40 Watt All-tube Guitar Combo – 20th Anniversary


Traynor Amplifiers celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the classic YCV40 tube amp with the YCV4050.

As the year 2000 approached, the world braced itself for an impending Y2K disaster.  People stocked their bunkers with canned goods and corporations did everything they could to make sure their digital data was backed up and safe as possible from the dreaded numeric change. Meanwhile in Canada, legendary amplifier manufacturer, Traynor, kept on doing what they do best; designing an award-winning world class tube amp.

The YCV40 was released in 2000 and went on to become the longest running guitar amp series in the company’s 56 year history.

Prior to 2000, it had been approximately 10 years since Traynor had released a guitar amp. Traynor’s return had to be more than nostalgia, but relevant to the market of the day. Traynor’s name was still out there as enthusiasts were modifying their vintage Traynors.

The YCV 40 was released to international success at the retail level and in the press. In 2001 the amp was awarded Guitar Player Magazine’s Editor’s Pick.

When Traynor released the YCV50B, the amp was renowned for its modern tone and addition of a Master Volume control.   The YCV4050 includes the Master Volume control and the ability to switch between “Vintage” and Modern” tones.

Designed and built in Canada, the YCV4050 contains a 12-inch Celestion Creamback speaker and hand-selected 12AX7 and 6L6GC tubes. An Auto-matching tube circuit maintains the bias balance as tubes age ensuring hum free performance throughout tube life.

 To celebrate the 20th anniversary, the YCV4050 is finished in emerald green leatherette, oatmeal grill and chicken beak knobs.

Cabinet Impedance (Ohms) 8
Power @ min.  impedance (Watts) 40
Minimum Impedance (Ohms) 4
Speaker Configuration 12-inch / 40 Watts
Preamp Tube 3 x 12AX7
Power Amp Tube 2 x 6L6GC
Inputs 2
Channel 1 – Inputs 1/4-inch phone
Channel 1 – Controls Gain, Volume, Treble, Bass, Middle
Channel 1 – Switches Boost
Channel 2 – Inputs Shares channel 1 input
Channel 2 – Controls Volume, Treble, Bass, Middle
Channel 2 – Switches Channel Select, Brightness
Channel Switching Yes
Main Tone Controls Vintage/Modern modes, Presence, Reverb
Line Out (type / configuration) 1/4-inch TRS / Rear (Effects Send)
Effects Volume Yes
Effects Loop / Location Yes / Rear
Effects Footswitch / Function Yes / Channel Select, Boost
Internal Reverb / Effects Spring Reverb
LED Indicators Channel Select, Boost, Power, Standby
External speaker output / location 1/4-inch / Rear
Dimensions (DWH, inches) 9.5 x 23 x 18
Dimensions (DWH, cm) 24 x 58 x 46
Weight (lbs / kg) 50.3 / 22.8

Specifications subject to change without notice

  • Auto-matching tube circuit maintains bias balance as tubes age ensuring hum free performance throughout tube life
  • DC filaments on preamp tubes eliminate hum
  • Fully regulated power supply with tube rectifier emulation
  • Long Accutronics spring reverb.
  • Celestion 1 x 12-inch G12M-65 Creamback speaker
  • Emerald Green leathertte finish
  • Heavy gauge perforated grille with “oatmeal” cloth covering
  • All plywood enclosure
  • Heavy gauge perforated grille with silver cloth covering
  • Custom design “Chicken Beak” knobs
  • Two-button TFS-2B footswitch is included
  • Made In Canada