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Traynor YCS100H Custom Special 100H 100W Guitar Amp Head   

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Truly independent channel control is a hallmark of this born to burn guitar amp!

The Custom Special 100H's true three-channel architecture offers full control of each and every channel. No shared EQ's or pseudo "channels" here. Every channel on the YCS100H amplifier head has individual gain and volume controls, a full three band EQ, boost level and its own effects return and reverb settings.

Powered by four EL34EH's the YCS100H has two power levels, a true 100-watt Class AB mode, and a more manageable 30-watt Class A configuration ideal for recording or rehearsal. Four 12AX7A's make up the all tube pre-amp stage. To ensure maximum versatility, the YCS100H has an in-line pre-amp send / power amp return for in-line effects, and a side chain effects send with individual effects return level controls for every channel.

The Traynor YCS100H amp head's master section includes a Master Volume, Presence and Resonance controls. The unique Resonance control, when used with a high quality and responsive loudspeaker enclosure, like the Traynor YCS412, allows the player to dial in the exact bass response from their rig that they want to hear. It's easy to get any sound from a tight and punchy tone to a looser, more vintage-tube sound with the YCS100H. The Resonance control actually controls the damping factor of the amplifier's output stage, and allows the player to take full advantage of the cabinet's "tone".

An XLR direct output with speaker compensation ensures the Traynor half-stack can be easily fed to a live PA without having to mic the cabinet. The headphone output has speaker compensation and its own level control, independent of the amplifiers master volume, and can even be used when the amp is in standby mode for silent recording and practicing.

A solid plywood cabinet construction with all-metal chassis protects the YCS100H's glass epoxy circuit boards, tubes and wiring, ensuring years of road-readiness and unmatched reliability. The fourth button on the custom four-button footswitch controls an overall master lead boost level that kicks any channel up for solos, as well as instant access to any channel with a single stomp¦ no more tap dancing for a live sound.

Made famous in the 60's and 70's, Traynor Tube Amps were a hit among both professional and hobby guitarists, and were known for their affordability and great tone. And they were tough as nails!! Legends abound about co-founder Pete Traynor's rigorous Quality Control measures that, at times, involved dropping things from the factory roof¦ if it didn't survive the fall and still work after, it wasn't up to spec and had to be reworked some more. The legends are true, and although Traynor doesn't make a habit of throwing guitar amps off of the roof anymore, they still build them to that high level of standards.

The runaway hit that is the Traynor Custom Valve series sent engineers back to the drawing board to answer the demands of devoted followers¦ users who demand the high quality tone, construction and affordable price synonymous with the Traynor name. They stepped up to the challenge and answered the call with the Traynor Custom Special series.

The Custom Special series made things bigger and louder. For one it features the first 4x12" cabinet that Traynor has made since 1973, not to mention being the first three channel, 100-watt all tube guitar amp that they have ever produced. Not for the meek of heart, the Custom Special series can run the gamut from crystal clear rhythms to heavy crunching leads, Classic Rock to Modern Hi-Gain Metal and everything in between.

But does it go to 11?

Designed by musicians for musicians, Traynor Custom Special amplifiers are built for maximum versatility but are still simple to operate. It's always easy to get a great tone from a Traynor amp, and with the Custom Special series, they made it even easier by moving the controls to the front and adding an array of tone sculpting options like "Scoop", "Bright" and "Modern" voicing switches, "Resonance" and "Presence" controls, and yes, with the addition of a Solo Boost knob, these amps truly do go to 11. On the YCS100 alone there are no less than 9 different voicing switches, separate Reverb and effects loop level controls on all 3 channels, global Resonance and Presence controls and a user definable Solo Boost control that brings the amp to 11¦ on all 3 channels no less!!

The DynaSound direct headphone and line level DI output makes the amp sound much more like a miked cabinet for recording. DynaSound speaker simulation is on both the XLR direct line output and the stereo headphone output for a more authentic headphone tone. Placing the amp in Standby mode will silence the output to the speaker cabinets, while keeping the headphone jack active for silent practice or silent direct recording.

The Custom Special series is up to the tough standards set out by Pete in 1963, marrying those high quality standards, familiar vintage style logo, and "chicken beak" knobs with more modern features like tough, all-metal grilles, bar handles, corners, removable casters, black Nubtex covering, all plywood construction, and of course comes with Traynor's famous two-year (even if you break it!)* transferable warranty.

