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What is the oldest amp that you own?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Joe_Tone, Mar 29, 2014.

  1. tcadam

    tcadam Tele-Afflicted

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    MY oldest is a '61 (or '62 or '63) Gibson Falcon GA-19RVT.
     
  2. Andy B

    Andy B Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    A Gretsch #6156 Playboy from 1962 followed by a Sound X505R from 1966.
     
  3. DaveKS

    DaveKS Friend of Leo's

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    My M-8, fall 1959 model, I'm a August 59' model.
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  4. Telesavalis

    Telesavalis Friend of Leo's

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    Lab Series L7...mid 80s.
     
  5. John Owen

    John Owen Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

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    Here's mine. Brownie Princeton - 1962. I have had this since the mid-1980's. It just kind of fell into my lap and, until I had owned it for many years, I didn't fully appreciate it. Back then I thought anything under 100 W was just a practice amp.

    Now that I'm older and wiser (and know the importance of a great bias modulated trem) I realize that it is the best amp I've ever owned. I gig with it all the time in a 4-piece band and rarely turn it up past about 3 or 4. I mic it in bigger venues but in the smaller places we usually play, it gives me all the oomph I need. Before achieving my current level of enlightenment, I almost traded it off a couple of different times. Fortunately some (tube driven) higher power (favoring lower powered amps) saved me from that tragedy. They will have to pry this one from my cold dead hands!
     

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  6. Joe_Tone

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    I finally found pics of the Gibby. I need to research this thing again and nail down the year. I think it's late 40s.

    It sounds pretty good. Someone replaced some of the filter caps, and other than the handle and a spider living in the inside corner, :confused: it's pretty much all stock!


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    Here is some info I found on it....

    http://bmansampreport.blogspot.com/2012/02/tech-talk-gibson-ga-30-1948.html


    Here's our daily amp video. These old Gibson amps can really have an interesting sound. Designed to be played with a humbucking pickup they are totally different from a fender based design.

    Gibson GA-30(1948)
    15Watts 1x8" & 1x12" speaker

    Built some two years after Django's 1946/7 American Tour this amp is barely comparable to that which was used by Django to be heard adequately while the Duke Ellington Orchestra wailing alongside him. His must have been a special and who knows perhaps a prototype issued by Gibson to support their Gibson ES300 Guitar used by Reinhart throughout the tour. He wasn't well received by the Ellington Fans who were more than discontent if the band remained silent but for a few riffs and a crescendo during his sets. Django was lone figure without his usual support and Ellington had not written anything special for his unique talents, but there again Django new nothing of Key's or reading Music Notation, didn't speak much English and always played by ear. What an educated ear and a matchless improvisational talent!

    Note the 'very large for the times' white Amp to the left of Django with Gibson and that closed striped case at his immediate 'left' which also appears on the La Plar Ballroom Picture with a small black amp connection box stood on edge to the camera.

    Anyone have any ideas on this Amplification arrangement - early 'Vibrator' type power unit or pre-amp perhaps. Was it a Seth Lover Special as it closely resembled the much later Fender Amps in size suggesting multiple speakers.

    Could the case be the controls and the large White Box just the speaker housing?

    The GA 30 must have been about 24 x 18 inches say 610 x 460mm

    The GA-30 with a picture frame style speaker opening and dark brown leatherette covering. "New bass tone expander control allows the player to increase resonance and quality of the lower notes, advantageous in instrumental solo work".

    First version of the series with 1-12" & 1-8" speaker. Massive magnets made this a very heavy amp.

    Has a GREAT low volume Jazz tone that is the Charlie Christian tone all over again with the right guitar.
     
  7. Lucky Day

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    Oldest amp I own is a mid '90s Laney VC30. How uncool am I? :)
     
  8. Bill Moore

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    '66 (?), Airline. I have owned it since 1968, carried it aboard ship while I was in the Navy. Recovered it several years ago, and installed one of Ted's speakers.
     

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  9. mattio

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    My oldest amp is a ´72 Princeton Reverb.
     
  10. cake1979

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    1964 Princeton - 6G2 Transitional Model.

    Sounds great, but awaiting a checkup by Mr. David Allen, just to make sure nothing is amiss. Lots of old bits in there.......
     
  11. teletimetx

    teletimetx Doctor of Teleocity

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    Ampeg G ii, also

    Another '64 Ampeg Gemini II. The sound, she is gorgeous.

    But simply owning it doesn't make me cool. It's the adventure. I have also a Frontman 25 that I used for gigs for 3 or 4 years and it's only ten years old. Sometimes you have to love the smell of solid state in the morning. But ok, the Frontman now stays at home and a BJ III goes on the weekly gigs.
     

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    I have a '51 Masco 25N that I plug into a 2-10" cabinet.
     
  13. Sidney Vicious

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    1964 Epiphone Galaxie. Ugly and beat but recapped and sounds great.

    My other amp is a '70 Music Master Bass Amp.
     
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    '73 Fender Champ. It's been opened up and tinkered with by a bunch of talentless hacks over the years (including me), but it keeps going and sounds great.
     
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    '55 Deluxe

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  17. Justinvs

    Justinvs Poster Extraordinaire

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    '59 Vibrolux. It was given to me back when old Fender amps were just old Fender amps, but on the condition that I never sell it but rather pass it on to someone else if I ever get sick of it.

    Haven't got sick of it yet.:lol:
     
  18. Middleman

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    77 Princeton
    followed by a 81 Vibrolux.
     
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    Martin R Friend of Leo's

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    The previous owner of my '65 Blackface Deluxe wanted a Boogie.
     

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  20. Gary Mitchell

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    A PV Rhythm Master 400 15in Black widow speaker. Almost mint condition,
     
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