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  1. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    The revolving door keeps turning...
    1959 Gibson GA20.
    Very sweet condition with original P12R and a bonus P12Q!
    Killer trem on this amp.
    According to the previous owner, who is a knowledgeable guy...the mahogany body for the foot switch is made from the cutaways of Les Paul's.
    I'll never own a 59 burst, but I can have a piece of one!
    He says the cabinet is redwood. IMG_20200919_121309.jpg IMG_20200919_121341.jpg IMG_20200919_121537.jpg IMG_20200919_121517.jpg IMG_20200919_122235.jpg
    I bet the P12Q would do cool things for the 5E3 or 5A3!!
     
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    Score!
     
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    Wow. I want it. Congratulations!
     
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    Nice addition there Charlie!

    Is that covering cloth, or like a vinyl?
     
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    Super nice. Wow. Great score.

    And you're right, the cabs were redwood, and not too thick. I always assume it adds a great resonance.
     
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    Nice!
     
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    Wow how clean!
    A buddy had that same amp 30 years ago and the chrome looked worse.
     
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    Damn nice amp you have there. Looks like one of the latest of the best Gibson amp era, maybe a '60 or '61 judging from the tweed and narrow panel front.
     
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    Cool, a Deluxe killer. Nice find.
     
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    Sweet! Congratulations.
     
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    Wow !!!

    I am speechless !!!
     
  12. charlie chitlin

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    It's tweed fabric similar to Fender.
     
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    Really clean. Great find.
     
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    Nice amp, Charlie. The Hammond numbered P12Q is a nice thing to get with it, and yes it will add something to a tweed Deluxe. The best old Jensen I have heard in a 5E3 was a P12P, which is a speaker Fender never used.
    Enjoy..
     
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    Man that is sweet!
     
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    I've heard/read that about the footswitches too but with various guitars as the source, certainly makes sense as the footswitches are made of mahogany which certainly wouldn't be the first choice due to cost and yes, similar in shape to the part of the neck that's cut out at the headstock. Really don't care if it's actually true or not, love telling people the story, Wally might know.

    Congrats on the new amp, if the trem is anything like the one on my Falcon it can go from subtle to very swampy, some great tones in there. My tweed has also yellowed a lot more than yours, what's left of it anyway!

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    Regarding those mahogany footswitch housings, I have no idea what the source of that wood was. I don’t see a direct cutout from a Les Paul body there. It does make sense that Gibson would use scrap mahogany for such a purpose. Scraps from what is the question? neck blanks?? There is a chunk of wood where the heel of the neck of an acoustic or a big hollowbody is cut that would yield a piece that could be shaped into that footswitch, maybe. Gibson left the mahogany footswitch behind for a plastic housing in what most people call the Crestline series, which are the single slant/front control amp cabs that followed the rear-control amps such as this GA20T. That would be circa 1962-1963. The plastic housings had a sliding pressboard bottom that allows protection for and access to the switches. These wooden switches are open on the bottom. So, the change to plastic occurred after the end of the production of the thick Les Pauls with 1960 model.
     
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    Damn fine amp!
     
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    Wow! Nice amp! Enjoy!
     
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