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MatAmp 1224/II 50w Amplifier Head - Used  From Other

A versatile and powerful amp from Matamp.


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Manufacturer's Description from Other

After years of development the Guitarist Gold Award winning Matamp 1224 is back. The latest version incorporates elements of earlier models and improves the performance and facilities of this classic.

The 1224 derives it name from the output valve switching system which allows the player to select between 1 or 2 valves in class A, and 2 or 4 valves in class AB. With the new easy to use 1224 rotary control in place of the push button matrix the player can simply select how many output valves to use and what class they are working in. There is also a triode pentode half power switch which is located on the rear of the chassis. The result of the switching allows the amplifier to operate at different power levels from a mere 2.5w to 50w.

There were always two versions of 1224 available, fixed or cathode bias. The new 1224 now features dual mode output operation meaning the 1224 can be operated in either fixed or cathode bias. By simply plugging into the lower input jack the amp operates cathode bias and into the higher input the amp runs fixed bias. This combined with the 1224 output valve switching allows the player to dial in the perfect volume level, balance of output valve distortion as well as all important feel.

The reverb is much improved over earlier versions and features a 6V6 driven spring reverb tank with choice of either two or three springs. The reverb has moved to a position in the circuit just after the tone stack to give classic spring reverb sounds.

The foot switchable boost has moved position in the circuit to give a greater range of both clean and dirty sounds. The boost switch engages an additional stage of gain before the main preamp, thus boosting the amp. The amount of boost is controlled by the pot and can be configured to give a volume or overdrive boost depending on the setting of the gain and master. The boost is voiced slightly brighter than the normal gain which opens up further tonal possibilities.

The voice control acts as a high pass filter which sets the overall character of the preamp and overdrive tone. This can be controlled via the foot switch and is useful for matching between different guitars featuring single coils or humbuckers.

The preamp has been updated with various EQ tailoring switches. The original 1224mkII had controls to adjust the bass and the mid range, these are now renamed bass shift and mid shift. There is also a new treble shift control which adjusts the frequency of the treble control. Together the EQ with the switches provides the player with powerful tone shaping tools.

Preamp out and power amp in form a passive effects send and return conveniently situated on the front panel. On the rear panel you will find connections for the foot switch and speaker outputs. The 1224 can run into 16, 8 and four ohms with two sockets provided for both 4 and 8 ohm to drive multiple speaker cabs.

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Here at Sound Pure we hand-select used and vintage pieces of gear for our inventory. Our used selection always reflects the high standards of quality and craftsmanship that we expect from all of our manufacturers.   We are a small team of dedicated experts, located in Durham, NC.  We buy, trade, and consign instruments that we truly believe in.  Because of this, we have developed a reputation of quality and trust with our customers, located all over the world.   Our best customers are the ones that truly understand our personal touch and commitment to everything we sell, and range from hobbyists and enthusiasts to some of the biggest names in the business.  Our passion bridges the products we love with the real relationships we develop with our customer - whether they are a lifelong musician, or they are just getting started on their musical journey but care about value, quality, and being treated right.  

We vigorously test everything we take in to ensure authenticity, functionality, and reliability.  We are supported by one of the most well-respected luthiers in the Southeast, guaranteeing products that come in are thoroughly vetted, and that products that go out our in premium, performance- ready shape.   We are so confident in our ability to provide the highest quality music equipment in the industry, we even invented our “Try Before You Buy” program where we can ship out a product before collecting actual payment. 

Sound Pure's inventory is constantly changing, ever-evolving, with some items sold before reaching the website.    Looking for something specific? Have questions about this product's condition or history?  Want more photos, or to simply chat with an expert who's had his hands on this actual piece of gear?  It is truly our pleasure to talk with our customers, please do contact us now.  


Weight: 22.5 kg

Dimensions: 56.5 × 27.5 × 31.5 cm

Channels: 1 plus boost

Panel Controls: Voice, Boost (Overdrive), Gain, Bass, Middle, Treble, Presence, Reverb, Master, 1224 control

Auto Biasing: Selectable cathode & fixed bias via front panel input.

Preamp Valves: 4 x JJ ECC83 1 x JJ 6V6s reverb driver

Effects Loop: Passive series FX loop

Handwired: Yes

Ohms Output: 4, 8 & 16, two sockets on 8 and 4.

Output Valves: 4 x JJ EL34

Power (W): 2.5w to 50w RMS clean power selectable

Transformer: Proprietary UK made

Turret Board: Yes

Footswitch Controls: Voice, Overdrive (Boost), Reverb

Cathode Biasing: Yes

Fixed Bias: Selectable cathode & fixed bias – four individual bias trim points

Triode/Pentode Half power switch: Yes