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Amplifiers

The first amplifiers for musical instruments were used with acoustic guitars during the '30s and '40s. These early amplifiers were used with the lap-top steel Hawaiian guitar. This style of music became widely popular during the '30s. With the evolution of blues, jazz, and rock and roll music, amplifiers were used for other instruments including electric guitars and keyboards. Today, amplifiers are available for many different instruments.

Originally, amplifiers used vacuum tubes to produce power and fluctuations in tone quality. Vacuum tubes were the predominant component in amplifiers until the '70s when solid-state amplifiers using semiconductors were introduced. Solid-state amplifiers became the preferred style due to their smaller size and lower price. More recently, digital technology has been introduced to the amplifier market.

As the '70s era is considered the peak in vintage amplifier production, '70s vintage amplifiers are highly desired by collectors. These amplifiers were manufactured from wood, metal, and fabric and were very durable. Many still produce high-quality sound when used. Amplifiers manufactured by Fender, Marshall, Orange, and other companies are still widely available on the collector's market today. Vintage amplifiers in excellent working condition with quality sound will fetch the highest prices.


Quick Facts

  • Some musicians prefer tube amplifiers over solid-state amplifiers due to their sound quality and ease of repair
  • The 1958 to 1959 Fender Twin was one of the first high-powered amplifiers. This vintage amplifier is currently valued at $11,500 to $14,000
  • The most valuable vintage amplifier available to collectors today is the Dumble Overdrive Special. It is estimated that there are fewer than 300 Dumble Overdrive Special amplifiers. Models in excellent condition consistently sell for more than $50,000

Recommended Items at Auction

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Fender Amp
Mar 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Fender Amp
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $150- $200
$1505 Bids
McIntosh Premp-Amplifier
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McIntosh Premp-Amplifier
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $50- $75
$1503 Bids
Peavey Bandit 112 Guitar/ Instrument Amplifier
Mar 09, 10:00 AM MST
Peavey Bandit 112 Guitar/ Instrument Amplifier
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$352 Bids
Universal-Audio M610 Preamplifier
Mar 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Universal-Audio M610 Preamplifier
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $50- $75
$201 Bid
Fender Frontman Pr241 Guitar Amplifier
Mar 09, 10:00 AM MST
Fender Frontman Pr241 Guitar Amplifier
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe Amp
Mar 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe Amp
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
Ephiphone Valve Junior Amplifier
Mar 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Ephiphone Valve Junior Amplifier
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $50- $75
$201 Bid
Fender Band-Master Head
Mar 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Fender Band-Master Head
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $50- $75
$201 Bid
Ramco
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Ramco
by Cledis Estes Auctions II
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
Dominar-L Cinema Tube Amplifier, c. 1953
Mar 23, 10:00 AM CET
Dominar-L Cinema Tube Amplifier, c. 1953
by Auction Team Breker
Est: €800- €1,200
€4000 Bids
Klangfilm Type Euronette 31601 Cinema Tube Amplifier, c. 1935
Mar 23, 10:00 AM CET
Klangfilm Type Euronette 31601 Cinema Tube Amplifier, c. 1935
by Auction Team Breker
Est: €700- €1,000
€3000 Bids
Dominar 205 Cinema Tube Amplifier, c. 1950
Mar 23, 10:00 AM CET
Dominar 205 Cinema Tube Amplifier, c. 1950
by Auction Team Breker
Est: €700- €1,000
€4000 Bids
2 Tape Recorders, an Amplifier and Accessories by Revox
Mar 23, 10:00 AM CET
2 Tape Recorders, an Amplifier and Accessories by Revox
by Auction Team Breker
Est: €400- €600
€1800 Bids
Cinevox II a-IV a Cinema Amplifier, c. 1951
Mar 23, 10:00 AM CET
Cinevox II a-IV a Cinema Amplifier, c. 1951
by Auction Team Breker
Est: €800- €1,200
€4000 Bids
Fender Amp
Mar 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Fender Amp
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $75- $100
$300 Bids
Fender Champion Guitar Amp
Mar 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Fender Champion Guitar Amp
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $50- $75
$200 Bids
Yamaha Guitar Amplifier
Mar 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Yamaha Guitar Amplifier
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $50- $100
$200 Bids
PARASOUND ZPHONO PREAMPLIFIER
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
PARASOUND ZPHONO PREAMPLIFIER
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Jet City Guitar Amplifier
Mar 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Jet City Guitar Amplifier
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $50- $75
$200 Bids
Yamaha Powered Mixer
Mar 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Yamaha Powered Mixer
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $50- $75
$200 Bids
Traynor Amplifier Control Head
Mar 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Traynor Amplifier Control Head
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $75- $100
$300 Bids
Ampeg Amp
Mar 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Ampeg Amp
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $75- $100
$300 Bids
Hartke Bass Amp:
Mar 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Hartke Bass Amp:
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $75- $100
$300 Bids
Fender Bass Amp
Mar 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Fender Bass Amp
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $75- $100
$300 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Amplifiers


Copake Auction Inc.

Copake Auction Inc.

Auction Team Breker

Auction Team Breker

EJ'S Auction & Appraisal

EJ'S Auction & Appraisal

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries