Magnatone Guitars!

New for Fall 2013, a complete guide to Magnatone guitars and the stories behind them!

1938-1960 Steel Guitars

1956-1963 Bigsby/Barth Era

1964-1966 Starstream Era


Magnatone Custom 250, 250A

Years 1958-1961
Series Custom 200 Series
Channels two
No. Tubes 7
Power Tubes 2x 6973
Power Bias fixed bias
Preamp 12AX7
Vibrato 2x6CG7, 12DW7
Phase Inverter ½ 6CG7
Speaker Oxford 12L5N 12"
Rectifier 6CA4/EZ81
Output 20 watts peak

The 250 is a 1x12" combo with two channels, a "high gain" channel and a "low gain channel", each with its own volume knob. The two channels share a single tone knob and a bright switch.

These came with FM Vibrato. The 250 isn't as common as the 213, and might have been introduced in 1958 or 1959. It was replaced by the 450 which is a similar amplifier with reverb added.

Special thanks to Jeff Barnett for tracking down and sharing the schematic.




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