Excerpt from interview with Bruce Zinky by the 5th Fret. Read the whole interview here.
How did the Smokey amp come to be?
The Smokey was my first amp, built the first version when I was 12. I was 16 before I could get it into the cigarette box. Totally forgot about it for 10 or so years, decided that was just the thing for folks who wanted a hand made, made in USA amp but couldn’t afford twenty five hundred for a Vibro King. This was twenty five dollars! Been doing them ever since (prices go up, new Vibro Kings are over $4600!, Smokey Amps list for $32 to $34).