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1962 Gibson guitars and amplifiers catalog page 20

Gibson 1962 guitar and amplifier catalogue. Page 20 - index page/introduction to the section featuring Gibson's line of amplifiers.

This page show Gibson endorsee Tony Mottola with his stereo ES-355TD-SV thinline electric, and GA-77 Vanguard amplifier. Interestingly, this guitar is not fitted with the side-to-side vibrola as shown on page 7, but a Bigsby model.

Ever the pioneer, Gibson was first to develop the electric guitar, has been first with innumerable refinements in the projection and amplification of musical sound, now is first with true stereophonic sound for the guitar. These firsts have come from constant study in cooperation with leading artists, teachers and dealers... and from continuous experimentation and research in the Gibson laboratory, one of the most advanced in the industry.

Unlike the previous catalog which also features Mr. Mottola (here) no mention is made of stereo functionality in this guitar, and no stereo amplifier is shown. See also the 1963 Tony Mottola has a New Sound advertisement featuring a similar image but with a newer version of the Vanguard amp in place of this one.

1962 Gibson electric guitars and amplifiers catalog, page 20: Tony Mottola with ES-355TD-SV and GA-79RV amplifier
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GIBSON TUBE AMP AMPLIFIER 1959 BROCHURE GA Series

GIBSON TUBE AMP AMPLIFIER 1959 BROCHURE GA Series

Bellport, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$300


Gibson Amplifier Brochure

Super hard item to find in original stained condition. 1959 Gibson Amplifier Sales Brochure. Tiny water mark on the lower left, barely visible. Only one side of the brochure is shown there are three models on the opposite side
It's currently in a cheap frame, not as shown in the photo, that you should upgrade when you get this
GA 86GA 77GA 40T Les PaulGA 18 T ExplorerGA 20 T RangerGA 30 InvaderGA Super 400GA 200 Rythym KingGA 6 LancerGA ... more
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Gibson BR-9 10-Watt 8" Vintage Guitar Combo Amp 1949 Ivory Leatherette Trapezoid

Gibson BR-9 10-Watt 8" Vintage Guitar Combo Amp 1949 Ivory Leatherette Trapezoid

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

$900

This is a vintage 1949 Gibson BR 9 amplifier in outstanding condition with its original cover in great shape too. This one is from the very first year of manufacture as this was the only year with this cool and futuristic plastic grill cover. This has the original field coil speaker which I believe was made by Jenson. A vintage 1949 Gibson BR-9 tube combo amp that features a simple one-knob format and a great clean tone. With its low-gain, single-pentode preamp, the amp stays clean up to '10' ... more
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Vintage 1950 Gibson GA-50T Amp Tube Amplifier

Vintage 1950 Gibson GA-50T Amp Tube Amplifier

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

$3299

Vintage 1950 Gibson GA-50T. Great condition. Serviced about 2 years ago. New filter caps and grounded plug. About 25 watts. Original Jensen speakers. Sounds awesome. Please email questions.
The GA-50 and GA-50T use a pair of 6L6 tubes for the output stage, two 6SJ7 (three for the T model) for the preamp, two 6J5s for the phase splitter, and a 5V4 tube for the rectifier. The amp has one microphone and three instrument inputs on two channels, with two volume controls, bass and treble controls.... more
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Gibson 8" Invader Jenson Speaker Vintage Rare

Gibson 8" Invader Jenson Speaker Vintage Rare

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

$175

Retro Gear Shop is a high-end boutique store located in Nashville, Tennessee
Gibson 8" Invader Jenson Speaker Vintage RareWe have not had time to test this. Sold as-is, untested, no warranties, guarantees, refunds or returns
* Check out the pictures to make sure you like it. Pictures are of actual item for sale *
Flat rate shipping in the USA
Discounted international shipping flat rate
Any questions please ask!... more
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1959 Gibson GA-40 Les Paul 1x12 Combo Tweed

1959 Gibson GA-40 Les Paul 1x12 Combo Tweed

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

$2829

Up for sale is an amazing sounding and coveted 1959 Gibson GA-40 Les Paul 1x12 Combo amplifier in its original tweed covering. I've always thought these are some of the best amps to come out of this era and at a fraction of the price of a Tweed Deluxe how could you say no? This example has had a 3 prong cable installed, has an aftermarket Tone Tubby TTC12-8 speaker installed, and an assortment of vintage tubes. Transformers are coded 166933, 133933 and 133937 all dating to 1959. Cosmetically ... more
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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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Vintage Gibson EH-125 Amp 1943

Vintage Gibson EH-125 Amp 1943

Mount Pleasant, Michigan, 488**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$999

In very good working condition. Hum is present but only a little. Carrying handle is not original. Tone is to die for. I have however noticed that if I turn my guitar's volume control down from full, humming increases.
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Gibson Vintage Classic Skylark Tremolo GA-5T Amplifier #750751 Guitar Amp Works

Gibson Vintage Classic Skylark Tremolo GA-5T Amplifier #750751 Guitar Amp Works

Woodville, Ohio, 434**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$850

I got this amp at a sale and have tested it using my phone through the microphone / instrument jack. It does have a little hum to it seems to sound better after it warmed up to a song. But appeared that everything worked loud and nice sound volume does make a scratchy sound when turning knob up or down prob needs a cleaning of the contacts on the switch or replace i anted to leave it just how it is as original as
I could so have made no modifications. It is missing the Gibson emblem from the ... more
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1965-67 Gibson Kalamazoo Model One Combo Tube Amp ?Video Demo?

1965-67 Gibson Kalamazoo Model One Combo Tube Amp ?Video Demo?

