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Traynor YCS412 Custom Special 240W 4x12 Guitar Extension Cabinet

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The Celestion Vintage30 loaded Traynor YCS412 has been designed from the ground up to be the perfect companion for the Traynor YCS100 all-tube guitar...Click To Read More About This Product

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The Celestion Vintage30 loaded Traynor YCS412 has been designed from the ground up to be the perfect companion for the Traynor YCS100 all-tube guitar head. Solid birch plywood speaker cabinet construction delivers unmatched tone and ensures a long rattle-free life, even when played at the volumes this cabinet is expected to produce night after night. Built for the road, the North American made YCS412 has an all-metal grille to protect the speakers, integrated all metal bar handles and removable casters.

A versatile wiring scheme allows the Traynor YCS412 to operate at 4 or 16 ohms mono, or as a 2 x 8-ohm stereo configuration for use with any stereo guitar preamp / power amp combination.

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" speaker 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

  • Four Celestion Vintage30 12-inch drivers for 240-watts of power handling.
  • Solid Birch cabinet construction
  • Upward angled baffle to aim top two drivers to make it easier to hear on stage
  • All metal grille, corners, and bar handles
  • Four sturdy pop-out swivel casters included
  • Versatile wiring allows operation at 4 of 16-ohms mono or 2x8-ohm stereo configuration
  • 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.
  • Fully regulated power supply with tube rectifier emulation.

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Overall, the best deal for tone

Look around and compare the specs. Make sure you compare apples-to-apples. This classic cab has Celestions, which though over-rated, still sound good. (you can replace them if you are a perfectionist or play really freakin' LOUD. If you play louder than this thing goes, then you need special equipment anyway.)The cabinet itself is of top-notch construction and design. It is stereo. ALL PROS run stereo, not just because we all have two ears, not just because we spent big bucks on stereo-effects, but because stereo is absolutely crucial to achieving high-production value and professional tones.Traynor still builds some of the world's best gear. Unlike other companies, their production philosophy has not diminished. They use modern methods when appropriate. They use high-quality materials (like REAL Baltic Birch plywood) and traditional construction techniques, (like finger-jointed edges, precision-cut by CNC, internal dampening and bracing.) If you travel through Canada, visit the Traynor plant sometime. It is impressive. They are knowledgeable and friendly people too.This 4x12 costs less than other brands, but it outperforms big names like Marshall and keeps up with the boutique cabs that cost two to three times as much. (check out what they're asking for a 2x12 HiWatt-cab with cheezy Fane speakers!)I have traveled over a million miles on the road, been playing professionally for over thirty years and Traynor stuff has never let me down... not even once.This, like most Traynor stuff, is not exactly cheap, but it is not overpriced either. Consider the quality and compare features for yourself. When you add it all up, this is the best deal from a respected manufacturer. Traynor F'n ROCKS!


Lots of Features for a Good Price

By Guiary

from Abbotsford, BC

I was looking for 4 ohm cab my other guitarist to add to his fender blues Deville 212 and after countless searches I thought I'd see what traynor had for grabs. My old Bassist played a yorkville amp setup so I knew traynor offered high quality equipment. Anyway after looking at the design of the amp seeing that it had front loaded speakers and celestion V30's too, I figured this was probably cab to go with. Well the sound quality is utterly amazing!!! For the price especially! Now my guitarist plays a PV 6505+ along with this Cab and it matches nicely to my PV 5150 with 5150 Cabs. Overall: Very versitile, Good Low End Response, Clean Highs w/good mix of mids (due to V30's). Oh!! Great option of switching from 4-16ohms as well as 2 8ohm stereo.. Great quality cab awesome build!


Stronger than Marshall's best

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

In a few short words, it may be impossible to convince anyone who doesn't hear this cab. Trust me; I have played them all. For the money... even for twice the money, there is nothing better on Earth unless your are an expert and you build it yourself.

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