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YCV20WR

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A veteran tone freak's dream come true.

The Canadian-made Traynor Custom Valve 20WR starts with luscious, all-class-A basic performance then adds versatile, yet easy-to-use, two-channel switching. Then everything goes through Celestion's timeless G12M25 "Greenback". Those are the basics, here are the details..

The two discrete input channels each feature independent Gain and Volume controls for precise drive and comparative loudness adjustment, while a master three-way tone stack and Reverb pot round out the simple yet highly functional control array. Add to that a Bright switch on the clean channel and Boost switch on the lead channel and you have the front panel features.

On the back panel you'll find the usual assortment of pro-level goodies - Effects Send & Return jacks, a balanced XLR D.I. line output, a TRS Channel- Select/Boost Footswitch jack (a 2-button kickbox is included)and an Extension Speaker jack. And then there are one or two features you might not expect on such a classic tone beast - a 1/4-inch TRS Headphone output and a Speaker Defeat button so that you can tune and practice in silence.

The YCV20WR's "Class A" power amplifier runs on three 12AX7A's and two EL84/6BQ5's and ensures clean, quiet operation by borrowing the same DC Filament and regulated power supply design found in its big brothers, the industry-standard YCV40 and YCV80. Also like the big boys, the YCV20WR's channel switching is smooth and pop-free.

This one has to be heard to be believed and it's entirely built in Canada. It also features multi-ply birch cabinetry so it's tough as a little tank.

Features:
• Class "A" Cathode bias amplifier
• DC filaments on preamp tubes eliminate hum
• Fully regulated power supply with tube rectifier emulation
• Long Accutronics spring reverb
• Classic Celestion G12M "Greenback" speaker
• Speaker jack and selectable defeat for disabling the internal speaker
• Headphone jack for silent practicing
• D.I. Output for connections straight to the board
• Custom design "Chicken Beak" knobs
• All plywood enclosure
• Wine Red leatherette finish
• Oatmeal grille cloth on perf-steeel grill
• TFS-2B Traynor dual footswitch included
• Optional YCV20COVER available

Specifications:
• Type - Class 'A' Tube Guitar Amplifier
• Internal Speaker Impedance (Ohms) - 8
• Power @ min. impedance (Watts)- 15
• Speaker Complement - 12-inch, 25-Watt, 8-Ohm Celestion Greenback
• Channel 1 Inputs - 1/4 inch
• Channel 1 Controls - Gain, Volume
• Channel 1 Switches - Boost
• Channel 2 Inputs - Shares Channel 1
• Channel 2 Controls - Gain, Volume
• Channel 2 Switches - Channel Select, Brightness
• Masters - Volume, Bass, Mid, Treble, Reverb
• Line Out - 1/4-inch TRS
• Effects Loop - 1/4-inch Send & Return (Send doubles as Line Out, Return doubles as Line In/Link)
• Effects Footswitch Jack - 1/4"TRS, Channel Select/Boost
• Internal Reverb - Accutronics Dual Long-Spring Tank
• LED Indicators - Channel / Boost / Power / Standby
• Ext. Speaker Output - 1/4-inch, parallel w/int.speaker
• Speaker Defeat Button - back panel
• Headphone Jack - 1/4-inch TRS
• Tube Complement - 2 x 6BQ5, 3 x 12AX7
• Cabinet Construction - 11-ply Russian birch
• Trim Details - wine red "Buggy Whip" leatherette, 16 gauge perf-steel grill with "oatmeal" cloth covering,
• 10-inch steel-reinforced strap handle, black powder-painted steel corners, vintage 1960s-style Traynor logo
• Dimensions (DWH, inches) - 9.5 x 18 x 17
• Dimensions (DWH, cm) - 24 x 47 x 43
• Weight (lbs / kg) - 37.9 / 17.2

