She's back....

Discussion in 'Other Amps' started by ampeq, Oct 25, 2021.

  1. ampeq

    ampeq Well-Known Member

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    I got my 1960ish Gibson GA-20T Ranger amp back this weekend. Pretty cool little unit which I now have $300 into. It WILL need a new speaker as the original just plain sucks, terrible sound. I'v had people recommend these speakers in the past, boy am I glad I never bought one. With some other speaker at the shop were it was fixed it sounded pretty good, but with it's own it's an ice pick to your brain. I've got a bunch to try though and will keep the original for it. The tremolo part works fantastic, simple and full. It breaks up fairly quickly and the guitar makes a big difference. It will clean up with guitar volume rolled back. Had to replace a bunch of stuff and time will tell if even more stuff will need changing. This thing has not run in over 20 years so we shall see. Somebody had EVERYTHING mismatched and wrong parts everywhere, including tubes. Jami Blackwood of Blackwood amps did the work and was a pleasure to work with. By shit luck I found him and he is very close by. I need to get a picture of a complete one and make a rear cover board next. Then down the road if I like the amp a lot I will have it recovered in tweed, we'll see. Check her out!
     

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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    Maybe your ears just gotta get used to the amp/speaker, play it a couple hours every day for a week and see what you think then. Its filthy as hell inside and out, did you scrub it up yet?
     
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    ricksdisconnected Well-Known Member

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    cool pics
     
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    StrummerJoe Well-Known Member

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    Very very cool. Personally, I'd leave it as is cosmetic wise.

    CONGRATS!
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    It needs a bath!
     
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    Some like patina, some don't. Neither is wrong.

    That's whay Baskin Robbins has 31 flavors man...:slash:
     
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    Its not patina its dirt and filth!
     
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    :run::run::run::run::run:

    LOL
     
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    No bath yet, first we see if she'll run. If it stays working good for a week, then we clean. Next I need to make a back cover before somebody gets zapped but I want it legit in size and looks. Then I need to do some testing with speakers, sounded ok at the shop on his speaker. However this speaker is as icepicky as it gets. I know, I know, some people love this speaker, to me it sounds like a poor alarm clock shorted out. If I really like it and plan on keeping it, I may recover it tweed again. If not it will stay as is so the next guy can decide. The grill is pretty good, not worth touching. I'll use my 1-12" test cab with the back off to test for a speaker I like. I'm thinking ET65, GB128 or maybe a Greenback.
     
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    ampeq Well-Known Member

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    I probably would too but so much is missing plus the back cover. I wish it was at least all there, that I could live with. If I like it I will most likely leave it in the living room so I want it at least looking fair.
     
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    Yeah, then I could see why cleaning it up would be the smart thing to do. My wife would never allow that in the living room the way it sits right now LOL

    I can here her now...:blah::blah::blah:
     
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    dang guys that ole dog like the neutral smell.
     
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    tone is in the grime.
     
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    She's a beauty, I bet she'll clean up nice!
     
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    I have a Gibson Falcon amp that I "inherited", which is generally similar to your amp, at least externally. It's a project for me to work on very soon now.

    Your speaker should not be ice picky. Those Jensens should have a more "normal" warm Jensen tone. It might be worth it to let a speaker specialist check it for repairable problems or even recone it if need be.
     
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    Ok folks, I’ve had my Ranger for awhile now and spent some time with her. It seems ok for some things, but pretty limited overall. I’m afraid she just doesn’t have what it takes to stay. It’s pretty easy for me to make my 2202 combo do what this will do plus a ton more. It’s an ok amp and a must have if your a collector, but it won’t get the play time it deserves here. Hopefully someone that really digs these things will end up with it. I’m going to list it soon so if anyone here is interested just pm me. It does have a nice od tone and can be pushed even more with pedals or other tubes. (All tubes have been replaced.) Oh well, I tried and it got this amp ready for the next guy. With some new tolex it will be a nice little amp.
     
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    (Foot in mouth, yet again)
     
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    It’s a shame, but one thing I’ve learned is that you never know until you actually know. It’s always worth the time and money for me just to experience a cool piece of gear - whether it works for me or not. Hope you enjoyed your time with it!
     
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    Absolutely, both time and money well spent. Great piece of music history and a cool amp indeed. I only pumped $300 into it which I will get back. But the journey was a great ride I don’t get to take often enough. She’s ready for the next guy to enjoy as well, and mostly all new.
     
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