Matchless Lightning 15 Combo - USA 1997
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'The sound of the Lightning is that very classic EL84 “British Sound”. Much more scooped in the midrange than the Spitfire and Nighthawk, you will quickly see how well it sits in the mix against other instruments. Its clarity and voicing will slice through everything, making you very present.
Actual tonal possibilities are very extensive and it produces loud output volumes not normally associated with a 15 watt rating.
The Pro-grade single channel preamp with its interactive tone controls is coupled to a serious dual-EL84 power section with a tube rectifier. All models have active EQ to attain an excellent array of complex tones. User controls include Volume, Interactive Bass & Treble, and Master Volume.'
For the guitar player with discerning taste, the Matchless Lightning 15 amp provides lush tonal options for a wide variety of music. Plugging into the Lightning is the sonic equivalent of sliding into a plush Bentley for a joyride. Everything exudes luxury and extravagance from the smooth-yet-rugged exterior tolex skin, to the military-grade switches, to the front panel. Even the ¼-inch inputs feel super solid as they grip your guitar cable and snap it into place.
Aside from the slick construction, this amp’s main selling points are sheer craftsmanship and attention to detail. When playing chords, every note shines through, even under heavy distortion. If you use pedals, you’ll hear colours and detail in them that you may never have known were there. You may even find that guitars you’ve grown tired of sound better than ever, and your favourite ones approach tonal dreamland.
This amp is in great condition. It has been gigged, and shows signs of being on the road, but we think this only adds to its appeal. There are a few scuffs and marks, but nothing structural or offensive. A ripping amp with plenty of mojo and character. Comes with a cover.
Power Output: 15 Watts
Tubes: 5AR4, EL84 (2), 12AX7 (3)
Speaker: 2 x Celestion G10 Vintage
Controls: Volume, Bass, Treble, Master
Dimensions: 25" x 18" x 9.5"
Weight: 50 lbs