Upon Further Investigation…..

15 11 2008

As will be seen, this Lafayette amp is a fixer-upper. It wasn’t well cared after and someone took liberties with the control nobs, but the little thing rocked during the brief time that it worked.

At the moment it consumes fuses like there’s no tomorrow and presents a good learning experience to find out why. I bought this for just $75 about two years ago where I found the Silvertone 1470, purchasing both in the same transaction.

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When running single coil pickup guitars through the amp, it produced a very ratty 1960’s garage rock tone, all treble and spite with hardly any bass response. Forget lush, swirling, harmonically rich chordal moments, this is real bare wires stuff, like a budget version of the guitar lead on “Sympathy For The Devil” by the Rolling Stones.

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I wish Lafayette had come up with a model name for this amp, there’s no joy in referring to it by its given name of 99-9141WX. Fender had the Twin Reverb, the Bassman, even the long forgotten Bronco, Gibson gave it’s amps names like Ranger, Minuteman or Medallist, while Vox combined letters and numbers in an interesting way to produce the AC-10, AC-30, AC-50…etc, but to Lafayette, amps were just catalog order numbers.

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