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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: yesterday

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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! yesterday

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 yesterday
Thanks Beetlejuice
Comment by BeetleJuice! yesterday

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 Sunday

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!

Comment by BeetleJuice! on October 5, 2014 at 6:52pm

How cool is this! a 1970's TV shaped radio you can hack into a guitar amp....the best of 3 worlds!

Comment by BeetleJuice! on September 29, 2014 at 3:29pm

Here it is embedded...check it out all!

Comment by BeetleJuice! on September 29, 2014 at 3:28pm

That is really sweet sounding Gary...His masters voice!..nice find

Comment by Gary Martin on September 28, 2014 at 2:40am
Found a beauty today at the markets for $15,it turned out pretty good . It's an Australian 1963 H.M.V. !

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