Gibson and Epiphone amplifiers of the early/mid 60s continue to fly under the radar as some of the better alternatives in vintage tube combos.
Why We Love This
1964 Epiphone EA-35T Devon Tremolo just in, freshly serviced, and sounding absolutely monstrous!
These early/mid 60s Gibson/Epiphone combos still remain mostly underrated, and with some proper servicing have proven to be excellent alternatives to the Big 3. They generally offer some of the warmth of a Fender with the chime and bite of a Vox, yet still have a way of bringing something a touch different to the table.
Thanks to some excellent recap and circuit service by Stan Day, the amp's harsh and sterile "tone network" has been pulled, revealing a much richer overall response, with deeper low end and smoother high end. Full, chimey cleans are available in the first third of the volume sweep, and the amp starts to break up a bit more once you surpass 12:00. Moving up into the 1:00-2:00 spot on the Volume really gets the amp to open up, with a more saturated tube overdriven tone.
The Bass and Treble controls are quite interactive as well, and can have a noticeable difference on gain. Pushing the Bass control up really starts to engage some fire-breathing tone that dips into some pseudo-Marshall territory.
The tube-driven Tremolo is excellent sounding! Lush and musical, it has a similar feel to early Fender tube tremolo with some of the vibe of an old Gretsch/Valco. The original footswitch allows for remote engagement as well.
The amp is in Excellent condition for its age, with a quite clean exterior tolex wrap, grill cloth, and chassis. The original Lucite handle (inset with matching Grey tolex) is also in great shape and looks quite sharp! The original late '64 CTS speaker is fitting for the circuit and still sounds great.