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Vintage DenTone Bakelite Guitar Amplifier

As seen in the May, 2014 issue of Guitar Player!

For your consideration, an amazing guitar amplifier built from a vintage bakelite Call Sender intercom system. Reminiscent of the famous Deacy Amplifier made famous by Brian May of Queen, this little 1/2 watt amp roars with amazing tone. Powered by a standard Boss style 9V center negative adaptor with a 2.1mm plug (not included) or a 9V battery. Although the Guitar Player article mentions a line out jack, I no longer put those in because they caused some issues.

I've been having a really hard time finding these enclosures, that's why you haven't seen one of these listed for a while and it will probably be a long time before there is another, so it you are interested, I'd suggest not waiting to buy it.

Bakelite and Art Deco all rolled into one. Original speaker with a warm woody sound, the beautiful simplicity of one knob for volume and your control gain and tone from your guitar. The enclosure isn't perfect, it has some minor wear as you would expect from something that is 70+ years old. Not much in the way of clean sounds or bass, and you aren't going to keep up with a drummer, but it's a cool desktop amp and conversation piece.

I'll let the demo speak for itself. Video demonstrates how the amp (same circuit, different shell) sounds with guitar plugged straight in, and also with a Tube Screamer (TS-808) in front of it. This amp is buffered so it takes pedals nicely.

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  • Boutique guitar amplifier amp vintage bakelite DenTone Deacy Brian May Art Deco
  • 2023
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  • United States

DenTone Pedals

Barre, VT, United States
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