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 MP5

Years late 1965-1967
Series Pro Series
Power 2x 6CA7
Power Bias fixed bias
Preamp 2x 7025
Phase Inverter 12DW7
Reverb 12AU7 and transformer
Tremolo NE-2H bulb, 12DW7, 1869-D bulb.
Speaker RS12 2x 12"
Speaker RS15 2x 15"
Rectifier solid state
Output Trans5.5K:8/4ohm
Output 38 watts
Weight 36 lbs.
List Price MP5 $440
List Price RS12 $220
List Price RS15 $308

The MP5 and MP4 were "piggy-back" style amps of the Magnatone Pro Series. The design of the amplifier and cabinet (what are now called "heads" and "cabinets") was a direct attempt to compete with Fender with a physical design which is nearly identical to the Fender Bandmaster or Bassman.

Both the MP4 and MP5 have two channels. The MP4 is a bass head, each channel has volume, treble, and bass controls. The MP5 is a guitar head with volume, treble, and bass controls for each channel.


The MP5 is the "piggy-back" version of the MP3. The back lit control panel had a "dimmer" switch (right), as well as a NFB control switch labeled "normal" and "record". Each channel had a "Reverb" level control knob and master reverb "depth" and "tone" control knobs were to the right with a footswitch jack.

above catalog, 1966.
below is another catalog (maybe earlier) with a rectangular emblem on the cabinet.

Below is a picture of a MP5 head and RS-12 cabinet at a Guitarcenter. Notice that the RS-12 looks much more manageable that the RS-15.


Special thanks to Fred Corradi for the great pictures of the MP-5 and RS-6. This might be one of the cleanest, most original examples of these amplifiers. The original D2 dolly and factory speaker extension cable are intact. This amplifier was found after being in storage since 1969. The original owner put into storage before entering military service. He became one of the 58,220 Americans who gave their lives for their country in the Vietnam War.


See MP1, MP2, MP3, MP4, and MP5 pages for details of other Pro Series amplifiers.




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