Epiphone "Electar" Century All-Tube Vintage Style 18 Watt Guitar Amplifier
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- With re-designed electronics that include 18 watts; All-Tube A/B 2 - 6V6 and 2 - 12AX7 tubes.
- With a 12" speaker and a Master Volume with a pull "boost" mode and a Master Tone.
- Bright, Normal and Dark Input. Extension Speaker output and footswitch jack (footswitch optional) and an internal Bias Adjustment.
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18 Watts of All Tube Power
The Limited Edition 75th Anniversary Inspired by “1939” Century Amp is a modern 18-watt all-tube, guitar amplifier with a 12” speaker that revives an Art Deco era masterpiece from Epiphone’s early days in Manhattan.
The Epiphone “1939” Century is a faithful replica of the classic 1930s era cabinet design including bent rims, an all-metal handle, 6-point star screws, and vintage style grill cloth but with newly designed all-tube electronics.
The Ltd Ed 75th Anniversary Inspired by “1939” Century features a modern tube amplifier that pushes a healthy 18 watts through a 12” Epiphone Electar speaker and is powered by two 6V6 and two 12AX7 tubes. The “1939” century has a wide range of controls to suit any kind of guitar or gig with a Master Volume that also has a push/pull “Boost” mode for higher gain and a Master tone control. An Internal Bias Adjustment further allows a user to make fine adjustments to the output of the 6V6 tubes.
The Epiphone “1939” Century is a faithful replica of the classic 1930s era cabinet design including bent rims, an all-metal handle, 6-point star screws, and vintage style grill cloth.
No hard case available.
For over 140 years, Epiphone has been a leading innovator in musical instrument design. Epiphone is the official instrument of Rocksmith 2014, the critically acclaimed video experience that is teaching millions around the world how to play guitar and bass. Epiphone instruments can be heard over a century of classic recordings including Les Paul, The Beatles, Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr. , and Joe Bonamassa. As part of Gibson Brands, Epiphone offers innovation, history, and the guarantee that their instruments can last you a lifetime.
- 18 watts of all tube power
- 12” Electar speaker
- Three distinct inputs
- Push/Pull Boost for higher gain
- Extension Speaker Output
- Internal Bias Adjustment
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This extremely cool, extremely limited-edition Epiphone 1939 Century Amp takes you back to the days when the guitar amplifier was first becoming a thing. Between its art deco inspired laminated maple cabinet and aesthetics to its totally vintage 12" Electar speaker, the all-tube 1939 Century Amp doesn't just look like a blast from the past, it sounds like one too. Speaking of which, there's plenty of cool tube-fired tone onboard this mighty 18-watt guitar amp, thanks to its trio of input jacks (bright, normal, and dark), and an internal bias adjustment lets you dial in the fine response of the 6V6 power tubes. What's more, a footswitchable gain boost lets you push your tone into the kind of overdrive that scandalized early guitarists and launched blues and rock into their golden ages.
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On the plus side this is made from plywood instead of MDF, and the tone is excellent after the hum is fixed. To my ears the dark channel sounds the best. The controls are simple and the ability to connect an external speaker is a bonus.
The volume controls both volume and gain, and the boost when you pull back on the knob adds even more gain. Frankly, the boost only exacerbates the hum if you have not fixed that problem. The cause of the hum is an improperly routed heater wire. Do a search for that on the web and you will find the fix is simple, but it begs the question why it was so poorly designed that it needs fixing in the first place. As I researched this other folks have reported dramatic improvements by retubing the amp, but most folks do this to new amps as a matter of course.
If you intend to connect an external speaker it needs to be 8 Ohms because it is wired in parallel with the internal 8 Ohm speaker, giving an aggregate impedance of 4 Ohms.
A word about the internal bias adjustment: most tube amps actually have this feature. The bias adjustment is for the power tubes only, and does require you to make the adjustments with power on. If you are not familiar with working with hot electronic gear and a multimeter this is best left to a competent repair shop.
Bottom line: this amp has a lot of potential. Had it been correctly assembled (or if you are an experienced amp tinkerer) this is a great sounding amp once tweaked. And I am sure nobody can argue with its good looks. However, if sound and reliability are more important than looks, and you want an amp that performs out of the box, you may want to keep looking.
Within 30 minutes of use the sound degraded; a metalic rattle started and grew more each minute
By physically pushing doen on the cabinet you could affect it
For this money the product should sound better, be made better (both electronic and structural )
Simply be better
Footswitch i paid extra for- that input on the amp didn’t even do anything!
I AM a twenty year musician
IDO know what I’m looking at in front of me
Avoid this purchase; I’m honestly blown away that Epiphone allowed this amplifier to even go to market- way to ruin another vintage legacy with china made standards