Gibson BR-6 Tube Amplifier (1948)

Gibson  BR-6 Tube Amplifier (1948)
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Gibson BR-6 Model Tube Amplifier (1948), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, brown tolex covering finish.
Height is 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm.), 18 1/4 in. (46.4 cm.) width, and 7 1/2 in. (19 cm.) deep.

Introduced in 1946, the BR-6 is a fairly long-lived amp for Gibson and a staple of the line for much of the 1950's. This is a very early version of the second iteration of the amp, which was re-styled and mounted in a larger rectangular cabinet in 1948. This transitional amp still has only two inputs, while the standard "large box" version came with three.

The BR-6 has a subdued and classy 1940's look, covered in the same brown fabric as contemporary Gibson cases. There is a discreet silver stenciled Gibson block-script logo on the lower right corner of the face and "G" metal plate pinned over the center of the speaker opening. The chassis mounts on the bottom of the cabinet, accessed from the rear in the standard early configuration of most period amps. The cabinet has some typical wear and tear to the outside but is solid, with a replaced handle and bracket on top.

Internally all transformers and the original 10" "Carbonneau True Brand" field coil speaker are still intact. The amp has had a regular service job with the old electrolytic capacitors replaced, a grounded three prong cord added and all sockets, jacks and pots cleaned. The tubes are original (or at least period) including RCA branded 6V6s.

The 1-10" speaker combo amp puts out 10-12 watts of typically warm Gibson tone, with a classic post-war jazz era purr that takes on a menacing edge when cranked. One volume knob is the entire control array, the tone is up to the guitar! This great little amp is not particularly versatile, but has its own character and makes a wonderful play & display complement to any 1950's Gibson guitar. Very Good + Condition.