Gibson GA200 Rhythm King?

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  1. 2leod

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    What's the skinny on these amps? A friend of mine is looking at one that's up for sale, and I don't know much about them. This one's apparently a tweed 50's vintage, and one of the channels has some kind of compressor in it I understand. Anyone here played one of these and can tell me where these fit in the amp spectrum? Any comments would be much appreciated!
     
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    I've seen them before but never played one. They seem to fetch a decent price in the guide.

    GA 200 Price Guide
     
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    They do seem to, don't they? They price he was offered was quite reasonable so he should be able to flip it if it doesn't stick. It's just that you don't see that many of them, so it's a matter of finding the right buyer.

    Thanks for the info!
     
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    I've played a GA-100, which I think is a 1-channel version of the GA-200. A truly hi-fi amp. Cleaner than a Blackface Twin. Sounded absolutely *amazing* when a guy plugged in a Martin with an undersaddle pickup. It added warmth and just sounded plain better than most PAs. I would personally not like it for electric guitar, but would buy one just for my acoustic if I had the dough. If you're into clean, this is a great amp. I didn't hear it with pedals, so I can't comment on how it might react to a dirt pedal.
     
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    Yeah, I found a schematic of the amp, and the preamp and tone circuit look pretty hi-fi. Kinda confirms what I was thinking - the compressor in the other channel intrigues me though.

    Thanks for the input!
     
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    I've seen 2 of these with some weird speakers, 12" alnico slug Norelcos with whizzer cones. I wouldn't know that except I happen to have had a pair since about 1968. They were my first stereo speakers.
     
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    Thanks, I appreciate all the feedback!
     
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    Check the March 2014 edition of Vintage Guitar Magazine , they have a 3 page spread on this amp.
     
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    Cool necro-bump!

    Thanks Greg, I will check it out.
     

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