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NAD - 1966 Ampeg GS-12R

Discussion in 'Glowing Bottle Tube Amp Forum' started by -Hawk-, Sep 21, 2017.

  1. -Hawk-

    -Hawk- Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 14, 2015
    IL, USA
    Believe it or not, Fliptops is selling that diamond covering! It's expensive though - $35 a square yard. Couple that with the fact I have absolutely no experience with doing a job like that and I'm understandably hesitant. I'm sure I'll get bored one day and tackle it though.

    Update from last night - broke the amp. Oops! I couldn't help but at least play it a little on low volume. About 10 minutes in all the sound went away. Stayed powered up, but just the faintest of sounds with volume up. No smells or smoke. Unplugged and put it away. It's getting serviced anyway, so no huge deal. I was hoping for a little more time to scratch my itch, but oh well. Think it's going in tomorrow.

  2. powerwagonjohn

    powerwagonjohn Tele-Meister

    Apr 30, 2013
    I have a 1966 Gemini II and I agree these are special amps. They have a great tone that is completely different than any of my other amps. I bought it to see what everyone was talking about with these Ampegs. I doubt I could part with it now that I have played it for a while. It took me a bit to learn and really appreciate this amp. As for the reverb I would get it working, my Gemini has a very lush reverb that is very different to even my 1964 Fender Reverb unit. I now know I need both! As for the speaker my Gemini had a reconed original Jensen Concert speaker but with a thick heavy cone. I replaced it with a JBL D130F and it was like night and day. I think your really going to enjoy your new amp. Thanks John

  3. ac15

    ac15 Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    May 9, 2005
    Nice. I love old Ampegs.

  4. W.L.Weller

    W.L.Weller Tele-Meister

    May 20, 2014
    Hope the iron is ok. At least you didn't pay collector prices for a player's amp.

    I really like old Ampegs, especially the James/Baxandall tone controls. The C. Rex may work ok, depends on what you're going for, sound wise. The Weber/Warehouse/Eminence "American" voiced speakers would probably be a little closer to what's in there now.

    Good luck! Hope the tech gets it back running great for not too many bucks.
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  5. -Hawk-

    -Hawk- Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 14, 2015
    IL, USA
    We'll find out! Dropped it off yesterday and figure it'll take a couple weeks. I let him source the parts, so he may have to order them. I gave him a list of things to change/check and also asked him to get the chassis in there a little better.

  6. WineCaster

    WineCaster Tele-Meister

    Jul 12, 2012
    Oshkosh, Wisconsin
    This is a timely thread. As I mentioned I just scored one of these too. Mine has been used and abused but she's got character. I haven't fired it up yet-- waiting for a 3-prong cord, capacitors, and some other necessities. High hopes for this impulse buy! Looking forward to your progress, hopefully your tech keeps you in the loop.
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  7. -Hawk-

    -Hawk- Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 14, 2015
    IL, USA
    Very cool! Let me know what you think after it gets back to you.

  8. -Hawk-

    -Hawk- Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 14, 2015
    IL, USA
    Well, good news and bad news.

    Bad news: amp tech is still waiting on a couple parts.

    Good news: filter caps were indeed changed prior to my purchase and the lack of sound was due to a loose lead on the speakers. The can cap was left in place and the new caps put into the chassis.

    Still planning on having him change out the various resistors and caps discussed earlier. Hoping to have it home next week in time for a couple different rehearsals.
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