Radios turned Guitar Amps


Radios turned 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.

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 if you have a broken radio, CBG Gitty Amp kits are a great way for the novice to join in. You can convert any old radio  nifty 1950's and 60's radio bodies for that awesome retro look and feel....They will match your cigar box guitar and really are a joy to play!

If you would like to study this topic more

visit the website

Anyone can do it, give it a try, find and old radio and follow along

 Here is an example of the great tone that can be found in a old radio.


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Comment by Myron Joe Hickel on Sunday


My name is Joe and I just joined a couple of days ago. I'm retired so I have a bit of time to make stuff. In the last 2 months I've made 10 cbg's you can see them on my blog. I do not know how to play them so I purchased Johns dvd "Understanding 3string cigar box guitar" He also sent me a link to turn a radio into a amp. A couple of days later I bought a $5 transistor radio at a garage sale.early to mid 70's GE. Tonight I opened it up and in 3 hours had me a guitar amp. It runs and works on AC and 9VDC. 

Comment by Anne M. Fridley-Owen on August 13, 2019 at 2:55am

Ive bought a few radios off of shopgoodwill and was only able to convert one. The other two have bad battery holders on em, does anyone know how to either put a new battery compartment on or could I put a 9v battery terminal instead? Was curious. I think they are 4x c or d cell batteries I'll try to post some pics at a later time. The radio I was able to hack was am only rca and I was able to wire up the input jack to the volume lug potentiometer. I gave that one away when I got sick to my friend Clayton who is down and out but plays guitar. He liked it  LOT.

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Comment by John on May 10, 2018 at 11:47am

It's got headlights!...this would be a great little amplifier for cigar box guitar! It's a 1950's Admiral

Comment by John on April 14, 2018 at 4:27pm

Check this out!

A Silvertone 600 for sale on eBay for 7 bucks.

I don't think this pertectiular radio works, but upon looking inside you can see there is easy access to tap a guitar into and turn it into a guitar amp.

Its old school transistor, this will both play and sound great I am about 90 percent positive this will be a great amp, its got a great size to.

I would not buy this exact one, as it looks like the battery compartment is missing and or leaked out. But if you search out this exact model ( Silvertone 600) I am pretty sure you will have a great little amp for cigar box guitar, and they are not expensive.

Its even got a groovy little handle and cool little looks!

Comment by John on March 29, 2018 at 2:09pm

Burnt transistors!

check out this cool Silvertone body thats for sale on ebay

Comment by sindre sortland on March 25, 2018 at 12:38pm

Hi. I've built an amp into this old Norwegian Tandberg speaker. The speaker was found in a dumpster.

Comment by John on February 13, 2018 at 11:29am

Whats up Mr. Monday Morning!

ready for a cool guitar amp???

Comment by John on February 8, 2018 at 8:03pm

Here's one for the vintage fab....last count it was just 14 bucks on eBay!

Comment by John on November 3, 2017 at 7:02pm

sweet little amp!....I love to see those old things brought back to life!


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