Up for sale, a 1960s Echo Twin-Amp 45 vintage piggyback tube amplifier in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Exceedingly rare outside Japan (and manufactured by Miyuki Ind.), this Echo amp was designed to capitalize on the success of Fender's larger Blackface era amplifiers, yet has a sound all its own and actually more akin to a Music Man, with a EL34-based power section. Fully serviced by our techs here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Twin-Amp 45 features 45 watts of all tube power, a closed back cabinet design with original pair of alnico 12" drivers, and built-in Tremolo and spring Reverb.
Channel One is designated the Reverb/Vibrato channel and is sonically more on the scooped side, with a present top end cut and a taut bass response. The Reverb has a lush, splashy character, and the Tremolo controls have a wide sweep and particularly deep chop when required. Channel Two has a bit more power and punch, with a fat low end, a wooly low midrange character, and smooth treble.
The tag board circuit has been thoroughly recapped with brand new Sprague Orange Drop capacitors, and the original power and output transformers are intact, while the reverb driver is a replacement. The chassis itself is quite clean, and the black silkscreened faceplate has its full compliment of original large barrel knobs. Remarkably, the complete matching set of original Matsushita tubes is also intact. Inside the cabinet, the original stock 12” speakers are present with clean frames and viable original cones.
Taking its cues from its Fender contemporary, this Twin-Amp 45 features smooth black tolex and silver sparkle grillcloth that has aged over the decades. Aside from some minor scuffs and edge wear, there is very little wear to report, and this Echo Twin-Amp 45 is not only rare, but completely serviced.