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Travst



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:48 pm    Post subject: Gibson GA-95RVT Reply with quote

I've been offered one of these amps for a guitar that I have. I know all the specs, and that it was built to compete with the Fender Twins. Does any have first hand experience with these amps? They are also know as Apollos.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Strange that Schematic Heaven doesn't have that schematic.
Are they somewhat rare?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tom, they seem to be. I found specs and pics, and that's it. I'm going to look at it on Tuesday.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FWIW-- I found out the front end tubes are 6EU7s not 12AX7s...supposedly super clean and hard to break up. 4- 6L6s in the output.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It seems like a very nice amp. This guy wants my Worn '66 Wilshire in trade. Good deal? I paid $300 shipped for the guitar.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would go for it-- speakers are probably Jensens or maybe even JBL.

They aren't making any more 65-66 PTP amps, but you can always pick up a MIC Epi anytime!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rhardman wrote:
I would go for it-- speakers are probably Jensens or maybe even JBL.

They aren't making any more 65-66 PTP amps, but you can always pick up a MIC Epi anytime!


That was my line of reasoning. Wink I made 2 other trades this week:

Yamaha Studio Lord for Orange Tiny Terror
Epi Dot for Blues Jr.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 04, 2010 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heck yeah, if you aren't totally in love with that guitar, I would trade for the amp.
Some of those old Gibson amps are worth a lot and also sound great too!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 04, 2010 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Structo wrote:
Heck yeah, if you aren't totally in love with that guitar, I would trade for the amp.
Some of those old Gibson amps are worth a lot and also sound great too!


Tom, two of the guitars I traded off were ones I fixed, and the amps are worth double my cost in each guitar. The other is current production, and I'm trading it for an amp worth more than I paid for the guitar. This is just business, as well as getting a chance to try some new gear. I'm really curious about the Gibson. Orange was my choice of amps in the late seventies, so I'm also ready to try a current issue amp from them.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally... this trade is going through tomorrow, and I found schematics for the amp. Also... it looks like I hit the lottery! Laughing

http://cosprings.craigslist.org/msg/1834701668.html

This guy wants $15k for his! Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You think maybe just maybe he missed the decimal point by one? Laughing

Hopefully the guy you are buying it from doesn't check the internet much. Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rare amp...don't think I have ever seen one!

Major score...hope it goes through!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rawl, I don't think they're that uncommon, and are worth slightly less than a silverface twin. However, they seem to be well thought of, and it's a good trade. The guy who wants 15k is smoking rope, and I posted that for a laugh. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweet Trade Travst I had an epi with the 6eu7s and it sounded sweet! broke up just fine for me. I'm thinking about seeing if I can buy it back I've been kicking myself ever since.


That might not be the one but there is one of the GA amps that is super rare and will turn a few grand if not more I can't remember which one off the top of my head but the speakers were at a 90 degree angle from each other kinda wierd shaped but they were supposed to be be killer amps.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had an old Gibson amp that I loved... 20 watt but soon went to crap after I had it a few months. This was long before I would ever attempt a cap replacement, so I sold it. I made money on it so no real loss except the amp itself. They are made as well as a Fender amp of the same era. Great tone but not sure of the breakup on that model. I sure wouldn't play out with that one though....
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