Gibson Gibsonette '59-60 Guitar Amp - Vintage #114093  From Gibson Guitars

An incredible vintage Gibsonette that's been given a clean bill of health by Tim Ristau!

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Condition: Used, excellent

I didn't know quite what to expect when I first plugged into this tweed beauty. I knew that the Gibsonette was a pretty limited run for Gibson, making this model a bit of a rare and mythical beast. Believe me when I say that I was blown away! For being such a low-wattage amp, it delivers delicious clean tones with ample headroom before breaking up. When you do push it, it produces wonderfully warm vintage dirt, never losing its inherent feel and responsiveness. This amp is truly a delight in every sense of the word! 

 

Manufacturer's Description from Gibson Guitars

The home of Gibson electric guitars today is "Gibson USA," built in 1974 in Nashville specifically for the production of Gibson's Les Paul guitars. Although the entire guitar industry went through a slump in the late '70s, the spirit of innovation remained strong at Gibson. In response to a growing demand for vintage stylings, Gibson tapped its rich history  and reissued the dot-neck version of the ES-335 in 1981 and the flametop sunburst Les Paul in 1982. At the same time, two legendary guitarists joined Gibson- B.B. King in 1980 with the Lucille model and Chet Atkins in 1982 with his new concept of a solidbody acoustic guitar.

 

Gibson world headquarters moved to Nashville in 1984 with the closing of the Kalamazoo plant. The financially troubled company was rescued in January 1986 by Henry Juszkiewicz and David Berryman, and the new owners quickly restored Gibson's reputation for quality as well as its profitability.

 

Today's Gibson electric guitars represent the history as well as the future of the electric guitar. The models whose designs have become classics-the ES-175, ES-335, Flying V, Explorer, Firebird, SGs and Les Pauls-are a testament to Gibson's wide appeal, spanning more than four decades of music styles. Gibson's close relationship with musicians is manifest in endorsement models from King, Atkins and jazz greats Howard Roberts and Herb Ellis, plus new Les Pauls made to the personal specifications of rock stars Jimmy Page and Joe Perry. In 1994, Gibson's Centennial year, the new Nighthawk model won an industry award for design, setting the stage for a second hundred years of Gibson quality and innovation.

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Today's Gibson electric guitars represent the history as well as the future of the electric guitar. The models whose designs have become classics-the ES-175, ES-335, Flying V, Explorer, Firebird, SGs and Les Pauls-are a testament to Gibson's wide appeal, spanning more than four decades of music styles. Gibson's close relationship with musicians is manifest in endorsement models from King, Atkins and jazz greats Howard Roberts and Herb Ellis, plus new Les Pauls made to the personal specifications of rock stars Jimmy Page and Joe Perry. In 1994, Gibson's Centennial year, the new Nighthawk model won an industry award for design, setting the stage for a second hundred years of Gibson quality and innovation.

Specifications

Serial Number = 114093

Original 10" Jensen Speaker

8-9 Watts

1 Channel, 2 Inputs

I Volume, 1 Tone

12AX7, 2-6V6, 5Y3

Work done by Tim Ristau:

AC Cord SVT 18/3, 12 ft.

1 Meg Audio, CTS potentiometer

Tube, RCA 5Y3GT rectifier, NOS

.022uf/630V Dijon film and foil cap

"Lots of repair/re-do of inexpert repairs by previous owner. Filter caps had been replaced in previous service, but the work was terrible. Leads for replaced caps, resistors, etc. were just "tack-soldered" over old wires and socket tabs and most of those solder joints were bad, soldered onto corroded metal, etc. Had to redo all of them, making proper mechanical connection, cleaning corroded metal/wire, etc. Replaced volume control pot (had rough spots in rotation, likely due to previous tech having used wire ties to 'secure' the filter caps to the leads of components attached to the pot. Replaced leaky coupling caps (the originals were the valuable 'bumblebee' types, but they were leaking significant DC voltage onto pots and power tube grids. Installed grounded 3 cond AC cord. Cleaned and tensioned socket contacts, cleaned controls and input jacks. Checked tubes. The mismatched brand 6V6's are both good and in spec, plus they sound great...no need to change those at this point. Replaced Sovtek 5Y3 rectifier with NOS RCA 5Y3 to drop B+ supply voltage back down to vintage spec. Cabinet cleanup/Repair. All back panel screws were stripped and/or missing. Drilled and dowelled the panel mount cleats and replaced missing hardware. Tightened loose chassis, baffle, etc. and replaced various missing hardware. "