Decision and Purchase Made..2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreSaskatoon, Saskatchewan
I wanted to purchase a tube amp and insist on lasting quality, versatility. I preferred an amp that was made in North America and not off shore or Mexico. "Made in Canada" would be a bonus. I researched all the contenders and rented a Vox, 3 Fenders, and the Traynor YCV 20. Then I researched more and contacted the manufactures and ask some questions. I also researched Blackstar amps and included them in the contact process. I have to say that the service level of the fellow at Traynor was exceptional. My email was sent on a Friday, a long weekend, and I had a response that Sunday. This was definitely not the case with the rest. Now I do have to say the Blackstar rep took a week to get back to me but once we started the communication back and forth they were qexcellent. I have only had the Traynor YCV 20WR home for a week and I am extremely happy with my decision. The quality, attention to detail and sound of this unit make me think that there is no competition in this field, in my opinion. Traynor should be rewarded with strong sales of their amps based on quality, local design and commitment to great service. They back their produce with the best warranty in the business. If you are in the market for a high quality amp you want to keep forever this is it, you will have no regrets.
Posted by Dennis on Apr 1, 2019
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Closest StoreEdmonton North, Alberta
I currently have this as a loaner/rental while my own combo (Marshall) is in the shop. Pros - simple set of knobs, so it can be dialed in quickly. The Greenback is a great sounding speaker. I'm using very little gain, green channel, treble 10:00, bass and mid up full. Master pretty much full open in a non mic'd pub. Maybe half in my basement. I'm playing blues, country, lighter rock on an EC Strat or an LPC. Cons - the knobs tend to spin a bit when I carry it around so a minor inconvenience to reset them. If they cannot fix the issues with my own combo, I will seriously consider trading for this. Why keep searching when I already know this will do the job? Yes it's a Traynor and I recommend you try one for yourself.
Posted by Anonymous on Sep 20, 2018
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Great amp !4 of 4 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreDartmouth, Nova Scotia
I bought this amp at L & M in Vancouver back in 2004 and it's has performed flawlessly since. Paid $670.00 back then. Replaced the original tubes with JJs after the first year which really improved an already great tone. Very 'touch sensitive'.After playing through various Fender and Mesa amps two to three times the price, first thing I found was with this little Traynor all my guitars sounded more distinct... Single coil Strats, Les Paul, Ibanez super Strats, semi hollow body's. The only amp I use except for my YCV40WR when I need more volume! Still going strong after 14 years with absolutely no problems!
Posted by Anthony Tynes on Mar 29, 2018
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Closest StoreVictoria, British Columbia
I have had this amp for a little more than a year and I'm still loving it. Replaced the stock Ruby 6BQ5 output tubes with NOS (1975) Russian military equivalents (6P14P-EV). Noticeably larger and fuller sound (not just louder). Next up, replace the stock V2 with a NOS Mullard and V3 with a NOS RCA 5751. Stay tuned.
Posted by Ken D on Mar 12, 2017
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Closest StoreCalgary, Alberta
I was looking for an amp that suited the music I play with friends. I wanted an amp that gave me the best clean sound and a good dirty sound. I research 4 and tested 3 amps and was testing the 4th and it failed to impress me and the L&M guy suggested this. I plugged in and made up my mind in the first minute that I had found my amp. Jazz clean to Stones fuzz to Zeppelin OD to AC/DC crunch just on the clean channel. An AC15 has better clean and a Blue's Jr has great over driven tone and the Marshall had better crunch but this has it all. I have spent hours at home getting to know this amp and I can't get enough. The only things bad are the Spring Reverb is really touchy so if I use it at all it goes to .5 to 1.5 and the amp and I have to rethink my pedal board.
Posted by Scott Brown on Jan 11, 2017
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Closest StoreVictoria, British Columbia
I've had this amp for a few months now and I have to say that it has exceeded my hopes and expectations (I bought it online based on sound clips and reviews without actually being able to try it). Amps are tools, though, that we use in the chain to express our music. If you want a professional result, you have to use the right tool for the job at hand. I play light, chord-melody style jazz, sometimes with fingers sometimes with pick, but always with light string attack. Volume, crunch, breakup, etc. are not of interest to me. TONE IS KING and this amp delivers beautifully. Whether I'm using the neck pickup on my Tele clone to try to emulate Ted Greene's sound or my semi-hollow archtop with a more rolled off "typical" jazz guitar sound, the amp is right there with me. I've noticed that it's very responsive to small pickup adjustments, both in terms of string clearance and individual pole pieces. As they say, if this amp was lost or stolen I would replace it immediately without even looking at the competition. I gave it a 4 on Features because I wish that it had a Pure Mode switch that bypasses the tone stack entirely, like the YGL-1. So, right out of the box it's a beautiful sounding little amp. Add in some tube swapping, perhaps a different speaker, and tone heaven awaits.
Posted by Ken D on May 26, 2016
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A Great Kittle Grab And Go Tube Amp4 of 5 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreOshawa, Ontario