*Warranty valid in Canada and USA only

FEATURES
  • Selectable 100-watt / 30-watt all tube output
  • Powered by four EL34EH's and four 12AX7A's
  • Auto-matching tube circuit maintains bias balance as tubes age ensuring hum free performance throughout tube life.
  • 3 completely independant footswitchable channels
  • Master Volume, Presence and Resonance controls
  • Long Accutronics Spring Reverb with seperate level controls on all 3 channels
  • 9 different voicing switches including Scoop, Modern, Bright and Boost
  • DynaSound speaker compensated headphone and DI outputs for silent recording and practicing
  • Black Nubtex covering, all plywood cabinet construction
  • All metal grille, bar handles and corners
  • Custom 4 button footswitch for channel and Solo Boost functions included
  • Classic Traynor logo and Vintage styling "chicken beak" knobs
  • Custom Special Guitar Amps Series Characteristics
  • Auto-balancing tube circuit maintains bias balance as tubes age ensuring hum free performance throughout tube life.
  • DC filaments on preamp tubes eliminate hum.
  • Long Accutronics„¢ spring reverb.
  • Classic Celestion„¢ speakers.
  • All Baltic birch plywood enclosure.
  • Heavy gauge perforated grille.
  • Custom design "Chicken Beak" knobs.
  • DynaSound speaker compensated headphone and XLR direct outputs.

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SPECIFICATIONS

YCS100H Custom Special 100H 100W Guitar Amp Head

  • Type: Tube Guitar Amplifier
    Power at min. impedance (Watts): 2-ohms (30-watt mode) 4-ohms (100-watt mode)
    Input Channels: 3
    Channel 1 - inputs: 1/4 inch phone
    Channel 1 - controls: Gain, Volume, Treble, Mid, Bass, Reverb, Effects
    Channel 1 - switches: Boost, Scoop, Modern
    Channel 2 - controls: Gain, Volume, Treble, Mid, Bass, Reverb, Effects
    Channel 2 - switches: Boost, Scoop, Modern
    Channel 3 - controls: Gain, Volume, Treble, Mid, Bass, Reverb, Effects
    Channel 3 - switches: Boost, Bright, Modern
    Channel Switching: Yes
    Master Volume Control: Yes
    Main Tone Controls: Resonance, Presence
    Line Out (type / configuration): Speaker Compensated XLR Balanced
    Effects Volume: Seperate levels on each channel
    Effects Loop / Location: Yes / Rear
    Effects Footswitch / Function: Yes / Channel Select, Boost
    Internal Reverb / Effects: Accutronics Spring Reverb
    External speaker output / location: Rear (Dual selectable Impedences)
    Headphone Jack: Yes
    Other Features: All-tube design with four EL34EH, four 12AX7A Premium tubes
    Standby Switch
    Auto tube matching circuit
    DC filaments on preamp tubes
    Headphone jacks
    Speaker defeat switch
    Perforated Steel Grille
    Dimensions (DWH, inches): 11.5 x 26.5 x 10.5
    Dimensions (DWH, cm): 29.25 x 67.5 x 26.75
    Weight (lbs / kg): 41.4 / 18.8
    Custom Special Guitar Amps Series Overview
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4.8

(based on 13 reviews)

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killerkillerkiller

this amplifier has everything anyone could want in an amp head. the tone is incredible for something with a simple 4 12ax7, 4 el34 setup (im partial to vhts with 6550s, waiting for...Read complete review

this amplifier has everything anyone could want in an amp head. the tone is incredible for something with a simple 4 12ax7, 4 el34 setup (im partial to vhts with 6550s, waiting for the sig:x) and this amp can acheive any tone i can think i may want. my forte is metal, so i setup both lead channels pretty similarily, one with tons of bass and one with bass rolled back and it both sound devastating. lead channel 1 has a bit fatter bass response, not quite as crisp as one but that has advantages if you use it right, and both have scoop controls, which for me is a must-have on a metal amp. hit the switch to get a sick metal sound, then crank the mids you can cut through the mix. i find amps with this setup sound metal but can actually be heard, which is ideally what every guitarist wants, right? the two lead channels can get VERY decent clean and blues sounds as well, simply turning off the boost and rolling the gain back, and the clean channel as well can be out of character and get some sweet distortion going on, if you never need a clean channel. but i do love the clean on this rig, comes with a bright and modern switch and its own reverb and fx mix, and i scoop it to sound acoustic. the solo feature is amazing, doesnt alter the tone but gives it more sensitivity and punch, so i have it on all the time and off when i need a volume cut in a song. headphone out and direct recording, as well as switchable from tight 100w mode to tubby 30w should sell you on this amp if you havent been already. my standards are usually pretty high, i play a vht UL at my local shop all the time and that is my 5.0 rating of an amp, so that should give you an idea of where this thing stands with me. marshalls are flabby and cant carry the bite that this does, mesas can never seemingly get rid of the blanket over their speakers, and vhts take forever to save enough for. save the sanity and money and buy this beast, or youll kick yourself later.

