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Old Radio Guitar Amps


Old Radio Guitar Amps

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: 229
Latest Activity: May 18

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New jack in an old radio

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Comment by Curio Bill on May 18, 2015 at 5:11pm

THANKS FOR STARTING THIS GROUP ON SUCH A FASCINATING SUBJECT!!!!!  I have literally never touched a soldering iron before but I do want to learn how to do this!!! 

Comment by Habanera Hal on April 4, 2015 at 11:19pm

Here it is cleaned, sanded, and primered.  Tommorrow I'll shoot it in an antique white and put it aside to dry for a week, then clear coat it.  Restoring the knobs to copper and metallic brown.

Comment by BeetleJuice! on April 4, 2015 at 9:10pm

sweet find.. I love arvins!

Comment by Habanera Hal on April 2, 2015 at 9:06pm

Picked up this old Arvin for $5 at the big antiques show in Warrenton, TX today!  Already gutted and cleaning up the case for either a 2w pre-wired Future Kit or if I can solder it up correctly, a 15w FK617 kit.

Comment by Habanera Hal on January 29, 2015 at 11:41am

Anyone interested, there is a vintage radio show/auction coming up in Houston February 13th & 14th at the Houston Marriott.  Details are here:

Comment by BeetleJuice! on January 29, 2015 at 9:13am

not only yeah....but HELL YEAH!!!!

just saw this on ebay

Comment by BeetleJuice! on January 11, 2015 at 4:49pm

an old arvin I saw on ebay today!

Comment by Blind Lemon Cello on December 30, 2014 at 7:22pm

Sweet Airline!!

Comment by BeetleJuice! on December 30, 2014 at 6:31pm

Check it out! I found a new body on ebay

Comment by BeetleJuice! on December 30, 2014 at 6:31pm

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