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1960 Gibson guitar and amplifier catalog, page 20

Gibson 1960 guitar and amplifier catalog. Page 20. Splash page for the section on Gibson Amplifiers.

Featuring well known session musician Tony Mottola playing a Gibson ES355TD-SV. Mottola was a Gibson endorsing artist for some years in the early 1960s, being pictured with a range of different Gibson amplifiers. Here he is shown with two models, the GA-77 Vanguard and GA-88S stereo. Compare this image to the equivalent in the 1962 Gibson catalogue with just the Vanguard, or this early 1963 advertisement, using a similar image, from the same photo-shoot, but with a newer version of the Vangaurd, the Crestline series GA-77RVTL.

Although the guitar pictured is described as the ES-355T, the stereo circuitry and varitone are mentioned in the text - it can only be assumed that this page was prepared at a point in 1959 before the model designation ES-355TD-SV was widely is use.

1960 Gibson guitar and amplifier catalog, page 20: start of the amplifier section, featuring Tony Mottola
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Vintage 1970s Gibson GPA-70  ~  4-Channel Public Address (PA) Amplifier  ~  Works

Vintage 1970's Gibson GPA-70 ~ 4-Channel Public Address (PA) Amplifier ~ Works

Santa Ana, California, 927**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$150

Vintage 1970's Gibson GPA-70 ~ 4-Channel Public Address (PA) Amplifier ~ Works

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Gibson Ga-400 Super 400 Amp

Gibson Ga-400 Super 400 Amp

Cincinnati, Ohio, 452**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6000

Gibson GA-400 super 400 amp. Custom ordered 1 owner amp. All original with exception of recent cap job service. Has both original cone norelco 12?? speakers. Built in compression feature. Comes with original replaced caps and original owners manual. Preferred local pickup as it is a heavy solid amp and will be expensive to ship and insure.
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"1952" Gibson GA-75W Guitar Amplifier Working

"1952" Gibson GA-75W Guitar Amplifier Working

Federal Way, Washington, 980**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2800

In original shape . tubs , capacitors and restores has been changed.
The Gibson GA-75W, a rare gem produced from 1950 to 1955 with only 1274 units made according to shipping records, was crafted for the touring professional. Its high output and unique features like the alligator clip ground on the power supply cable set it apart. This amp boasts the best tweed era style drive and breakup I've ever experienced, surpassing . Powered by 6L6 tubes and equipped with 6SJ7 and 6SC7 preamp tubes, ... more
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Vintage 1954 Gibson GA-40 Les Paul Model / Jenson C12N Speaker - Original Foot Ped

Vintage 1954 Gibson GA-40 Les Paul Model / Jenson C12N Speaker - Original Foot Ped

Martinsburg, West Virginia, 254**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1950

Gibson GA-40 Les Paul Model 1954 - Vintage Jenson C12N Speaker - Original Foot Pedal
This Amplifier has recently been serviced! The following has been done
A heavy duty 3 prong cord was installed
All new filter capacitors
2 carbon comp resisters
Potentiometers have been cleaned, lubed
Tube sockets have been cleaned
Please keep in mind! This amp doesn??t have a hum balance in its stock wiring configuration to get rid of any unwanted hum turn the second channel to the ... more
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Vintage Gibson GA-15RVT Explorer Combo Amp - N

Vintage Gibson GA-15RVT Explorer Combo Amp - N

Mesquite, Texas, 751**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$750


Item: Vintage Gibson GA-15RVT Explorer Combo Amp!
Description: You are purchasing a Vintage Gibson GA-15RVT Explorer Combo Amp. Killer amp of increasing desirability in great shape for its age. Missing the original Gibson logo as well a few original knobs, but this example has been serviced at some point as denoted by the 3 prong. Please inquire with any questions you may have prior to purchase
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Vintage  1964 Gibson HAWK GA-25RVT Amplifier Instructions owners Manual original

Vintage 1964 Gibson HAWK GA-25RVT Amplifier Instructions owners Manual original

Hopewell, New Jersey, 085**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$34

Vintage 1964 Gibson HAWK GA-25RVT Amplifier Instructions owners Manual 11 x 17 and all original1964 was the second year for the Hawk Amp and they had a rough brown tolex exterior Reverb and Tremolo they now sell for $900-1200 and this is an original manual form 8 / 64 Kalamazoo Michigan. If you have a 6gibson with a matching amp .you will want this for your case candy investment. Anyway, if not, I have attached the pics so you will have the information for free. :)This Instructions manual ... more
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1968 Fender Bandmaster Refurbished with 2 1966 Gibson 2x10 Cabinets. CTS Loaded

