Picture of Car Stereo/Guitar Amp (Da Burik)
This contraption randomly spawned out of an Idea I had while staring at a broken guitar amp my friend gave me. I stuffed a new speaker, a power supply, and a Sony Xplod head unit into the carcass of the dead amp. This is what I came up with. BTW sorry for a few photo repeats. I took them at odd intervals(as you can see by the change of background).

This unit still functions as a guitar amplifier if you plug into the auxilary input on the rear. There is just no distortion or overdrive feature. I use a 1/4 inch to mono phono plug cable I bought at radioshack for ~$6. I have uploaded some photos of how I set it up....

Step 1: Gather Supplies(Or maybe you already have it?)

Picture of Gather Supplies(Or maybe you already have it?)
 As you can tell this was kind of thrown together with random stuff I had lying around, so the cost in my case was free. However, depending on the type of head-unit and functionality you want the price for the individual can change. I just recommend going down to a pawn shop and buying the cheapest one they have. Also if a buddy has one lying around gathering dust, ask him if he'll part with it.

Anyway back to business....

What I used:
Old guitar Amp (the one I used had the circuitry blown)
Speakers:   Visonik 6.5 in V654 Rev.02 4 way (100W RMS, 200W max)
                        (Bought at Big Lots a while back for $22.00)
                      The original Speaker that came with the amp.
A set of speaker terminals I bought from radioshack.
Wire (I prefer the 2 conductor from radioshack)
Powerbrick 12V (You can probably get away with 11 -15 volts, but you need at least 3 amps)
Buick Logo cut off my cars grill (Logo of your choice, or the original off the amp)
loafers10 months ago
Decent build, is it playable yet? If so, how does it sound?

I've recently been considering doing similar to this myself. The idea of running through a head unit good for pushing out 50W is just a bit more appealing than the 15W guitar amp I'm making do with, it doesn't quite even remotely cut it for playing a bass (like I said, making do, student)

I have some car audio gear lying around, and just found a 12v power brick I don't use anymore. I'll likely have to build the box though. So I might put up an instructible when I get to that stage myself

Where do you get a powerbrick?????

You can often find power bricks at thrift stores, such as Goodwill or Salvation Army.

DIY Dave3 years ago
How could you wire both front speaker outputs into one speaker?
SinAmos5 years ago
I have been planning on making a boombox from a car radio forever.  Maybe I will.
caitlinsdad5 years ago
Ahhh, too bad the amp really wasn't working so you could plug in a guitar to jam with the tunes coming from the car stereo.  So really a car stereo in a mono guitar amp case. Nice boom box.
mixadj (author)  caitlinsdad5 years ago
Sorry I'm gonna change the title, I just now re-read it and realized it can be a little misleading. However I can plug the guitar into one of the inputs and play my ipod through the other (which is what I usually do). Only problem is that I'm 1 channel short of stereo for the Ipod when I do this.
in theory if the deck has an aux port you should be able to (it would sound crappy but you could)
mixadj (author)  crapflinger5 years ago
 It actually comes through really clear with a deep tone. Plus the EQ settings let me fine tune the sound coming out. Just no distortion.........(im workin on that. Gonna build in a preamp to distort the audio.)