I have a Gibson Goldtone GA15RV, do I need a Marshall 18w?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by BMF Effects, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. BMF Effects

    BMF Effects Supporting Member

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    I've always wanted an 18w for the collection but picked up a GA15RV a couple of months back for a very good price. Has anyone done a side by side? Are they in the same ballpark or is the only commonality that they both have EL84's? Thanks.
     
  2. merriweather69

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    Two different but cool amps, Gibson more Voxish chimey, 18 watt Marshall like a mini bluesbreaker , both cool...
     
  3. BMF Effects

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    Damn, that's what I was afraid of. Thanks for the input. :aok
     
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    s360guitarist Silver Supporting Member

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    Bump for info.

    Always been interested in the GA15 for the very purpose of a lightweight amp that did not break the back...but there is that tempting 18w mini Marshall.

    So, BMF, are you gonna buy one of each? :)
     
  5. BMF Effects

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    I've always liked the GA15RV's and found one for $250. Small 12" with reverb for $250? Yes please! It now sits in the living room next to the sofa for noodling but I also really like the way an 18w sounds. I may buy an 18w but would prefer (and probably will) roll my own.

    Here's my GA15RV...

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    Last edited: Dec 30, 2013
  6. Veritas

    Veritas Silver Supporting Member

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    The GA15 doesn't get enough love. Cool amp. I agree that it's more voxy than a true Marshall 18wt. One doesn't replace the other.
     
  7. BMF Effects

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    Cool, thanks!
     
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    They're different enough to justify owning both. Friend has the Trace Elliot Velocette 12R which is essentially the same as the GA15RV. I have a Ceriatone 18w TMB. We played them side by side and through the same cabs recently. Definitely different animals.

    Tim
     

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