Traynor YCV50

October 20, 2005

The best thing about the YCV50 is the way it sounds. Channel 2 provides an excellent range of clean to overdriven tones with plenty of tone sculpting power available from the well-voiced EQ. The reverb has excellent texture and color, and it delivers a great surf sound when cranked up. I just wish the reverb was one of the amp’s footswitchable functions, but, alas, you can only select channels and activate Boost via the included footswitch.

Channel 1 is the lead mode, and here you find a wide variety of distortion flavors that are brightly voiced and offer excellent attack and cutting power. The Gain control delivers everything from bluesy grind to classic-rock crunch to sinister sustain, and, thanks to the superbly implemented Middle control, even nu-metal heads can dial in happening tones. The Boost function only works on this channel, and its level is preset, but it’s handy for giving solos a little extra kick. And with a full 50 watts of power under the hood, the YCV50 is a particularly good choice if you don’t usually mic your amp though the P.A. I’m impressed by the scope of tones this amp delivers—which is why the YCV50 is such a cool choice for younger and older players alike. The YCV50 may be plain Jane in the looks department, but it’s a doll where it counts.

Kudos Sturdy array of clean and overdriven tones. Independent EQ on both channels. Cool-sounding reverb. Powerful enough to maintain clarity at higher volumes.

Concerns Reverb is not footswitchable. Footswitch buttons for channel select and Boost are confusingly labeled “1” and “2.” Internally mounted preamp tubes are difficult to access.

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