Vintage 47 English Tonemaster

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Handwired in Northern California in 2010 by David Barnes of Vintage 47 Amps…this amp owes its inspiration to the Tonemaster, originally built by Valco in 1957 for English Electronics, a retailer out of Lansing, MI.

The Vintage 47 Tonemaster has a beautifully warm tone, largely due to the octal preamp section. The 5881s and 5U4 rectifier give the amp lots of headroom. If you want more overdrive and volume, plug in your guitar, then jump the other two inputs. This defeats the input resistors, letting more of your guitar signal flow into the amp.

The amp is a stout 12 watts, singing over the top of 5 or 6 piece bands for years!

The Tonemaster can scream or talk sweet, depending on how you feel at the time.

The Valco English Electronics Tonemaster design features finger jointed baltic birch cabinet covered in Ostrich & Tweed tolex. The all octal tube Valco Supreme 12 watt class AB push pull circuit drives the 12 inch  Weber speaker.

This amp has that amazingly thick & saturating Valco sound…Capable of clean jazz to over the top overdrive. An incredible harp mic with great feedback control due to the interactive tone & volume controls.

The cathode biased power section can take 6L6, 5881, EL37 (my favorite) or 6V6 matched pairs, all without biasing, just plug and play. The rectifier can be a 5Y3, 5R4 or 5U4.

The Tonemaster style cabinets are discontinued and hard to find. To get the cab done right, it just takes time.

A rare amp in very clean condition, with just some normal wear.
12 watt class AB push pull Valco Supreme Circuit
US made for Vintage 47 transformers by Heyboer
Cathode biased - No biasing required!
GE 6SQ7 preamp
TungSol Re-Issue 6SL7GT Paraphase Inverter
TungSol Re-Issue 5881 Matched Pair
JJ 5U4GT Rectifier
3 input jacks
12" Weber Sig Ceramic Speaker. 8 Ohm
Interactive volume and tone controls for feedback and overdrive control.
Finger jointed baltic birch cabinet construction.
Point to point hand wired circuit.
15" wide x 15.5" tall x 8" deep weighing in at 25 pounds
Semi-open back

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Excellent (Used)
Excellent items are almost entirely free from blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care.learn more
Brand Vintage 47
Model English Tonemaster
Categories Guitar Combos

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