1968 Fender Bandmaster Refurbished with 2 1966 Gibson 2x10 Cabinets. CTS Loaded

Fenton, Missouri, 630**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2000

1968 Fender Bandmaster Refurbished with 2 1966 Gibson 2x10 Cabinets. CTS Loaded. The amplifiers has been extensively refurbished. New Power Supply Capacitors. New Capacitors on the PCB. New Diode Capacitor. New Metal Film 6L6 Grid Resistors. New Metal Film 6L6 Bypass Resistors. Three Wire Power Cord. All new Hardware. Chassis Straps, Handle, Corners and Feet. All controls cleaned. Tolex has bee cleaned and rejuvenated. Tubes have all been tested. All original parts will come wit the amp ... more
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Circa 1938 Gibson EH-150 Tube Amplifier

Circa 1938 Gibson EH-150 Tube Amplifier

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3995

Circa 1938 Gibson EH-150 Amplifier Style 3, Geib made Tweedcovering with airline stripes, Rounded top, Twelve inch speaker, 5Z3 rectifier, Two 6L6 power tubes and four metal 6C5tubers, Very clean example that has been serviced in the past with a groundedplug, Has a very warm sound, Looks gorgeous
A word about purchasing any of these rare Vintage amps, ??these amps need to be regularly cared for??. These are very old and may need to be or may have been serviced in thepast. We recommend that ... more
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Gibson Country Western Guitar Amplifier Amp GA-70

Gibson Country Western Guitar Amplifier Amp GA-70

Nashville, Tennessee, 372**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6500

Gibson GA-70 Country Western Amp
6L6, 12AU7, 12AY7, 7025 & 5V4 tubes
Recapped
Ships from Nashville, TN... more
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Vintage 1965 Gibson Explorer GA-15RVT Tube Combo Amp

Vintage 1965 Gibson Explorer GA-15RVT Tube Combo Amp

Ridgewood, New York, 113**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$600

Vintage 1965 Gibson Explorer GA-15RVT Tube Combo Amp for sale, recently serviced, sold as is
Ironically the tech couldn't resolve the tremolo circuit, but the reverb works, very wet and drippy turned up
Original 10" Jensen speaker replaced with new Ted Weber Ferromax 50w speaker, loads of clean headroom
Really great sounding amp, the mid-60's Gibson amps are sleepers as the earlier ones go up in price. Very chimey sounding amp, these amps were designed primarily for humbuckers, but ... more
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Gibson Ga-200 Rhythm King Vintage Guitar Amplifier

Gibson Ga-200 Rhythm King Vintage Guitar Amplifier

Hagerstown, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1100

Gibson Ga-200 Rhythm King Vintage Guitar Amplifier
TESTED, WORKS AND SOUNDS GREAT
AMP HAS HAD REPAIRS
1950's - 1960's vintage two channel guitar amplifier
Amp is in overall good condition has no cracks or breaks, just has some wear and tear
 
 
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RARE VINTAGE 1970s GIBSON G-10 GUITAR AMPLIFIER 20 WATTS W /  TREMOLO WORKING CND

RARE VINTAGE 1970's GIBSON G-10 GUITAR AMPLIFIER 20 WATTS W / TREMOLO WORKING CND

Altha, Florida, 324**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$300

RARE VINTAGE 1970's GIBSON G-10 SOLID STATE GUITAR AMPLIFIER. 20 WATTS. HAS BEEN TESTED, AND IT DELIVERS GOOD CLEAR SOUND. (HAS SLIGHT AC BUZZ, MENTIONED FOR ACCURACY) THE 10" SPEAKER IS A 1970's ROLA. HAS A REALLY NICE VOX-LIKE TREMOLO EFFECT. IT DOES NOT INCLUDE THE TREM FOOT SWITCH, BUT YOU CAN ELIMINATE THE EFFECT BY TURNING THE SPEED AND INTENSITY TO 0. THE INTENSITY KNOB IS NON-ORIGINAL. IS MISSING THE BACK CHASSIS PANEL. HAS CONSIDERABLE AGE / GIG WEAR. (REFER TO ALL PHOTOS ) OVERALL, ... more
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1959 Gibson GA-8 Gibsonette 9w 1x10 Tube Guitar Amp Vintage

1959 Gibson GA-8 Gibsonette 9w 1x10 Tube Guitar Amp Vintage

Austin, Texas, 787**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$729

Awesome sounding vintage 1959 Gibson gibsonette 9w tube guitar amp. 10?? Jupiter 10-SA speaker.

