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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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3 tube 8 watter Valco style amp with swamp sound

Started by Doug Christensen. Last reply by Doug Christensen yesterday. 50 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! 2 hours ago

this is sweet!

Comment by BeetleJuice! yesterday

also, once you find the right categories and keywords, be sure to hit "save favorite search"  then you will get an email with only the new stuff...that will help you save a lot of time in your daily search

Comment by BeetleJuice! on Sunday

Steven, you need to use the - (negative) after the keyword when using ebay,

that way you don't pull up what you don't want to look persistenece, I do spend about 45 mintes every day looking at stupid crap I cant weave out!...dumb phones and cd players from china pop up in my serach!!!..its just figuring out how the search engines work

Comment by BeetleJuice! on Sunday

sweet radio omar!

Comment by Omar Mariani on Saturday

My new amp.

Comment by Steven B Brittain on September 10, 2014 at 11:29pm
Beetle can you give me some hints on how to search and weed out stuff. I am always trying find small speaker drivers to replace bad ones too for the radio amps. Hard to find at decent price.
Comment by BeetleJuice! on September 10, 2014 at 6:27pm

...there is so much good stuff on ebay...just have to play around with keywords as there is like 30,000 hits on "old Radios" you have try to narrow it down to the good stuff!

I have a shower curtain that I have saving for a project ( the outer fabric part, not the plastic iner) its similar texture to that old tweed...just waiting for the right project

Comment by Doug Christensen on September 10, 2014 at 5:56pm

I've been on the look out for some cool speaker fabric at the local "women's sewing store" and have found some nice material, but last weekend at Hobby Lobby came across a real nice fabric in the window treatment isle. It's the stuff you put behind the heavy material next to the window. They had this grey-silver metallic sheer see through (whoo whoo), the stuff I bought was this salt & pepper looking link.. w/ the online store coupon it was 12 bucks.

BettleJuice.that wood is in great condition. Some dash restorers can re-chrome plastic on old cars. Anyway that one hell of a cool find man! Makes most of my stuff look space age. 

Comment by BeetleJuice! on September 10, 2014 at 3:53pm

Tweed is least if you keep it long enough it'll be back in style!

Comment by BeetleJuice! on September 7, 2014 at 4:00pm

Holy Cow Look at this cool Radio beggin to be a Rat Rod Guitar Amp....look to be from the 30's how could you miss the era!!! Old timey grill right there!!!!


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