Elk  Twin Amp 50 Late 1960's, Tube Rectified Head

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Rare, Elk Blackface Twin 50 Amp.  Tube Rectified, Fully serviced!
Here is a  rare bird indeed!  It is an Elk 50-watt, tube rectified head with reverb and tremolo. 

Elk amplifiers were manufactured by the Japanese Miyuki Ind. Co. who started out in 1953 making amplifiers. The looks and features certainly were inspired by the Fender amplifiers of the day, but the circuits (and tone) were quite different though. The original brand name was Echo. In the early 60's Miyuki started making pro quality guitars under the brand name of Elk and later changed the brand name of the amplifiers to Elk as well. In the transition period the "new" Elk logo had a small Echo beneath it. Miyuki also used the Luxor and Royal brand names for some of their amps in Europe (and maybe elsewhere). . . .

This amp has been fully reconditioned.  New electrolytic filter capacitors, new Mallory 150 coupling capacitors and new bypass capacitors.  All the tone capacitors are original.  Everything works, including the bias wiggler tremolo and the reverb.  Elks got a bad name due to their use of very cheap components, particularly the oil-filled capacitors.  Well, these are all gone.  I retained all the wire-wound resistors, as they were fine. 

This amp is (almost) all original, including the solid-metal knobs and the reverb tank. The back panel was missing when I got it so I made a new one out of 1/4" plywood.  Everything else is original.  I will include an original schematic with it, in case it ever needs servicing.

This amp is powered by two (2) EL34 tubes (Think Vox amps) and has an 5AR4 rectifier,  The pre-amp tubes are 12AX7sThis amp has a very clean tone up until about 7.5/8 when it starts to break up very smoothly. This amp sings!  It will take pedals well, or is fine on its own. It puts out between 40 and 50 watts at 4 ohms.  I have upgraded the power cord to a modern 3-prong cord that is grounded to the chassis, to eliminate the possibility of shocks.  It is ready to rock!

The input voltage is switchable betwee 100 volts (Japan) and 117 volts (USA).  See photo of back panel.

These amps are rarely seen for sale, even here in Japan where I live and even more rare in the US.   It has a unique sound and is a real looker!

Note

This amp will ship by Japan Post SAL, which includes insurance but limited tracking.  If you wish to have it sent by EMS, which is faster (and more expensive) and includes door-to-door tracking, please contact me for a quote.

The shipping weight will be 12 Kilograms.  I will remove all the tubes, wrap them in bubble wrap, label them and  pack them in a small box inside the cabinet.  You will have to install them when it arrives.

If you don't see your country listed, please contact me for a quote.

Don't miss your chance to grab this vintage, all-tube head for your playing pleasure!



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This item is sold As-Described and cannot be returned unless it arrives in a condition different from how it was described or photographed. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging.

Product Specs

Condition:
Good (Used)
Brand
Elk
Model
Twin Amp 50
Finish
Black Tolex
Categories
Guitar Heads
Year
Late 1960's
Made In
Japan

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Vintage Tube Amp Restoration
Joined Nov 2015
Osaka, Japan

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