Gibson GA5, all original, $400, would you jump?

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  1. NoTeleBob

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    Should I jump on this? All original including the tubes. 1961 model. Same owner since the 80's. Seems like a bargain. But, I don't know that much about tube amps. I don't really have the money for another amp, but you know how it goes :)



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  2. J. Bonkosky

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    Yeah! But expect to take it to a tech.
     
  3. teleplayr

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    Depends on what the current prices are. Like what J. Bonkosky said about taking it to a tech..
     
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    Yep
     
  5. bgmacaw

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    Yep, take it to a tech. It almost certainly has a two prong plug and unless you enjoy the occasional jolt of electrical current coursing through your body, get a three prong mod done to it.
     
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    Yes!
     
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    Yes indeed. I have its cousin with tremolo... great amps.
     
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    Yes.... I have a '60. You can not buy a new amp with the sound and mojo of this amp for that price. Maybe $30 in electrolytics and a 3 prong cord and you have a very dependable tone monster!

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    I’d chew the owner down a bit. Old Gibsons aren’t as valuable and that seems a bit steep for a 5 watt. I bought a Gibson Skylark 5T for 250 a few years ago and that was a ‘65.
     
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    One of the last Gibsons I'd be interested in owning. Anything later (the slanted top cabinet series, especially) are just not good.
     
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    Well.... IMO... where else can you buy an amp like this for 400? Sure... you may have to sink another 200 into it or so to get it right, and make it safe to use, but heck... for a vintage tubie that's a 1 owner for 600 ish? Yeah.... I'd be all over it. I'm not familiar with the electronics on this one, but it reminds me of my 30's EH-150 and I love my lil EH. I can get tones out of it that I simply can't get out of any other amp I own, in a good way ;)
     
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    As much as I want to keep my mouth shut to keep prices lower, I seem unable to. A '65 is a completely different amp, and still worth about 250. A 50s skylark is more like a tweed champ. Yes I would jump on it for $400.
     
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    Looks cool as hell!
     
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    They sound totally amazing, too. Good price. Do it.

    But as noted, budget for a good tune-up, recap, 3-prong cord...
     
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    If you don't have the money, don't buy it! :eek:

    If you want an amp like this in the future, you can save up for one while you research which one you would like best.
     
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    Don't buy it - give me the seller's number so I can buy it.
     
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    The recent Fender Champion 600 are 275 dollars and up. These fenders were under 200 dollars a few years ago. Buy the vintage Gibson for the price he wants.
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    If that is an amp you want, buy it. If it's not an amp you want, don't buy it.
     
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    Does it work??
     
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    Wow! What a find in such beautiful condition. If it were me I'd try to keep it as original as possible but as others have mentioned I'd replace the electrolytic caps with F&T's and maybe do a three prong cord.. If I would decide to keep the original cord I would replace the original death cap with something modern and more robust. I would also, try to find a replacement handle that looks very much like the original and keep the original preserved with some leather conditioner and in a plastic bag.
     
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