Old Radio Guitar Amps

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Old Radio Guitar Amps

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

http://radio-guitar-amps.blogspot.com/

 

 

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!

 

 

Website: http://radio-guitar-amps.com/
Location: 3-string-guitar.com
Members: 257
Latest Activity: yesterday

Discussion Forum

Hitachi Transistor Radio with Tape.

Started by David Wilson. Last reply by GARY KNIGHT Jul 4. 9 Replies

Battery valve radios

Started by Bird. Last reply by Blind Lemon Cello May 18. 2 Replies

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Comment by JohnMan on May 9, 2016 at 10:09pm

Blind Lemon Cello - Sweet. They are HARD to beat! 

Comment by Blind Lemon Cello on May 4, 2016 at 8:10pm

Cool JohnMan! Love those EVJ's & Kustom 5 watt amps. Check out my tower of tone.

Comment by JohnMan on May 4, 2016 at 6:57pm
Comment by JohnMan on May 2, 2016 at 10:20pm

Sweet

Comment by Scott aka Farmer Ted on April 14, 2016 at 7:08am

Nice find, Bluesheart.

Comment by Bluesheart on April 13, 2016 at 11:26pm

Comment by Blind Lemon Cello on February 19, 2016 at 5:24pm

SWEET, Farmer Ted!!

Comment by Scott aka Farmer Ted on February 19, 2016 at 8:18am

This was an RCA Little Nipper II tube radio which I converted to a guitar amplifier. I removed the old stained grill cloth and tuner dial, and installed a fresh grill cloth. It has my hand wired LM386 amp circuit installed, with a little something extra.

I added a small vintage vacuum tube to the perf board, and installed an LED behind it. When the amp is turned on, the LED lights up to create the illusion that the vacuum tube heaters are glowing. But the vacuum tube is not a part of the circuit.

Comment by Curio Bill on May 18, 2015 at 5:11pm

THANKS FOR STARTING THIS GROUP ON SUCH A FASCINATING SUBJECT!!!!!  I have literally never touched a soldering iron before but I do want to learn how to do this!!! 

Comment by Habanera Hal on April 4, 2015 at 11:19pm

Here it is cleaned, sanded, and primered.  Tommorrow I'll shoot it in an antique white and put it aside to dry for a week, then clear coat it.  Restoring the knobs to copper and metallic brown.

 

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hey guys just alittle info please

Started by gregory lazorchak. Last reply by Denis U yesterday. 3 Replies

Hitachi Transistor Radio with Tape.

Started by David Wilson. Last reply by GARY KNIGHT Jul 4. 9 Replies

Battery valve radios

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1962 Silvertone Medalist 3217

Started by Monterey. Last reply by Scott aka Farmer Ted Apr 3, 2015. 11 Replies

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Suitcase Amp

Started by Gary Ross. Last reply by Gary Ross Jan 26, 2015. 4 Replies

Arvin 8 Transistor AM radio...

Started by Corbin. Last reply by Corbin Jan 16, 2015. 11 Replies

Low volume with your Hacked Radio --- Amp

Started by Corbin. Last reply by Corbin Jan 12, 2015. 4 Replies

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Started by Greg Thompson. Last reply by Greg Thompson Jan 10, 2015. 2 Replies

1964 Philips AM/FM Radio to guitar amp project

Started by Scott aka Farmer Ted. Last reply by Scott aka Farmer Ted Jan 8, 2015. 4 Replies

3 tube 8 watter Valco style amp with swamp sound

Started by Doug Christensen. Last reply by Blind Lemon Cello Nov 26, 2014. 65 Replies

Thank you beetle juice!

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