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Vintage Radio Guitar Amps ~Converted & Amp Kits~


Vintage Radio Guitar Amps ~Converted & Amp Kits~

This is the group for Lo-Watt Rock & Blues.

Here is the place to post photos and information on how to convert vintage electronics into awesome sounding and really cool guitar amps.

I am not an expert at amps or electronics, I have dabbled off and on over the years and lately really finding my interest growing in the subject and have decided to put this group together for the more experienced people to join and teach us all...also a place to organize the info found on this site.

if you would like to study this topic more

visit the website



Here is an example of the great tone that can be found in a old radio.

there are several directions you can go in this area of amplification, you can hack and convert the existing electronics,(provided the radio still works) or you can convert new cigar box guitar amp kits that are for sale and just use the nifty 50's  radio bodies for that awesome retro look and feel....They will match your cigar box guitar and really are a joy to play!


also Amp kits are a great way for the novice to join!

anyone can do it, give it a try, you'll never play name brand again!



Members: 204
Latest Activity: on Thursday

Discussion Forum

Grundig Yacht Boy Radio

Started by Keith 66. Last reply by BeetleJuice! Aug 2. 1 Reply

Having problems with a 1959 Silvertone 9014

Started by Darren Addy. Last reply by BeetleJuice! Jul 30. 1 Reply

Hacking a bush TR 82

Started by Tramp Guitars. Last reply by Tramp Guitars Feb 26. 3 Replies

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Comment by BeetleJuice! on Thursday

1948 Silvertone Radio Guitar Amp....1964 Tuner Microphone....and a Cigar Box Resonator

Comment by Greg Roberts on August 27, 2014 at 7:21pm

Jim that thing is amazing

Comment by Blind Lemon Cello on August 27, 2014 at 4:41pm

Radio sounds awesome Jim!!!!

Comment by Jim Quinlan on August 27, 2014 at 4:00pm

Comment by BeetleJuice! on August 27, 2014 at 3:56pm

Check out this radio guitar amp from Montgomery Wards..It looks real space age!

Comment by Jim Quinlan on August 25, 2014 at 7:58pm

I bought this Transistor radio sight unseen yesterday off the web with the intention of hacking it to make an amplifier. It was not working ( missing battery compartment top) and the station indicator was broken. Ten minute fix and an improvised battery contact and it works great. Best result - no need to hack as it has a phono input jack. Not loud but what great tone. Twin speakers!

Comment by Jim Quinlan on August 25, 2014 at 7:57pm

Comment by BeetleJuice! on August 17, 2014 at 2:05pm

About as 50's as it gets!..Checkered black and white and an Atomic Star in the Knob!

Comment by BeetleJuice! on August 9, 2014 at 4:13pm

I found these cool magazines on ebay, they have nice cover art thought I would share

Comment by BeetleJuice! on August 4, 2014 at 11:06am

plug in and tune out!


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