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 M-320-8 Westerner, Westernair

Years 1950-53
Power 4x 6AQ5
Power Bias cathode
Preamp 3x 12AX7
Speakers 1x15"
Rectifier 2x 5Y3


The Westerner was a two channel amp with 4 6AQ5 power tubes. The horseshoe and leatherette motif were perfect for Western country/swing bands with a steel guitar.

The 6AQ5 was a 7-pin version of a 6V6, however it cannot handle high plate voltages like a 6V6. In this M-320-B configuration, with 315VDC on the plates, the four 6AQ5's probably produce somewhere between 20W and 30W.



Photos and Schematic courtesy Jon Blick, Milwaukee.




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