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Old Radio Guitar amps

Homemade amps made from old vintage radios is really fun and easy, with just a few wires hacked into you can turn that radio into a guitar amp!

There' lots of info at the website



This video will get your feet wet, it really is a "must try" if you love Lo-fi and homemade music...perfect for the 3 string guitar too!


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Online Uke Tuners

Started by Buttermilk Music aka Norm. Last reply by luvmuzic Jan 12, 2013. 1 Reply

Does anyone have a source for a downloadable uke tuner (GCEA)?  I searched yesterday for about 30 mins and most of them are pure crapola.  Not uke tuners but a segway to put a lot of useless programs…Continue

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Converting Vintage Tube Radio to Guitar Amp

Started by Scott aka Farmer Ted. Last reply by Buttermilk Music aka Norm Jan 9, 2013. 6 Replies

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Comment Wall

Comment by J.J. Rango on August 11, 2012 at 1:14pm

I'll go first!


Comment by Arnold Kelly on August 11, 2012 at 5:40pm

Looks great! Makes me wanna try making one for myself. :)

Comment by Old Def Tom on August 12, 2012 at 3:19am


Checked out the web site and saw "Geranium TRANSISTOR Radios"

I think you mean germanium , as in a germanium diode.

Comment by J.J. Rango on August 12, 2012 at 2:25pm

thanks i will fix that!...i have the worst spelling

Comment by Old Def Tom on August 13, 2012 at 4:45am

@J.J. Rango

You say the radios are available for purchase on eBay. Have a link as to what to search for exactly??

Comment by Arnold Kelly on August 13, 2012 at 7:36am

Just do a search for "transistor radio" and you'll find tons of them. Only problems these days is that everything on Ebay is either have the item for an outrageous price, or the shipping is WAY more than the cost of the item itself. :)

Comment by Mat Resist on August 14, 2012 at 12:46pm

Thanks for the invite. I just picked up a bunch of old tube radios I wanted to turn into amps.

Comment by J.J. Rango on August 14, 2012 at 1:07pm

yes there is usally over a 1000 at a time on ebay...all shapes and colors, I usally look for "vintage transistor radio" there is  a bunch for under about 15 or 20 bucks

Comment by smojo on August 15, 2012 at 3:37am

Had a spell of making these a while ago. Gets addictive. I have a shelf full now and hoping to sell a few at the UK Boxfest. Some have been disappointing and some surprisingly good, you never know how they're gonna turn out. Some of the best ones are made from old cassette recorders, they seem to overdrive nicely. My best one so far is a British 1960s made Hacker radio, loud as hell and distorts beautifully. Hard to get hold of them at reasonable price though.

Comment by J.J. Rango on August 15, 2012 at 11:19am

me too, hard to tell, some have been a real waste of money and time, some have been way better than any amp i have ever bought, you just never know!


For me thought I noticed the early 70's was always full of power and tone, they are not the best looking  but sound the best...the ones from the late 50's look great  and deco, really awesome, but rarly sound  good : (


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