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Traynor Custom Valve 40WR YCV40WR 40W All Tube 1x12 Combo Amp with Celestion Speaker   

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Boutique look, awesome all-tube performance.

The Traynor YCV40WR Custom Valve 40 Combo Amp is based on the extremely popular YCV40, which was a Guitar Player Editor's Pick Award Winner. Real tube overdrive is produced by 3 Sovtek 12AX7WA preamp tubes while 2 - 5881s deliver 40W of real tube power. A 12" Celestion Vintage 30 speaker faithfully renders all that sweet tube tone.

Wine-red leatherette, oatmeal grille, and chromeplated corners give this Traynor amp a rich boutique look. The 3 basic tones--clean, crunch, and overdrive--are easily defined, with great tone at low levels, shine and punch at full tilt.

Although signal-to-noise is not normally a specification that is discussed where guitar amplifiers are concerned, the ultraquiet Custom Valve 40WR makes it an issue. Auto-matching tube circuit and the DC filaments on the preamp tubes all but eliminate hum.

  • Auto-matching tube circuit maintains bias balance as tubes age, ensuring hum-free performance throughout tube life
  • DC filaments on preamp tubes eliminate hum
  • Fully regulated power supply with tube rectifier emulation
  • Long Accutronics spring reverb
  • Dual-channel footswitch
  • Classic Celestion Vintage 30 speaker
  • Wine-red leatherette finish
  • All-plywood enclosure
  • Heavy-gauge perforated grille with "oatmeal" cover
  • Custom-design "Chicken Beak" knobs
  • 2-year transferable warranty

Custom Valve 40WR YCV40WR 40W All Tube 1x12 Combo Amp with Celestion Speaker

  • Type: Tube Guitar Amplifier
  • Cabinet Impedance: 8 ohms
  • Power @ min. impedance: 40W
  • Minimum Impedance: 4 ohms
  • Speaker Configuration - LF (Size / Power): 12" / 40W
  • Input Channels: 2
  • Channel 1 - inputs 1/4" phone
  • Channel 1 - controls Gain, Volume, Treble, Bass, Middle
  • Channel 1 - switches Boost
  • Channel 2 - inputs Shares ch 1 input
  • Channel 2 - controls Volume, Treble, Bass, Middle
  • Channel 2 - switches Channel Select, Brightness
  • Channel Switching: Yes
  • Main Tone Controls: Presence
  • Line Out (type / configuration): 1/4" TRS / Rear (Effects Send)
  • Effects Volume Yes
  • Effects Loop / Location Yes / Rear
  • Effects Footswitch / Function: Yes / Channel Select, Boost
  • LED Indicators: Channel Select, Boost, Power, Standby
  • External speaker output / location 1/4" / Rear
  • Auto Tube-matching Circuit
  • Preamp Tube - 3x Sovtek 12AX7WA Dual Triodes (Russia)
  • Power Amp Tube - 2x Sovtek 6L6GB Beam Power Tubes (Russia)
  • Fully regulated power supply with tube rectifier emulation
  • Dimensions: 23"W x 18"H x 9-1/2"D
  • Weight: 50 lbs.

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Jaw-dropping Tone

By Vanian62

from Tallahassee FL

As you can probably tell from the features, this amp is similar to a Fender Blues Deluxe, but with one important difference- it sounds better. The clean channel of this amp must truely be heard to be believed. The incredible responsivness, the warmth of sound combined with a beautiful glassy top end make the clean channel worthy of standing toe-to-toe with any boutique amp. Blues, jazz, and country players can put this amp at the top of their wish list. The Guitar Player magazine 5-star review is no joke, the amp is worthy on every level, and is solidly built to say the least. The footswitch is rugged as well, and operates smoothly with no popping. The overdrive is very Vox-like in my opinion. On low setting you get a good Muddy Waters catfish tone. With the gain halfway up you get a 1960s-type distortion, and with the gain on maximum the tone is fuzzy, and similar to that heard on early Black Sabbath albums. The Celestion speaker is sublime. The only thing I dislike about the amp is the back-breaking weight, and the tubes are hard to change. Changing the preamp tubes to Tung-sols made the amp much warmer, and the distortion richer, but changing the power tubes only made the amp noisy and did not improve the sound. In summary, the amp is a steal. Traynor is a great brand; Fender has nothing on them.

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modest priced botique amp

By James

from Phoenix, Arizona

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This is by far the most responsive and harmonicaly balanced amp I've owned for any price.When in the clean mode the clarity and pronounced sweetness has got to be heard to appreciate the purity of tone. Then you have the gain! Pure and thick with just the right amount of color and saturation. Couldn't buy a better amp for any amount.

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Retube it, and it is a world beater!

