Hi! 

I bought an old cassette player/radio at an estate sale (really cheap!) and I'm wondering where/how I start in converting it into a guit amp. 

I've seen a few vids of some Australian (?) cat doing it, and he took out the magnetic head that reads the tapes.  I've also read one can simply solder the positive to the head.

I'm open to any advice on how I start this undertaking.

Thanks!

Views: 183

Replies to This Discussion

Several ways to do it Andy. THE deal (from my own experience) if IF it has a record button on the cassette function. If not, there are others who can help you. If it DOES have a record option, you literally just blow up (cuz it will never work as a cassette player again) that by opening it up, pushing RECORD, and when the record head pops out, carefully snipping the 2 wires going to that record head. Solder them to the pos. and neg. posts on a 1/4 inch input and plug it in being sure to leave the record button ON. When you do this you get instant amplifier. In fact the louder you turn up the volume the more grit and distortion. Works killer for old little Walkman cassette-recorders or boom boxes w. record function. Depending on the guitar or mic you plug into your female input jack, you got coolness and depending on the wattage, can be really hip. Plug headphones in and blow your brains out. That's my 2 cents, and it all takes about 20 mins. to convert 'em like this. Have fun. If it plugs into AC be careful!! -Glenn

It's not in front of me right now, but I think it does record.  So, how do I know which is positive and which is negative?  Are they different colors?  Or do I determine that from where they're attached?

Crappy lo-fi can sound good too? The old later 8-track recorder combos are great sounding too, they’ve got the added mojo of germanium transistors 

RSS

The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation? How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor


Recommended Links & Resources


Discussion Forum

LM386 Amp w/ Switchable Clean Channel

Started by BrianQ.. Last reply by BrianQ. May 28. 1 Reply

Simple 1st Timer CBG Amp

Started by BrianQ.. Last reply by BrianQ. Sep 28, 2020. 25 Replies

Matching Speakers to LM386

Started by Southern Ray. Last reply by Southern Ray Aug 6, 2020. 11 Replies

Suggestions wanted for easy amp build

Started by Southern Ray. Last reply by Southern Ray Jun 16, 2020. 11 Replies

Ruby Amp

Started by BrianQ.. Last reply by Southern Ray May 17, 2020. 27 Replies

Low-Z pickup and components values

Started by Southern Ray. Last reply by Southern Ray May 13, 2020. 6 Replies

Oops

Started by Southern Ray. Last reply by Southern Ray May 3, 2020. 12 Replies

DIY Spring Reverb

Started by Kevin Keating. Last reply by Paul Craig Oct 17, 2019. 4 Replies

TDA2030A Amp

Started by Bama Hound. Last reply by Gary Stenzel Jul 23, 2017. 14 Replies

Home Brew Champ Tube Amp

Started by Scott aka Farmer Ted. Last reply by Paul Craig Feb 6, 2017. 3 Replies

Dual IM386 Chip amp

Started by Paul Craig. Last reply by Paul Craig Jan 27, 2017. 29 Replies

5 Watt Amp Kit (DIY Case)

Started by Walter Haapapuro. Last reply by Gene Jones Dec 7, 2016. 46 Replies

DIY reverb behold - I found this online

Started by Danny B.. Last reply by Paul Craig Nov 2, 2016. 3 Replies

Bass Cabinet project

Started by Murdoc_420. Last reply by Murdoc_420 Jul 16, 2016. 34 Replies

Kalamazoo Model 1 Deluxe

Started by Scott aka Farmer Ted. Last reply by Rick Alexander Jun 20, 2016. 12 Replies

LM386 amp and other stuff

Started by Denis U. Last reply by Denis U May 29, 2016. 19 Replies

Combo Amp Build

Started by Paul Craig. Last reply by Paul Craig May 27, 2016. 113 Replies

Blog Posts

Mr. Bells

Posted by Stephen Cohen on September 4, 2021 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Bookie's Poor Man's Dobro

Posted by Steve Bookout on July 18, 2021 at 2:04pm 3 Comments

Get your groove on for free

Posted by François on July 13, 2021 at 3:05pm 1 Comment

Latest Activity

James Pobog replied to Ben's discussion Wine Box guitar and box airtighness
"Personally, I set pillars in the inside corners and screw to them (though I am far from expert). I…"
37 minutes ago
GARAGE HERMIT liked Uncle John's video
56 minutes ago
Taffy Evans replied to Ben's discussion A big wine box
"Hi again, I have a bit more time now, so this what I would do. I'll leave you to work out the…"
1 hour ago
Jerry Jordan posted a photo

3x3=9

3 3 strings from St Wishnevsky
1 hour ago
the anonymous pick commented on CLG's photo
Thumbnail

20210919_115618

"pretty slick bud ."
1 hour ago
Jim Morris liked Cigar Box Blues's discussion - Memorial for Dave Lynas -
2 hours ago
Rope Walker Country Star liked Cigar Box Blues's discussion - Memorial for Dave Lynas -
2 hours ago
James Pobog posted a discussion

Starting to plan for....

...a baritone CBG. I have a big square thin box like Shane's and I'm going to try making another…See More
2 hours ago
sid posted a photo

nat-sherman-1930--my 6th guitar

i have built 6 and this one is my first real cigar box guitar sitting on the fender of my 39…
3 hours ago
Fantacone Box Works posted a photo
3 hours ago
Jim Morris commented on Poorness Studios's video
3 hours ago
Jim Morris commented on Downtown Vinnie's video
Thumbnail

I Shall Be Released

"Mighty fine Vinnie."
4 hours ago

Music

© 2021   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

\uastyle>\ud/** Scrollup **/\ud.scrollup {\ud background: url("https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/963882636?profile=original") no-repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;\ud bottom: 25px;\ud display: inline !important;\ud height: 40px;\ud opacity: 0.3 !important;\ud position: fixed;\ud right: 30px;\ud text-indent: -9999px;\ud width: 40px;\ud z-index: 999;\ud}\ud.scrollup:hover {\ud opacity:0.99!important;\ud}\ud \uascript type="text/javascript">\ud x$(document).ready(function(){\ud x$(window).scroll(function(){\ud if (x$(this).scrollTop() > 100) {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeIn();\ud } else {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeOut();\ud }\ud });\ud x$('.scrollup').click(function(){\ud x$("html, body").animate({ scrollTop: 0 }, 600);\ud return false;\ud });\ud });\ud \ua!-- End Scroll Up -->