The BIGGEST sounding LITTLE Combo to hit the soundwaves!
St. Louis, MO – December 13, 2023 – (GUITARpr) – Magnatone has announced the introduction of the Baby M-80, its newest, smallest, and lightest-weight guitar amplifier in the Master Collection. This amp is more than fun to play. It’s gainy, chewy, and harmonically rich in tone inspired by deep roots in classic British rock guitar.
Handsome as its bigger siblings, dressed in a black cotton levant cabinet covering, wrap-around grill, and lighted Magnatone logo, this baby is a ton of fun to play.
The Baby M-80 is the perfect companion for a bedroom studio and is unbelievably versatile at a small gig. It is available as a 1×10″ combo, 12-watt head, and matching 1×10″ extension speaker cabinet loaded with a custom Warehouse Guitar Speaker 10″ ceramic magnet speaker.
Billy Gibbons worked with Magnatone to perfect this amp’s small size and gain structure. In keeping with Billy’s directive to “retain the gain or feel the pain,” this little gem of an amp delivers a big tone in a compact size.
The Baby M-80 is powered by a pair of vintage “New Old Stock” (NOS) 6AQ5 tubes that deliver 12 watts of power despite their small size. Turn it up, and the power from the miniature 6AQ5/6005 is very satisfying!
The pre-amp has three 12AX7 tubes that offer Hi gain and Lo gain modes selectable via the front panel switch. The Lo gain mode covers a natural and medium breakup tone needed for rhythm. The Hi gain mode delivers a lead tone that screams.
A tube-buffered FX loop has been added to the front panel for convenience, which your pedalboard will love as this amp is definitely pedal-friendly.
The control panel on the Baby M-80 makes it easy to dial in tone with a simple Bass and Treble tone stack. Long-time Magnatone engineer and tube amp guru Obeid Khan designed this model with a unique trick and recommends, “Just simply max the Bass control knob, and you’ll cut the Mids.” Khan explains that the final 8-10 o’clock range on the Bass knob forces the Mids to dip, achieving a scooped tone for aggressive modern textures gradually. There are a wide range of adjustments possible with only two controls.
The Baby M-80 is priced at $1,999 for a 1×10″ combo, $1,899 for a head, and $1,149 for a 1×10″ speaker cabinet (MSRP/MAP).
With first shipments scheduled for January 2024, the Baby M-80 is available for pre-order right now.
For more information, visit: https://www.magnatoneusa.com
The Magnatone brand was first established in 1937 in Los Angeles, CA. The company is most famous for inventing and patenting the stereo pitch-shifting vibrato effect using a non-moving part. Legendary artists like Buddy Holly, Lonnie Mack and Robert Ward have all used Magnatone. Magnatone Amplifiers was revived by Ted Kornblum in 2007 and today Magnatone manufactures high-end boutique tube guitar amplifiers that are made in the USA. Guitarists such as Billy Gibbons, Slash, Neil Young, Jason Isbell, Lukas Nelson, Richard Fortus and Brandi Carlile all play Magnatone.
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