231

Author Archives: Dave Hunter

Rickenbacher Model 200A

 
MODEL200-HOME-MAIN-THUMB

Several vintage amplifiers that have graced these pages over the years have taken us back to the early days of guitar amplification – the early 1950s, maybe even late ’40s with some of the crustier subjects. This month, however, we travel way back, to the dawn of the electric guitar itself, to visit an amplifier […]

Posted in Classic Instruments | Tagged | Leave a comment

Fender Harvard

 
FENDERHARVARD_HOME-MAIN-BIG

Given the current craze for semi-small “home” and “recording” amps, Fender’s 5F10 Harvard of 1955-’60 could be the ideal tweed amp, yet, in its day, it fell between two stools and never sold in large numbers. Or, make that three stools. With the Champ and Princeton in its rear-view mirror and the Deluxe and Tremolux […]

Posted in Classic Instruments | Tagged | Leave a comment

Park 75

 
PARK75_HOME_MAIN_THUMB

Park 75 Preamp tubes: three ECC83 (12AX7 equivalents) Output tubes: two KT88 Rectifier: solidstate Controls: Volume II, Volume I, Treble, Middle, Bass, Brightness Output: approximately 75 watts RMS We might not expect anyone to give much of a hoot for an amplifier with “Park” on its badge – a brand that has also (more…)

Posted in Classic Instruments | Tagged | 1 Response

Gibson GA-200 Rhythm King

 
GA200_HOME_MAIN_THUMB

Preamp tubes: two 12AX7, one 12AY7, two 6BJ8, two 6SK7, one 6V6 (used as a voltage divider) Output tubes: two 6550 Rectifier: GZ34 Controls: Ch1: Volume, Treble, Bass; Ch2: Volume, Treble, Bass, Compressor Speakers: two 12" Norelco/Phillips twin-cone speakers Output: (more…)

Posted in Classic Instruments | Tagged | Leave a comment

Supro S6651

Supro S6651 Big Star
 
SUPRO-MAIN-THUMB

Don’t we guitarists just love gear that looks like it was salvaged from our mom’s kitchen circa 1961? Give us something in high-gloss pastel, with Formica styling, gas-cooker knobs, plenty of chrome, and an emblem lifted off a fridge door and we go weak in the knees every time. When it comes to kitchen kitsch, […]

Posted in Classic Instruments | Tagged | Leave a comment

1964 Fender Bassman

 
BASSMAN-HOME-MAIN-THUMB

1964 Fender 6G6-B Bassman Preamp tubes: four 7025 (12AX7 types) Output tubes: two 5881 (a more-rugged 6L6 type), fixed-bias Rectifier: solidstate Controls: Bass Instrument channel: Volume, Treble, Bass; Normal channel: Volume, Treble, Bass; shared: Presence Output: 50 watts RMS Utter the word “Bassman” in guitar circles, and most players’ minds rush to the tweed-covered 4×10″ […]

Posted in Classic Instruments | Tagged | Leave a comment

Ampeg VT-22

 
Ampeg VT-22

Preamp tubes: four 7025 (12AX7 types) Output tubes: two 5881 (a more-rugged 6L6 type), fixed-bias Rectifier: solidstate Controls: Bass Instrument channel: Volume, Treble, Bass; Normal channel: Volume, Treble, Bass; shared: Presence Output: 50 watts RMS Insiders from the golden era of the New Jersey amp manufacturer have frequently (more…)

Posted in Classic Instruments | Tagged | Leave a comment

Realistic Entertainer-34

 
REALISTICENT_HOME_MAIN_THUMB

As prolific as the Radio Shack chain was in the ’60s, it’s surprising we don’t see more vintage Realistic guitar amps today. Maybe they were never valued enough to be handed down, much less hunted down. If anything, you’re likely to have stumbled on the Carnival 34, a straightforward 1×12″ combo, but even those are […]

Posted in Classic Instruments | Tagged | Leave a comment

Premier Twin 12

 
TWIN12_HOME_MAIN_THUMB

Sometimes it takes just the slightest aesthetic twist to get an amp nut all worked up. This 1960 Premier Twin 12 is a case in point; over the years, Premier also made these amps with a straight-edged front fascia, but somehow we’re much more excited to dive into this one, with the “widow’s peak” front […]

Posted in Classic Instruments | Tagged | Leave a comment

Fender 5E7 Bandmaster

 
FENDER BANDMASTER 5E7

• Preamp tubes: one 12AY7, two 12AX7 • Output tubes: two 6L6s, fixed biased • Rectifier: 5U4G tube • Controls: Volume, Volume, Treble, Bass, Presence • Output: 28 watts RMS +/- • Speaker: three 10″ Jensen P10R Two decades ago, when renewed appreciation of Fender’s narrow-panel tweed amps of the late ’50s really started to […]

Posted in Classic Instruments | Tagged | Leave a comment