Let’s see those vintage amps

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I had a hard time seeing the Supro ;]

Wasn't sure what I was going to post next, but Vox it is, kinda sad I sold this little Gem, Thomas Organ tube Pathfinder, or was it a Bulldog?

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The old and the new. My ‘65 Gibson Scout and a newish NS X-175. The Gibson ‘Crestline’ amps have a bad reputation; mainly due to a part of the circuit commonly known as the ‘tone suck’. Remove that, upgrade the speaker, and these are monster amps. I always get positive comments about it. It comes with a 10” speaker, but the cabinet has plenty of room for a 12”, if one so desires.033490FF-E2F6-4929-8AB4-4D2CBB8E0040.jpeg
 

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The old and the new. My ‘65 Gibson Scout and a newish NS X-175. The Gibson ‘Crestline’ amps have a bad reputation; mainly due to a part of the circuit commonly known as the ‘tone suck’. Remove that, upgrade the speaker, and these are monster amps. I always get positive comments about it. It comes with a 10” speaker, but the cabinet has plenty of room for a 12”, if one so desires.
Nice! I used to have a gutted one of these, but I never ended up completing it. Instead I sold it on CL to get some other gear and always regretted it. These little amps also had reverb and tremelo, which is amazing for a little 10-watter. I loved the '65 GA-19RVT Falcon I had which was perfect for that 60s surfy sound. I agree that they're highly underrated. The capn really loved these Crestlines.
 
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Nice! I used to have a gutted one of these, but I never ended up completing it. Instead I sold it on CL to get some other gear and always regretted it. These little amps also had reverb and tremelo, which is amazing for a little 10-watter. I loved the '65 GA-19RVT Falcon I had which was perfect for that 60s surfy sound. I agree that they're highly underrated. The capn really loved these Crestlines.
yeah, the Falcons rule. That’s what I wanted, but couldn’t find one when the money was burning a hole in my podket. The Scout is great, though. It easily hangs with a drummer.
They’ve come up in price some, but still a pretty good deal.
 

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My amp since I was 13 or so. In the mid-80's, a GA-79R wasn't vintage - It was just wierd, heavy and didn't make cool rock sounds like a Peavey.View attachment 26800View attachment 26801
Nice one! I feel ya. I couldn’t even afford a peavey. I did end up with a Gibson Discoverer with just tremolo. When dimed with a Strat, it sounded just like the into to Lala only with out an instant head ache. I never found another that sounded like that 1 tweed Gibby. Nice knobs man! I like the beer dolly it tells so many stories. Peace and Maximum Respect!
PS that handle is worth a pretty penny if not more these days!!! Nice wheels too, verry cool tool.
 

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This is an extremely clean '66 Princeton (non-Reverb) bought from the Tone Quest Report after they featured it in an issue about 10 - 12 years ago:

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That's actually a converted Bandmaster Reverb disguised as a Super Reverb below it. I put that one back to stock and sold it.
 
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yeah, the Falcons rule. That’s what I wanted, but couldn’t find one when the money was burning a hole in my podket. The Scout is great, though. It easily hangs with a drummer.
They’ve come up in price some, but still a pretty good deal.
Not with me anymore, but I thought I'd post a pic.

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Also from the same family and also no longer with me -- a very rare Epiphone Mighty Mite EA-22RVT. There was no Gibson equivalent for this little EL-34 beast. I really should have kept this one. Sorry for the crappy photos.

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That Epi EA-22RVT is indeed a rare beast. I’ll bet it was a fun amp!
 

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That Epi EA-22RVT is indeed a rare beast. I’ll bet it was a fun amp!
It had a lot of promise, but I never got it to its potential. My amp guy was upset when I traded it because he wanted to mod the heck out of it.
 

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Why should tubes get all the love?

The G I and II series Yamahas are some of the best solid state gear ever made, thanks in part to Mr. Rivera. They have lovely clean warm sound, better than many tube amps. They are built like leopard tanks - tough - rugged quality components through and through. If we qualify them as pedal platforms (a role in which they excel), they are incredibly versatile, sort of the Swiss Army Knife of amps - great Jazz guitar amp natively, excellent rock/blues amp (as a pedal platform), very good acoustic guitar amp natively, good voice/PA amp in an emergency. Good speakers. Good reverb tanks. And the II series has one of the best ever parametric equaliser tone control sections ever. If not a main A-line amp anymore, then a great all purpose B-line backup for anyone. Majorly underrated sleepers.

They were at one time the amps of choice for Mike Stern and Pat Metheny.

They were once amazingly cheap used. They are getting less so now.

The IIIs? Well ... I don't know why the IIIs don't get any love. I have never owned one.

The Cons are:
  • They weigh as much as a leopard tank.
  • Their distortion channels are very silly.
  • Parts are now next to impossible to find if they break.

The 50s are a manageable size. The 100s need castors.

I have been watching for a local G50 210 II in mint condition at the right price.

Anyway my Yamaha G50-112 II:

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Mine is a European conversion.

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When you think back at some of the things you lifted in your life, you get a better understanding of why your back and knees are just about shot.

I did get a wild hair and throw this amp on eBay and shipped it near 20 years ago. No sure what that weighed boxed, 100lbs?

70's Fender Super Six with '79 Hardtail Strat, this was really a good sounding amp.

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I still have/use the repurposed 8 track tape "carryall" gig box, brass umbrella stand posing as wastepaper basket, and calculator ;]
 
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Why should tubes get all the love?

Funny you should say that, my most favorite bedroom amp right now, because of tone and all the front panel mounted jacks is an 80's Roland Spirit 50 with original speaker, it's got great tone, and sounds just flat out killer through my old Sennheiser 420's, I can be completely lost in some EVH dive bomb mayhem or whatever and no one hears a things.

Also, I found this beast at a pawn shop broken, fell out of a van maybe, fixed it. Roland is very under rated still, I remember having a Blues Cube, smoking amp.

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