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WTB: Gibson "Goldtone" GA-15RV

#1 User is offline   Leonard McCoy 

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Posted 19 December 2017 - 12:39 PM

I discovered these Gibson reissues a little too late. Looking for one to buy. Doesn't matter whether the amp sports black or brown tolex as long as it's clean and fully functional. Europe-based please.

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2009 Gibson Les Paul Standard Ebony (Left-handed)
2002 Gibson "Goldtone" GA-15RV
1990 Ovation Legend L717 (A-bracing)

Finely transcribed Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs (fan project)

"Believe me when I say that some of the most amazing music in history
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#2 User is offline   Leonard McCoy 

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 02:10 PM

Found one used. I think I'm good. Will report back once it arrives.
2009 Gibson Les Paul Standard Ebony (Left-handed)
2002 Gibson "Goldtone" GA-15RV
1990 Ovation Legend L717 (A-bracing)

Finely transcribed Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs (fan project)

"Believe me when I say that some of the most amazing music in history
was made on equipment that's not as good as what you own right now."óJol Dantzig, founder of Hamer Guitars
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Posted 20 December 2017 - 07:47 PM

I have one of the (darker) brown (not QUITE black but close) GA30RVS 2x12 combos. (it would be the big brother to the variant pictured)

Great amps! you do not want to move it (89lbs) but tone for -------days----------

good luck!

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#4 User is offline   Leonard McCoy 

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Posted 27 December 2017 - 01:30 PM

The amp arrived. It's in great condition, very clean, only the edges of the tolex have started curling up which I couldn't care less for. Technically in great shape.

But holy moley, that sound. Incredibly warm and strong. Hope to post a full review with more pictures at a later date. Holy moley...

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2009 Gibson Les Paul Standard Ebony (Left-handed)
2002 Gibson "Goldtone" GA-15RV
1990 Ovation Legend L717 (A-bracing)

Finely transcribed Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs (fan project)

"Believe me when I say that some of the most amazing music in history
was made on equipment that's not as good as what you own right now."óJol Dantzig, founder of Hamer Guitars
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Posted 29 December 2017 - 07:02 AM

nice! great sounding amps, a shame they're not available other than the used market these days.
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#6 User is offline   Leonard McCoy 

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 03:35 PM

View Postkidblast, on 29 December 2017 - 07:02 AM, said:

nice! great sounding amps, a shame they're not available other than the used market these days.

How does your GA-30 take distortion pedals? Tried it?
2009 Gibson Les Paul Standard Ebony (Left-handed)
2002 Gibson "Goldtone" GA-15RV
1990 Ovation Legend L717 (A-bracing)

Finely transcribed Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs (fan project)

"Believe me when I say that some of the most amazing music in history
was made on equipment that's not as good as what you own right now."óJol Dantzig, founder of Hamer Guitars
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Posted 01 January 2018 - 06:49 PM

View PostLeonard McCoy, on 30 December 2017 - 03:35 PM, said:

How does your GA-30 take distortion pedals? Tried it?



yep, I have and I think very well.. IMO you kinda need something, w/the absence of a master volume and all.

I've got three,, a Burn Unit, a Radial Tone Bone, and a Black Star HT Dual.

The other cool thing about the GA30RVS is the reverb is stereo set.. it sounds quite huge.. Two FX loops too, but I rarely use them as I find they add a bit of "hiss" to the running sound.

The Pull GAIN is pretty sweet, I think the 15s have that too right?
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Posted 05 January 2018 - 04:19 PM

View Postkidblast, on 01 January 2018 - 06:49 PM, said:

yep, I have and I think very well.. IMO you kinda need something, w/the absence of a master volume and all.

I've got three,, a Burn Unit, a Radial Tone Bone, and a Black Star HT Dual.

The other cool thing about the GA30RVS is the reverb is stereo set.. it sounds quite huge.. Two FX loops too, but I rarely use them as I find they add a bit of "hiss" to the running sound.

The Pull GAIN is pretty sweet, I think the 15s have that too right?

I bet the stereo class A GA-30RVS sounds even huger than the GA-15RV despite the latter already sounding boombastic. I have yet to hear a fatter sounding amp that pulls off such well-rounded, sweet sounds with ease and plenty of headroom to spare in either direction of the spectrum. Unfortunately, there's no Pull Gain knob on the GA-15RV, but it does have a dual modus operandi switch, triode and pentode mode, for basically halving power output.

I've bought a handwired distortion pedal (crunchy to rock-like distortion) for it, and the amp takes it quite well.

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2009 Gibson Les Paul Standard Ebony (Left-handed)
2002 Gibson "Goldtone" GA-15RV
1990 Ovation Legend L717 (A-bracing)

Finely transcribed Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs (fan project)

"Believe me when I say that some of the most amazing music in history
was made on equipment that's not as good as what you own right now."óJol Dantzig, founder of Hamer Guitars
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Posted 08 January 2018 - 08:17 AM

I bet it sounds delicious with just a bit of grind from that pedal!

The best thing about these amps is how they respond to your attack and guitars volume. Very dynamic, even a bit unforgiving if you will.

Not sure how your tubes are, I retubed mine last year, the stock tubes were still working too, but they were starting to sag a bit.. so I figured it was time.

It was real easy, it's all plug and play no biasing..

the reverb in the 30 was called "Surround sound"... and remarkably enough if you stand in front of the middle of the amp, facing it, it does seem that some of the sound comes from behind you.

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#10 User is offline   Leonard McCoy 

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Posted 03 February 2018 - 10:38 AM

View Postkidblast, on 08 January 2018 - 08:17 AM, said:

I bet it sounds delicious with just a bit of grind from that pedal!

The best thing about these amps is how they respond to your attack and guitars volume. Very dynamic, even a bit unforgiving if you will.

Not sure how your tubes are, I retubed mine last year, the stock tubes were still working too, but they were starting to sag a bit.. so I figured it was time.

It was real easy, it's all plug and play no biasing..

the reverb in the 30 was called "Surround sound"... and remarkably enough if you stand in front of the middle of the amp, facing it, it does seem that some of the sound comes from behind you.

That's what I love about these amps: they are extremely responsive to even the minutest playing. Especially vibratos benefit from it. Add a supreme spring hall on top of it and you hardly need any pedal except for a little bit of overdrive perhaps.

My tubes are still fine, no need to switch them out yet.
2009 Gibson Les Paul Standard Ebony (Left-handed)
2002 Gibson "Goldtone" GA-15RV
1990 Ovation Legend L717 (A-bracing)

Finely transcribed Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs (fan project)

"Believe me when I say that some of the most amazing music in history
was made on equipment that's not as good as what you own right now."óJol Dantzig, founder of Hamer Guitars
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