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Awesomely frustrating

I got this amp a little over a month ago and it is awesome. Its everything I've ever dreamed of in an amp - except for the part where I can't keep it working. ...Read complete review

I got this amp a little over a month ago and it is awesome. Its everything I've ever dreamed of in an amp - except for the part where I can't keep it working. After playing it just twice, it killed one of the pre-amp tubes. fine, fine, easy fix. Pulled some stuff apart and noticed that there were two screws loose inside of the amp. Turns out they were supposed to be helping other screws hold the circuit board to the inside of the case. Now, after a month, its turned into a fuse blowing machine. One day, like any other - fuse blew. Stole the fuse out of my bass players amp (same fuse) and it blew that one too. I haven't heard about anyone else having these problems and Traynor is known for their quality, but I'm not seeing it. Sounds awesome if I can get it to make sound. Very frustrating.

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5.0

killerkillerkiller

By metalhead/raverkid

from denver, CO

this amplifier has everything anyone could want in an amp head. the tone is incredible for something with a simple 4 12ax7, 4 el34 setup (im partial to vhts with 6550s, waiting for the sig:x) and this amp can acheive any tone i can think i may want. my forte is metal, so i setup both lead channels pretty similarily, one with tons of bass and one with bass rolled back and it both sound devastating. lead channel 1 has a bit fatter bass response, not quite as crisp as one but that has advantages if you use it right, and both have scoop controls, which for me is a must-have on a metal amp. hit the switch to get a sick metal sound, then crank the mids you can cut through the mix. i find amps with this setup sound metal but can actually be heard, which is ideally what every guitarist wants, right? the two lead channels can get VERY decent clean and blues sounds as well, simply turning off the boost and rolling the gain back, and the clean channel as well can be out of character and get some sweet distortion going on, if you never need a clean channel. but i do love the clean on this rig, comes with a bright and modern switch and its own reverb and fx mix, and i scoop it to sound acoustic. the solo feature is amazing, doesnt alter the tone but gives it more sensitivity and punch, so i have it on all the time and off when i need a volume cut in a song. headphone out and direct recording, as well as switchable from tight 100w mode to tubby 30w should sell you on this amp if you havent been already. my standards are usually pretty high, i play a vht UL at my local shop all the time and that is my 5.0 rating of an amp, so that should give you an idea of where this thing stands with me. marshalls are flabby and cant carry the bite that this does, mesas can never seemingly get rid of the blanket over their speakers, and vhts take forever to save enough for. save the sanity and money and buy this beast, or youll kick yourself later.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Amp with Brutal tone!!

By MaartenM

from Trinidad, W.I.

Got this about 2 weeks ago (Blem Version) and all i can say is wow!! I just plugged in my cheap Wasburn 7 string with a Blaze 7 and wow.Its go 2 lead channels. I use one in a more overdrive set up with some reverb (yeah reverb selection per channel!!!) and i use the other with the boost one as my main rhythm channel. Got a simple setup with a DS-1 and an NF-1 to give me a little more boost and clarity but its not even necessary. This thing jus kills. I have Seymor Duncan Twin Tube there that i havent even plugged into it yet cause i got the tone i have been dreaming about for the past 10 years!!Oh the clean channel!! So sweet!! Creamy clean like a Mark II clean channel. Wow I love this amp and im using some old Peavey Black Widows as my speakers. Its by far one of, if not the best Tube head I've ever heard. Mesas and Marshals dont compare. Oh thing that comes close is some of the higher end Engls.Well done TRAYNOR!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lord of Distortion, Queen of Clean

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I got to use this amp in a studio session the other day. I was impressed.The amp has multiple personalities. Everyone talks about its killer distortion, which it DOES as well as any amp I've ever played. But don't forget it has REAL power, so through a good cab, it produces the sweetest, crystal clean you can imagine. This amp is the Lord of distortion, true, but it is also the Queen of Clean. If you are a one-dimensional player and only judge an amp by a single tone, then beware, people may also judge you the same way. If you have an amp like this, you may be inspired to break out of the metal-head mold once in a while.If you are already an accomplished player with a broad vocabulary of musical techniques and tones, this could be your new best friend.Either way, you'll be happy with it. It can help improve your playing and your reputation.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Amp

