GA5 Mania - postscript

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by fiddler, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. fiddler

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    So now that the Honeynoon period is over or is soon to be over, how is everyone enoying their new Gibson GA5 amps? ..

    Did a lot of them get sent back?

    Just curious....verdict is still out on mine...Already had it to an amp tech about a bit of rattle on lower end, sustained notes , no solution found....gonna give it some more break in time
     
  2. Telecaster62

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    Mine has no rattles and sounds very good. It's a keeper. Will it replace my main gigging amps, no. It is great for a jam session or recording and can even work well as a lower volume gigging amp for some venues. For $299 I'm pleased.
     
  3. photoguy

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    My honeymoon is well over. I've had mine for 3 years...I had similar experiences to many who posted in the other thread. At first, I was a little unsure, in time it delivered the goods and I haven't looked back. Despite being initially attracted to the amp for its simplicity, I found myself needing a few more "options" and started using a lot of pedals with it to give it a wider range of sounds.

    I'm an 'at-home' player and frankly don't need anything more than this despite having been on the merry-go-round of different amps in the last few years. The Gibson always lurked in the background of a few other amps, and each time I came back to it, the other amp was out the door. I think I'll be content with this for a long while.

    I had a little bit of a rattle also, changed the tube and it went away.
     
  4. TanquerayCowboy

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    I bought mine at Guitar Center about four years ago. Had gone shopping for a Fender Pro Junior, which didn't stack up side-by-side to the Gibson. Magnificent with the Telecaster I plucked off the wall (even better with mine).

    I agree with Photoguy, it takes some playing time to break in the speaker. After four years, I haven't changed anything other than adding some pedals in front.
     
  5. fiddler

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    Tube swaps did not help the rattling issue.......hoping speaker break in will help smooth things out....probably no more than 7 or 8 hours play time on the amp, mostly at around 12:00 on the volume knob, so I think I have quite a ways to go to consider her broke in

    Amp tech said best thing to do with a GA5 was hook it up to an external speaker cabinet with a 10" or 12" speaker in it....says the 8" speaker just can't handle the low end very well...'course, this guy sells custom built speaker cabs so, gotta consider the source
     
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    Man I keep hoping someone will put one on the forum. For the money they were hard to beat and I was too late to the party. The method and quality of construction makes for an easily modified amp.

    rob
     
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    I sent mine back. It had some great tones, but in the end was not what I was looking for. I do want a nice hand-wired, US made amp, but I'm thinking a Silverface Deluxe Reverb is more up my alley.

    There is a part of me that wishes I kept it however....
     
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    I'm keeping mine. Its great for a home practice amp. Takes my pedals well also. I may end up getting an external cab for it, I have already hooked up the 8 Ohm tap to a 1/4" jack. Also clipped the cap for lower gain. Tried a 12AT7(?) and had clean all the way up to 3:00 in case I need the clean for playing out.

    Jeff
     
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    Is there any word yet on what Gibson is replacing the now discontinued GA-5 with?
    Trout
     
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    lovin mine totally happy with the sounds, the sensitivity is what I really love , pick attack , guitar vol, ect
     
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    I really like mine, it does all the things I hoped it would do. The different inputs are noticeable enough to make it interesting and different guitars sound dramatically different, another cool factor for me.

    On a side note, is there a jack adapter to go from the stock speaker output to a 1/4" out for a cab?
     
  12. photoguy

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    Mudder-
    I think there was an adaptor posted in the original thread.
     
  13. fiddler

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    Anyone try a 5751 in their GA5?
     
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    As expected, quite a few GA-5s are popping-up on eBay - with prices running between $320 & $400 shipped. I'm sure we'll see more surface on the used market as time goes on. As for me, I picked mine up about 4 weeks ago and could not be more pleased. A friend of mine has done some of the mods disucssed in the other thread and we're planning to get together soon to do a comparison.
     

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