By Dave Hunter
Guitarists love amps—really love them. Amplifiers could glance uninteresting to the remainder of the area, yet to guitarists they're choked with mystique, romance, and rockin' sound. And whereas there are lots of strong-selling electrical guitar histories to be had, here's the 1st illustrated heritage of the electrical guitar’s ally, the amp. World-famous guitar and amp historian Dave Hunter tells the tale of 60 of the best amps ever outfitted, together with classics from Fender, Marshall, Vox, the unusual EchoSonic that created Elvis' sound, and the last word esoteric $75,000+ Dumble amps. the tale is illustrated with enormous quantities of technical photographs, infrequent machines, catalogs, memorabilia, and the amps of the celebrities, from Jimi Hendrix to Stevie Ray Vaughan to Eric Clapton. This is a booklet guitarists will drool over.
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The P12P speakers used, for this example at least, are also among Jensen’s less efficient designs, and even a P12N would throw it at you with a little more gusto. That said, it doesn’t seem like Magnatone was particularly trying to cut any corners, and these are extremely well-made amps in other regards, crafted with apparent pride by Magna Electronics Inc. in Inglewood, California. They required a full twelve tubes to achieve their vibrato-in-stereo sound and a very complex web of circuitry besides.
For many players familiar with Fender’s version of the sound at the heart of electric guitar music from the 1950s, plugging into a Gretsch 6169 or the near-identical 6160 or 6161 can feel like discovering one of the missing links of rock ’n’ roll. It has gritty, biting highs; growling mids; round and softish (but pleasing) lows, and a slightly rubbery compression that really enhances its touch sensitivity. Addictive stuff. 33 Photos courtesy Vintage Guitar magazine 12/19/11 10:33 AM (Text) (RAY) (Fogra 39) Job:12-27525 Title:MBI-149852 Amped #175 Dtp:204 Page:33 1955 MontGoMery ward 55 Jdr 8437 SuitcaSE amp Freak of nature?
No reason at all. The 8-inch speaker has come to be thought of as the driver of choice for small, beginner-style amps, but some manufacturers of the 1950s employed it in multiples in an effort to achieve higher fidelity for guitar, bass, and even accordion. It’s an extension of the thinking that brought us Fender’s 5F6-A tweed Bassman and later Ampeg’s 8x10-inch SVT bass cabinet and was also applied to some other great amps, such as the Gibson-made Maestro GA-45T combo. The theory goes that spreading the amp’s output and frequency range across four or eight 8-inch drivers would provide a firmer, more linear response than pushing it through one or two larger cones.