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The Gibson Goldtone Les Paul Jr. Amp recreates the GA-5, Gibson's most popular amp in the 50's. You get the same vintage Class A tube design and sound. It also features point-to-point wiring, and produces 5W of burning Class A output. Like the original GA-5, it has an 8" speaker and no controls other than a single volume knob. It has a wonderfully sensitive response and tone to die for. It is also easy to get great tube distortion without excessive volume.
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Reviewed by 33 customers
this amp is all about your guitar's tone. remember, garbage in, garbage out. if you have a decent guitar, this amp will serve you very well.
I cannot say anything other than I love this amp. First, anyone considering this amp should know that where it shines is getting a classic tone. Whatever that may be- jazz, blues, or rock this thing nails it. I use it with Digi RP250 and couldn't be happier. As for live situations, this amp is surprisingly loud will deifinitely hold it's own- if it's small bars you're playing you're fine. I prop mine on a chair with the vol at 12 o'clock and the vol pedal half-cocked. I've got plenty of volume with a little reserve at the pedal if I need it. Quality is very solid.My only complaint is that at one gig I got some sudden loud feedback & it turns out I fried the 12AX7 tube. When I went to replace it, I found that ONLY A JJ TUBE will fit into the recessed hole that connects to the socket- sorry groove tube/ sovtech/ etc..This makes emrgency repairs at the club SOL if you're not packin' extra JJ's.Other than this, a fantastic amp with a much better spectrum of sound and not to be lumped in with "just like a fender champ" crowd.
This tiny little amp has bigger tone than most amplifier twice it's wattage power. The Gibson Goldtone Les Paul Jr (GA5) is oozing with warm, vintage, transparent, tube tone that only a handmade point to point tube amp can produce. No printed circuit board in the baby, just the old traditional hand wired point to point. Compared to the Fender Champion 600, it is light years away. This amp makes the Champ 600 sound like a transistor radio. The Gibson Goldtone sounds even fuller and warmer than my 15watt Fender Pro Jr with Jensen P10R speaker. This amp is certainly my favorite amp to play at home and for small gigs. No one makes amps like this anymore, most amp makers now favor printed circuit boards and they sound thin and shrill. Get the Gibson Goldtone GA5 while you can as it is destined to be a collector's piece indeed.
I wasn't really in the market for another amp when I purchased this one. However, I know a good deal when I see it. This is a quality built amp and it sounds as awesome as the previous reviews state. This is the first time that I have ever owned a Gibson amp, as all I have ever owned were Fenders. Quite honestly, I am impressed. There is nothing in this class out there that can touch this in quality and value. The 8" speaker sounds bigger than its size. I will not go into specific features as it is as basic design as it gets. I connected a Holy Grail reverb pedal and thats all you would ever need. Vintage fans will love it.
Just Recieved my GA5 yesterday. It is excellent. The build quality is superb, and it sounds like a dream. I'll be gigging with it this Friday.
This little amp is quite simply the best sounding small amp. It can get beautiful, creamy and lush overdrive by simply turning it up all the way. Who cares that there's only a volume knob? You don't need tone controls if the amp sounds this great. No matter what guitar you play through this amp, it sounds like the guitar. You want a different sound, plug in a different guitar. Accepts pedals remarkably well. Put a little dirt in front of this amp, and it sounds great. Also, it records exceptionally well. I think it sounds huge on tape. I've bought several of these over the past 2 years. Everyone I tell about this amp is incredibly skeptical... until they hear it. Then they too become believers. I just bought the Gibson version 2 days ago (GA-5 Goldtone) and it is a little quieter (hum) and louder (overall). Buy this amp and it will change how you think about amps. Non-master volume, absolute purity, touch sensitive perfection. You will not be sorry.
This amp is only good for recording because it is not loud enough to use at a gig. It is however quieter than the Fender Pro Junior which is quite noisy but the Fender is more than loud enough for almost any gig. This Gibson amp is very similar in tone and volume to my Silvertone 6V6 powered amp/guitar in a case but the Gibson amp distorts much more easily. Two complaints I have about this Les Paul amp. This amp distorts at a low volume and doesn't have that have the ability to play clean at a loud volume. The other thing I don't like is the way Gibson has this extra short power cord that you pull out thru a hole in the back cover and have to try to stuff back in that hole. Whoever designed this cluster* should be demoted back to sweeping up the factory floor. Save money And save time and buy a Fender Pro Junior.
This is excellent for recording. Pure tube tone, you will hear what your guitar really sounds like. Push the mighty 8" speaker, you get warm, responsive crunch. Rock on!
Pound for pound, this amp sounds better than any amp I have ever played, it has unbelievable sound anywhere past 2 on the dial. I crank it to around 3 and rehearse with a small pa for vocals because it drowns me out without it. Regardless of its small size, its loud, but not just noise, sweet noise, I still can't believe the noise that comes out of this little box, I'll forget what I'm doing while I'm playing just trying to figure out how Gibson did this. Don't let the 8 inch speaker fool you, it has bass to spare, with grinning mids and spanky highs to boot. I have a Danelectro Daddy'o pedal in front of it and it drives it really nice, if you turn it up to midnight on its own it drives itself into grunting. Great little amp, well done Gibson, my only regret is that I didn't buy one when they were half the price when they first came out! Buy one anyway, its still worth the price.
I bought this amp about a year and a half ago. I use it mostly for my production business but every now and again take it out for a live gig in a small venue. In the studio, it shines. You can get sparkling clear sounds with the volume turned from 6 to 9 O'clock. With the amp volume turned all the way, you can use the volume on the guitar to go from very clean to singing overdrive. It's the sign of a well-built amp. I'm happy with the purchase. I use it with a Fender Strat and a G & L ASAT. No problems at all. Well worth the price. ...I just wish I owned it's 'big brother' for concerts.
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