From Matchless - “The Independence 35 is the first 35 watt 3 channel guitar amplifier in Matchless’ history. In addition to the signature backlit nameplate, the three channels light up red, white, and blue. Channel two (white) is powered by one 12AX7 and will provide ample chunk and high-gain lead. Channel three (red) is all about fire. The master volume control is by-passable and features a cut control to thicken up and shave the highs.
The power section of the Independence starts with a 5AR4 rectifier tube and the 35 watt output is powered by two EL34s, which are cathode self biasing. A 3 position rotary switch allows for 4, 8, & 16 ohm output. The channels are switched through one footswitch.”
- Power: 35 Watts
- Channels: 3
- Controls Ch.1: Volume, Tone
- Controls Ch.2: Gain
- Controls Ch.3: Gain, Volume, Bass, Treble, Cut, Master (bypassable)
- Switches: Reverse Speaker Phase, Hi-lo power, 3 Position rotary impedance, 6 Position rotary tone
- Power Tubes: 2 x EL34
- Preamp Tubes: 4 x 12AX7
- Rectifier Tube: 1 x 5AR4
- Features: Dual speaker jacks, Footswitch
- Speaker Output: 4, 8 and 16 Ohm impedance selector
- Weight: 50 lbs.
- Head Dimensions: 8.5 x 21.5 x 10.5”
For the guitar player with discerning taste, the Matchless Independence 35 amp provides lush tonal options for a wide variety of music. Plugging into the Independence 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 lighted faceplate and 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 favorite ones approach tonal dreamland.
The Independence 35 is a fully hand-wired amp with 100% point-to-point connections, not a circuit board in sight. Matchless amps are built like tanks, with massive hand wound transformers that take up to 16 hours to build by company employees.
The Matchless 2x12 speaker cab houses two dissimilar Celestion speakers - a G12H30 and a Greenback 25, each specially modified through a proprietary Matchless formula. All of this is encased in an extremely sturdy hand-made 11-ply, Baltic birch cabinet, and wrapped in richly textured burgundy vinyl.
This amp is in excellent as-new condition. It has never been gigged, or even taken out of a home studio. There are no rips or tears, scuffs, creases or blemishes of any kind.
The original channel switching foot switch included.
Demo of same model - https://youtu.be/niBPrCEfTEM