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Traynor YGM-3 Guitar Mate Reverb 25 Watt Combo Amp, 1971

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Built from 1969 to 1979 in the Toronto area, the Traynor YGM-3 Guitar Mate Reverb 25 watt 1×12 combo was a very common amp in the Canadian music world.

Traynor has been a solid presence for many years, partly due to its birth as part of Yorkville Sound and the Long and McQuade chain. Yorkville and Traynor audio gear is extremely common and highly reliable. There was a story that Peter Traynor initially tested the durability of his amp designs by taking them up to the roof off the shop and dropping them over the edge. After being re-tubed, the amp had to just work right away.

The YGM-3 Guitar Mate Reverb is based on the EL-84 tube and Hammond transformers, delivering between 20 to 25 watts through a single 12 inch speaker. The amp cabinet has two sections, open back for the amp head and closed back for the speaker. This configuration may have been partly to increase physical protection to the speaker cone – a lot of these amps were used in the rental market, and were moved around a lot. The circuitry includes Tremolo and Reverb, using an Accutronics spring reverb pan.

The YGM-3 Guitar Mate Reverb was offered in two distinct packages. Seen here is an example of the 1969 to 1974 production; from 1974 to 1979 the cabinet and chassis changed to provide a slant-front control panel.

This amp is in good working order, with moderate scuffing to the tolex covering and grille cloth.

Price: $500 CAD
  • Model: YGM-3 Guitar Mate Reverb
  • Year: 1971 |
  • Class: Vintage
  • Serial Number: 1121859
  • Country of Origin: Canada
  • Condition: Good
  • Date Posted: 29/01/2019

  • Consignment Item

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