#1
I have an old stereo tube amp, havent taken a real good look at it yet. I was wondering if its possible to conver it to a useable guitar amp. All I know right now is its a Toshiba and it deffinatly could be rigged up to a guitar cabinet with some simple jack changes. Ill see if I can get some pictures posted later


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Sir, we have many things in common.

#1: I'm also curious about the possibility of converting my old tube radio into an amp.

#2: I also play lacrosse. And I think everybody else should, too.
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I have an old radio tube amp, havent taken a real good look at it yet. I was wondering if its possible to conver it to a useable guitar amp. All I know right now is its a Toshiba and it deffinatly could be rigged up to a guitar cabinet with some simple jack changes. Ill see if I can get some pictures posted later


EDIT: side note, I just got some white ash boards brougth to our new house that I cut 2-3 years ago, possible build to come
Toshiba?
It's radio, and I don't think it's tube. However, for a radio, it is very good. Don't plug guitar into it; just use it as radio if it works.
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I've heard of people doing that, so I do believe it is possible. Won't be terribly hi-fi, but it will be a nice little piece of gear that you can bet not many people have.
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Toshiba?
It's radio, and I don't think it's tube. However, for a radio, it is very good. Don't plug guitar into it; just use it as radio if it works.

Excuse me, its not a radio, no idea why I wrote that. Its a stereo amp, Ill have to edit my post
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Excuse me, its not a radio, no idea why I wrote that. Its a stereo amp, Ill have to edit my post

Did you find it in your shed?
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Did you find it in your shed?

It came from my dads friend. It still works, my dad was usign it in the garage at our old house. I really have no idea how old it is though, or how many watts it is
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It depends, but a lot of the tubes inside will be pretty much useless in a guitar amp.
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It depends, but a lot of the tubes inside will be pretty much useless in a guitar amp.

How so? All it needs to be is a clean amp, there are tons or pedals that I could use. I could put a Blackstar HT into it for a preamp
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SYK, idk how many people would still get that joke...

I don't either, but it was amusing.

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How so? All it needs to be is a clean amp, there are tons or pedals that I could use. I could put a Blackstar HT into it for a preamp
does it have a Phono input? You could probably get enough gain from that alone.

I'm not sure it's tube, though. I don't think I've ever seen a Toshiba that's tube.
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I made a radio amp a while back. The radio was really old(40s I think), and it worked for a while. Then the caps failed, and I let it go. You can make tube radios or stereo amps work as guitar amps, but they usually don't sound very good. Not the right stuff. Fun to mess with you want a curiosity. Same safety protocols as a guitar amp, if not more. Some old models are not grounded like modern electronics, so watch out.
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I don't either, but it was amusing.

does it have a Phono input? You could probably get enough gain from that alone.

I'm not sure it's tube, though. I don't think I've ever seen a Toshiba that's tube.

It has Phono input, no idea what that means though
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I made a radio amp a while back. The radio was really old(40s I think), and it worked for a while. Then the caps failed, and I let it go. You can make tube radios or stereo amps work as guitar amps, but they usually don't sound very good. Not the right stuff. Fun to mess with you want a curiosity. Same safety protocols as a guitar amp, if not more. Some old models are not grounded like modern electronics, so watch out.

This is really just to consider the possibilities, Im going to buy a real amp one way or another
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SYK, idk how many people would still get that joke...

I did. As soon as I saw the OP, my first thought was whether it should be plugged in and used as hifi, if it works.
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I did. As soon as I saw the OP, my first thought was whether it should be plugged in and used as hifi, if it works.

Whats hifi? Im a noob with terms
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It's an old meme/thread. I think SYK might have a link to it, I can never find it.

It stands for High Fidelity, iirc. It's just a higher quality sound.
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If it's an older (relative) term tube radio, it'll have a superheterodyne in it, which is pretty much useless. A lot of the other stuff will be reasonably useful, but it's still probably going to sound like crap.

Go ahead and play, you'll learn a ton from it which is great, but it's not going to be a secret tone holy grail or anything. Not even gonna be a good tone.
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It's an old meme/thread. I think SYK might have a link to it, I can never find it.
You have trouble finding it cuz Conrad moved it to the Pit right at the end.

I found an amp in my shed, any idea how to use it?
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That's still my favorite thread of all time.
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It has Phono input, no idea what that means though

Oh you poor depraved child...

Ever hear of a Phonograph? It's a record player. Phono input means you plug a phonograph into it. A phono pickup (the cartridge) works just like a guitar pickup, so you'd need something to amplify that. You can't just send an unamplified phono signal to speakers. Too weak/ sounds terrible (if you plug into a computer).