The Matchless Lightning 15W
The Lightning’s 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.
Notes and tips from Matchless Builder, Phil Jamison:
“The tone stage is based off the early Top Boost circuit with some modifications unique to the Lightning. The Bass control will add a heavier sound and increase the midrange as you turn it up. This is very beneficial with different styles of pickup that have a thinner sound, or fatter pickups that need the Bass rolled off for more clarity. The Treble control will do two things in this type of circuit, first it will of course add more top end and brightness, and subsequently it will decrease the midrange. This is can be a very important feature to help tailor the sound of your pickup.
Power: 15 Watts
Controls: Volume, Interactive Bass & Treble, Master Volume
Power Tubes: 1 x EL84
Preamp Tubes: 3 x 12AX7
Rectifier Tube: 1 x 5AR4
Features: Dual Inputs
Speaker Output: One 4 and one 8 Ohm out
Weight: Head 35 lbs. / 1×12 45 lbs. / 2×10 50 lbs.
Dimensions: Head 7.25 x 18 x 8.25 / 1×12 18 x 25 x 9 / 2×10 19.5 x 27 x 9
This amp is in very good condition however there are some dings and small tears in the tolex as well as scuffs on the hardware corners (see photos).