Rory Gallagher’s 1960 Magnatone Model 190 Professional guitar amplifier, 40 watts, fitted with a 12″ speaker of Rory’s choice; within a pink flight case stencilled with Rory Gallagher’s name and the number S27
Provenance – This was one of Rory Gallagher’s studio amps – Rory favoured cranking small amps in the studio and he mentions the Magnatone in a 1978 edition of Guitar Player Magazine. The distinctive Rory Gallagher stencilled pink flight case appears on a publicity shot for his Fresh Evidence Album and on the rear of the album cover itself. The amplifier can also be seen on Rory Gallagher’s website under the instrument archive section. The vendor purchased this amp from New King’s Road Guitar Emporium in 2012 after Rory’s family released some of his gear for sale. Strange Music, the name of their company, appears on the receipt. A copy of this receipt is included.
Please note: The existing auto transformer that converted the amp to UK voltage is in an exposed position at the base of the cabinet (see photo) and so could not pass our safety test for the purpose of sale. It was therefore disconnected and a new mains lead has been fitted by a qualified technician directly to the original 110V US transformer. It will now be possible to test the amp at the auction room using an external step down transformer. The small auto transformer is still in place to preserve originality and it would be the new owner’s decision as to what to do with that in the future. The PAT safety test has now passed.
Estimate £3000 – 5000 (Buyers Premium of 24% inclusive of VAT @20%)
Unsold (15th June 2017)