They all get a seriously good archtop guitar sound. The other type that would be interesting would be a ported small cab. With the bass and treble all the way up on the Poly it has a magical tube like presence. All glued and fastened -- and very solid. Mostly they are electronically reliable. How do their sound differ from f ex Polytones? As far as I can tell, they were able to achieve enough success to stay in business for decades by word of mouth alone. There are many jazz guitarists that use other types of amplifiers and you may prefer something different.
I'm tempted to drop in a lighter and more efficient neodynium speaker to see what that would do. The amp pictured is a 1968 model. However, with amps designed for electric guitarists playing , and , turning up the preamp or gain knob usually produces overdrive distortion. Position 1 More warmth than ever before! The website is 'out there', nothing recent or any useful contact info. Ch2 same except no distortion. Solid-state amplifiers vary in output power, functionality, size, price, and sound quality in a wide range, from practice amplifiers to combos suitable for gigging to professional models intended for who do.
I would look into the Quilter amp heads too — you would need a speaker too for their smallest amps. Just pay shipping, it's yours. As well, serious problems with the tubes can render an amplifier inoperable until the issue is resolved. Finding the right Poly for you, is also important. That model later had two tiny cones added. Oh, except that techs hate reaching in there and dealing with the fiberglass they are filled with. Then again, so is the Lab Series L5 which is also coveted by Jazzers.
With a Y cord I would max the bass on one channel and min the treble and vice versa on the other then blend with the volumes. However a year after I got it, it pooped out. This is a California based company that has produced solid state amplification for over 4 decades. With a capable power amp and 8ohm speaker i dont believe the would be any audible difference if the speaker frequency response + amplifier output gain + cab size are a close match. If you want to sound like George Benson in 1978 Polytone has your sound. There may be two volume controls on an electric guitar or bass, wired in parallel to mix the signal levels from the neck and bridge pickups.
It depends on what type of jazz and what type of guitar you play. Thanks for all the replies - very interesting. When ordering this model, email pics or send a text description of your front and rear panels so we can match up the correct schematics for your amp. Cabinet size and depth, material types, assembly methods, type and thickness of the baffle material the wood panel that holds the speaker , and the way the baffle attaches to the cabinet all affect tone. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging.
Guitarists who connect multiple cabinets to an amplifier must consider the amp's minimum impedance. As always, just my 2 cents. Polytone Amps Polytone amps have always been very popular amongst jazz guitarists. Visible are two glass output tubes, six smaller preamp tubes in their metal tube retainers, and both the power transformer and the output transformer. It did work though and it made the amp much louder - it was already pretty loud for a 20 watt amp but now it is very loud and again, it doesn't sound like a Polytone but some of the sound is there and I have an amp that I got for 40 bucks that was just kind of a throwaway that is now something I use quite often for teaching or if I have to leave an amp somewhere sketchy and don't want to leave a nicer one there.
I did locate a phone number with a Polytone greeting, but never an answer or a lead of any sort. It sounds fabulous as a rehearsal amp for bass -- when it's working. You just have to keep trying and don't discard the ones that stand out in some way. This item is sold As-Described This item is sold As-Described and cannot be returned unless it arrives in a condition different from how it was described or photographed. But if they aren't answering calls or emails, I'd have to think that the accordion vendor is right. Even though the Stromberg-Voisinet amp did not sell well, it still launched a new idea: a portable electric instrument amp with a speaker, all in an easily transported wooden cabinet.
All this said, I prefer the Ampeg amp for use with a solid-body guitar or a semi. There's an output for a satellite speaker on the back. The exception would be if I want an old-school, Charlie Christian-type sound, then the sag and looser bass goes right along with it. Hollow body guitars sound unbelievably amazing through this. No identifiable markings, model etc on the speaker or transformer. No harmonic or octave circuits.
It amplifies the audio signal to a level that can drive the power stage. The sound associated with Swing and Bebop jazz guitar is a clean acoustic sound coming from a large body archtop guitar. You'll typically pay more for bench time than cost of parts. I had one and gave it to my son. I sometimes even use it instead of a tube amp.
Power amp is all transistors no driver ic. Such generalizations are also subject to the human ear's tendency to behave as a natural at high volumes. Plenty of headroom with no clipping or distortion of the amplified signal is expected for jazz. Speaker efficiency is also a major factor affecting a tube amplifier's maximum volume. Some electric guitar amps have three controls in the volume section: pre-amplifier, distortion and master control.