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condition: excellent
make / manufacturer: Matchless
model name / number: Clubman 35

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Handmade in California in the early 90's, the Matchless Clubman 35 is as good as it gets for blues and classic tones rock especially. Point to point wiring, Hi and Lo inputs, effects loop, master volume, and two EL34s, mean effortless tone at any volume. This head is built like a tank, it's heavier than some 100w heads. Each of the knobs is very reactive, more than most amps, this gives a huge flexibility in tonal options. Keep the Volume knob relatively low and you'd have sparkling cleans. Crank up the Volume knob and you're instantly in heavy blues and classic rock territory. Based on the serial number, this is probably a '93 or '94; a relatively early item from the Mark Sampson era of Matchless - the guy who actually started the company and designed the amp. It has been said that Matchless is responsible for the growth of the boutique amp market.

The cab - also in rare matching green tolex with gold grill cloth - is a 2x12 with 30w Celestions that were specially designed for Matchless. It's an open back design which helps disperse the sound to better fill a room. Together with the Clubman, you can play any small gig without a PA - or with the Master Volume down, rock out at home without shaking the rafters.

One chord and you'll be hooked - it's hard to resist playing this amp. With that said, this rig has not been stored in a closet for the last 35 years, it has been used and has some light patina as proof. On the top of the head, there are what might have been (not very good) attempts at repairing some marks on the tolex, this left some ugly spots (shown in in pics). Some scratches on the faceplate, various marks and scratches on the tolex, small cracks on the light-up logo, and wear and tear on the cab's handle are just proof from years of love and a testament to it's usability. The Volume knob is just a little bit scratchy, not bad at all and would be a quick fix during it's next service. Same goes for a burnt out bulb in the light-up logo.

This rig was pried from the personal collection of Dave Rogers from Dave's Guitar Shop in La Crosse, WI. Comes with power cord, instrument cable, and a printed manual.

I am located in Racine, WI and am available to meet at your convenience. I'd be happy to deliver or meet up someplace. In terms of trades, I'd mostly be interested in vintage stuff - Fenders, Gibsons, Marshalls etc.

Call, txt, or email anytime (my number is in the pics to prevent spam).
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