Here is a vintage 1952 Magnatone “Troubadour” model M-195-5-J electric guitar amplifier. This particular example, serial number 37199, is in very excellent all original vintage condition. Since most student amps were abused, mistreated, and poorly stored, it’s extremely rare to find an example this nice and original. With an entirely original set of vacuum tubes, and fragile cosmetic appointments that remain nicely intact, this is about as nice as they come. The Tweed-style exterior and fibrous cotton grille are in very well-preserved condition, and while originally intended for lap steel and Hawaiian guitar, this amp sounds great for just about anything.
This ’52 Magnatone Troubadour amp utilizes: (1) 5Y3, (1) 6V6, (1) 6SN7, and (2) 6SJ7 original RCA tubes through an original 1 x 10″ Permaflux 10T Speaker (395235).
With a not-so-classic ’50s aesthetic, that seems to incorporate the interesting Magnatone art-decco baffle grille pattern, this is a seldom-seen version of this model. The original leather handle is broken, but can easily be repaired, as both parts are present.
The amp sounds great and works perfectly. Quiet but great for studio and practice applications, this is something that really augments the visual aspect of any room. So, whether you’re interested in a novelty showpiece or a small amp for the recording studio, this nicely appeals to both sensibilities.