So I am sitting in the airport waiting for my flight and I see the news that the Magnatone brand is being revived!
Ok folks…I heard about this around Thanksgiving of 2011….I was speaking to one of the ORIGINAL electronic engineers for Magnatone about a Magnatone 260 I was trying to restore. He was immensely helpful explaining that amplifier, and the capacitors and resistors (and in fact transistor) which were being used.
Make no mistake about it…vintage Maggies are cool. And that unique pitch shifting tremolo/vibrato is wonderful. But, as it turns out, the vintage Magnatone amps originally were “optimized” for accordion players. Howash you say! Nope…it’s true. Back in the day there were quite a few accordion players. They had to cut some of the high frequencies to prevent the amp from sounding too shrill. The guy I spoke with explained what needed to be done to the circuit to make it even better for a guitar player…but more interestingly he went on to explain the upcoming (and now announced!) release of modern Magnatone amps, as well as explained Neil Young’s involvement in the release.
There’s no doubt in my mind, Ted Kornblum will make this a success. He has a great legacy to build on (not to mention Billy Gibbons playing the amp).