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HELP! Can you identify this amp?

Postby gba1968 on Tue Aug 30, 2016 3:22 pm

HELP! Can you identify this amp?

Hi,

A newbie here from Leeds UK.

Can anyone on here identify this amp? It has a Jensen P15Q speaker. It appears to have been a sort of 'tweed' covering before somebody painted it white many years back (GGGRRRR!!).

I think it dates to 1951/52 from the date codes, it's got 220111 on the speaker chassis, could be 1961 I suppose, but the leather handle and tweed make it look more '50s to me...

It has 4 x inputs, 2x volume controls, 2 x tone controls, and speed and strength controls (which I assume to be for tremolo, with a foot switch input).

Any help greatly appreciated!

Regards,

Greg :jam:
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Re: HELP! Can you identify this amp?

Postby Michael Patrick on Thu Sep 01, 2016 7:12 pm

Picture is worth a thousand words... and will get you an answer a lot quicker.
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Re: HELP! Can you identify this amp?

Postby gba1968 on Thu Sep 01, 2016 8:11 pm

Hi, I'm trying! Keep getting the message 'Sorry, the board attachment quota has been reached'?? Help!! :|
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Re: HELP! Can you identify this amp?

Postby Dean Jr. on Tue Sep 06, 2016 9:06 pm

Rear controls??? IT is not a Fender. With the trem function, it will NOT be a 1951-1952 amp because there were no amps built with onboard effects at that time. The first guitar amp with onboard efects was built in 1953 and was the Ray Butts EchoSonic...as used by Chet Atkins, Scotty Moore, Carl Perkins, etc.... This map you have could be a 1961 amp of some sort.
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Re: HELP! Can you identify this amp?

Postby Torren61 on Fri Sep 09, 2016 1:36 pm

Try uploading a picture to Imgur and posting that link.
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Re: HELP! Can you identify this amp?

Postby gba1968 on Fri Sep 09, 2016 1:42 pm

Thanks for your help!
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Re: HELP! Can you identify this amp?

Postby gba1968 on Fri Sep 09, 2016 1:55 pm

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Re: HELP! Can you identify this amp?

Postby Unit_1 on Fri Sep 09, 2016 5:13 pm

Looks OLD, definitely not fender as there is no circuit board and afaik all early fenders had fish paper circuit boards. this is one of those where they just install the components in the chassis and start soldering on the resistors and capacitors

which I truly dislike since I'm a neat freak, plus no circuit board = slower to assemble
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Re: HELP! Can you identify this amp?

Postby Torren61 on Sat Sep 10, 2016 1:50 am

Okay. I researched and I came to a dead end. That's not to say I was thorough enough to rule out anything, but here are my thoughts.

First, you have transformers that appear to date from 1951. I have no idea what the pot date codes are. Is this amp all original? Are the parts harvested from other amps to make this amp? Is this a one off from a builder sometime in the past? Who knows? I searched Valco, Oahu, Supro, Magnatone, National, Fender, Gibson and Ampeg. No matches. I searched Berkshire Transformer Corp. No info.

This is, indeed, a mystery amp. Good luck!
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Re: HELP! Can you identify this amp?

Postby MagnatoneMadness on Sat Sep 10, 2016 3:47 am

Hard to say without knowing what's original and what isn't. I'm guessing, with some experience with vintage amps and experience with guessing, that it's an early Danelectro. The split chassis and the cupcake knobs suggest Danelectro. The lack of a brand on the control panel suggests it's rebranded, maybe there's a vestige of screening of the brand on the control panel, hard to say from here. There's a plate missing from the top center of the front of the cabinet., which may have been the brand badge.
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Re: HELP! Can you identify this amp?

Postby gba1968 on Sat Sep 10, 2016 7:51 am

Thanks for all your help! The closest thing I can find is an Ampeg M15 aka 'Big M'. The rear cover panel is the same shape, Jensen P15 etc. However the tweed and grille cloth don't appear to be used on these. The year still baffles me '51? '61? I thought the knobs might help identify it but can't find another amp that uses these....
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Re: HELP! Can you identify this amp?

Postby Torren61 on Sat Sep 10, 2016 3:17 pm

Plus, the speaker baffle doesn't look, to me, to be original.
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Re: HELP! Can you identify this amp?

Postby Unit_1 on Sat Sep 10, 2016 7:40 pm

Torren61 wrote:Plus, the speaker baffle doesn't look, to me, to be original.


that would explain a lot

mystery amp!!!!

does it work? :jam:
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Re: HELP! Can you identify this amp?

Postby Torren61 on Sat Sep 10, 2016 7:51 pm

Unit_1 wrote:
Torren61 wrote:Plus, the speaker baffle doesn't look, to me, to be original.


that would explain a lot

mystery amp!!!!

does it work? :jam:


It explains that it looks to be a replacement speaker baffle so if we're just going to talk about the speaker baffle, it explains a lot.
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Re: HELP! Can you identify this amp?

Postby zarfnober on Wed Sep 14, 2016 1:41 am

I'm guessing Lectrolab. Is the cab made out of wood or the cardboard like one Dano/Silvertone? I'm only guessing Lectrolab due to the transformer being Chicago made and the otherwise fancy looking eyelet board.

How's it sound?

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