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Tone gourmets loved it in blue, now the Traynor YCV50 is clad in sophisticated black and it looks even better. Everything else is exactly as it was on the blue version and that includes real tube overdrive provided by three premium 12AX7A dual triode preamp tubes while 50 watts of real tube power is provided by two EL34s.

Silent (no pop)channel switching provides flexibility while well-thought-out controls make it easy to dial in great tone without indulging in rocket science. Add in Celestion's rich sounding Vintage 30 speaker and the results can only be described as magical.

The three basic tones (clean, crunch and overdrive) are easily defined and are there even at low levels thanks to the Master volume control. The voicing of the lead channel has been tweaked to provide a more ominous or darker "British" tone, a natural evolution for an amp powered by EL34s as this complements the tubes' natural tonal characteristics. The clean channel's performance has been tailored more along classic, rich-sounding North American lines.

Although signal-to-noise is not normally something you might expect to hear about where guitar amplifiers are concerned, the ultra-quiet Custom Valve 50 makes it worth mentioning. Even die-hard studio pros appreciate the auto-matching tube circuit that maintains bias balance as tubes age, ensuring hum free performance ideal for miking-up the speaker. Meanwhile DC filaments and chassis-shielding on the preamp tubes all but eliminate preamp hum, perfect for direct-lining to the recording or PA desk. And all this golden silence has come at no cost to available gain levels which are potentially monstrous.

Features:
- 100% Designed & Manufactured in Canada
- All-tube design with two EL34 and three 12AX7A Premium tubes
- A Single 12 inch Celestion Vintage30 speaker for great classic sound and performance
- All plywood for the construction of the cabinet guarantees the durability and rigidity that made Traynor famous
- Separate tone controls on each of the two channels (lead and clean) for flexibility
- Classic Long-Style Accutronics Reverb, with dual springs, for authentic vintage sound
- External speaker jack for the ultimate in versatility
- Traynor TFS-2B latching dual-footswitch, with 10-foot cable included
- A special DC powered filament supply on preamp tubes ensures reduced hum
- Auto-balancing bias supply means no need for matched pairs of output tubes or bias adjustments, allowing extremely easy emergency tube replacement
- Fully regulated power supply ensures ultra low noise with tube rectifier emulation
- Heavy gauge perforated grille with black cover
- Custom design "Chicken Beak" knobs



Specifications:
• Type: Tube Guitar Amplifier
• Cabinet Impedance (Ohms): 8
• Power @ min. impedance (Watts): 50
• Minimum Impedance (Ohms): 4
• Speaker Configuration - LF (Size / Power): 12 inch / 40 Watts
• Inputs: 1
• Channel 1 - Inputs: 1/4 inch phone
• Channel 1 - Controls: Gain, Volume, Treble, Bass, Middle
• Channel 1 - Switches: Boost
• Channel 2 - Inputs: Shares ch 1 input
• Channel 2 - Controls: Volume, Treble, Bass, Middle
• Channel 2 - Switches: Channel Select, Brightness
• Channel Switching: Yes
• Master Volume Control: Yes
• Line Out (type / configuration): 1/4 inch TRS / Rear (Effects Send)
• Effects Loop / Location: Yes / Rear
• Effects Footswitch / Function: Yes / Channel Select, Boost
• Internal Reverb / Effects: Spring Reverb
• LED Indicators: Channel Select, Boost, Power, Standby
• External speaker output / location: 1/4 inch / Rear
• Standby Switch: Activates standby mode to keep the tubes warm while the amp is not in use.
• Auto Tube-matching Circuit
• Preamp Tube: 3x 12AX7WA Dual Triodes (Russia)
• Power Amp Tube: 2x EL34 Early Mullard Style
• DC filaments on preamp tubes eliminate hum
• Perforated Steel Grille
• Dimensions (DWH, inches): 9.5 x 23 x 18
• Dimensions (DWH, cm): 24 x 58 x 46
• Weight (lbs / kg): 50.3 / 22.8

