Posted 2 years ago
This classic is one of my very favorites. Class A, all tube and the first amp ever made with an overdrive channel. It's a screaming 15 watt with
1-12" Celestion classic (I replaced the old field-coil speaker).
The "suit-case" tweed amp is so called because you pop the snaps on the side and take off the hard-shell back when you play it.
For you blues fans, get this---it has been autographed by Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, BB King, Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Keb Mo, Pinetop Perkins, Otis Rush, Gatemouth Brown, and Big Memphis Jerry.
When the amp was made, Charlie Patton asked them to install a mic channel. In the 30's, mics were very weak, so Gibson put an overdrive circuit on the MIC channel. The legend goes that one special night, Hubert Sumlin was playing a gig with Wolf and accidentally plugged into the MIC channel. When you do that, the guitar has a tremendous natural tube overdrive that sustains like crazy. From then on, everyone who heard Hubert wanted one of these amps but, by then, Gibson had quit making them.
Although I have numerous vintage and boutique amps (Fenders, Dr. Z, Duncan, etc.), I still take this one and play it out on occasion. It really sounds greasy and thick--a great blues amp.