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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: 210
Latest Activity: 6 hours ago

Discussion Forum

3 tube 8 watter Valco style amp with swamp sound

Started by Doug Christensen. Last reply by Doug Christensen 6 hours ago. 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

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

Comment by BeetleJuice! yesterday

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

Comment by Gary Martin on Sunday
Found a beauty today at the markets for $15,it turned out pretty good . It's an Australian 1963 H.M.V. !
Comment by BeetleJuice! on Saturday

check out this cool 60' silvertone, it has a phono plug in the need to even open it, you can plug right into it and play guitar right away, its 50 bucks on ebay.....a bit expensive but still cheaper than a regular amp

Comment by BeetleJuice! on Thursday

Totall cool find of the day!

Vintage Packard Bell AR-851 Radio,  early 1960's

the same model used on Gilligan's Island!

talk about a cool guitar amplifier??? at least something to talk about : )

Comment by BeetleJuice! on Thursday

Check out this crudzy raunchy  "hi Fi" silvertone radio that could easlier be a guitar amp! cheap on ebay!

Comment by Doug Christensen on September 24, 2014 at 3:26pm

Replacement of the power supply filter caps are what it needs. Cheap parts for less than 5 bucks electrolytic caps. 

Comment by BeetleJuice! on September 24, 2014 at 12:51pm

that old thing on the right is rad looking! on the look out for a cheap used pignose on ebay and stuff it in there.....I buy pignoses all the time in the 25 dollar range on ebay...they have really good speakers in them

Comment by Seth Kent on September 24, 2014 at 11:48am

Found these two in a thrift store. Grand total for both was under $5. The one on the left, should be somewhat simple to mod. The one on the right is an all tube RCA. It does not seem to have any transformers, and emits a loud hum. Not sure what to do with it yet, in light of my affinity for staying alive, but if I think of something I will let you know...

Comment by BeetleJuice! on September 18, 2014 at 7:02am

this is sweet!


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