Royal 59-G and 59-1G

The Royal 59 was a later version of shirt pocket music that I believe came out after 1965 because it does not have the CD markings on the dial.  It is a strong 8 transistor performer with a nice metal grill and recessed tuning dial similar the the 50L except the dial is round on the 59.  Still runs on 2 AA batteries and sold for under $20, another bargain at a time when there was stiff competition for business.  These were still made in the USA.  They came in three color combinations:  Charcoal or turquoise with an off-white front, or the harder to find white back with a charcoal front.  I believe the only difference between the G and 1G models was the 1G came in a boxed gift set.

Royal 59C

4 thoughts on “Royal 59-G and 59-1G”

  1. I have a Royal 59-G radio. Charcoal back with an off white front. I’m trying to find the value of it. Can anyone please help me? Thank you.

    1. Hi Rhonda. My experience is that the Royal 59 value can range anywhere from $10-$75 based on the condition. If it is in playing condition and is clean and damage free, then it would be towards the higher end. Hope that helps. Gary

  2. Hello Gary, thanks huge for your help. I have a nice Royal 59 with original box, perfect leather case, and earphone. I have little electronics knowledge but I am proficient at soldering and removing soldered components. My radio is dead and I’d like to bring it back. I thought I would just replace the capacitors one at a time and keep working until successful. If I can accomplish this first restoration, I would for sure purchase additional radios.
    Can you tell me what the rectangular “component combinations” are and what replaces them? One of them at least has three prongs. Are these all capacitors of some kind? Thank you!!

    1. I think what you are looking at are the transistors. They have 3 prongs but usually do not need to be replaced. If your radio is completely dead, there may be a connection that has gone bad or something simple like that. It might be wise to get some help with your first restoration. Try reaching out to a local radio club to see if they can suggest someone who has the knowledge to give you a hand. Hope this helps. Gary

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