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Traynor Custom Valve 50BLUE YCV50BLUE 50W All Tube 1x12 Combo Amp with Celestion Speaker

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The Traynor YCV50Blue 50 Watt 1x12" Combo Amp uses 3 premium Sovtek 12AX7A dual-triode tubes up front to dish out delicious and creamy distortion whi...Click To Read More About This Product

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Based on the award-winning Custom Valve 40 with 50W and a Celestion Vintage 30.

The Traynor YCV50Blue 50 Watt 1x12" Combo Amp uses 3 premium Sovtek 12AX7A dual-triode tubes up front to dish out delicious and creamy distortion while a pair of Sovtek EL34s handle the heavy work. Sophisticated Traynor design provides great flexibility and makes it easy to get world-class clean, crunchy, and overdriven tones. The Vintage 30 cranks out boutique tone even at very low volume levels, thanks to the amp's master volume. The lead channel features a dark "British" sound. Auto-matching circuitry maintains bias balance as tubes age, ensuring hum-free performance. This combined with DC filaments on the preamp tubes makes this Traynor combo amp one of the quietest tube amps ever, even with high gain. Traynor gives you a 2-year (even if you break it!) transferable warranty.

  • 100% designed and manufactured in North America
  • All-tube design with 2 EL34 and 3 - 12AX7A premium tubes
  • 12" Celestion Vintage 30 speaker
  • All plywood construction for durability, rigidity, and lighter weight
  • Separate tone controls on each of the 2 channels (lead and clean)
  • Classic long-style Accutronics reverb with dual springs
  • External speaker jack
  • Traynor TFS-2B latching dual-footswitch with 10-foot cable included
  • Special DC powered filament supply on preamp tubes
  • Auto-balancing bias supply means no need for matched pairs of output tubes or bias adjustments
  • Fully regulated power supply ensures ultra low noise with tube rectifier emulation
  • Heavy-gauge perforated grille with black cover
  • Chicken head knobs

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Amazing Value !

The Traynor Blue is probably the best valve amp value on the market today. Now, let me temper that statement with a few things to be aware of. I say it is the...Read complete review

The Traynor Blue is probably the best valve amp value on the market today. Now, let me temper that statement with a few things to be aware of. I say it is the best VALUE, but that does not mean that it is the BEST AMP for every application. If you are looking for exact replication of a Fender Bassman, or a Marshall stack, or a Mesa; buy those amps and not this one. If you need a rock-solid amp that gets REALLY close to a wide variety of vintage and modern amps, THIS is your amp. If you do a lot of 60's to 80's covers, this is your amp and the construction quality is amazing.It does not matter what genre of music (other than perhaps truly hi-gain applications) you play or what guitar you plug into it, this amp delivers appropriately. I have had it for about a year or so and have yet to find something to be truly disappointed about. Okay, the reverb could be on the footswitch, but there are a lot of amps that don't have that feature and they cost a lot more.I use several amps, depending on the application and I find that this is the one that most often does what I need. However, I commonly use it in combination with a Fender Super Sonic. The Traynor gets close to "Fender clean" but the Fender is the real deal. Also, the Fender (rated at only 10 more watts than the Traynor) is easily twice as loud as the Traynor. They both have the same single model Vintage 30 speaker. The Traynor is PLENTY loud, I am just saying that it is simply not all things to all people. If I want Hendrix tone, I use the Traynor. If I want Clapton tone, I use the Fender. You want Stevie Ray? Crank them both up with the Fender clean and the Traynor dirty... HUGE TONE!The bottom line is that if I HAD to only have one tube amp, I would take the Traynor. It is by far the most versatile amp I have owned (including VOX, several Fenders, Crate V series (don't go there friends, the Crates are okay but unreliable). The Traynor Blue will get you close to most any tone you may be looking for without anything but perhaps a Tube Screamer pedal. I don't play metal, so for that application, I can't intelligently comment.It IS a gigging amp. The cab construction, the metal grill behind the speaker cloth (why doesn't everyone do that??!!), the overall layout of the controls... all those things have held up to anything I have put it through. Just one tough amp.The bottom line is: if you have ONE TONE you are looking for and that is all you want, buy the amp that gets you exactly that tone. If you need versatility, for a reasonable price, buy the Traynor Blue. I have not found anything that tops it.


