Gibson's GA-5 amplifiers from the late 50s and early 60s capture the vibe of Tweed Era tube amps with a Champ-like tonality at a fraction of the price.
Why We Love This
Student model tube amps from the 1950s and 1960s have defined the low wattage tube sound that has made lasting imprints on some of the most famous recordings in modern music history. With Fender's Tweed Champ taking the lion's share of that attention, similarly designed amps like this 1961 Gibson GA-5 Skylark often fly under the radar. We're here to tell you - there's nothing "sleeper" about these amps.
With parallels to that aforementioned Tweed Champ lineage, the GA-5 aims at a similar goal - provide a simple, low-powered combo that is light and compact. Kid-friendly, you'd say, but the reach goes far beyond that. Putting out roughly 4-5 watts through a single 8" speaker, this single-ended 6V6 powered amp has all the attitude and snarl one would expect out of this design. The Gibsons are typically a little angrier sounding than their Fender counterparts, and typically a little leaner in the low end response. The top end has some distinctive bite that makes them cut through a mix with the greatest of ease, especially paired with a P90 or other single coil loaded guitar.
This particular variant is the most common, with just a single Volume control and a pair of high and low inputs. The cabinet is very clean with its original Blonde tolex and tilted baffle with Oxblood grill cloth and original (and surprisingly intact) Gibson badge. The circuit has been serviced but not modified, and the transformers are original throughout. It's missing its upper back panel but retains its original handle. Operationally sound and ready for action, this Gibson GA-5 Skylark is TME favorite when it comes to vintage low-watt combos.
Please Note: We pride ourselves on thoroughly vetting each vintage instrument we sell. If you have specific questions about the condition or originality of this instrument, we invite you to call us to discuss further. We're here to help!