Opinions on an 60's Ampeg Gemini I

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  1. jhfire

    jhfire Supporting Member

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    I have a chance to purchase a near-mint Ampeg Gemini I amp. It's got the 12" Jensen speaker. Are these the Ampeg version of a Fender Deluxe Reverb? Good for rock and roll/ garage rock?
    Any opinions would be great :aok
     
  2. soldersucker

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    Yes Yes Yes.Try before you buy as these can be quirky(tubes,tremolo) but cranked past 2-3 O'clock and these amps are magical.I have have three 65's.
     
  3. sharpshooter

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    I've got a '66 Gemini I, IIRC, the last year of the hand wired ones.
    It's a really great amp, the channels can be jumpered in a couple of ways to get a large range of sound.
    The reverb and trem are,,,are wonderfull.
    Even though they are rated about the same as a Fender DR, they don't seem to be quite as loud,,,maybe the voicing,,,,,,
    I took out the original Jensen, if you full-throttle the amp a lot, the Jensen is right at its limit, and could easily blow. A good speaker up-grade will give you more headroom,,and be safe.
     
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    It is an interesting amp. It breaks ups earlier and more than a Deluxe Reverb. I really like the clean tones. The cleans are adequate for recording but not giging.

    Personally, I don't like them much past 2-3 o'clock. I would imagine you would blow the original speaker really quickly if you played past 2:30.

    The cleans are a nice alternative to Fender cleans. Its a fun amp for playing at home, but it doesn't cut it in the garage/basement with a drummer. IMHO neither does a Deluxe Reverb.
     
  5. jhfire

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    Thanks for the opinions, TGP is awesome. Here's what she look like.
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    Oh my,,they don't get any better looking than that.
    You got it,,right?? If you did, my guess is that you'll keep/play it for a long time,,hope the price is reasonable.
    Vintage Ampegs, of all models, in that condition, are only climbing in value.
     
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    That's a real beauty - had one back in late 60's........and would love to have it back!
     
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    Gorgeous amp - I've heard awesome stuff about the reverb on old Ampegs.

    Also, I lol'ed really loud in the middle of my office at that Loveboat pic.
     
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    That is unbelievably clean. These are cool amps and I miss my old Gemini. (Mine was a later 1x15 version).
     
  11. FFTT

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    In a heartbeat in that condition.

    Are tubes original, mixed all NOS?

    Turn the treble control all the way on til it clicks
    for the top boost on either channel.

    Jumper the two channels together to really enjoy both tone stacks
    working together.

    You ask if the amp can rock?
    Both of these clips are with the top boost on.





    The amp goes into crunch easily before 1/2 volume
    with a strong attack.

    Careful with that vintage Jensen
    I would not run the amp over 1/2 volume
    with a driver that old.

    The Fane AXA12 is a perfect replacement speaker.

    To buy a new amp with that level of craftsmanship, detail
    and tone quality, you'd be looking at well over $2500.00
    to build an accurate reproduction.
     
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    I haven't noted the original speaker having a problem when keeping up with drums etc. And just for an alternate opinion, I really like the sound of the amp turned way up & then controlling more reasonable volumes from the guitar.

    Well, if you get/got it, you'll have fun at any loudness.
     
  13. Martin82

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    I bought mine new in '66 and still have it. It is a wonderful amp. Good break-up, good reverb and tremolo. I've retired it to house use only. But, it is my favorite of my amps. I wish mine looked as good as the one you are purchasing. That is a beauty. The amp has no trouble keeping up with drums, keys, bass. I gigged the amp for years. I never had a problem.

    It's also the most dependable amp I have never a tube change, never a speaker change. The only thing I ever replaced was the carry handle.
     
  14. jhfire

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    Thanks for the clips and posts, good job! Nice clean sounds on it. The amp (pictured) has the original Ampeg stamped tubes and even the original Ampeg cover. They're asking $650 for it. Judging by your posts it's a good deal. I didn't buy it, I wanted to research it first. Now I hope it's still there this weekend.
    Thanks again TGP'ers!
     
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    Jump on that! Call in a deposit if you have to.

    Now to be honest, I've put a considerable amount into mine
    with cap job, power chord, death cap removal, cleaning testing
    a few new NOS tubes and converting the power switch non-invasively to a 3 way
    with standby.

    The Fane AXA12 was almost $300.00, so I've got a good $1500.00 invested
    and it's worth every cent!
     
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    My '65 is the more aggressive version with a 12AX7 pre section and 7591's
    for power.

    The amp can also do smooth and bluesy, but I have the most fun
    with the top boost going for old school tones.

    Here taking full advantage of the top boost.

    The guitar is the same in all three clips here
    '93 Strat Plus, metal roller nut gold lace sensors.

     
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    Good luck. Hope it works out. If you do get it, let us know how you like it.
     
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    Update; When I went to play it, it had a lot of hum issues, possibly the tubes? It has the original tubes in it. The shop it going to replace all tubes. The little that I was able to play sounded sweet!
     
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    You want to keep those original tubes. The hum is most likely the filter caps; in this case a twistlock cap can. Most used Ampegs being sold have not been serviced.
     
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    Ok, I will pass that info along, thanks!
     

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