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Lead was unusable

I used this amp for nine shows. I play in a variety band with a Les Paul Standard and found this amp to be only good for clean or a bluesy sounds. The lead...Read complete review

I used this amp for nine shows. I play in a variety band with a Les Paul Standard and found this amp to be only good for clean or a bluesy sounds. The lead channel is very nasally. I had to drop out the mid's completely and used an eq pedal to further dropped them out.The construction seemed to be fine.The boost pedal only works if you don't have the gain turned up much on the lead channel. You also need to keep the channel volumes low if you want to use the effects loop. Otherwise it will clip your effects.

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Amazing sound!

By J_Dizzle81

from Toronto, Canada

IMO the best amp you can buy without going over a grand. I'm so glad I bought this amp!

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By CddGuitar

from Brooklyn NY

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Hi.i bought this amp about 2 years ago "no words " just the best (if u don't belive me then try it for your self?

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cheap tube amp with quality

By oldtimer still plays fender exc.

from Ohio

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I have owned just about every tube amp out there. But this little tube amp has got amazing tone. It has all the power that you will need for most clubs. If you need any power above this amp then you will have to mic' it. The distortion sounds like Clapton to ZZ Top. The cleans sound much like a Twin. Great amp and there is no AC hum, very quiet!

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Rock star in a box

By Josh...Just Josh

from Iowa

If you're like me, you read every review that you can find before you buy something. One thing that kept coming up is that some people don't like the gain channel, but if you read the whole review usually the kid is looking for some Mesa type metal sound. This amp doesn't do scooped metal, it does TONE! If your favorite guitar sounds are 70's rock, 80's metal, or early 90's then you have to get this amp. I can't afford a jcm 800, so I have been looking for a more affordable amp that has that type of tone. The peavey windsor is close (the ycv does it better), but it's big and doesn't have a clean channel. I play guitar in the Army and I need an amp that I can carry easily and is versatile enough to do just about everything, this amp fits the bill. In some reviews people said that this amp has a fender-ish clean, I really wanted to believe it! For an amp with el34's and a V30 the clean sound is very good, but it does have the marshall clean sound. It just has too much mid response to have a fender-ish clean. If you roll the mid back on the clean channel it sounds pretty good and cuts through a mix great. I don't really like the volume set up though, I don't see why it needs a channel and a master volume, it's nice if you want to get the clean channel into some dirt but not great if you want loud cleans. The amp would've been better for me if there was just one volume on the clean channel and a just gain/ volume on the gain side. This amp is great though. Plug in your favorite humbucker equipped chunk of mahogany, set everything on the gain channel to noon, and play a big open D and you'll might just change your name to Angus!


Traynor Custom Valve 50Blue, Value, Tone, Quality!

By Psy Guitar Guy

from Ontario, Canada

I've had my Valve 50 Blue for about a year. I am astounded at how good this little combo sounds. Fender-ish cleans, JCM800-ish crunch, DSL50-ish gain with the boost on. A Mesa dual rectifier it is not, but for a 50 watt combo with one speaker it will do an adequate job for heavy metal up to black album era Metallica, especially using a guitar with active EMG's.Hey this amp is not perfect and it will not sound exactly like Fenders, Marshalls, Mesas, etc., but for this price I challenge anyone to find an amp of comparable quality and sound. It has some engineering features that make it a busy gigging musician's best friend - it's electrical design is enginnered to prolong the life of your tubes, and if a tube burns out it will still play at reduced volume. Sweet.Traynor may be one of Canada's best kept secrets even though the company has been around for 40 or so years (early Valve-based Traynors are considered to be on par with vintage 60's Marshalls in sound, but can be found on eBay for next to nothing). If you play the styles that I do, you will not be disappointed with the Custom Valve 50 Blue combo.