By Jagwyre

from Conway, AR

I was not terribly impressed with this amp, but warmed up to it after getting it. I retubed it like many people with JJ tubes, and it turned into a monster! Everything from surf tones to sweet distortion to a perfect 1978 VH tone. It sounds better than an amp triple the cost, and I've tried them all. Some people like putting Eminence speakers in them, but I think the speaker is fine. Get it, esp. used, as they are quite durable. A bit tough to change tubes, but well worth it.

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By louptape

from Sweden

Ive used the custom valve 40 on different recordings during the last couple of years. I normally find it best to use with a strata or jazzmaster to get that a nice clean pop/jazz sound that also represents the low frequencies really well. There's a nice punch but maybe in a slight lack of depth to the sound. The gain and boost channel doesn't really impress me though, but thats not really important with an amp like this. Overall a really nice studio amp for clean guitars.


awesome amp

By Billy Blaze-wcfNR

from Weatherford, TX

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I bought this amp off of ebay cause it was 6 months old and 300. cheaper, however after playing it...I found I had a truly great deal.I found the amp to be a well rounded amp after playing it for a while. The cleans are awesome!! You can dial in some great clean tone, the distortion is pretty dang good for a combo amp, if you are wanting metal crunch without a pedal this is not the amp, and you will need two anyhow if you play clean.I would say it's just a real well rounded amp, great clean, great classic rock, blues distortion.I wish musicians friend would carry Traynors acoustic amps!


Just buy it

By Sutcliff

from St. Louis, MO

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The cleans are on match with the best Fender has to offer. The cleans are glassy and warm. The reverb is great. The separate channels with independent EQs are a must. The presence control is a nice touch. A tremolo would have a nice addition. The amp is very responsive and your pick dynamics will be noticed. It is loud and clean and crunch is available without the use of a pedal. If you want overdrive then a pedal is necessary. The Celestion speaker will be brilliant when it is broke in. The construction is solid and the amp feels solid when lifted. The warranty is great and I hope I never use it. Drop notch amp for the price and value.


Traynor YCV40WR Rocks!!

By JerseyJoeBob

from Stanhope, NJ

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I have had the Traynor YCV40WR for over 2 years. It is absolutly a fabulous amp. I upgraded the tubes with 3 JJ's and 2 EH's and now the sound jumps out at you and smacks you in the face. The clarity is incredible. The only knock is the footswitch started to come apart I had to do a modification to the attachment points but that was over a year ago and it has been fine. Even without changing out the tubes this amp is outstanding. You cannot go wrong.


Great Value

By Sanctuary Mark

from Oxon Hill, MD

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Based on reviews here and elsewhere, I bought this amp and the extention cabinet. I bought this instead of Marshall or Mesa Boogie for following reasons: price, reliability and sound quality. I am completely pleased with the sound. It can do both the clean Fender sound and the overdrive blues/rock sound. I experimented with effects pedals, but right now play without any as they degrade the tone too much. A footswitch lets you move between the clean and overdrive channels without any pops or other sounds. The look is way cool, too. Don't expect the sound of a full stack Marshall, but if you don't need that, or can' move that around to gigs, this is a great option.


This is THE amp

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

My God man...I have been buying, selling, and trading amps for the last two years trying to find my sound. I never thought such a simple amp such as the YCV40WR would be able to handle my variety of styles. I was wrong. This is the greatest amp I have ever played or owned. It takes to pedals extremely well. It can dish out any sound you want, with blues and rock being it's main forte. I love this amp, and I have oficially sound my sound. I don't plan on ever buying a different amp again.


Still Droolin'

By Strat-o-matic

from Southeastern USA

I just purchased my Traynor YCV40WR Custom Valve 40 Combo. This thing is awesome! I did a lot of research on the web and checked out amps in various stores before spending my hard earned cash. I have been playing guitar professionally for 25 years. I have had tube amps by fender, riviara, peavey ect. I am currently playing in a 7 piece corporate party band that does everything from Frank to Hubbastank, so I needed an amp with a variety of tones. Not just a one trick pony. When I got my amp home I plugged in my early 90s strat with emg gold pickups. What came out of this amp was pure sweetness. Classic clean fender sparkle without the ear splitting highs. Then when I kicked in the overdrive channel, classic rock and driving blues tones galore. Kick in the boost and your playing lead lines as if you are a celloist. Endless sustain!After a couple of hours had passed I sat on my couch from across the room taking in the beauty of the best amp that I had ever played, I noticed what looked like damage to the front of my wine red covering. Oh no what did I do on the way Home? As I inspected the damage I realized that it was just drool from my earlier playing and wiped off with a paper towel. Thank goodness!Still Droolin'

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