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Dating magnatone amps from the 60s


Magnatone was a brand of electric guitars and amplifiers produced between and the mids. The company was based in California. The brand name was revived in the s by Ted Kornblum. Beginning in the late s, Magna Electronics produced amplifiers, Hawaiian and steel guitars.

In the s and s, they produced vibrato -equipped amplifiers which were used by musicians including Buddy Holly [3] and Lonnie Mack. The 'real' vibrato effect called F.

Vibrato [4] [5] was distinct in sound and design from the more common tremolo circuits found on Fender amplifiers. Dickerson in southern California. They made steel guitars and amplifiers designed for that instrument. Fator owned it for a few years, and then sold it to Art Duhamell around During the years Fator ran the business, there was little engineering or innovation, he basically Dating magnatone amps from the 60s the product lines Dickerson had established and continued to build amps and guitars for other manufacturers as well.

In the hands of its new owner, Art Duhamell, the amplifier and guitar brand name was changed to Magnatone, and the company name was Magna Electronics Company. Duhamell built Magnatones alongside record players, radios, and speakers.

Paul Bigsby designed solid body guitars for Magnatone from — Pioneering blues-rock guitar soloist Lonnie Mack used Magnatone vibrato amps almost exclusively. The brand was revived in early with a line of boutique amps, some of which are reproductions of previous Magnatone designs.

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