Best sounding amp for half the price

By LPmaster

from Branford, CT

I recently bought this amp from MF and I have been nothing but impressed by this little combo. I've owned several Mesa Boogies and I have to say that this amp is at least as good as if not better sounding than any Mesa combo I've owned. Maybe it's because it cost 40% less than the entry level F-50. I originally purchased a Crate Palomino but returned it after 2 days because of excessive tube vibration and a delay in channel switching. Even if it didn't have these problems, the sound just wasn't there. For a couple of extra bucks, I would recommend this amp to anyone who is looking for a rockin sound with the ability to go mellow. If you cut out the mids and crank the gain, treble and bass controls, you can get a pretty screamin metal tone. I use a LP studio with no effects and I'm truly inspired by the sound of this amp. No need to get a half stack because this little guy will do in any gig situation (clubs, parties, garage etc..). Buy it and you will not regret!


Best Amp I Ever Had..

By dantedayjob

from Mc Calla Alabama

I have had my first one for about 18mos now. Notice I say FIRST one... Well what happened is that I bought the extension cab (closed back 1x12 Vintage 30) and it improved the tone even more. I thought HMMM what if I run two amp/cab setups side by side in parallel? Ok. OH WOW! The tone is SO huge... it's amazing.I run out of my Nady wireless into a Duncan pickup booster, a sonic stomp (rarely on), Ibanez Weeping Demon wah, Boss Super over drive (only on for one or two tunes), into an RP300 which I use only for chorus and tuner. RP300 splits signal into both amps. I have a 1mono to 2mono splitter on my channel switch pedal and it switches both amps together. Perfect. With the addition of the Duncan pickup booster there is actually TOO MUCH gain! People who say this amp doesn't have it in the gain dept. don't seem to know what a Master Volume is for. I have my gain on 10 and the Drive channel vol on 9! Master vol at 3 and WOW.. very heavy tone.. also depends on the output of your pickups.. Guitars I use are mainly a PRS Custom 24, PRS Single Cut w/#7 pups, Dean Black Gold V, Gretsch Country Club.As an aside, I highly recommend the Duncan pickup booster to any rock/metal player. It gives you the gain w/o the noise!


Very Impressed

By northtown712

from Sioux City, Ia

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I really had no idea how much I would like this amp.. I have a fender v-neck deluxe and let me tell you that I can't get my self off this amp...I love it for practice and giging... In one word...WOW!I liked the Marshal Crunch/Both the Fender clean and lately the Vox sounds... This has it all.


best amp for the money

By gnrrocks

from Irvine, CA

Great amp, great price, great sound. It has a very nice marshall jcm800 type overdrive, and the cleans are superb, at low level the clean sound very close to fender cleans, and when the clean channel is boosted, it can sound very close to vox clean. its a very versatile amp. I just love it.the master volume alows you to get the different tones. with it, you can crank the amp all the way up, and have the tunes running at max, but have the master volume down, so you get the full tone at a low volume. not for metal!!! gain isnt powerfull enough, but its great for anything from classic rock, blues, to early metal like guns n roses. but this amp LOVES pedals, and will work very well with them, so you can add an od pedal and you can get shredding!!a must buy.



By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I spent a lot of time shopping for a new amp, and this is the one I eventually bought. It is great. I play classic rock, modern rock and alternative, and this works for a lot more than that. You can get surf tones out of it, heavy distortion ala RATM, AC-DC tones, almost Hendrix (but I think all the tone that is missing there is in the fingers).The cleans sing, and the overdrive is so creamy and has such a range it is almost ridiculous. The reverb sounds great, too. With the boost you can go from a nice classic rock cutting lead tone to almost (but not quite) metal. You can almost change your tone to suit your needs with the volume knobs alone. Turn up the clean channel and you get crunchy, responsive overdrive. Crank everything and you get hearing damage :) It is LOUD. One of my concerns when shopping for my amp was volume - would it be loud enough. Well, I rarely turn the master volume past 5, and it goes to 10. If I go past 5 I get angry neighbors. Past 8 I get the cops called (seriously). It won't fill a huge stadium or anything but it is definitely more than capable for smaller gigs. Another thing, the louder the amp is the better it sounds. A few complaints, though. The reverb isn't footswitchable, but thats no big deal really. The other thing is that sometimes when I have light breakup in the cleans or very light distortion I get a nasal overtone from the amp. This is fixed by tweaking the tone knobs on my guitar, or fiddling with the mids on the amp but it is still annoying. Overall, I cannot complain. Great amp.

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