Gretsch Stereo King 1961 American Unicorn Amp MUSEUM QUALITY

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A gorgeous original example of one of the rarest guitar amps ever made - the 1961 Gretsch Stereo King. This is one of only five known to exist, four that I’ve known to be original. Of the four known, all are different internally. Transformers, components, and even power tubes vary. As far as I know, mine is the only one to use 7027 Power tubes for both sides. Some use 6973’s. These amps were made to order by Valco, and Gretsch was losing considerable money on each unit, and the best I can gather, is that around 20 units were made before Gretsch canned the Stereo King. This is two 35 watt amps in one head. There are separate inputs for the bass and treble sides, each with its own volume and tone controls. The treble amp feeds two P8R Alnico Jensen 8" speakers. It also has its own killer tremolo circuit. The bass amp feeds the P15N Alnico Jensen 15" speaker, which has just been reconed. So a guitarist can play through one side; bassist the other. Or you can plug into a center stereo mix input that has a crossover that splits all your treble tones (high three strings) to the treble amp; low strings and bass tones to the bass amp. Or if you have a guitar with a true stereo output (TRS jack) there's an input for that, too. Finally, you can use any modern stereo effects to feed your left channel into the treble side, right channel into the bass side. This is the complete Stereo King set. It did not come with the reverb unit shown with the Stereo King/White Falcon set that sold for $48,000 a while back. That was just something else they threw in to justify the price. The head has been updated for modern 120V operation, along with a three prong plug. Not only will you never see another Stereo King, you will never hear another amp like this. Tube complement has a matched quad of RCA Blackplate 7027’s from Brent Jessee. 2xRCA 5u4GB Black plate rectifiers. V1 Treble is a NOS triode balanced G.E. JG-5751WA from 1958, selected by Christian “Bowie” Whitmore - one of the best in the game. There is a matching G.E. JG-5751WA in the V1 of the bass side. The rest of the tubes are a balanced Sylvania 12ax7 grey long plate on the treble and a beautifully quiet and blooming GE 12ax7 grey long plate in the bass. The tremolo circuit is run by a La Radiotechnique (French Mazda) Mullard 12ax7. The cabinets nest inside one another so you can carry all three pieces yourself. I have the original covers for the cabs and head, as well as the original bag that holds the legs. This is truly one of a kind. It has been recapped only where necessary, It sounds like nothing else on earth. I can accommodate any second set of the 12ax7’s. I have most anything you could want, so just ask. It feels a little ridiculous posting this amp again right now, but I’ll put it up anyways.


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Listed3 years ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
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