Germino Classic 45 ™

Head $2300
26 x 9 x 8.375

2 x 12 Combo $2800
30 x 22 x 10.5

A finely tuned replica of the JTM-45™ using a custom wound version of the Radio Spares output transformer which has 6.6K, 8K, 9K and ultra-linear taps on the primary.

All 2012 models are built using the 8K tap and a 440-450vdc power transformer. The 8K primary impedance works well with KT-66 and 6L6GC/5881 tube types. The R/S output transformer is wound to 30 watt capacity. The Classic 45™ when pushed will produce around 40 to 45 watts.

The Classic 45™ uses a Bass circuit as all early JTM era amplifiers. Early plexi tone control values are used consisting of a 56K slope resistor and 270pf capacitor. Filtering is low and combined with the high primary impedance of the R/S output transformer give the amp a softer feel compared to the later EL-34 JTM-50 and JMP-50 Bass models. Power transformer is selectable for 120v, 220v, 230v and 240 operation. This power tranny features connections with solder tabs as the originals for period correct looks. Output is selectable for 4/8/16 ohm operation.

Each amp I personally hand build using the finest parts and materials. Spot welded aluminum chassis, mil spec potentiometers, heavy duty Carling switches, NOS tube sockets, Cliff jacks,  F&T electrolytic capacitors.  Film/foil ?vintage mustard style? capacitors and carbon film/carbon comp resistor assortment hand wired on turret board complete the interior layout. Original diameter copper stranded wire is used for all wiring. Each amp is laid out and assembled as an original JTM-45 would be.

The Classic 45™ faithfully replicates the tone of an original JTM-45, only better! This amp is a delight to play being as at home doing "Beano" era Clapton as it is replicating AC/DC to early ZZ Top. The Classic 45™ goes from an amazing clean tone to the best crunchy overdriven sounds imaginable. Excellent bottom end, incredible frequency response and exceptional 3D balance are all there to enjoy.

Classic 45™ is shipping with Gold Lion KT-66 output valves and Mullard reissue 12AX7’s .

These product specifications apply to Germino models 2012 only, not earlier product.


Audio Clips

Audio clip by Emerson Swinford
Steppin' Out - 1.49MB, 1:05 clip

Classic 45 audio clip 1 (Les Paul, 800KB, 0:51 runtime)
Emerson Swinford playing a Les Paul through the Classic 45. Beautiful chime and grind.

Classic 45 audio clip 2 (Les Paul, 1.6MB, 1:45 runtime)
Emerson Swinford running a Les Paul through various pickup positions and volume settings. Gentle fingerpicked passages to Cream-era Clapton riffs.

Classic 45 audio clip 3 (P90, 780KB, 0:50 runtime)
Emerson Swinford running a P90 and guitar volume knob, taking the Classic 45 from clean to mean.

Classic 45 audio clip 4 (Strat, 1.42MB, 1:33 runtime)
Emerson Swinford working the volume knob on a Strat through various pickup positions. Clean and dirty.

Classic 45 audio clip 5 (Les Paul, 1.05MB, 1:09 runtime)
Emerson Swinford playing ACDC.


The May 2009 issue of Premier Guitar lists the Germino Classic 45 in a round up of JTM 45-style amplifiers.
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"The amp not only excels in tone and feel, but also has allowed me to sell half my other amps...I have never had an amp that was so expressive, brought the passion in your heart to your fingers, and was transferred to the audience in tone."
Harmony Central review

"If you're looking for an affordable boutique amp that can faithfully recreate the most vintage of all Marshall tones ... you'll have to look long and hard to find an amp that does it better than the Classic 45. Germino has done a great job of capturing that elusive and irresistible vintage Marshall magic. Well done!
Guitar Player Magazine (September 2004)
Read the full review (7.9MB PDF)