Solid-State

eBay: 1966 Vox Viscount V115 Solid-State Amp

June 15, 2014

Currently on eBay: Vintage 1966 Vox V115 Viscount Super Reverb with Casters Solid State A transistorized version of the AC30? 35-watts RMS; 70-watts Peak Power Three Channels: Normal, Brilliant, Bass Top Boost (just like the AC30) Mid Range Boost (MRB) just like the AC30 Reverb Tremolo Fuzz? (maybe?) 2 x 12 Vox Bulldogs made in […]

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Kay 704 Vanguard Reviewed

December 23, 2011
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As a follow-up to a previous post, we just posted a new review for a 1965 Kay Vanguard 704 amplifier. Check it out here! Kay 704 Vanguard with Vibrato

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Video: Kalamazoo Model 1 Combo

November 27, 2011

New video posted… 1971 Kalamazoo Model 1. Not a bad sounding 5-watt practice amp with a nice 10″ Alnico speaker. This is as simple as pure analog can sound back in the 70′s.

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Univox UB-250 Bass Amp Video

November 27, 2011
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The UB-250 is a late 60′s solid-state piggy-back (aka mini-stack) bass amp built by Univox in Westbury, New York. These were continuously made through the mid-1970′s, but this is the original design and build from 1969. Although it’s not the loudest of bass amps, it is a vintage cool analog alternative for any beginning bass […]

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1960′s Vintage Ads for Kay Electric Guitars & Amps

May 16, 2011
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Kay Musical Instruments of Chicago was the first company in 1962 to manufacture guitar amps that were 100% solid-state electronics. Here are some vintage advertisements from that time period. The first ad, Transistorized Amplifiers, I found as a JPEG somewhere on the Internet years ago. Unfortunately I can’t remember where I found it, and can […]

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Kay 704 Photos Posted

May 15, 2011

Finally had a chance to upload some photos of the 1965 Kay 704 Vanguard amp we acquired last month! The photos are posted here: Gallery Photos – Kay 704.

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A Briefcase Full of Blues

March 28, 2011
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The Kay 704 Vanguard with Vibrato was the world’s first all transistor solid-state guitar amp, introduced by Kay Musical Instruments in 1962. Based on traditional tube amp design of that period, the vacuum tubes were replaced in the hand-wired circuits with seven germanium transistors and four diodes.

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