1962 MATAMP S2000 20watt Guitar Amplifier
Hand Made by Mat Mathias.
Inputs, Depth, Drive, Bass, Treble, Boost, Volume Power, Fuses.
20watt output, 2 EL34's.
AC Input Orignal Bulgin, Voltage Selector , Speaker 16ohm & 8ohm
Top Chassis View. Notice output knob on chassis top.
Inside Chassis. Sheilded input, notice the orange paint. This amp
probalby had the sheild added when the OP Transformer was replaced.
The bent and folded aluminum chassis by Mat Mathias.
S2000 Circuit, Handcrafted by Mat Mathias. His wire bends are
almost a trademark identity of Mat's precision work.
Replacement OP Transformer.
Original amp sleeve. The amp mounts from the front. Notice the 2
metal rails that each have 2 threaded holes.
The original leather handle. The vinyde is in great shape and also
shows us that the black basketweave was used by Matamp originally
in the early 1960's. The basketweave pattern is still used on Matamp
amp sleeves and speaker cabinet boxes.
The output transformer was changed in the UK at some point. When
the the replacement was made probably around 1970, the orange
sheild was proabably added too. Originally this amp probably did not
have a sheild for the input.
20watts, the amp is very subtle. The volume is full and will distort
when cranked on 10. Jazz tones and early Zeppelin tones are found
on this particular amp. Super quiet circuit, and when you strum, it has
a very flavored full tone. This amp would be perfect for a 1 man act
with Jazz Musicians, and is a great amp to record with. Not enough
volume to have too loud of a band next to it. Subtle jazz, blues or
original honkey tonk country would sound good with this amp.
The physical condition of this amp is beautiful. The clean crisp white
front panel is in tact and all of the knobs are perfect. Power switch
and power light are all original. Very clean amp actually, with exception
of the chassis dust that has gathered to the electronic spray that was
used alot back in the 60's on tube gear.
This type of amp was used by Peter Green in 1968 and during the
early Fleetwood Mac recordings. After Mat went on tour with
Fleetwood Mac in the USA, he returned with new ideas.
The 20watt amp was just not enough power for the venues in the USA
and the aluminum chassis would need to be replaced with something
The first change was stepping up to an 80watt version on the same chassis.
The next stage of the equation was the metal welded chassis, enameled
in either off white or orange. The GT's were born in both 2 valve and 4 valve