190

Author Archives: Dave Hunter

Premier Twin 12

 
TWIN12_HOME_MAIN_THUMB

Sometimes it takes just the slightest aesthetic twist to get an amp nut all worked up. This 1960 Premier Twin 12 is a case in point; over the years, Premier also made these amps with a straight-edged front fascia, but somehow we’re much more excited to dive into this one, with the “widow’s peak” front […]

Posted in Classic Instruments | Tagged | Leave a comment

The Soldano

Super Lead Overdrive
 
SOLDANO-SLO-HOME-MAIN-BIG

One of the leaders of what we might call the second wave of high-end high-gain tube amps, Soldano has been making a big noise since 1987 – the year Michael J. Soldano released his (more…)

Posted in Gear | Tagged | Leave a comment

Traynor YBA-2 Bass Mate

 
TRAYNORBASS-HOME-MAIN-THUMB

Canadian amp maker Traynor gets a lot of respect in some circles for turning out solid, good-sounding tube amps that are built with quality components and, in many cases, can easily be modified toward a sonic condition more substantial than when they left the factory. It’s also frequently noted that they “blend British and American […]

Posted in Classic Instruments | Tagged | Leave a comment

The “Last” Trainwreck?

 
TRAINWRECK_HOME_MAIN_THUMB

Ken Fischer’s prolonged illness and subsequent death at the age of 61 remains one of the great tragedies of the guitar-amp world. Aside from the fact he was a good soul taken too soon, if this rare and genuine tube-amp guru had enjoyed better health and greater longevity, he would most likely have blessed the […]

Posted in Classic Instruments | Tagged | Leave a comment

Gibson GA-80T Vari-Tone

 
GIBSONVARTITONE_HOME_MAIN_THUMB

In the late ’50s and early ’60s, Gibson was apparently convinced the Vari-Tone switch was the way of the future, with its instant access to six different tones. But a high proportion of players who clocked serious miles on their ES-345 and 355 guitars had the switches disabled (and the guitars rewired to mono!). As […]

Posted in Classic Instruments | Tagged | Leave a comment

Rickenbacker Transonic

 
RICK-TRANSONIC-HOME-MAIN-THUMB

Rickenbacker Transonic TS100 Topology: Solid State Output: 100 watts RMS Controls: Volume, Treble, Bass controls and Hollow, Mellow and Pierce switches on each channel; Tremolo Speed and Depth, Reverb, and Fuzz-Tortion on Custom channel. Speakers: two 12″ Altec 417.

Posted in Classic Instruments | Tagged | Leave a comment

Vox AC50

 
VOXAC50-HOME-MAIN-BIG

Vox AC50 Preamp tubes: one ECC82 (12AU7), three ECC83 (12AX7) Output tubes: two EL34s, fixed-biased Rectifier: solidstate Controls: Volume, Treble and Bass for each channel. Output: nominally 50 watts RMS, but upward of 70 watts flat-out. Where the evolution of guitar amplification in general traces musicians’ needs to be louder, the history of (more…)

Posted in Classic Instruments | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The Supro “Model 24″

 
SUPRO-MODEL-24-HOME-MAIN-THUMB

Okay, Zep police, sound the alarm and prepare to loose the hounds – we are finally about to lift the lid on the Jimmy Page amp. Well, maybe not the Jimmy Page amp, but almost certainly a Jimmy Page amp, and even this claim should be (more…)

Posted in Classic Instruments | Tagged | Leave a comment

Rickenbacher Model 200A

 
MODEL200-HOME-MAIN-THUMB

Several vintage amplifiers that have graced these pages over the years have taken us back to the early days of guitar amplification – the early 1950s, maybe even late ’40s with some of the crustier subjects. This month, however, we travel way back, to the dawn of the electric guitar itself, to visit an amplifier […]

Posted in Classic Instruments | Tagged | Leave a comment

Ampeg R-12-R Reverberocket

 
AMPEGR12RCKT-HOME-MAIN-BIG

1962 Ampeg R-12-R Reverberocket Preamp tubes: two 6SL7, two 6SN7 Output tubes: two 6V6, cathode-biased Rectifier: 5Y3 Controls: Volume, Tone, Dimension (reverb), Speed, and Intensity (tremolo) Speakers: Jensen Special Design C12R Output: approximately 18 watts RMS In the view of Ampeg main man (more…)

Posted in Classic Instruments | Tagged , | 3 Responses