The tone is certainly pleasing, but without the effects, edgier players may find it slightly uninspiring. The original amps were discontinued decades ago, and even when they were in production they weren't made in the same quantities as some other amp brands. Conclusions I spent more than a little time trying to figure out how I was going to write this review without sounding like a shill. Just 80 of these special editions will be made, each with hand-engraved and numbered gold-plated plaque, plus certificate of authenticity. But still, I'd probably just use a reissue blackface instead of the Twilighter. L-R extension speaker jacks 8Ω , L-R Line out jacks.
Not really known for intense distortion especially on their own, they were often favored and marketed to accordion players. Cool effect on one or two songs, but I prefer the tremolo on Tone King amps personally. Magnatone really hit their stride in the late 50s with the Bonham's patented, varistor-based vibrato circuit. There are quite a few other models from this era that turn up on eBay and craigslist frequently student, varsity, etc. In use The 15-inch speaker and the Vox-inspired circuitry define the overall tone.
A thin sheet of colored Lucite was used as a peghead veneer with the company logo applied across the top, by use of a decal. The limited tone-shaping capability means you need to be bold with the treble roll-off. A high-powered amp without vibrato, the 190, was suggested for use with bass guitars. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. We looked inside serial no.
Other than crappy tube sockets, I've not noted though I'm faaaar from an expert any particular problems with these amps e. Magnatone is also heavier I think big transformers. The amp can also get loud when appropriate, and cranking it way up accesses yet another layer of tonal possibilities as the power tubes contribute their own muscular grind to the mix. The black-leatherette-covered cabinetry feels stout without being needlessly heavy. But it would not be too long when the guitar market was poised for real growth. No heavy multi-neck Guitar to carry around.
Easy to play, very forgiving without sounding too compressed, warm and full at any volume level, beautiful dynamic reverb that does not wash out, and that vibrato. Note that Magnatone offers tremolo, vibrato, and reverb in their Traditional Collection amplifiers. This cover differs from the Standard version by its lack of flanges on the outside edges, and was screwed into each side of the pickup instead of the face of the body. No gadgets to operate, no foot pedal contrivances. The Stereo Twilighter has some useful updates over the original model according to Obeid Khan, who engineered the new Magnatone line. It's just a pity that so far, it's the only decent demo clip available. A few years ago, it seemed that these models were fetching the highest dollars.
But don't let the Super Fifteen's handbuilt quality and time-honoring architecture lead you to believe it's a clone; this amp is packed with modern player features, including a tube-safe speaker-emulated output for silent recording and practice and high- and low-gain inputs to favor all tastes and pickups. The parts and workmanship are excellent as well. Even power-amp-distortion snobs may have to admit that the Fifty-Nine delivers convincing crunch even at relatively restrained volumes. The monochromatic logo used for the introductory example left air spaces in the unfinished areas for sound to escape. The Magnatone, from Nick's clip, seems to have both superb cleans, and a very nice breakup character. I just have to let the accusations fall where they may - I'm sure they'll stop as soon as people get a chance to hear this incredible amplifier for themselves.
Cons: Not wired for stereo. Very big sounding for the size when turned up. These amps used a unique component called a As a word of explanation, the popular amplifiers of the day may have called their effect Vibrato, but it was actually Tremolo, that is rapidly turning the sound on and off. We also tested the non-stereo 1x12 Twilighter, and thanks to its 22-watt output it was easy to drive it into distortion at a volume that compares roughly to a Fender Deluxe Reverb. The vibrato is one of the amps best qualities and makes it a truly great amp. In 1955 Magnatone introduced some advance circuits in its Model 160 Music Maker and Model 180 Triplex. They're all p-t-p hand wired, pretty much into the late 60s, though you find terminal strips used quite a bit.
Interestingly, like the Bad Cat, you can turn the volume right down and still hear a fully wet reverb signal, which suggests the reverb works on a side chain. Even more interesting is that the tailpiece was where the nut should have been and the tuners were at the bridge — and adjustable only with an Allen wrench! And on the plus side, it's a bit lighter and more compact - not to mention less expensive, all of which will make it a better choice for many players. This would be the single most useful improvement I could suggest for this outstanding amplifier. While the earliest models e. If you can find one of these, which can be hard to do, it it more than worthy of a try. In traditional Magnatone fashion, it's rear-facing, and although I've never really been a big fan of rear-mounted controls, it's angled, which makes it easier to see whether you're behind the amp or in front of and above it. The heavy duty nut and bridge, as well as the Lucite fingerboard, were borrowed from the Jeweltone described above, although the plastic coverplates for the tuners were brand new.
The amp when loud does not break up into a killer overdriven, saturated tone like the Tone King Sky King or Metropolitan. A manufacturing consultant named Al Hamel was brought in and named the director of operations. The bridge and nut are large slabs of polished metal, secured to the body with screws. The rip switch boosts the front end for more gain and crunch, but you can achieve the same result by simply increasing the volume, and you may find the tone is a little sweeter. Everything changes as you reduce the master and increase the volume, with the mids filling out and the treble rolling off dramatically. I still can't believe what I heard yesterday.