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Closest StoreToronto (Bloor St.), Ontario
Amazing combo, at a great price. Crystal clear clean and warm OD. Adding the extension cab soon as well. Handles pedals very well. It's also very loud.
Posted by Dave on Oct 31, 2018
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Closest StoreNanaimo, British Columbia
I own this amp and love it! It's great for any size gig and still sounds great in my bedroom!
Posted by Tom on Jan 18, 2018
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A real Canadian gem3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreSudbury, Ontario
I have had the YCV50Blue model for over 11 years and still love it. It works well with single coils, P90s, and humbuckers. It produces great clean, crunch, and medium high gain sounds (think JCM800). EQ works well. Reverb is deep and sweet. Effects loop works like a charm. It is loud enough to shake the fillings out of your head, but thanks to the master volume it can be tamed nicely. Even at the highest gain settings it is surprisingly quiet unlike a lot of medium gain amps. It does not produce a Mesa dual rectifier type sound, so it is not for modern aggressive metal. A good distortion pedal would open up those sounds. For classic rock/hard rock/classic metal it is hard to beat. My only criticism is the frictionless feel to all the pots. While they seem of high quality it is too easy to accidentally move them. I wish they had greater friction like a Marshall's controls. Other than that no complaints. For the price you cannot go wrong.
Posted by Johnny Cool Guitar on Jan 11, 2018
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Closest StoreMoncton, New Brunswick
I have the YCV50 Blue. Basically the same as the black model except for the blue tolex finish. My wife gave me this with a ?63 reissue Les Paul by Gibson for my 50th birthday eleven years ago. Nice wife huh ! As mostly a hobby player and after ten years, I can say that this is a very versatile amp. In my youth, I owned Fender and Marshall and I can easily say, without reservation, that this 50 water lacks nothing in comparison. It can mimick both of them and more with experimentation, something I never tire of. My only complaint, if I can call it that, is restraining myself from turning it up, rattling the walls and upsetting the neighbours ! Build quality, sound quality, flexibility, it?s all present in this amp. It?s World Class from Canada.
Posted by Thom McCarthy on Dec 14, 2017
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Great Amp. Overdrive like Brit Plexi, Clean like Fender!1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreVancouver, British Columbia
Tried out every amp in the store plus 3 hours of testing amps all day. Everything in the $!000 price range for a stage use, 2 channel combo. Clean channel switching and effects loop delivers works well in both channels. Also takes affects well in the front end as a pedal platform. Master volume is very responsive like an attenuator. Only Complaint: I wish the boost had a volume knob and worked for both channels. Other than that it's 5 out of 5.
Posted by Ira on Oct 15, 2017
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love thia amp0 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StorePrince George, British Columbia
absolutely love this amp !!!!
Posted by jim on Feb 23, 2017
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Closest StoreKamloops, British Columbia
I traded a guitar for this and wow I am super impressed. Lots of great tones can be had without a petal, my go to hard rock tone is without petals. Still cant believe the trade I did to score this, total winner.
Posted by bc cyber on Aug 5, 2016
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Traynor 50 Combo, Great Buy1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreKamloops, British Columbia
I spent a few hours trying out different combo amps in the store and this one sounded the best hands down & surprisingly was at a lower cost than similar amps. Built like a tank. Excellent quality build. With the boost engaged it has noticeably more bass. I run an eq in the loop. The loop works great. Running a Fractal Audio FX8 into it. The amp takes effects very well and has a very clear quality sound to it.
Posted by Scott Sinclair on Jun 21, 2016
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Closest StoreMontréal, Quebec
At first when tryed the amp I tought it sounded awesome on the floor. When I took a brand new one home I found it was dark and muffled. After a discussion with a store tech we changed the power tubes and since then the amp really sings. The drive chanel have quite a good gain and sound very nice and tight with a tube screamer in front. The clean channel is chimey and full with a bit more emphasis on mid range than my fender but it sound awesome in its own way. If you crank the volume to 8-10 you have a nice breakup too on that channel. One thing I really miss is a presence control, it really helps to shape the sound you want and I tend to run an EQ in the fx loop instead.
Posted by anonymous on Feb 29, 2016
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Had the Blue version...1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreEdmonton South, Alberta
Also had the matching ext cab. Typical Traynor quality. Tone was a bit dark for my taste. With the ext can had tones of low end. Traded it for the YCs50.
Posted by Grant Watton on Oct 26, 2015
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Best amp I've used under $1K4 of 5 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreKanata, Ontario
Go to the store. Try the Marshall, Fender etc. amps under $1,000 - then try this one (clean and dirt). You'll hear the difference. This amp is excellent value for the $.
Posted by anonymous on Jun 16, 2015
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Best amp Marshall never made19 of 19 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreKanata, Ontario