Salisbury, Maryland, 218**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$349

Has replacement back panels. Originals were lost. Sounds good. Clean pots. No noise  
SEE VIDEO DEMO of this amp. (Im doing the demo of this exact amp so this is not some random video found on youtube .)
https: / / youtu be / BHPnkm3Qs1Q?si=4ICCoHqBF31JhSRm
Sold as is
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Gibson GA-15RVT Explorer 12-Watt 1x10" Guitar Combo  1967 - Black

Gibson GA-15RVT Explorer 12-Watt 1x10" Guitar Combo 1967 - Black

Memphis, Tennessee, 381**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$700


1967 Gibson GA-15 RVT in Excellent Condition. This guitar amplifier has been completely gone through. Over $700 has been spent by its previous owner to get this to 100% ( see photos of receipts that will be included with sale ) New tubes, reverb tank, speaker etc. Serial #A022510
Number of Channels 1
Total Power / Type Class A
Speaker / Size 1 x 10 "
Preamp Tubes 3 X 12AX7 Power Tubes 2 x EL84s
Effects- Reverb, Tremolo, EQ Treble, Bass
Footswitch- Yes
$100 Flat ... more
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VTG. GIBSON 1972 AMPLIFIERS CATALOG & 1973 AMPLIFIERS & P A SYSTEMS PRICE LIST

VTG. GIBSON 1972 AMPLIFIERS CATALOG & 1973 AMPLIFIERS & P A SYSTEMS PRICE LIST

Pahrump, Nevada, 890**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$31

GIBSON AMPLIFIERS & P A. S This is a fold out 1972 catalog on Gibson Amplifiers and a 1973 Gibson Amplifiers and P A. systems price list. These are in very good used condition and come from a pet and smoke free home. Listed in the catalog: Power Play Amps - G-10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, & 80Bass Amps - Thor and Super ThorP A.s - GPA 35 and the GPA 70
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Vintage 50-60s Gibson Amplifier Bell Knob

Vintage 50-60s Gibson Amplifier Bell Knob

Painesville, Ohio, 440**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$39

Up for sale is a Gibson amplifier bell knob used during the later 50s and early 60s that are mostly found on the tweed amps of the era. VERY hard to find !! This is my last one, so buy before it's gone.
All amps, pickups and speakers are shipped in working condition and must be tested within 72 hours upon delivery for any issues, so an insurance claim can be made on a timely basis with the shipper
Thanks for looking and have a wonderful, blessed day !
International buyers are welcome,... more
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Gibson GA-18T Guitar Amp.  Built in 1962-63.  Original wood footswitch

Gibson GA-18T Guitar Amp. Built in 1962-63. Original wood footswitch

Lafayette, Louisiana, 705**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1335

Gibson GA-18T. This model was shipped in 1962 and 1963 only. It sounds great; better than many Fenders from a comparable era. Comes with original wooden footswitch for tremolo control. You will enjoy playing this amp.... more
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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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Gibson GA-18 Explorer 1x10 Tube Amplifier with tremolo 1950s 1960s

Gibson GA-18 Explorer 1x10 Tube Amplifier with tremolo 1950s 1960s

Utica, New York, 135**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1750

Beautiful amp in nice shape for its age. Sounds amazing. Tremolo is awesome. Tweed Is clean and smooth with some stains on bottom. Even those feel smooth. Original p10r speaker sounds great. original transformers. Vintage tubes. Just gone through and functioning perfectly with tone that is killer. three prong chord added. the silk screening on faceplate that tells you what control is which is gone but it??s pretty simple To figure out. Original footswitch was long gone and was bypassed. Rare ... more
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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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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

Irvine, California, 926**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$150

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

Pleasetake advantage of the zoom feature on the photos to judge cosmetics foryourself. What you see in the photos is what exactly you receive. Ifit's not pictured it's not included
For orders with the Free Shipping, we reserve the right to use themost cost-effective means of shipping. In-store pickup only available by prior arrangementONLY
Shipping: Weship all items within 1 business days of ... more
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Vintage Gibson GA-15RVT Explorer 12-Watt 1x10" Guitar Combo  - Black

Vintage Gibson GA-15RVT Explorer 12-Watt 1x10" Guitar Combo - Black

Lake City, Florida, 320**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1500


Gibson GA-15RVT Explorer 12-Watt 1x10" Guitar Combo - Black
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1938 Gibson EH-185 tube amp

1938 Gibson EH-185 tube amp

Newport, New Hampshire, 037**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4000

Gibson EH185 amp in excellent condition. Everything works as it should. I??ve owned this amp for 26 years and it has been safely stored away. I am selling due to ill health and old age. This is a real collectors item and rarely does one find an actual working model. It is in museum quality. I had my amp tech go through it and gave it his seal of approval. I have a comprehensive write up from him that I will pass on to any prospective buyer. I will build a plywood shipping crate and ship for free... more
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Gibson GSS50 - Vintage 1960s Solid State Guitar Amplifier

Gibson GSS50 - Vintage 1960's Solid State Guitar Amplifier

Hicksville, New York, 118**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$325

Gibson GSS50 - Vintage 1960's Solid State Amplifier
Hey there! This is the Gibson GSS50, a vintage Gibson Solid State Amplifier made in the 1960's. The amp is solid state with a very nice spring reverb and built in tremolo. The tremolo can go from shallow and springy to a very cool deep phaser-like sound. It's a great sounding and great looking amp
Serial No: 3100-01537
The GSS50 is in good overall condition, it has some wear from over the years but has been tested and works well! The ... more
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1967 Vox Stroller

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1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

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.