Modern version of Gibson amps?

Discussion in 'Glowing Bottle Tube Amp Forum' started by Strowbri86, Aug 12, 2020.

  1. Strowbri86

    Strowbri86 Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    125
    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2015
    Location:
    Indiana
    I have now owned a couple of different vintage Gibson amps. A ga20 and a ga8. Man I love their sounds. The problem is, they don't take pedals too well given their age and of course usually need some good upkeep.

    However I vastly prefer their tone to fenders. They have the chimey bell quality when clean, but they don't have that famous fender mid scoop, and they aren't as low-mid as something like an Ampeg, which is more jazzy. The kind if warmth that they have is just not like any others I know of. It's not muddy, it's not british, it's not mid heavy, it's just BUTTER. And of course when cranked it's the best crunch of all time.

    The problem is, with the seemingly hundreds of popular boutique amp builders out there, I have yet to come across one that sounds more gibsony. Most go after some kind of fender range. They have big differences of course but it's all fender focused, which is the "american" sound, and the occasional vox or marshall style.

    Do any other Gibson amp lovers know of any modern takes of that sound? I'd love to find something somewhat comparable that I can put modern pedals through, gig with, and be a workhorse instead of an antique that I baby.

    Thanks!
     
    nojazzhere likes this.
  2. Peegoo

    Peegoo Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    4,179
    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2019
    Location:
    Panhandle of Wyoming
    Victoria builds a GA-40 clone. I don't know if they do a GA-20.
     
    nojazzhere and Strowbri86 like this.
  3. 63 vibroverb

    63 vibroverb Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,147
    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2014
    Location:
    Lititz, PA
    The modern GA-20RVT (from mid 2000’s) I played had beautiful cleans and crunched really nice. I would have bought it, but needed more wattage.
     
    nojazzhere and Strowbri86 like this.
  4. Strowbri86

    Strowbri86 Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    125
    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2015
    Location:
    Indiana
     
  5. The Angle

    The Angle Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    850
    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2017
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    I believe Mojotone has at least one GA-style kit, if you're into the wire-it-yourself thing.
     
    Strowbri86 and King Fan like this.
  6. King Fan

    King Fan Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    5,474
    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2013
    Location:
    Salt Lake City
    Excellent point, it's a GA-5 (true PTP, tho with a 12AX7) -- *and* they also offer an option where they build it for you. So there's at least one modern Gibby clone.
     
    emisilly, Strowbri86 and muscmp like this.
  7. bblumentritt

    bblumentritt Tele-Afflicted Platinum Supporter

    Posts:
    1,945
    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2012
    Location:
    Austin, Texas
    my signature build is based on a ga-16t
     
  8. Mexitele Blues

    Mexitele Blues Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    42
    Posts:
    1,115
    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2018
    Location:
    Westminster, CO
    I'm in the process of putting together a modernized Gibsonette/GA-8. There is plenty of love for old Gibson amps, I think the popularity of tweed and blackface styles just eclipse the other brands.
     
    emisilly and Strowbri86 like this.
  9. Wallaby

    Wallaby Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Age:
    56
    Posts:
    1,245
    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2018
    Location:
    Midwest
    Swart claims their amps have a Gibson lineage, don't they?
     
    Strowbri86 and rjtwangs like this.
  10. Mexitele Blues

    Mexitele Blues Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    42
    Posts:
    1,115
    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2018
    Location:
    Westminster, CO
  11. uriah1

    uriah1 Telefied Gold Supporter

    Posts:
    22,128
    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2011
    Location:
    Around
    Someone once said to use the 6EU for gibson magic.

    You could probably convert some basic amps.
     
    Strowbri86 and muscmp like this.
  12. emisilly

    emisilly Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    52
    Posts:
    1,222
    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2004
    Location:
    Suffolk, VA
    They are very cool, overlooked amps.

    I play through vintage Ampeg amps myself but I do use a Bearfoot Model G pedal on my board that does a really great job of giving you that old school Gibson OD tone. It’s like if a Valco, a Supro and a tweed had a baby. Unique but definitely in that family.
     
    Strowbri86 likes this.
  13. radiocaster

    radiocaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    7,226
    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2015
    Location:
    europe
    I think some of the Fender Pawn Shop series and Vintage 47 amps have some similarity to certain Gibson amps.
     
    Strowbri86 likes this.
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.