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    I discovered the Goldtone reissues from the 50s-era Trace Elliot/Vellocette line a little late. They are now out of production, but I was able to pick up a fabulous, clean 15-watt Goldtone off the second-hand market for a decent price. What a beautiful, warm sound, with sheer endless headroom towards both ends and a great-sounding spring reverb!

    If you get the opportunity to pick one of those up, go for it--is my recommendation.



    Last edited by LeonardMcCoy; 01-01-2018 at 09:42 AM.
    2009 Gibson Les Paul Standard Ebony (Left-handed)
    2002 Gibson "Goldtone" GA-15RV
    1990 Ovation Legend L717 (A-bracing)

    Finely transcribed Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs (fan project)

    "Believe me when I say that some of the most amazing music in history
    was made on equipment that's not as good as what you own right now."--Jol Dantzig, founder of Hamer Guitars

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    I’ve played thru one and loved it! Congrats. That’s a beauty.

    Sam

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    I like the reflection of your head and camera in the volume and tone knobs in the third pic When I take pictures,my thumb all too often becomes an unwelcome part I've developed a warm spot for old Gibson amps in the last year or so. Yours is really cool!

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    I don’t think he took those pics, mark.

    Also, I played an original.....didn’t realize this was a reissue. Wish I had wherewithal and time to compare contrast. I am contemplated building an ac10 or 15 copy....hmmmm. My 59 bassman is too powerful to get tube break up at reasonable volumes. We could do a build along!

    Sam

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    I didn't realize that the photos were not the work of LeonardMcCoy. Still, the photo in the post does show the reflection of the photographer/camera in those two knobs I would follow the amp build with interest, but comparisons to other amps wouldn't mean anything much to me. My Gibson amp is from 1949 and only has one knob!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark the Magnificent! View Post
    I like the reflection of your head and camera in the volume and tone knobs in the third pic When I take pictures,my thumb all too often becomes an unwelcome part I've developed a warm spot for old Gibson amps in the last year or so. Yours is really cool!
    These pictures were taken by the seller. I didn't even notice the reflection myself until your mentioning. Nice catch!
    2009 Gibson Les Paul Standard Ebony (Left-handed)
    2002 Gibson "Goldtone" GA-15RV
    1990 Ovation Legend L717 (A-bracing)

    Finely transcribed Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs (fan project)

    "Believe me when I say that some of the most amazing music in history
    was made on equipment that's not as good as what you own right now."--Jol Dantzig, founder of Hamer Guitars

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