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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: 202
Latest Activity: yesterday

Discussion Forum

Grundig Yacht Boy Radio

Started by Keith 66 Jun 26. 0 Replies

Having problems with a 1959 Silvertone 9014

Started by Darren Addy. Last reply by BeetleJuice! yesterday. 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! yesterday

check this silvertone out for 30 bucks!

Comment by BrianQ. on Saturday
Nice Bakelite!!!
Comment by BeetleJuice! on July 20, 2014 at 12:48pm

Check out this Airline radio for 10 bucks on ebay!

Comment by Andy Hall on July 19, 2014 at 1:36pm

This is a really terrific idea, I also enjoyed your website.

Comment by BeetleJuice! on June 23, 2014 at 11:43pm

Silvertone AM radio RED ROCKET HOT!

Comment by BeetleJuice! on June 18, 2014 at 11:52am

Check this out I found for a few dollars one ebay!

Comment by Keith 66 on June 16, 2014 at 7:18pm

A week ago i was given an old Hacker Herald RP10 transistor radio, built in 1960 its rather beat up & silent though it is drawing power. It seems that these british built radios were very high quality & lend themselves to amp conversion.

Tonight i picked up another one, this is a 1966 version, a Herald RP35 & it is in superb original condition, not far of mint, it is also fully operational & runs on LW & MW  with a fine sound & tone. It would be a real shame to bugger it up & i wonder if it can have a switched input jack so it can be used as either radio or guitar amp?

Any advice on this would be most welcome!

Comment by BeetleJuice! on June 14, 2014 at 10:48am

that is so sweet, I love the red! its just says 70's!

Comment by Jim Quinlan on June 6, 2014 at 4:41pm

Picked up this morning from the flea market. Should be a nice conversion.

Comment by BeetleJuice! on June 6, 2014 at 4:13pm

Some fun art I made


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