This is an excellent example of a very fine amp: a Panaramic 62 Custom, which is actually a...
This is an excellent example of a very fine amp: a Panaramic 62 Custom, which is actually a rebadged Magnatone 260 amp, dating from around 1963.This amp is in great cosmetic condition and works very well. There’s a hairline crack down one seam of the case, but it seems structurally very sound.
It has been fitted with a three-core earthed mains cable for electrical safety and is in good working order – there’s some hum with my Telecaster, but it’s not excessive. All features work as they should – the pitch-shift vibrato is what Magnatones are known for and it’s easy to understand why: it makes for a unique and evocative sound – once heard, never forgotten. Though rated at 19w these amps aren’t over-loud so would make a good studio or home recording amp.
The bass and treble tone controls are very interactive and can really shape the mids – can take some getting used to.
A great trick is to jumper the channels together and engage the vibrato: by mising the channel levels and adjusting the tone controls you get a great phasing effect that can be almost like an autowah/filter: very, very addictive!
These amps are noted for their unique vibrato and warm break up: used by Neil Young, Dave Gilmour, Lonnie Mack, Buddy Holly, Ry Cooder and Robert Cray amongst others.
Check the YouTube demo of a similar Magnatone below – though this one has reverb (with thanks to the uploader):
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PUBLISHED: 21st Nov 2023
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