SOLD! - 1957 Magnatone Custom 260 Vibrato 2x12 Tonemaster 35WATT
Super rare Magnatone 260 that is all original including:
- original very worn 1957 Victoria Luggace Co. canvas cover
- original mint 1957 Magnatone operating instructions booklet
- original mint 1957 Magnatone warranty and service card
- original 1957 week 40 Schumacher transformers, PT, OT, electronics
- original 1957 week 42 Oxford 465-742 12inch speakers
This amp sounds just exquisite, with that ridiculous cool Magnatone pitch shifting "super vibrato" tone.
Built in Inglewood, California in 1957, this Maggie is in good shape. It has just been fully serviced and recapped, and given a modern power cord. Otherwise, she is 100% original, including the original sylvania 6L6 power tubes, operation manual, warranty card and Victoria cover! The original speakers sounds outstanding as well, with great break up and creamy, full throated, well rounded, saturated tone. This amp sounds exquisite, with that ridiculous magna tone pitch shifting "super vibrato" tone. Get ready for a "swim"!
The History of Tremolo and The beginnings of Vibrato
Simply put, Tremolo is a cyclic change in volume. Tremolo, a.k.a. amplitude modulation, is a very pleasing effect and probably the first built into an amp, starting in the late 1940's with Danelectro, Gibson, and Premier. In 1955 Fender introduced the Tremolux (model 5E9). This was Fender's first amp with Tremolo. Meanwhile, in nearby Inglewood, Magna Electronics known for student lap-steel/amp combos was manufacturing real professional amps that incorporated unique designs and revolutionary new features such as Stereo Vibrato.
So in 1956 Fender introduced the Vibrolux. The Vibrolux supposedly had Vibrato (pitch modulation), but in reality this was just another variation on the Tremolo already found in the Tremolux. In fact, NO Fender amp has EVER had true pitch-bending vibrato, regardless of catalog hype to the contrary.
- Try this Experiment at Home
Plug your guitar into your amp and power it up. Now strum a chord and turn the volume control up and down rhythmically and repeatedly. You will hear Tremolo. This is what Fender and many others called Vibrato.
- Now try this
Fret one of your guitar strings and rhythmically rock your finger back and forth in a sideways motion stretching the string slightly. Notice the pitch is changing: this is Real Vibrato.
Learn something every day... ;-)