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Gibson and Epiphone Expand Amplifier Offerings

Saturday February 26, 2005
Designed by Gibson Labs, the technology division of Gibson Guitar, the new Gibson and Epiphone amp lines offer models ranging from hand-crafted, 5-watt, all-tube practice/studio amps to a 100-watt head with 4 x 12" cabinet, from the affordability of the Epi line to a new amplifier design resulting from Gibson's collaboration with noted amp builder Michael Soldano on the "Gold Top" model...
Gibson and Epiphone Expand Amplifier Offerings

Designed by Gibson Labs, the technology division of Gibson Guitar, the new Gibson and Epiphone amp lines offer models ranging from hand-crafted, 5-watt, all-tube practice/studio amps to a 100-watt head with 4 x 12" cabinet, from the affordability of the Epi line to a new amplifier design resulting from Gibson's collaboration with noted amp builder Michael Soldano on the "Gold Top" model.

First up are Epiphone's all-tube, Class A Valve Series, some available with built-in DSP effects:

  • Valve Series Junior (MSRP $199.99): a single-ended, Class A amplifier in a retro cabinet with a special design 8" speaker and 5 watts of power.
  • Valve Series Special (MSRP $369.99): the same amp as the Junior with 16 DSP Selections and separate DSP Reverb, a 10" speaker.
  • Valve Series Standard (MSRP $659.99) is a 15-watt Class A, push-pull monster, with 16 DSP Selections, separate DSP Reverb, a 12" speaker and a gutsy musical preamp section.

The E-Series models are solid-state designs with DSP:

Firefly 30 DSP

  • 30 watts, featuring E-Valve Tube Tone Circuitry
  • 2 Channels
  • 16 DSP Selections
  • Separate DSP Reverb
  • Special design 10" speaker
  • MSRP $249.99

Triggerman 60 DSP

  • 60W, Featuring E-Valve Tube Tone Circuitry
  • 2 Channels
  • 16 DSP Selections
  • Separate DSP Reverb
  • Special Design 12" speaker
  • MSRP $389.99

Triggerman 100H DSP

  • 100-watt head version of Triggerman 60
  • MSRP: $499.99 Trigger Cab
  • 4 X 12" special design speakers
  • Mono/Stereo
  • 280-watt handling
  • MSRP: $389.99

Regent 230 DSP Acoustic Amp

  • Two channels, 1 instrument, 1 vocal/instrument
  • 2 Individual channels of 16 DSP selections
  • XLR Input on vocal channel
  • 2 X 6.5" special design speakers
  • Notch filler
  • HF horn for highs
  • MSRP: $389.99

The Gibson Guitar Amplification Line is also getting some new additions to the hand-built, premium line:

GA-5

  • 5-watt, Class A, single-ended, hand built, point-to-point
  • 8" special design ceramic magnet speaker
  • Available in vintage Tolex, plexiglass and hardwood cabinets
  • Starting MSRP: $719.99

GA-20RVT

  • 15-watt Class A, hand built, point-to-point with 2 channels plus mix
  • Tube Reverb
  • Tube Tremolo
  • Pentode/Triode switch
  • 12" Eminence Legend speaker
  • In two-tone Vintage Brown and Tan Tolex
  • MSRP $1199.99

GA-40RVT

  • 30-watt Class A, hand built, point-to-point with 2 channels plus mix
  • Tube Reverb
  • Tube Tremolo
  • Pentode/Triode switch
  • 12" Eminence Legend speaker
  • Constructed of 13-layer Baltic birch plywood
  • In two-tone Vintage Brown and Tan Tolex
  • MSRP $1439.99

GA-50H

  • 50-watt Class AB head, hand built, point-to-point with 2 channels
  • Tube-driven FX loop
  • Pentode/Triode switch
  • Constructed of 13-layer Baltic birch plywood
  • In two-tone Vintage Brown and Tan Tolex
  • MSRP $1559.99

GA-412

  • Stereo and Mono switch
  • Constructed of 13-layer Baltic bBirch plywood
  • 4 X 12" Eminence Legend speakers
  • In two-tone Vintage Brown and Tan Tolex
  • MSRP$959.99

Power Stealth (Best of Breed power attenuation)

  • Available in 4.8 and 16 ohm models
  • XLR balanced and 1/4" Line Outs for recording and live
  • Bright and Deep switches
  • Auto On/Off fan helps to minimize fan noise an reduce heat
  • Gibson Goldtop finish
  • Allows high powered amp tone at small studio volumes
  • MSRP:$399.99

A total of five additional models of amplifiers are being produced as a joint partnership between Gibson Labs and Soldano Custom Amplification. The partnership's first offering, the "Gold Top" will be followed by four other amplifiers to be announced in mid-2005. The Gibson "Gold Top" is a distinguished take on Michael Soldano's flagship amplifier the SLO100. Each amplifier will be hand-signed and numbered by Michael Soldano. Along with the signature, each amplifier will come with a hardcover photo album documenting its specific crafting from start to finish.

For more information, visit their web sites at www.gibsonamps.com and www.epiphone.com

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