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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: 213
Latest Activity: 16 hours ago

Discussion Forum

3 tube 8 watter Valco style amp with swamp sound

Started by Doug Christensen. Last reply by Doug Christensen Sep 30. 62 Replies

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

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Comment by BeetleJuice! 16 hours ago

Todays super RAD ebay find bidding starts at just 10 bucks!

Comment by BeetleJuice! 16 hours ago

Yes that's it, just follow and keep cutting till it stops, sometimes you have to try in  a few places, just be prepared to resloder if you cut the wrong wire, I have cut the wrong thing before and killed the radio ....but its around the antnne  that will silince it for just guitar playong

Comment by Steven B Brittain yesterday

I cut what I am thinking you mean and still radio static and station. the tube is wrapped around a plastic tube that has prongs coming out soldered to board if the helps.

Comment by BeetleJuice! yesterday

sweety pie on the bay!

Comment by BeetleJuice! on Tuesday

cool, it will be wire wrapped many times around a small cardboard tube that looks like an empty toilet paper tube....follow it and cut it after should go quite on the spot!!!

Comment by Steven B Brittain on Tuesday
Thanks Beetlejuice
Comment by BeetleJuice! on Tuesday

you need to cut the anttene wire....follow it and cut it right after the thing that swilres around that cardboard thing

Comment by Steven B Brittain on October 19, 2014 at 2:16pm

Ij have one working but the fm or am both are still in background how do I get rid of that? I am sorry if I am missing it on posts I am just not finding it for some reason. Thanks

Comment by BeetleJuice! on October 14, 2014 at 11:23am

check out this cool 9 dollar radio I found on ebay...its just begging to be a hipster guitar amp....its still over there for sale on ebay...just 9 bucks!!!!!

Comment by BeetleJuice! on October 8, 2014 at 2:08pm


The very first boom box...1950!


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