The Ceriatone Custom, hand-built tribute to the Matchless Lightning boutique guitar amplifier. Shown above is Lunchbox in custom White tolex ($75 option). Comes standard in Black Tolex. Also the Passive Effects Loop is an option.

The tone controls are interactive and dynamic. The tonal palate is amazing and the volume (for a 15 watt amp) is astounding. The interactive tone controls influence each other in a very dynamic way and pull each other’s range and reach up and down. Actual tonal possibilities are very extensive and it produces loud output volumes not normally associated with a 15 watt rating.

The single channel preamp with its interactive tone controls is coupled to a serious dual-EL84 power section with a tube rectifier. All models have active EQ to attain an excellent array of complex tones. User controls include Volume, Interactive Bass & Treble, and Master Volume.


Power: 15 watts

Channels: Single Channel

Controls Ch.1: Volume, Interactive Bass, Treble, Master Volume

Power Tubes: EL84 x 2

Preamp Tubes: 12AX7 x 3

Rectifier Tube: GZ34 x 1

Features: Dual Inputs

1/2 Power Switch
Line Out
Speaker Output: 4 / 8 / 16 ohm selectable


Muchle$$ Lightning Configuration Options:

  • Chassis I - $680.50
    (Fully working chassis. Tubes and cabinet not included.)
  • Chassis II - $793
    (Fully working chassis w/ tubes. No cabinet.)
  • Amp Head I - $855.50
    (Fully working chassis installed in a head cabinet. Only tubes not included.)
  • Amp Head II - $968
    (Fully working chassis w/ tubes installed in a head cabinet.)
  • 112 Combo Amp - $1,159
    (Fully working chassis with tubes installed in a 1x12 combo cabinet. Speaker not included.)
  • 212 Combo Amp - $1,577.50
    (Fully working chassis with tubes installed in a 2x12 combo cabinet. Speakers not included.)

Main photo is for illustrative purposes only and advertised base pricing is for Chassis I w/o tubes. Photos may include options that are not included if you order the standard version of the amp or don't order all options available. We also may not offer all options available and/or shown in main illustrative photos. Photos are of products assembled by Ceriatone. We no longer sell kits. Black Tolex is standard on all amps unless otherwise stated in product description.

Ceriatone amps are custom made, 100% hand-built, point-to-point hand-wired amplifiers using the highest quality components and custom wound transformers. Each amp is thoroughly tested and burned in before it is shipped to you. Even with long lead times (due to a large number of guitarists ordering Ceriatone amps and the Covid-19 pandemic), Ceriatone will take no shortcuts or change their build standards in the production of their hand-built amps. Lead times listed are approximate.

Current lead times are listed on the main page at and are approximate.

Pricing shown on includes the shipping cost to the USA only. We only ship to the USA, Canada and Mexico. Shipping to Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands will have additional shipping. We'll invoice the difference in shipping and it is due at the time the order is placed. Paypal is our payment processor and you do not need a Paypal account to check out.

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