Unknown Airline Head

I got this in about 1982 in trade for a $50.00 Realistic Mic and an Ibanez Phase shifter. 2 Channels. no reverb and 4 6l6 power section.This baby screams when you cascade the channels!

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Location: Spokane Wa.

Comment by John Smithson on May 16, 2011 at 12:32am

i have this exact same amp but with the matching 2x15 cabinet!! i have no idea what it is


does anybody know!?!?!

Comment by Adam Sullivan on February 7, 2012 at 3:27pm

Me too...exact same one! Still no answers from anyone on this? Really curious what the story is, since it's unbranded. Maybe it's one of the ones that got sold to Montgomery Ward after bankruptcy in '68? Looks the most like the Silvertones, yes?

I've never tried cascading the channels...didn't know you could do that with these, a-la Marshall. Now I can't wait to get home and try it!

Mine has the second channel modified to take advantage of an apparently unused element of the vacuum tube triode in the original signal flow (I am parroting my guitar tech who discovered this potential, and personally know very little of all this) for added gain/overdrive. Not a master volume per-se but a second variable volume boost by way of a knob installed where the second input jack was on that channel. Bottom line: pretty much the best damn overdrive ever.

Curious if the cascading will make things even more fierce!

Comment by Rich Hein on February 9, 2012 at 6:13pm
Comment by Adam Sullivan on February 10, 2012 at 12:44pm



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