Zephyr Amplifier

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The Electar Zephyr Amplifier was part of the Zephyr range of instruments including the Zephyr Banjo, Zephyr Mandolin, Zephyr Archtop Guitar and Electar Zephyr Hawaiian Lap Steel Guitar. 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. Zephyr amplifers were available in AC or AC-DC models.

The Zephyr amplifier was introduced in 1939. This amp featured an angled back so that better projection could be achieved. At 22 ½” tall, the Zephyr was tailored to fit into the existing look that dance bands were using at that time. The controls were on the top of the amp making it far more convenient for the player to make adjustments to the dials. The back panel was cut with slots to allow rear speaker dispersion and better ventilation for the tubes. A higher powered Dreadnaught version of the Zephyr was also available.

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Electar Zephyr Amplifier

Epiphone Zephyr
1939-1954 Epiphone Electar Zephyr Amplifier
Epiphone Zephyr
1939-1954 Epiphone Electar Zephyr Amplifier Controls
Epiphone Zephyr
1955 Epiphone Zephyr Amplifier

Models:

  • Electar Zephyr 1939-1954
  • AMP-20 Zephyr 1955-1958

Power:

  • 7 tubes
  • Alternating & Direct current control (1939-1948)
  • Alternating Current only (1949-1958)
  • 20 watts (1939-1954)
  • 30 watts (1955-1958)

Speakers:

  • 15" speaker

Inputs:

  • 2 independent input channels
  • 2 Input jacks

Controls:

  • Controls on top of amplifier
  • Volume, tone controls
  • On/off indicator light
  • Vibrato with remote cable & footswitch (1949-1958)

Chassis:

  • 22.5" tall
  • Angled back
  • Ventilation slots on back
  • Comes with slip-over waterproof Mackintosh cover

Frame Materials:

  • Curly maple cabinet (1939-1954)
  • Pressed fibre cabinet (1955-1958)

Grille:

  • Cloth grille cover with Electar "E" cutout (1939-1954)
  • Cloth grille with traditional Epiphone "E" screen printed logo (1955-1958)
  • Window frame-shaped front (1955-1958)

Carrying Handle:

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

See Also: Zephyr Series





Electar Zephyr Dreadnaught Amplifier

Epiphone Zephyr
1939-1954 Epiphone Electar Zephyr Dreadnaught
Epiphone Zephyr
1955 Epiphone Electar Zephyr Dreadnaught

Models:

  • Zephyr Dreadnaught 1939-1954
  • AMP-10 Dreadnaught 1955-1958

Power:

  • 9-tubes
  • Alternating & Direct current control (1939-1948)
  • Alternating Current only (1949-1958)
  • 30 watts (1939-1954)
  • 50 watts (1955-1958)

Speakers:

  • One 15" speaker (1939-1954)
  • Two 12" speakers (1955-1958)

Inputs:

  • 2 independent input channels
  • 2 Input jacks

Controls:

  • Push/pull parallel circuit
  • Volume, treble & bass controls
  • On/off indicator light
  • Vibrato with remote cable & footswitch (1949-1958)
  • Vibrato with strength & speed control

Frame Materials:

  • Wood cabinet with yellow tweed plastic coated casing (1939-1954)
  • Pressed fibre cabinet (1955-1958)

Grille:

  • Cloth grille behind slotted case cutouts (1939-1954)
  • Cloth grille with traditional Epiphone "E" screen printed logo (1955-1958)
  • Window frame-shaped front (1955-1958)

Carrying Handle:

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



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