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Traynor YCS100H Custom Special 100H 100W Guitar Amp Head  

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The Custom Special 100H's true three-channel architecture offers full control of each and every channel. No shared EQ's or pseudo "channels" here. Every channel on the YCS100H amplifier head has indiv... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Custom Special 100H's true three-channel architecture offers full control of each and every channel. No shared EQ's or pseudo "channels" here. Every channel on the YCS100H amplifier head has individual gain and volume controls, a full three band EQ, boost level and its own effects return and reverb settings.

Powered by four EL34EH's the YCS100H has two power levels, a true 100-watt Class AB mode, and a more manageable 30-watt Class A configuration ideal for recording or rehearsal. Four 12AX7A's make up the all tube pre-amp stage. To ensure maximum versatility, the YCS100H has an in-line pre-amp send / power amp return for in-line effects, and a side chain effects send with individual effects return level controls for every channel.

The Traynor YCS100H amp head's master section includes a Master Volume, Presence and Resonance controls. The unique Resonance control, when used with a high quality and responsive loudspeaker enclosure, like the Traynor YCS412, allows the player to dial in the exact bass response from their rig that they want to hear. It's easy to get any sound from a tight and punchy tone to a looser, more vintage-tube sound with the YCS100H. The Resonance control actually controls the damping factor of the amplifier's output stage, and allows the player to take full advantage of the cabinet's "tone".

An XLR direct output with speaker compensation ensures the Traynor half-stack can be easily fed to a live PA without having to mic the cabinet. The headphone output has speaker compensation and its own level control, independent of the amplifiers master volume, and can even be used when the amp is in standby mode for silent recording and practicing.

A solid plywood cabinet construction with all-metal chassis protects the YCS100H's glass epoxy circuit boards, tubes and wiring, ensuring years of road-readiness and unmatched reliability. The fourth button on the custom four-button footswitch controls an overall master lead boost level that kicks any channel up for solos, as well as instant access to any channel with a single stomp¦ no more tap dancing for a live sound.

Made famous in the 60's and 70's, Traynor Tube Amps were a hit among both professional and hobby guitarists, and were known for their affordability and great tone. And they were tough as nails!! Legends abound about co-founder Pete Traynor's rigorous Quality Control measures that, at times, involved dropping things from the factory roof¦ if it didn't survive the fall and still work after, it wasn't up to spec and had to be reworked some more. The legends are true, and although Traynor doesn't make a habit of throwing guitar amps off of the roof anymore, they still build them to that high level of standards.

The runaway hit that is the Traynor Custom Valve series sent engineers back to the drawing board to answer the demands of devoted followers¦ users who demand the high quality tone, construction and affordable price synonymous with the Traynor name. They stepped up to the challenge and answered the call with the Traynor Custom Special series.

The Custom Special series made things bigger and louder. For one it features the first 4x12" cabinet that Traynor has made since 1973, not to mention being the first three channel, 100-watt all tube guitar amp that they have ever produced. Not for the meek of heart, the Custom Special series can run the gamut from crystal clear rhythms to heavy crunching leads, Classic Rock to Modern Hi-Gain Metal and everything in between.

But does it go to 11?

Designed by musicians for musicians, Traynor Custom Special amplifiers are built for maximum versatility but are still simple to operate. It's always easy to get a great tone from a Traynor amp, and with the Custom Special series, they made it even easier by moving the controls to the front and adding an array of tone sculpting options like "Scoop", "Bright" and "Modern" voicing switches, "Resonance" and "Presence" controls, and yes, with the addition of a Solo Boost knob, these amps truly do go to 11. On the YCS100 alone there are no less than 9 different voicing switches, separate Reverb and effects loop level controls on all 3 channels, global Resonance and Presence controls and a user definable Solo Boost control that brings the amp to 11¦ on all 3 channels no less!!

The DynaSound direct headphone and line level DI output makes the amp sound much more like a miked cabinet for recording. DynaSound speaker simulation is on both the XLR direct line output and the stereo headphone output for a more authentic headphone tone. Placing the amp in Standby mode will silence the output to the speaker cabinets, while keeping the headphone jack active for silent practice or silent direct recording.

The Custom Special series is up to the tough standards set out by Pete in 1963, marrying those high quality standards, familiar vintage style logo, and "chicken beak" knobs with more modern features like tough, all-metal grilles, bar handles, corners, removable casters, black Nubtex covering, all plywood construction, and of course comes with Traynor's famous two-year (even if you break it!)* transferable warranty.

