Century Amplifier

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Electar Century Amplifier

From its introduction in 1939 until 1957 the Century Amplifier was part of the Century range of instruments and amplifiers including the Century archtop electric guitar, Century Mandolin, Century Mandolin, Electar Century Hawaiian Lap Steel Guitar and Century Banjo. This line of instruments was available in "complete outfits" or "starter packs" as we know them today. These outfits typically included the instrument, case, amplifier and a cord. Century amplifers were available in AC or AC-DC models.

In 1939, the AC Century Amplifier was $62.25 including cover. The Century AC-DC outfit was $72.25 with a cover and the cover by itself was $2.25. By 1960, the Century EA25T amplifier was $189.50.

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As the electric guitar took over on the bandstand, the Century became a favored amp among guitarists. An extremely striking furniture grade cabinet that employed figured maple came complete with a metal handle located on the top. With rear mounted controls, it was perfect for orchestra work where the guitarist placed the amp in front of his music stand.

The Century, with its elegant good looks, became an instant success for Epiphone and could be seen on stages around the world. Players such as Al Hendrickson of the Artie Shaw Band, Lloyd Gillson with Sammy Kaye, Harold Aloma with the Tommy Dorsey Band, Al Caiolaand George Van Eps, Father of the 7 string guitar, were all endorsing the Century.

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Epiphone Electar Century Amplifier - 1st Generation
Epiphone Electar Century Amplifier - 1st Generation
Epiphone Electar Century Amplifier - 1st Generation Epiphone Electar Century Amplifier - 1st Generation
Epiphone Electar Century Amplifier - 1st Generation
Epiphone Electar Century Amplifier - 1st Generation
Epiphone Electar Century Amplifier - 2nd Generation Epiphone Electar Century Amplifier - 2nd Generation
Epiphone Electar Century Amplifier - 2nd Generation
Epiphone Electar Century Amplifier - 2nd Generation
Epiphone Electar Century Amplifier - 2nd Generation Epiphone Electar Century Amplifier - 2nd Generation
Epiphone Electar Century Amplifier - 2nd Generation
Epiphone Electar Century Amplifier - 2nd Generation
Epiphone Electar Century Amplifier
Epiphone Century Amplifier - 3rd Generation 1955-1958

Models:

  • Electar Century 1939-1954
  • AMP-10 Century 1955-1957

Specifications:

  • Designed by Nat Daniels of Danelectro
  • Rounded top corners
  • 12" Rola field coil speaker
  • Beam powered tubes
  • Waterproof Mackintosh slip cover
  • Closed back with ventilation slots
  • Rubber-cushioned chasis
  • On/off switch
  • Fuse mount
  • Carrying handle on top of amplifier

Current:

  • Alternating & Direct current control 1939-1948
  • Alternating Current only 1949-1958

Size:

  • 16.5"T x 13.8"W x 7.5"D - 1st Generation Century
  • 16.1"T x 20.5"W x 8.7"D - 2nd Generation Century
  • 19"T x 19"w x 8.5"D - 3rd Generation Century 1955-1958

Cabinet Materials:

  • Laminted maple cabinet - 1st Generation Century
  • Plastic-coated cloth cabinet - 2nd Generation Century
  • Pressed fibre cabinet 1955-1958 - 3rd Generation 1955-1958

Grille:

  • Cloth grille cover with Electar "E" cutout - 1st Generation Century
  • Cloth grille with slotted grille cover - 2nd Generation Century
  • Cloth grille with Epiphone "E" printed logo - 3rd Generation 1955-1958

Wattage:

  • 4 watts - 1st Generation Century
  • 10 watts - 2nd Generation Century
  • 15 watts - 3rd Generation Century 1955-1958

Inputs:

  • Two inputs - 1st Generation Century
  • Three inputs - 2nd Generation Century

Controls:

  • 1 Volume control - 1st Generation Century
  • 1 Vol & 1 Tone controls - 2nd Generation Century

Vibrato:

  • Vibrato with on/off switch - 2nd Generation Century
  • Vibrato with foot switch - 3rd Generation Century 1955-1958

Control Location:

  • Controls on back of amplifier - 1st Generation Century
  • Controls on top of amplifier - 2nd & 3rd Generation Century

Carrying Handle:

  • Metal carrying handle 1939-1954
  • Rubber carrying handle 1955-1958



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