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  1. In Topic:GA-77 amp

    12 October 2017 - 06:28 PM

    I'm sure this amp will not be as treasured as an unmolested example of a GA-77. It lacks the control panel graphics. It has a replacement OT. It has a strange cabinet and replacement speaker. But it still has the heart of a GA-77 beating within a war-torn body. One of these days I will figure out a way to restore old graphics and paint a face on this beast.
  2. In Topic:GA-77 amp

    09 October 2017 - 06:42 PM

    Thank you, Tyler for teaching an old dog a new trick!
  3. In Topic:Gibson BR-9 chassis

    09 October 2017 - 06:38 PM
  4. In Topic:GA-77 amp

    09 October 2017 - 06:23 PM
  5. In Topic:Gibson BR-9 chassis

    09 October 2017 - 07:11 AM

    Believe it or not, my goal wasn't to collect amps. I really enjoy learning about the different models and in order to do so, I had to have an example in hand. Most of the amps I have are not pristine, collector grade examples. They have nicks and tears in the coverings, gouges in the cabinets, rust on the chassis faces and other cosmetic shortcomings that make them undesirable to a collector. When I was beginning I sought out Gibson amps because that was the maker of an amp I borrowed for a gig from a friend and I loved the tone and vibrato/reverb. It turns out, they were not (at the time) in high demand so the price was reasonable for a fixer. As long as the transformers were good, all the other components were readily available to restore the amp. I seem to hear a lot of complaining about the layout of Gibson amps Granted, they are not as neat as the Fender style of mounting most of the components on a fiber board. But if you take your time, trace the physical layout and compare it to an appropriate schematic, you can see where all the parts are and they are easily removed and replaced. Lately it seems I have gotten my hands on chassis only BR series amps. They are some of the earliest Gibson amps. Most have field-coil speakers. But the chassis only amps can be adapted to run as a head with an external speaker , and they sound good! I think I've paid less than $100 for each of the BR chassis' I have.



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