Magnatone Guitars!

New for Fall 2013, a complete guide to Magnatone guitars and the stories behind them!

1938-1960 Steel Guitars

1956-1963 Bigsby/Barth Era

1964-1966 Starstream Era


Magnatone 109 Melodier


Years 1954-1958
Power 2x 6V6
Preamp 12AX7
Power Bias cathode bias
Speaker 2x8" or 1x10" or 1x12"
Rectifier tube, 5Y3 (some)

Between 1947 and 1958, the Melodier was made with several different circuits and speaker configurations. It was usually a 5 tube push-pull circuit, but there was a 4 tube push-pull variant (see schematic at the bottom of this page).

The name Melodier was first used with the M-195-4 and M-195-5 circuits of the late forties. The 109 appeared between 1953 and 1954. It was dropped around 1957 or 1958, when Magnatone overhauled its amplifier line.

They came as pictured below, with tan vinyl covering as well as with MOTS pearloid finish (above, catalog picture).


photos courtesy of Melinda Gibson.


Schematic for 4 tube 109




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