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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: 12 hours ago

Discussion Forum

1964 Philips AM/FM Radio to guitar amp project

Started by Scott aka Farmer Ted. Last reply by Blind Lemon Cello Nov 4. 1 Reply

Thank you beetle juice!

Started by Greg Thompson. Last reply by Jim Quinlan Nov 6. 5 Replies

3 tube 8 watter Valco style amp with swamp sound

Started by Doug Christensen. Last reply by Doug Christensen Nov 15. 63 Replies

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Comment by Blind Lemon Cello 12 hours ago

Thanks BJ!

You host an awesome forum!

Comment by BeetleJuice! 21 hours ago

I love it all!

Comment by Blind Lemon Cello on Friday

40' shelf model joins the gang as a 9 volt at Smokin' Rooster Studios. Original chassis needs work, so for now a vintage 6x9 Zenith speaker drivers the box, awesome tone. 1940 Silvertone R81 floor model is my favorite practice amp, 6 watts 10" speaker. Flanked by Flathead, Testa Rossa, and a no good cigar smokin' rooster!!

Comment by BeetleJuice! on November 17, 2014 at 3:03pm

all burnt out!

just plug in your cigar box!

Comment by BeetleJuice! on November 7, 2014 at 11:39am

Starts at just 21 bucks on ebay....check out this groovy Cigar Box Guitar amplifier...from the early 1960's

Comment by BeetleJuice! on November 1, 2014 at 10:04pm

That's sweet wade ...I love it when a plan comes together! 1972 a crack Commando unit was sent to.......

Comment by Wade on October 30, 2014 at 4:48pm
Comment by Wade on October 30, 2014 at 4:46pm

Stumbled on this one surfing on youtube:

Comment by BeetleJuice! on October 25, 2014 at 9:42am

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

Comment by BeetleJuice! on October 25, 2014 at 9:41am

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


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