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 431

Years 1964-1966
Channels one
Power ELL80
Power Bias cathode
Phase Inverter 12DW7
Preamp 7025
Vibrato 7025 (1/2) 12AU7, 2 varistors
Reverb 7025 (1/2)
Speaker 10" 3.2ohm
Rectifier solid state
Output Trans11K:3.2ohm
Output 30 watts peak (10 watts RMS)
Weight 25 lbs.
Demensions 19"x16"x9"
List Price $199.95

The 431 advances the circuit of the 421 by moving from the 6AV6 preamp to a 7025 based preamp and adding reverb. Like the 421, the 431 is a single channel amp with volume and tone controls. a single channel and tone control. Like the 421, the 431 has both tremolo and vibrato. The tremolo uses the oscillator to vary the bias of the power pentodes. A tremolo/vibrato switch moves the oscillator over to the two varistor based vibrato used on the Custom Series M4, M6, and M8.

The 432 was a 431 fitted with a 12" speaker.

The early amps had gold control panels, but this was changed to black in 1965. In 1966, the 431 became the 432.




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