Recently retubed and recapped at Austin vintage guitars. All works and sounds as it should, however the volume pot might need to be changed at some point, the volume sometimes dips between 5-7 settings, then comes back at around 8 as normal and increases as normal to max volume. I play this around 2-3 at home which is plenty loud, so it??s not an issue for me.

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Vintage 1976 CMI SG System SG-212 tube amp Gibson USA

Vintage 1976 CMI SG System SG-212 tube amp Gibson USA

Springville, New York, 141**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$649

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Vintage 1976 CMI / Gibson SG System SG-212 amp. Built like a tank. Uses two 8417 power tubes. Wattage is somewhere around 80-100 watts. Phasor does not work. Everything else does. Two Eminence 12" speakers. Sounds great. Sorry, no shipping on this one. Pick up only. Please email questions.... more
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1960s Gibson GA-19 RVT Falcon Guitar Amplifier Made in USA Tube Amp

1960s Gibson GA-19 RVT Falcon Guitar Amplifier Made in USA Tube Amp

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$949

Works fantastic! All pots respond smooth and as expected. Reverb and tremolo work great. Physically, it shows its age and use, but not abuse. Has been professionally rewired with a grounded plug for modern safety.... more
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Vintage 60??s Gibson Skylark GA-5T Amp.  Not Working Parts Or Project

Vintage 60??s Gibson Skylark GA-5T Amp. Not Working Parts Or Project

Roswell, Georgia, 300**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$460

Vintage 60??s Gibson Skylark GA-5T Amp. Not Working Parts Or Project. Shipped with USPS Ground Advantage.... more
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Vintage 1950s Gibson GA-20 Tweed Amp

Vintage 1950s Gibson GA-20 Tweed Amp

Berkeley, California, 947**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1150

1950??s Gibson GA-20. A nice alternative to Fender Tweed Deluxe for a fraction of the price. Back panel and some components has been replaced; everything else is original as far as I can tell, including the two prong plug. It sounds great with its reedy bluesy tone. I noticed some background hum and buzz, mainly on the microphone channel when cranked up. But it??s barely noticeable on the instrument channels especially with humbuckers. Replacing the power plug to a three prong grounded one... more
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Vintage 1970s Gibson Skylark Tremolo Electric Guitar Amplifier

Vintage 1970's Gibson 'Skylark Tremolo' Electric Guitar Amplifier

Los Angeles, California, 900**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$800

Skylark Tremelo Tube Amplifier produced by Gibson in the mid to late 1960??s
Amazing tone and incredible tremolo circuit.
Recently Serviced this month by Amphole in Burbank. good to go!
Ready for it??s new home
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Gibson BR-6F 3-Input 10-Watt 1x8" Guitar Combo 1948 - 1954

Gibson BR-6F 3-Input 10-Watt 1x8" Guitar Combo 1948 - 1954

Wayne, Pennsylvania, 190**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1129


Gibson BR-6F 3-Input 10-Watt 1x8" Guitar Combo 1948 - 1954. This amp has nice warm tubes. Very satisfying fuzz at higher gains. Originally for lap steel but I used it with regular electric guitars. Three inputs. One volume knob. Handle is long gone and the wrapping is a little tattered but the amp itself works great
Cord is not grounded. Speaker is 8"
Search this on youtube: "Pasquale Grasso - Solitude (Official Video) ft. Samara Joy "
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Vintage Gibson Mercury Medalist Tube Amp

Vintage Gibson Mercury Medalist Tube Amp

Texas, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$345

Mercury Medalist tube amplifier from the 60s. This was taken straight out of storage. It has not been cleaned. Powers on but has not been tested with a musical instrument. I have an input jack I inserted in the Channel Input and grounded it with my thumb. I don't hear any resistance, so it may need a part or parts replaced to function. If you know how to work on one of these, that's great. It may need a little TLC to get going again. Once cleaned up, I think this amp will look really nice. Amp ... more
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1967 Vox Stroller

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1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.