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My very rare & only known first electric amp from 1930 by electar-Epiphone!!!

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Posted 4 years ago

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This 1930 Guitar amp is a Electar by Epiphone and the only one known to exist. Made of wood with a 12" speaker. I never play it and had it about ten years now as part of my private collection. I contacted Epiphone and Gibson about the amp, but they didn't know any survived nor is there any auction record on one. They have both amps and guitars in Electar from the late 58, but they are rough and go for thousands. Its a piece of music history!

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  1. David Bromberg, 4 years ago
    Hello,
    I am also a lover of Electar amps. The model that you have is not common, but I have seen at least 4 in the last year. I own one, and they are offered for sale on E-Bay from time to time. I think that they're the best.
    David Bromberg
  2. David Bromberg, 4 years ago
    I forgot to mention, I believe that this model is called the Coronet.
  3. Ben Morgan, 3 years ago
    I work in the live sound industry, and a couple of nights ago had the opportunity to run monitors for an artist who was playing through one of these amps. I like to tinker with and build tube guitar amps, and this one sounded wonderful - likely having at least as much to do with its user as its construction. I Googled it today, and found this page - the only mention of this specific model that I could find. I hope to locate a schematic at some point.

    Oh, and the artist? David Bromberg.
  4. Gatorblue Gatorblue, 2 years ago
    I saw one of these in a little boutique guitar shop in Albuquerque, NM last year.

    Very cool amp---great sound.
  5. SudoNimh, 2 years ago
    This is an Elactar Century, looks like an early year, same as mine. I wish mine had the back like yours. These early model's 12" Rola speaker had a big coil instead of a magnet. First made in 1939 according to Epiphone.

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