*Warranty valid in Canada and USA only

  • Selectable 100-watt / 30-watt all tube output
  • Powered by four EL34EH's and four 12AX7A's
  • Auto-matching tube circuit maintains bias balance as tubes age ensuring hum free performance throughout tube life.
  • 3 completely independant footswitchable channels
  • Master Volume, Presence and Resonance controls
  • Long Accutronics Spring Reverb with seperate level controls on all 3 channels
  • 9 different voicing switches including Scoop, Modern, Bright and Boost
  • DynaSound speaker compensated headphone and DI outputs for silent recording and practicing
  • Black Nubtex covering, all plywood cabinet construction
  • All metal grille, bar handles and corners
  • Custom 4 button footswitch for channel and Solo Boost functions included
  • Classic Traynor logo and Vintage styling "chicken beak" knobs
  • Custom Special Guitar Amps Series Characteristics
  • Auto-balancing tube circuit maintains bias balance as tubes age ensuring hum free performance throughout tube life.
  • DC filaments on preamp tubes eliminate hum.
  • Long Accutronics„¢ spring reverb.
  • Classic Celestion„¢ speakers.
  • All Baltic birch plywood enclosure.
  • Heavy gauge perforated grille.
  • Custom design "Chicken Beak" knobs.
  • DynaSound speaker compensated headphone and XLR direct outputs.
  • Type: Tube Guitar Amplifier
    Power at min. impedance (Watts): 2-ohms (30-watt mode) 4-ohms (100-watt mode)
    Input Channels: 3
    Channel 1 - inputs: 1/4 inch phone
    Channel 1 - controls: Gain, Volume, Treble, Mid, Bass, Reverb, Effects
    Channel 1 - switches: Boost, Scoop, Modern
    Channel 2 - controls: Gain, Volume, Treble, Mid, Bass, Reverb, Effects
    Channel 2 - switches: Boost, Scoop, Modern
    Channel 3 - controls: Gain, Volume, Treble, Mid, Bass, Reverb, Effects
    Channel 3 - switches: Boost, Bright, Modern
    Channel Switching: Yes
    Master Volume Control: Yes
    Main Tone Controls: Resonance, Presence
    Line Out (type / configuration): Speaker Compensated XLR Balanced
    Effects Volume: Seperate levels on each channel
    Effects Loop / Location: Yes / Rear
    Effects Footswitch / Function: Yes / Channel Select, Boost
    Internal Reverb / Effects: Accutronics Spring Reverb
    External speaker output / location: Rear (Dual selectable Impedences)
    Headphone Jack: Yes
    Other Features: All-tube design with four EL34EH, four 12AX7A Premium tubes
    Standby Switch
    Auto tube matching circuit
    DC filaments on preamp tubes
    Headphone jacks
    Speaker defeat switch
    Perforated Steel Grille
    Dimensions (DWH, inches): 11.5 x 26.5 x 10.5
    Dimensions (DWH, cm): 29.25 x 67.5 x 26.75
    Weight (lbs / kg): 41.4 / 18.8
    Custom Special Guitar Amps Series Overview
In Canada and the United States Traynor offers an "EVEN IF YOU BREAK IT" two year unlimited warranty on most of it's products. This warranty has made us famous. Not only because of the fact that it is one of the few real warranties that protects the consumer rather than the company, but also because it wouldn't be possible for us to offer this warranty if our products broke down!! Rock solid design and construction will guarantee that your unit works when you need it to, but just in case...

Coverage by the Traynor two & ten year unlimited warranty is transferable and it is not necessary to register your name. If, for any reason, any product manufactured by Traynor should fail within two years (ten years on all wooden enclosure elements) of the original purchase date, we will repair it free of charge. This includes speaker products. Simply return the defective unit to your authorized Traynor dealer with original proof of purchase and it will be repaired free of charge. Freight charges and damages caused as a result of major accidents or natural disasters (such as fire, automobile wrecks, tornadoes, etc.) are excluded from this warranty.

Traynor 'International Series' guitar and bass amplifiers carry a two year transferable warranty against manufacturing defects.

This warranty is valid only in Canada or the United States of America. For more information on warranty coverage outside Canada & the United States of America please refer to our Distributor Listing or contact Yorkville Sound - World Headquarters.

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