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Gibson Amplifiers return [Falcon 5 and 20]

Dave P

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I hate push connectors and ribbon cable in guitar amps. That stuff is a problem waiting to happen.
 

NickiC

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I’ll be convinced these are gig-studio worthy, when Falcons replace all the Fender Blues Jr, and Hot Rods out there.
 

TM1

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I wouldn’t buy one of these period! Mesa is owned by Gibson and they designed the by Mesa. I’m not a fan of Mesa! I’ve played Mesa’s and worked on Mesa’s and I’ve never been impressed with them!
my advice, save your money and buy something better. I use to own a Gibson GA-20 Crest made in 1959 and it is 10 times the amp that these are!
 

TomGuitar

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Hey TM1, thumbs up on late 50’s Gibson amps. I have a 59 GA-40 that is spectacular. I wish I had a GA-20.

That said, I know nothing about servicing, or amp design, or Mesa, etc. Never played through any Mesa Boogie that I thought sounded good. Figured it was me.

But I know is what shit sounds like. These amps sound really good in person. If you’re listening to that video on your phone, or crappy earbuds, give me a break. It’s all digital audio. Tried them both out at Sweetwater and I gotta tell ya, they could work for me. They are responsive, surprisingly touch sensitive, and really quite nice. Didn’t buy either, got plenty of stuff that works for me, but if I needed an amp, I would seriously consider these. Sometimes we get caught up in irrelevant underwear. Try one out in person before you trash them.
 

JASIII

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Hey TM1, thumbs up on late 50’s Gibson amps. I have a 59 GA-40 that is spectacular. I wish I had a GA-20.

That said, I know nothing about servicing, or amp design, or Mesa, etc. Never played through any Mesa Boogie that I thought sounded good. Figured it was me.

But I know is what shit sounds like. These amps sound really good in person. If you’re listening to that video on your phone, or crappy earbuds, give me a break. It’s all digital audio. Tried them both out at Sweetwater and I gotta tell ya, they could work for me. They are responsive, surprisingly touch sensitive, and really quite nice. Didn’t buy either, got plenty of stuff that works for me, but if I needed an amp, I would seriously consider these. Sometimes we get caught up in irrelevant underwear. Try one out in person before you trash them.
The build quality is the issue. Quite a few people who have decades of experience designing, servicing, and building tube amps have pointed out the failures waiting to happen with these things. For this price point that's a big no.
 

Rockbeare

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Hey TM1, thumbs up on late 50’s Gibson amps. I have a 59 GA-40 that is spectacular. I wish I had a GA-20.

That said, I know nothing about servicing, or amp design, or Mesa, etc. Never played through any Mesa Boogie that I thought sounded good. Figured it was me.

But I know is what shit sounds like. These amps sound really good in person. If you’re listening to that video on your phone, or crappy earbuds, give me a break. It’s all digital audio. Tried them both out at Sweetwater and I gotta tell ya, they could work for me. They are responsive, surprisingly touch sensitive, and really quite nice. Didn’t buy either, got plenty of stuff that works for me, but if I needed an amp, I would seriously consider these. Sometimes we get caught up in irrelevant underwear. Try one out in person before you trash them.
Hey Tom, off topic but responding this way to your most recent post on this forum.

I own a near-mint ‘59 ES-335 I got from Norm’s some years back. I’m writing a piece on golden age Gibson ES models and came across references (eg from Charlie Gelber who advises me that miners thin top and serial number puts it in his most favoured period) to info you have collected on body thicknesses. But the old link to it does not work.

Where can I find it now, please? Even better if the current link also connected to anything else you’ve published. Thanks in advance of your kind response ?
 
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