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

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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 tub...Read More

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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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


modest priced botique amp

By James

from Phoenix, Arizona

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.


the best tube tone ever, for a reasonalbe price!

By billy

from fall river,mass

this amp here no matter what guitar I plug in soundsterrific! I never even have to change the settings.I've been playing for 45 years and had a lot of different amps but none compares to this one..excellent! excellent! excellent!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


great tone for less $

By Hoss-Cg2nc

from Celina,Ohio

The ycvwr 40 watt Traynor amp is one of the best amps for the money. Good clean tone as well as overdrive. I've had this amp for about three weeks and I really like it. Try it out...I think you will be impressed!!


Great Amp, Great Price

By gibsonguy-UTAB4

from Detroit, MI

I bough the YCV40WR when it first came out and hope it lasts forever! It sounds great, is very versatile, and is also built really tough. I've drug it around everywhere and never had problems. Especially with a low price, you cant beat it~


Traynor YCV 40 WR

By TeleKen

from Oregon

Best Amp I've owned. I currently have a Peavy Classic 50 - 2 x 12. A Peavy Bravo all tube. And a Vox. They all rock but the Traynor beats them hands down for absolute clean. The gain will blow you away when you kick it on with the boost active. I play a 52 Tele and a Gibson Les Paul Standard. I sampled many amps before I bought this one.


Traynor YCV40WR Rocks!!

By JerseyJoeBob

from Stanhope, NJ

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 Little Amp.

By Teleman-HvEFl

from Kelowna BC

I've gotta Say this thing is prime. I've had mine since february and it blows me away. My friends want to borrow it cause it sounds so great. It's got tons of power don't let the size fool you, I've never turned it past half volume on the crunch channell; anything more is unbearably loud!! The clean channell is astoundingly clear and bright. I love it so much but I'm thinking of getting the extension cab to get a little fuller sound and move a little more air. The only problem I had was one of my band mates accidentaly kicked it over during a practice and the ac jack on the back broke and the plug got pushed inside the control cavity. The bracket holding the jack in place was a little on the weask side so it gets a 4.5 on quality. Honestly tho a great product, I recommend it to anyone who's into blues, pop rock or classic rock. Happy Buying.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)



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.


Superb Tube Amp

By Yngwee

from Houston, TX

I bought this amp before buying the Traynor blue. The only reason that I didn't give this a 5 is because it lacks just a little bit of overdrive for my tastes. Most blues and classic rock players would drool over this rig though.It sounds sooooo sweet, but a tube change can be all you need to get legendary tone. I ran a GT-8 through the input and was able to acheive some incredible tones. The 6l6s and 12ax7 tubes are super smooth, and with an overdrive pedal, you would make eric johnson turn his head.This amp looks kind of small, but it's 40 watts of all tube power! It's very loud and extremely sweet when it warms up. The cleans stand up to the best out there.

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