1944 epiphone electar amplifier

One of the amps we have in our archive is a 1944 Epiphone Electar. It made it’s way out of hiding today so I grabbed this quick snapshot. Is that not about the coolest looking amp you’ve ever seen? A lot of the modern day amps we have are modeled in the spirit of these old beauties. Take for example the much heralded Valve Junior. Not familiar with that one?

CLICK HERE to find out more about the Epiphone Valve Junior.


9 Responses to “1944 epiphone electar amplifier”

  1. October 1, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Hi guys,

    Just wanted to say congratulations on the new blog! It looks great. I’m looking forward to reading all the gossip from inside the Nashville HQ šŸ˜‰

    That Electar is beautiful. I love the fact that it has a proper carry handle, rather than a strap. Maybe you could adopt the idea for your current amps?

  2. 2 Terry
    October 4, 2008 at 4:49 am

    Love the Electar amp. I’d love to see the insides or at least the backside. Kenny, I agree that the handle is cooler looking that the modern carry straps, but handles are far less forgiving than the straps.

  3. November 20, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Wow! Had to sneak a virtual peak inside compliments of schematic heaven. If that’s the same Zephyr, I’d have to say it’s Very Cool, but also very strange! Love those 6SJ7’s, but I’m definitely gonna have to study that PI circuit some more. šŸ˜‰

    Thanks for posting the amp porn! Please post some hi-res naked gut shots of it. We love those just as much! LOL


  4. 4 TWANG
    November 20, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    So.. ship that valve senior!
    Love the Electar look, by the way. You should have told us more specs.
    congrats on the blog.. my first trip in, but certainly will return.


  5. 5 Ricochet
    November 21, 2008 at 1:41 am

    Very nice amp. Love the grill. Or is it frontbaffle?

    Btw, The very same handle is sold by Ikea. I kid you not!

  6. 6 cGil
    December 21, 2008 at 2:30 am

    Just got an email from a friend with slightly fuzzy pics of a “30’s” (he sez) Electar that looks a whole lot like that ’44 from the front. Except it’s got 5 tubes instead of 6. And a Rola with a transformer sitting on it! What is it? I may need to find a schematic if it shows up at my door!


  7. 7 David Nelson
    December 26, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    I have a 1935 model sn 6283. It’s in the shop getting a couple of things replaced. It has the original 8″ Jensen speaker also. The back comes off by 4 suitcase type latches. The face is a little broken up, but it sounds great; should be even better when I get it back. The case is twead, with a leather handle.

  8. 8 Doug Yoder
    March 9, 2010 at 6:58 am

    I have recently just acquired the very same amplifier! It’s certainly a work of art and a piecie of our music history! These vintage amps are great sounding and without a doubt get a lot of attention.

  9. 9 Doug Yoder
    May 11, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Does anyone have or know where I can get a schemtaic for a 1935 – 1938 Epiphone Electar similar to the one pictured here? I am restoring one (trying desperately to save it’s life) and we need a schematic. Seems they are difficult to find.

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