came housed in the chrome-plated shell of a 1939 Sunbeam, which features cool art-deco motifs on its sides, but many different styles of toasters are available. The Hottie Amp’s crumb pan pulls open to access the battery (which is secured by a metal spring clip), and the amp features input and output jacks. All volume and tone adjustments are done on the guitar.

The Hottie Amp distorts quickly, spreading its transitory grind at home-approved volume through the two toast slots. You can get a little more sonic oomph from the Hottie Amp by laying it on its side and opening the crumb door, but to fully experience the amp’s powers you’ll need to connect it to a speaker cabinet. Plugging it into a Marshall 4×12, for example, yielded the sonic equivalent of well-browned Texas toast at a perfect volume for recording or practice. The amp sounds great for slide or hard-rock riffing, and, unlike some micro amps, it doesn’t flip over at the slightest tug on the cord. I’m sure some toaster collectors will grumble over the fact that Escudie’s creations will never heat up an English muffin again, but what better way to enjoy a funky appliance that’s no match anyway for that six-slice wonder you just scored at Walmart? (Art Thompson)

KUDOS – A cool, one-of-a-kind practice amp.


  1. Josh Hemsley Apr 8, 2010

    This is a great article! Good to see Hottie getting some good press!! Keep up the great work guys!

  2. Michael Jamison Apr 8, 2010

    I’ve owned a Hottie Amp for a few years now and still absolutely love it! Probably time to get a guitar to go with it though 🙂 But I would definitely recommend the amp. The little sucker can burst out some sweet sounds!

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