Magnatone 480 2-Channel 50-Watt 2x12" Stereo Guitar Combo with 2x5" / 2x7" Midrange Drivers

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Legendary Magnatone 480.  Big brother to 280 but the 480 has a reverb tank as well.

These come up rarely!

Original Oxford Speakers.

The mesmerizing vintage pitch-shifting vibrato.

Recently Serviced, removed the death cap, has grounded 3 prong plug.

These were made in the early 1960s, 1961-1963.

Neil Young, Robert Cray, PhilX, and many others love these vintage Magnatone amps.

Rest assured I will do a very thorough job, packing and protecting this amp for shipment.  I will also guarantee that I will use a Reverb Shipping Label and full Reverb Shipping Protection as I do on all my sales.

From the Magnatone Amps web page:

Years1961-1963ChannelstwoTubes13 tubes, 1 transistorPower4x 6973Phase Inverter2x 12AU7Vibrato2x 6CG7, 12BH7Preamp3x 6EU7 (early) 12AX7 (late)Reverb6DR7Rectifier5U4GBSpeakers2x Oxford 12"Speakers2x 5x7" oval mid-rangeOutput50 wattsPrice$499.95Weight60 lbs.  

The 480 was top of the line, most feature rich amplifier manufactured by Magnatone in the new 1961-1963 Estey era.

This was a true stereo amplifier. There are two input channels, and two separate output power amp systems, each consisting of a 12AU7 phase inverter, 2 6973 output tubes, a output transformer, and a 12" and 5x7" speaker pair. Unlike a Ampeg Super Echo Twin, where the signals for an input is dedicated to the signal of the output (i.e. Channel No.1 to Output No.1, and Channel No.2 to Output No.2), the 480 mixes the two input channels to each of the output channels via the stereo vibrato circuit. It is truly a magnificent circuit.

The  is the super lush stereo vibrato that is the hallmark of the Magnatone amp. Being Magnatone's cadillac amp, the vibrato uses 8 varistors, a 6CG7, and a 12DW7, and a 12BH7. This is identical to the vibrato used later in the  and  Custom Series amps.

The reverb tank was driven by a 6DR7 and recovery was handled by a transistor. Reverb signal was fed only to the output stereo No.2, and because of the phase reversal due to the extra gain stage, the speakers of output No.1 and output No.2 must be reversed.

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Listed5 months ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
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