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 Broadcaster 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 you control gain and tone from your guitar. The enclosure is very close to perfect, it has some minor wear and faint discolorations as you would expect from something that is 70+ years old, but it actually looks like it's never been used (as an intercom). I've never seen one of these intercoms before and I may never see one again. Don't sleep on this amp if you think it's something you want. It may end up being a one off. It even came in the original box with the original owners manual and documents, which will be included in the sale. 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. One thing that really cool about this enclosure is that it has grille cloth opening on both the speaker side and the back side, so it gets an even more huge sound than if it had a closed back.

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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