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Gibson GA40 Les Paul Amplifier Brown, 1952

Gibson GA40 Les Paul Amplifier Brown, 1952

Introduced in 1952 and built until 1954, the Gibson GA40 Les Paul Version 1 amplifier was designed and built in-house at the Kalamazoo plant. It had two channels, with three ‘Instrument’ inputs on one channel and one ‘Microphone’ input on the other, and delivered 14 watts through a single Jensen P12Q 12 inch speaker.

Price: $2699 CAD
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Fender Super Amp ‘Brownface’, 1962

Fender Super Amp 'Brownface', 1962

Originally introduced as the Dual Professional in late 1946 and renamed in 1947, the Fender Super Amp started as a 20 watt, 2×10 combo, rising to a whopping 40 watts by 1962, and was discontinued in 1963 as Reverb-equipped models displaced several designs.  Here we’re looking at a Fender Super Brownface amp, with the ‘brownface’ trim putting it directly between the ‘Blonde’ and ‘Blackface’ eras. (In the vintage amplifier world, the terms ‘Brownface and’ ‘Blackface’ – referring to the amp’s white lettering on a brown or black control panel – have no relation to what those terms mean in current political or cultural contexts).

Price: $2999.99 CAD
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Fender Pro Amp TV Front 5B5 Circuit Tweed, 1952

Fender Pro Amp TV Front 5B5 Circuit Tweed, 1952

The Fender Pro Amp, first named Professional from 1946 to 1948, was aimed at performing guitar players and vocalists and put out a whopping 15 watts. From 1946 to mid 1953, it used a tweed-covered ‘TV Front’ cabinet as seen here.   The Pro amp was discontinued in 1965 and became the Pro Reverb amp, following the pattern Fender was using with other non-reverb amps.  Here we’re looking at a Fender Pro Amp dating to 1952 with the 5B5 circuit. 

Price: $3199.99 CAD
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Fender Twin Amp Blonde 1962

Fender Twin Amp Blonde 1962

The Fender Twin Amp was the go-to amp for performing and touring guitarists from 1952 to 1963, growing from 15 to 80 watts through two 12 inch speakers and finally replaced in 1963 by the Twin Reverb. By late 1959, the ‘Piggyback’ style of amp, with separate head and speaker cabinet entered production, and the Twin Amp was the most powerful Combo style amp available from Fender. The early ‘Piggyback’ amps – the Bandmaster, Bassman, Showman and Tremolux were wrapped in a ‘Blonde’ tolex, and the only combo to get that was the Twin Amp.

Price: $5999.99 CAD
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Fender 65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue 1×12 Combo Amp, 2006

Fender 65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue 1x12 Combo Amp, 2006

The Fender 65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue brings back one of Fender’s most popular amps in the ‘Blackface’ variant from the mid 1960s. The Deluxe Reverb is a 22 watt, two channel amp and its moderate power makes it ideal for use in studios and small to medium sized venues – past that, put a mic in front of it!

Price: $1300 CAD
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Ampeg SVT Classic Head and 1×15 Cabinet, 2008

Ampeg SVT Classic Head and 1x15 Cabinet, 2008

The Ampeg SVT Classic is based on the groundbreaking 300 Watt SVT tube amp line used by bands touring large festivals and areas from 1969. Prior to the SVT, very few amps could produce more than 100 watts. These amps are particularly prized by bass players. The public introduction of the SVT series, in 1969, was unexpected. The Rolling Stones were rehearsing for an upcoming tour, and all of their UK-model Fender amps were damaged due to power differences.

Price: $2000 CAD
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