I never wrote a review before but here goes: Channel 1 - This is the overdrive/dirt channel. by manipulating the gain, channel volume and master volume you can pretty much get every significant Marshall tone ever. I can comfortably say that I've dialed in everything from JTM45 to DSL sounds. Some say the drive channel is too dark, I disagree - if you run the channel volume over 3/4 and bring down the master - it brightens right up ! Channel 2 - This is a very diverse channel and often under appreciated. There is definitely a Jeckyl and Hyde theme here.... Keep the channel volume under 1/2 and it's soothing, clear and with the bright switch engaged, chimey. Once the channel volume creeps over 1/2 however, it starts to breakup beautifully and really responds magnificently to picking dynamics. Over 3/4 on the channel volume and you're on the express route to crunchy land. To summarize - this channel morphs from Fendery clean to Voxy bark with a turn of the channel volume knob. Reverb - This map has a genuine Accutronics spring reverb. The reverb has an really nice range available from small room to outrageous cavern. Master Volume - I cannot stress enough the effectiveness of the master volume on this amp. A 50 watt tube amp is capable of killing small animals but the master volume on this amp allows you to play anytime, anywhere without any compromise on tone. Channel Volumes - As I mentioned int he channel reviews, the channel volumes are also incredible tone shaping tools! Effects Loop - The effects loop on this amp is a series loop. It works as well as any high end amp I have ever played. Quality - This amp is proudly made in Pickering, Ontario and was even the subject of a How It's Made episode (how I discovered this amp). The amps internals are on par with any high end amp. The preamp tubes are cleverly protected from vibrations behind a padded plate. The body is made from Baltic Birch plywood and it solid as a rock. There are no shortcomings in the construction of this amp. Speaker - 8 ohm Celestion Vintage 30. Perfectly compliments this amp's voicing. There is an additional speaker jack for connecting another 8 ohm cabinet. I personally own the matching 112 cab (YCX12B) and it is also very well made with a Vintage 30. The 112 cab really compliments this amp and adds an incredible amount of punch. The bad - My amp came preloaded with Sovtek 12AX7WA preamp tubes and Ruby EL34B-STR power tubes. 8 months in one of the power tubes developed a rattle. No big deal. I ordered a trio of JJ ECC83S preamp tubes and a matched set of JJ EL34L power tubes. I found that the tube swap opened the amp up some, the highs had more presence and there was more punch on tap. Replacing tubes is a fact of life with a tube amp so this is in no way a bad thing but in the interest of a transparent review I added this in. I use this amp with a 2013 SG standard and I mostly play primarily classic rock/metal and this amp has NO problems nailing those tones with the need of a drive pedal. The only pedals I run are tuner, phase, flange, chorus, delay, wah and univibe (MXR). This amp is everything I wanted and more and I know of at least three people who bought one after hearing mine. You really owe it to yourself to try this amp out !!
Posted by Chris from Petawawa on Feb 7, 2015
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best amp2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreKanata, Ontario
I would buy again. Love it
Posted by Rob on Nov 11, 2014
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Closest StoreScarborough, Ontario
I was unfortunate to miss out on the ygl1. but this had good reviews so i thought why not. the clean tone sounded good, but not the same as that of my blues junior (v30) that went in for repairs. for some reason, dont know what, using pedals with this amp was just a big no no.i just wasn't able to get my overdrive pedal to sound clear. turning the tone knob on the pedal didnt help either. turned the bass and mids down on the amp, didnt help. and the marshall style od doesnt sit with me. i guess it was just this particular amp that had these problems? not saying this is a bad amp, just that it really doesnt work for me.
Posted by anonymous on Feb 16, 2014
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Perfect amp !!2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreFredericton, New Brunswick
I traded a Huhges and Kettner switchblade 212 for this amp with cab and very glad I did !! In less than 10 minutes I had two excellent tones, and the clean channel works perfect with pedals. Now I just need a second amp and cab :) !!
Posted by Paul on Feb 14, 2013
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My First Tube Amp Purchase4 of 4 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreRegina, Saskatchewan
When I went in to buy this, I asked the salesman for a tube amp that had an overdrive like a Marshall and a clean like a Fender. He took me to this one and I couldn't complain. And as a bonus it is Canadian manufactured. It sounds so smooth with a very nice reverb built in.
Posted by Sydney on Jan 16, 2013
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Traynor 50 watt tube amp3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreNanaimo, British Columbia
Very nice amp. This is a keeper, the amp I have been searching years for. I have owned the Marshall Vintage Modern 100 and a couple Fender tube amps as well and don't have them anymore. As good as it gets. Whether playing clean or dirty with either my Les Paul or Strat, this amp does it all. All the options I want.
Posted by Teeder on Nov 10, 2012
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Sale Price: $799.00
Store Special Product - Custom Valve 50 Watt All-Tube 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp
Model: YCV50B
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