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


Starlite 401

Years 1964-1966
Channels one
Power 45B5 (single ended)
Power Bias cathode
Input Trans 50K input primary 1:3
Preamp 20EZ7 (1/2)
Tremolo 20EZ7 (1/2)
Speaker 6" 3.2ohm
Rectifier 36AM3-A
Output Trans2.4K:3.2ohm
Output 15 watts peak
Weight 12 lbs.
Demensions 16"x13"x9"
List Price $59.95



The 401 is small economy amplifier. There is a single volume control and a tremolo intensity control (no speed control). There is no power transformer, the 117VAC is rectified for B+ and the filaments are directly powered by the 117VAC supply.

Uncommon to period guitar amplifiers, the 401 uses an input transformer between the guitar and the first gain stage.

The early amps had gold control panels, but this was changed to black in 1965. In 1966, the 401 became the 402.


Also see Estey T-12.




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