Ampeg Gemini II Model G 15 Guitar Amp Vintage 1965
Original 1964 Fender Vibroverb Combo Amp for sale!! I know everyone says this but I really do hate to see it go.
The amp tolex is in excellent condition with no burns, tears or rough spots on it. It
does have minor scratches. But as you can see by the pictures this amp is in excellent condition. All the tolex inside and out is still glued to
the cab tightly as it came new from FEIC.
The tube chart is very much intact. Stated date code of
"NH". "N" would be the year (starting from 1951) and
"H" would be the month. So we are looking at this amp was released
from FEIC in August of 1964.
All the hardware is original with minimal surface rust.
16" big "F" tilt legs are in great shape for being 44 years old.
All with the Fender PAT PENDING stamped at the bottoms. The bottom of the cab is very clean and untorn
or roughed up.
Faceplates front and back are are in excellent condition. Original
reverb send and return cables with the original Fender orange stripe around the
rca jack for the input side of the circuit.
The amp comes with a very nice Tuki Vibroverb 1x15 Version 2 Amp Cover to
protect it. I will include this cover in the auction and will cover the amp
Grill cloth is original and is slightly darkened. The amp does not smell of smoke at all. Grill
cloth has two snags that are very small. The grill cloth is very slightly
frayed on the edges (almost not worth mentioning but I like full disclosure).
In the interest of full disclosure. It looks like the baffle
was remounted at some point because there are some extra holes in the mounting
studs on the inside the cabinet. Also
the speaker mounting screws have been replaced.
These last two points , that is, the baffle mounting screw holes and the
speaker mounting screws look to be the only physical repairs the amp has seen.
Electronically the amp has been well cared for. It has had all the electrolytic caps replaced
– the filter caps, bypass caps and bias cap.
All the other capacitors are original. The diode and the speaker cable have
also been replaced. Otherwise all transformers (except the OT), pots, tube
sockets, wiring are all original 1964. All Pots are all dated 64.
I do not have the original footswitch for the Reverb and
Tremolo. The Reverb and Tremolo work perfectly.
Transformer codes - choke 125C1A 606-410, power 125P5D
606-415, output 018343 606-502, reverb
The chassis is stamped TC2564
The previous owner was really into Stevie Ray’s tone so he installed
a 1965 50 watt output transformer from a Bassman amp head in place of the stock
OT. In case you don’t know: It is well
known that Stevie’s amp tech Cesar Diaz did this mod to SRV’s amp. Having played other vintage vibroverbs with the smaller
OT, I have to say that I think the SRV recipe is a vibroverb with the bigger bassman OT. The tone is so much fatter with more clean
headroom. The smaller OT is wimpy by
comparison. Unfortunately I do not have
the original OT. This is the only real issue with this amp if you want one
totally original - hence the lower
price. But if you really want the huge SRV
type tone the amp is better with this OT.
This Vibroverb has a huge tone. Its a
great jazz amp as well. Which is mostly
what I played thru it.
The JBL D140F was
reconed with a D130F cone, but the copper voicecoil was used instead of the
weaker aluminum winding of the D130F speaker. This speaker work was done at
TechStar in Nashville, Tennessee
Overall, this amp
is in excellent but not mint condition. Over
the years, I have owned every amp blackface fender combo amp ever made and this
amp is definitely the best sounding one I’ve had. Unfortunately, I am selling because it is the
most expensive piece of gear I own and I need to pay medical bills. I will pack this amp as well as possible to
make sure you get it undamaged. If it costs less than a hundred to ship I will refund the extra. I prefer paypal echeck for payment. I would very much appreciate it if you use the echeck option.
Feel free to ask questions!!
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