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Old 06-18-2019, 05:57 AM
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I guess I'm a sucker for underdogs. I played a 1966 Gibson GA-55RVT Ranger when I was in college and people loved my sound. Yes, I know, that is the Gibson "whiteface" period so everyone who liked my tone must have been wrong. Well anyway, recently in a fit of nostalgia, I ran a search for that amp, knowing full well that at seventy pounds I wasn't going to be interested in lugging one around. But in the process, I came across one of its little brothers and the sparks flew, speaking figuratively. You can enjoy my little trip through history and nostalgia, HERE.

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Great stuff Bob; geewizz you are a good writer, I read every word rather than the usual speed/ skim read. Also your discussion of your recent recording project on the main board I did the same.
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Old 06-19-2019, 05:21 PM
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Wow, what a kind comment. Sometimes I think I labor too hard over the phrasiology but then you come along and make it all worth it! Thank you!


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Wow, what a kind comment. Sometimes I think I labor too hard over the phrasiology but then you come along and make it all worth it! Thank you!


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I agree with Jaden. Nice article, well written.

And now I also have more insight into your question about my GA-40 RVT.

Enjoy that amp Bob!

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Nice article Bob.
I have regrets over an old Gibson amp I once saw:
I was newly divorced and driving my kids home after a visit, and we passed a yard sale. On the lawn was what looked to be a perfect-condition old Gibson amp for sale. Probably a GA40. I badly wanted to check it out, but I didn't dare stop - I was already late bringing the kids home, and any of you divorced folks know know how important it is to keep the peace with your ex, especially when kids are involved. I knew I couldn't get back there for at least 90 minutes, and I knew it would be gone. I was right on both counts.
I still think about that day when I see or hear about a Gibson amp.
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Nice article Bob.
I have regrets over an old Gibson amp I once saw:
I was newly divorced and driving my kids home after a visit, and we passed a yard sale. On the lawn was what looked to be a perfect-condition old Gibson amp for sale. Probably a GA40. I badly wanted to check it out, but I didn't dare stop - I was already late bringing the kids home, and any of you divorced folks know know how important it is to keep the peace with your ex, especially when kids are involved. I knew I couldn't get back there for at least 90 minutes, and I knew it would be gone. I was right on both counts.
I still think about that day when I see or hear about a Gibson amp.
Shoulda stopped! She was "gone girl" anyway.
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The rhythm guitar player in my first "real" band had a late 60's Gibson amp that was a piggy-back head with a brushed metal faceplate, bolted to a cabinet with 2x10" and 1x15" speakers with a crossover between the 10s & 15. If I remember right it was a 'Titan' amp, rated at 65 watts rms with quad 6L6 tubes. It was a spectacular sounding amp and loud as hell with massive transformers. Wasn't really even considered vintage at the time, as this was in 1970-71 or so.

We were both playing matching Hagstrom Viking II guitars...him through his Gibson Titan and me through my Fender Bandmaster (also 65 watts, quad 6L6) on a 2x12 Heathkit cab with a HF horn driver. Great sounds...and being teenagers we didn't even know what we had. The Bandmaster is well-known, but that Gibson Titan was it's equal in every way, albeit with completely different mojo.

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The longer I play the thing the more I feel like it has a fantastic crunch sound. Last night I was frittering around with it and a Les Paul and it really had presence - a great voice.

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Nice article, Bob.

I found an old (60's) Supro in a local pawn shop a while back. If I'd known then what I know now I'd have been happy to cough up the $285 the guy wanted...coulda shoulda woulda. It made slide sound sooo smooth and rich...even mine.

It did, however send me down a low-voltage rabbit hole from which I have yet to return. ( attempting to clone that sound in a studio setting) Having been spoiled to death with tandem amps, even triplets at times, my ears get pretty finicky when they quit buzzing. That Supro would have been a nice addition.

I've heard one of these Gibson amps. They really are sweet. Good find.
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Yes, Bob, you're a good writer. Clear writing comes from clear thinking.

The bit about the the 2-conductor power cord, well, if you're just using it at work or at home and aren't commingling gear that may be plugged into different circuits (with different paths to ground) you should be okay. But me, I'd change it to a 3-conductor. With an IEC if there's room.
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Thanks for your kind words, everyone.

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