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Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by NoTeleBob, May 7, 2021.
That looks pretty darn clean for a 60 year old amp. $400 is a steal.
How much would you pay for a Fender Champ....essentially the same amplifier.
I owned a lot of the Skylarks up through the late '60's which became really bright in the later models. You are talking about the good version and the cabinet is constructed well, but after owning half a dozen Gibson amps I will warn you that they were not wired as cleanly as a Fender. Most of them are a rats nest of wiring which either give you a migraine or else a higher tech bill due to his migraine.
The price seems fair, but you will pay more to have it serviced than a lot of amps.
Buy it at that price. Very cool amp.
I would like to reiterate what all the others said about having a 3-pronged cord put on the amp.
I had a Vox Pacemaker amp from 1968 that would occasionally give me a shock when I touched it and some other plugged-in device.
Ya at minimum make sure the power cord has been upgraded , and a full recap.
Apparently sold. Seller went silent after I asked him when I could see it. I didn't wait long... someone must have beat me to the punch.
Well that takes care of the problem. Now you have some time to save up for the next time a nice amp comes along......
Worth buying for sure, if you come across another.
I have a “Crestline” model which IIRC is 1963 or so. It’s the one that some people have commented on being “not good” or overly bright. In stock form, yeah. This amp has a single Sprague component that houses a few capacitors, acting as a gain stage coupler. It makes the amp really bright and limits gain. Remove it and replace with a 0.022uf standard coupling cap, which turns the amp into an absolute tone monster.
It’s a 5 minute $2 mod and is night and day. So if you run into a Crestline, keep that in mind. My little GA-5 is one of the best sounding amps I own.
Dang man... I know just how you prob feel. I've had this happen to me more times than I can count. I always chalk it up to - "Welp, I just saved 400 bucks... I can throw down on something even better now"
I have a 1959 GA-5, and it’s great. It sounds better than my 1960 Champ. At $400, it’s a bargain, although getting a tech to check it out would be wise.
Most of them that I’ve seen offered for sale are missing all or part of the plastic Gibson logo.
A while ago I considered buying this Gibson 79 stereo amp but the seller wouldn't budge on the price. Somebody else bought it. Oh well...
There is a seller from Kazakstan on eBay that sells repros for $12 (including shipping). I'm not condoning copyright or trademark infringement, but Gibson stopped making these things many many years ago and they're impossible to find. I rolled the $12, and my Crestline GA-5 looks better than it did without the logo. This one isn't dead on accurate to what the factory emblem would've been, but pretty close. I need to adjust the angle, but you get the idea.
If you decide that this amp is the route you want to go and can't wait around for a vintage one then there is always this option from Mojotone:
GREAT price, jump on it! Sales:
Date Condition Sold Price
4/8/2021 Very Good $800
3/24/2021 Fair $750
3/12/2021 Good $700
3/10/2021 Fair $550
2/28/2021 Fair $575
1/20/2021 Very Good $1,000
12/24/2020 Very Good $1,100
11/6/2020 Very Good $550
10/18/2020 Very Good $725
10/17/2020 Excellent $949
This is why I don't make threads asking about amps I might like to buy. I'm way too paranoid I'll spread the news! No threads until after I've bought it!
Regarding the "complexity" of the 50's Gibson GA-5 Skylark, please note the following gut picture. I don't know the exact number of components involved here, but the count is quite low. Is it point to point? Yes. Is is as neat and tidy as a Fender amp? No. Does it sound glorious and nasty? You betcha. Granted, later and larger Gibson amps were definitely more of a rat's nest but this one???
i think it would be a great amp. i have a 63 that is killer.
you may want to post on the gibson tube amp group on FB.