Other Amps

Gibson GA-15RV?

1

Got my eye on one of these. I guess it's a discontinued model made by Trace Elliot for Gibby.

Know anything about 'em?

2

Sound great, look horrible (imho) awkward knobs on the back, not quite loud enough to gig with a drummer.

4

GC has one priced at $7 hundo which seems kinda high??

5

Seems high to me. Saw one locally for just under $600, but it sold before I got a chance to play it. They're built around 12AX7 and EL84 tubes with a Celestion speaker, so I would expect it to sound a lot brighter than vintage Gibson. For $600-700, you can find the real thing if that's what you're after and you're patient.

6

Yeah, that's what I'm thinking

7

those trace elliot made gibbys were well regarded when they first came out

btw, there are some great vintage gibson amps that used el84 power tubes..ga79, hawk, falcon etc

cheers

8

Jim, I've had one like this since 1966.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gib...

it's a Gibson GA-15RVT Explorer. there's a couple more old Gibson amps on our local craigslist. and there's one at a Music-Go-Round in Woodbury. the prices aren't too bad on them either.

brent

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nice... thanks for the tip, Brent! 8-)

11

Soundwise, they're nothing like vintage Gibsons, closer to Vox with the EL84s. Great reverb too. That black one certainly looks better than the brown/gold ones that I've seen. I came very close to buying a Trace Elliot Velocette (same thing) but talked myself out of owning an amp I couldn't gig with, although I do love the sound.

12

There have been a couple for sale locally in the last year or so -- they went for $450 and $500. I had one on loan for a week and they are plenty loud with a drummer, another guitarist, bassist, keyboards, etc. The knobs ARE awkward and that's the primary reason I didn't buy one.

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hmmm... that does look nice! ya know, i do have a b-day coming up. been talking to nick about having ted upgrade the pups in my lester, but maybe i should consider this one instead? about the same $$$... and savage audio has been thru the amp. food for thought!!!8-)

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yeah, if I had the money, I would have gone to look at it. that's not a bad price at all. ;-)

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Wonderful amp in my opinion. I had a Gibson RVS 30 once and I still try to bite myself in my back for selling it.... just cannot reach that far...

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I have a black GA 15 RV like Ric12string posted. I'm not fond of the cosmetics but I do love the sound. Up to 2/3 it gives a slightly moodier/darker Fender BF clean. Way up it crunches in a very musical and controlable way. And it's loud! I've only used it with different single coils. Recently been thinking about a extension cab.

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I had a couple of those amps. They were plenty loud for my old band's bluesy roots oriented rock. I remember them being a little too 'laser beam' in their sound projection though. Haven't thought about them in awhile.

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hmmm... that does look nice! ya know, i do have a b-day coming up. been talking to nick about having ted upgrade the pups in my lester, but maybe i should consider this one instead? about the same $$$... and savage audio has been thru the amp. food for thought!!!8-)

– mr jimi

hmmm... that does look nice! ya know, i do have a b-day coming up. been talking to nick about having ted upgrade the pups in my lester, but maybe i should consider this one instead? about the same $$$... and savage audio has been thru the amp. food for thought!!!8-)

– mr jimi

Jim, the amp is now listed for $300.

http://minneapolis.craigsli...

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Tried to contact seller but no response. Anyway just blew my wad on a sweet Japanese Roland from early 80s. A vintage solid state if such a thing exists! :D I was really looking for something that sounds good with pedals at low volume but still has cajones when needed and I've already got a great 5W tuber. This one fills the bill for now.

Stay warm!

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mr jimi said : "Stay warm!"

ha ha I plan on doing just that, Jim. :D ;-)

brent


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