Premier B-160 Club Bass Amp (1964) Sold!

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It’s hard to imagine an amplifier with nattier looks than this: two-tone tolex (including faux wood grain), woven cane grillcloth, multicolored control knobs, and inputs labeled for “Bass Viol / Accordion” and “Bass / Guitar”. And its good looks aren’t the only thing it has going for it. This particular model is loved by both guitar and harp players—and if there are still any actively-gigging electric accordion players left in the country, we’re sure they’d also sing it praises. The amp uses a pair of 6V6 output tubes for 12-15 watts through a stunningly, all-original Jensen C12P 12-inch speaker. The preamp input topology differs from Fenders and Marshalls through its use of an EF86 pentode as the first tube. Vox fans will recognize the EF86 as the input tube used on the earliest AC15s and AC30s—and more than one customer has commented that this amp has a bit of the Vox thing going on in the character of its high end. The amp has good volume and remains clean through most of the volume knob rotation, gaining a little hair at the highest settings. The preamp does not push the output section hard enough to get saturated distortion, but the amp produces singing tones that are a thing of beauty when pushed by a Tube Screamer or a Timmy.

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It’s hard to imagine an amplifier with nattier looks than this: two-tone tolex (including faux wood grain), woven cane grillcloth, multicolored control knobs, and inputs labeled for “Bass Viol / Accordion” and “Bass / Guitar”. And its good looks aren’t the only thing it has going for it. This particular model is loved by both guitar and harp players—and if there are still any actively-gigging electric accordion players left in the country, we’re sure they’d also sing it praises. The amp uses a pair of 6V6 output tubes for 12-15 watts through a stunningly, all-original Jensen C12P 12-inch speaker. The preamp input topology differs from Fenders and Marshalls through its use of an EF86 pentode as the first tube. Vox fans will recognize the EF86 as the input tube used on the earliest AC15s and AC30s—and more than one customer has commented that this amp has a bit of the Vox thing going on in the character of its high end. The amp has good volume and remains clean through most of the volume knob rotation, gaining a little hair at the highest settings. The preamp does not push the output section hard enough to get saturated distortion, but the amp produces singing tones that are a thing of beauty when pushed by a Tube Screamer or a Timmy.