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Magnatone Varsity 12 15 watt guitar tube amplifier

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The Varsity 12
On stage, in the studio or with friends at home, the Varsity is a powerful and responsive  amp with a great fun factor. The EL84 power tubes in push-pull 15-watt configuration are bright and lively, full of color and harmonics. The dual 12AX7s in the preamp provide a classic American front-end tone. The overall sound is much bigger than the power rating!

When I played the Magnatone Varsity 12  I was trying to see how the clean approached the Twilighter guitar amps, not only was the clean on par, minus the Vibrato of course, but something else emerged. Transparent overdrive when turned up, that was to die for. This isn't a compressed, pedal like, gain house. This is a overdrive guitar tube amp that you heard on 100s of records from the past. Just pure RnR and Blues rythme guitar sounds of the highest tonal order. Tone of this type is hard to describe but it's really 2 dimensions, not a thick grite of distortion, it's a sweet overdrive sound, MIXED with a chimmy clean tone at once. That's clarity and kick ass guitar tone, it's old school tone controlled with a guitar volume knob. They don't call them MagnaTONE for nothing.

The Varsity is part of Magnatone's Studio Collection. All Studio Collection amps have the following features:

- Compact size with loads of power
- Plug and play and easy to dial in tone
- El-84 or 6L6 power tubes with point-to-point hand-wired circuitry
- Custom-design speaker by WGS 
- Negative feedback (NFB) switch changes gain and harmonics by restructuring the power amp
- Saddle leather handle made to exact vintage specs
- Two choices of front designs (TV and Cathedral)
- Luxury croc coverings available in black or burgundy colors (100% cotton textile)
- 100% designed and hand-built in the USA


- Tube compliment: (2) 12AX7, (2) EL84, GZ34
- Inputs: high and low sensitivity 
- Power output: 15 watts push-pull class AB
- Treble: 14dB range at 2kHz
- Bass: 12dB range at 60Hz
- Reverb (Varsity Reverb 12 only): tube driven 4 counterwound springs long pan

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