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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!



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Hacking a bush TR 82

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

hey guys just alittle info please

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Extension cabinets

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Comment by BeetleJuice! on April 11, 2014 at 4:34pm

Check out this Nobility! has a tone knob and works just like a guitar amp when you hack Its a real cool 60's Orange...this is a cool radio guitar amp!

Comment by Jim Quinlan on April 2, 2014 at 11:56am
Love that Red Arvin. I recently picked up a 1957 Standard three valve pocket radio. It has no speaker just an earphone. I reckon I can hack this as a valve preamp. Have ordered new valves and when they arrive will update on progress.
Comment by BeetleJuice! on April 2, 2014 at 11:41am

Pignose like but just 9 bucks on ebay!....this I know will sound great!

I have hacked into several arvins and they only take about 10 minuets to turn into a guitar amp and they sound fantastic!

Comment by BeetleJuice! on April 1, 2014 at 4:45pm

The guitar amplifier is ATOMIC..its from 1946

Comment by BeetleJuice! on March 24, 2014 at 11:21am

Check out this Airline cigar box guitar amp, they sold these radios at Montgomery Wards and they are cheap and easy to hack!



Comment by BeetleJuice! on March 19, 2014 at 9:36am

here is a cool Trav-Ler!


totally cool guitar amp




Comment by BeetleJuice! on March 6, 2014 at 12:07pm

Silvertone.... starts at just one dollar on ebay!

Comment by BeetleJuice! on February 28, 2014 at 9:34am

check out this radio I saw on ebay for 14 bucks...still in the box and it's a real cool Atomic orange color! totally awesome

Comment by BeetleJuice! on February 28, 2014 at 9:32am

that's cool too!

Comment by Jim Quinlan on February 27, 2014 at 7:12pm

Doooooh Trying to get the hang of embedding!. Anyway here is my Radio Amplifier Number 2 which I finished today. Unfortunately the Diode was buried deep between other components and I could not reach it to connect a switch. This one is permanently a Guitar amp now!


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