Magnatone Guitar Amplifiers can bee seen on the back line of famous guitar players like Billy Gibbons. These vintage styles all tube guitar amplifiers have a unique classic valve guitar tone. In the 1930s, Magna Electronics produced amplifiers, Hawaiian and steel guitars. In the 1950s and 1960s, they produced vibrato-equipped guitar amplifiers which were used by musicians including Buddy Holly. Magna began in the late 1930s as the Dickerson Musical Instrument Company founded by Delbert J. Dickerson in southern California. In the forties Gaston Fator Guitar Studios in Los Angeles bought the business from Dickerson. Fator sold it to Art Duhamell around 1946. 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. By 1950, Magna expanded from their Jefferson Boulevard, Los Angeles location with three new buildings at S. Freeman Ave. and employed more than twenty-five employees. Pioneering blues-rock guitar soloist Lonnie Mack used Magnatone vibrato amps almost exclusively and they are still used today by musicians including Neil Young, who uses a Magnatone 280 Stereo in his live rig.
The Magnatone brand was revived in early 2013 with a line of boutique amps, some of which are reproductions of previous Magnatone designs. Input on the new amplifier designs was provided by Billy Gibbons and Neil Young’s guitar tech, Larry Cragg. The new line of six different Magnatone models debuted at the 2013 NAMM Show.Check out below the latest Magnatone guitar amplifiers, established in 1937, these boutique guitar amps are made in the USA and are the choice of famous guitar players like The Reverend himself, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. Magnatone guitar amplifiers are hand wired and include traditional valve guitar amplifier circuits.
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