By Michael Myers

from Tennessee

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I bought my Traynor YCS100H used after reading some reviews. The samples that are on the Traynor site do not do it justice. The 1st or clean channel is not a Fender clean, but it does a really nice job. The 2nd channel does a really good Marshall and the 3rd channel does a really good Mesa/High Gain sound. I have played in bands and worked in studios for over 40 years and this amp has solved the problem of having to take 2 or 3 amps to a gig to cover all the tones that you need. For the money, it is hard to beat and it seems to be built like a tank. Traynor is great to deal with, too. Emails return quickly from them. I play Gibsons, Fenders, PRS's, and Parkers through mine and it shines on them all. The EH EL34's sound really good. I use a custom built cabinet with mine that is loaded with Vintage 30's and Greenback's in "X" pattern. Sounds great mic'ed in a studio. I let 4 different guitarists try it out one day at our local music shop and all of them were blown away at how they could get their style's tone out of this amp with just a few tweaks. Jazz, 80's, 70's, country, metal... they each one found their "sweet" spot and really liked this amp.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

YCS100H head

By Guitar 007

from Kansas City, Mo

I have played too many brands of amps over the years to list them all but they include Marshall, Fender, Peavey etc. It always turned into a compromise. One would do this well another would do that well. Well finally someone woke up to what it takes, to do the variety required to play clubs. This is a refreshing no BS approach. No shared EQs. No staked preamps. True A/B or Class A tube format. The lead boost does not alter the sound of the channel. (Like on the fenders} Each channel is accessible with the included footswitch. Add a two button switch for the reverb and effects loop and every thing is at your feet. If you can't get the sound you want out of this you aint tryin.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This baby gets a high 5

By Round Trip

from Rochester

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After looking for an all-tube amp that can do it all, I found it in this powerhouse. I was not in need of 100 watts but was forced into it because all the features were there in one amp. However, because it can be reduced to 30 watts with the flick of a switch, it's perfect for me.It should be noted that the pictures are of the original model of this amp and it has recently been changed slightly. The housing is no longer slanted in the front and the logo is of the new design. I believe everything else it the same, except the model number which is now YCS100H2.I also purchased the matching 412 cabinet which is also of the new design. The updated images can be seen on Traynor's website.This is probably the absolute best amp you can buy for the money. I'm serious.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible

By George-I3mI5

from birmingham, AL

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Even better than my previous 'best ever'... I've owned Marshalls, Music Man, Peaveys, Crates, Park, Roland, Line 6, Univox and God knows what all... have played through just about everything else... I've been playing for over 20 years and no other amp I've ever had my hands on could touch this... I've had mine for a year, have used it a lot, gigged it, etc. I know of know better amp...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW!!!

By chaseeversole

from c

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I played through this amp for the first time just a few days ago, One of my friends is in a band, and he has almost exclusively used his Mesa/Boogie Triple Rectifier amp, but I went into his practice space and saw this amp, I looked and it said "Traynor" and I'm like, Wtf is this, ive never heard of traynor. My friend goes, well try it out. I played through this amp and a mesa triple on a PRS CE 22 guitar and, omg!!!! i was throughly impressed, This thing keeps up with a Mesa!!! and it kicks my Marshall's ass! If I had the money I'd buy it, if anyone is thinking about buying it, think NO MORE, BUY THIS AMP, YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT. P.S., this amp sounds really good through a Mesa cab.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best for the Money, Period!

By StratMan007-LZ16Y

from Orlando, FL

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Just purchased this amp. I've been playing since 1968. Believe me, I've owned them all. This amp is built like a friggin' tank. The sound is a lovely warm clean, excellent crunch/chunk, and a driving gain lead that is in your face. I'm using an avatar 212 with 1 vin/30 and 1 75w. HOOOYEAH. Try one. The fenders are too clean, marshalls TOO much $$. Show me another amp for a grand that does ALL this amp does so well. I am 100% totally satisfied. Customer service is 100%. I teach C.S. for a living. I play classic rock, blues, aqnd some folk rock stuff...4-5 country tunes. Best amp I've ever owned, period. I would replace it immediately. Traynor 90w as back up.

 
5.0

METAL HEADS, YOU FOUND YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND!!!

By ultra-noob-like-totally-like 9000

from Windsor Ontario

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My brothers band's guitarist uses this and i tried it at his house but i was playing on like 1 so the tubes werent even breaking up (i couldnt here the actual tone) today, my brothers band has band practice, i walk in, AND I NO LONGER WANT THE PEAVEY XXX, then later i wanna try it on my behringer bg412v cabinet, i try it, its the worst soudning thing ive ever heard in my entire life, so if you buy this head, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A CABINET WITH VINTAGE 30'S, IT DIDNT EVEN SOUND LIKE THE SAME HEAD, I HAD TO PLUG IN A SONIC MAXIMIZER AND CRANK THE FX LOOP NOBS TO GET SOME OF THE TONE HE HAD AND IT SOUNDED TO DIGITAL WHEN I FINALLY GOT IT SOUNDING DECENT.

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