I bought this amp at L&M Oshawa. I was looking for a small "grab and go" type of tube amp for jams and small gigs. After trying out some of the other amps in the 15 watt category, the YCV 20 was the obvious choice. Lush and full cleans that have a nice punch and chime to them and because of the gain control on the clean channel, I can dial in as much "break-up" as I want. The gain channel sounds crisp and punchy with a surprising amount of dirt on tap. With the gain at about 6.5 your into the ACDC crunch zone. Kick the boost on and there's enough dirt for hard rock. I've read that a tube change will greatly improve the tone of this amp, but I find the stock tubes to be fine. Took it to it's first jam the other night, a rock/classic rock 3 piece with a heavy handed drummer and a bass player with a 6 foot tall stack. My clean channel rode on 7 the whole night and cut through the mix loud and clear and the gain channel didn't quite make it to 6 and I had no problems hanging with the band. For 15 watts it's an extremely loud little tone beast!! If your looking for a bedroom amp this one might not be for you (although it does have a speaker defeat and headphones out), but if you want a beautiful sounding and powerful grab and go amp, this is the one you want. it's also a great looking amp and feels very sturdy. It has a 2 year "even if you break it" warranty that I don't think I'll be needing as Traynor amps are known to be built like a tank. Do yourself a favor and try this one out before you decide to go with something based on the name on the front of it. You'll be glad you did.
Posted by Jay on Feb 6, 2016
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Closest StoreEdmonton South, Alberta
Had a couple of these over the years. Compact, great sounding, awesome feature set, very quiet. Heavy tho for a little amp but built to last like a all Traynors. Rich sounding, reverb is nice. Everyone's tastes is different but I found it a little mushy sounding. Great at home but in a live setting (mic thru PA) just didn't cut. Overdrive was a little indistinct but used the clean channel most of the time anyways.
Posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2015
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Great amp!3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreVancouver, British Columbia
Just purchased this amp (second hand at L&M but in pristine condition) and I absolutely love it. The Celestion Greenback gives it the most amazing full tone. The controls are really simple but so so functional. The clean is wonderful, grits up nicely with more volume; the dirty channel is as dirty as you want and the Celestion delivers the full body to go with it. First amp I've ever had that makes ALL my guitars sound amazing! Last amp I'll ever own!
Posted by anonymous on Mar 20, 2015
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"Traynor Nearly had It Right"1 of 5 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreEdmonton South, Alberta
After buying this amp, and swapping out the tubes, replaced with JJ 100% there is a remarkable difference in the sound. Negative: Doing a tube change over takes about three hours, you got to move the speaker, plus I did not reinstall the cover plate where the 2-AX7 tubes are to let the heat escape. "You need a short stubby screwdriver" to work on this amp, plus you got to pull out the top of the head just to put in some new tubes. I sold the YGL1 to buy this amp because I wanted one amp to plug all my guitars in, and the YCV 20 makes the grade, A Fender Tele, Gretsch, Godin Classical, all sound great through this amp Traynor should stay away from Sovtech Tubes, go JJ or Tungsol, I have.
Posted by OL TUBE FART on Dec 22, 2014
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great versatile amp0 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreEdmonton Downtown, Alberta
Have owned this for about 2 years now. No complaints other than the tubes. Like another reviewer said, up grade them with better quality and this amp does what you will need. Clean is great and you can overdrive the power amp for some cool grit n crunch. The lead channel can be driven hard while the 3 band eq helps to mold your tone. Good reverb included as well that can go quite deep. I have mine hooked up to the matching 1x12 cabinet which adds some bottom end. Great value again from Traynor!
Posted by curt on Sep 23, 2014
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Quit working3 of 9 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreRichmond, British Columbia
I bought this amp at the L&M in Richmond, in the first week it made some strange sounds almost like delicate glass breaking; I should have returned it! Two months in it has done that twice more, but both times it was sporadic and returned to normal function. Yesterday it quit working. The power light is on, fuse is good, tubes are all lit, but no sound, and no the standby switch is not on. I am extremely dissatisfied that a new Canadian made product is so poorly built. Like I mentioned, I should have returned it the first time it made the noises.
Posted by anonymous on Jul 13, 2014
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Versatility!!2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreToronto (Bloor St.), Ontario
I've had this great little amp for just over a year and have really got to know it. The clean channel is exceptionally good. Warm or bright tones just pour out of this thing! The clean channel gain gives a wonderful break up that is easily controlled. The gain channel is the only thing on this amp that has given me problems. The sovtek tube that it comes with give that channel a thin, "cardboardy" crunch that is not very appealing. However upgrading the tubes brings this little rock machine to life and then some! Just factor in another $60-$80 for new tubes and you absolutely will not regret this purchase!!
Posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2014
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Closest StoreEdmonton North, Alberta
Great lil amp. Lots of tone possibilities with channel switching and reverb and an effect loop as well. Good bass and trebel response, the three band eq is nice! I have it A/B with an Orange Tiny Terror, and I feel is is more versatile than the Tiny Terror, but depends on what your style/taste is. Was considering the YCV 40 WR, but felt that 15 watts is good for what I need, however the 40 WR looks great also. Traynor is all quality Canada build greatness!!
Posted by curt on Mar 3, 2013
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Versitile amp2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreVancouver, British Columbia
This little gem is not only a great amp on it's own, it is also great to use if you run multiple rigs. I use this with a Marshall TSL 602 along with a 'Dark Horse' 1X12 cab(plugged into the 15 watt Traynor). These two are a very good combination for a very lushcious deep rich tone. However, I upgraded my Traynor 'Custom Valve 20' with a Celestion 'Alnico Blue' and the the 'Dark Horse' 1x12 extension cab with a Celestion 'Heritage' G12 H30 55rhz. To die for tone, and easy to carry arond too.
Posted by Mic Allan on Jan 25, 2013
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