Gibson GA-5 Skylark Tube Amplifier (1960)

Gibson  GA-5 Skylark Tube Amplifier (1960)
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Gibson GA-5 Skylark Model Tube Amplifier (1960), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 24064, white tolex finish.
 
Height is 13 in. (33 cm.), 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm.) width, and 7 in. (17.8 cm.) deep.

This fearsome little beast is Gibson's equivalent to Fender's ubiquitous tweed Champ, putting out a big 5 watts of very serious growl. Paired in 1960 with the Korina Skylark steel guitar as a student level set, the GA-5 had previously been designated the "Les Paul Jr. TV" amp. The sound of a late 50's Junior, or any other guitar with a similar output through this golden blonde honker is inspiring, to say the least! Despite an impressive total of 3234 being shipped in 1960 these do not show up as often as we might like today.

Like the Fender Champ, the Skylark sports a single volume control and two instrument inputs, though, unlike that competitor it is provided with the luxury of a wholly separate power switch! The tubes are the expected compliment of a 12AX7, a single 6V6 and a 5Y3, in this case all Gibson-branded RCA made.

This Skylark is a very clean specimen, with only occasional scuffs and wear to the tolex. The original handle is still intact and in good enough shape for many hauls. The faceplate is in great shape with most of the stenciled graphics intact.

Electrically, the amp is nicely original, retaining both the original power and output transformers, marked 996-603 and 549-949, respectively. The original Jensen speaker, marked 220-942 has been professionally reconed and sounds great. The amp has received our standard servicing, including replacement of all electrolytic capacitors, a 3-prong power cord as well as all jacks, sockets and pots cleaned and output tubes biased to spec.

This is a great example, in very fine condition with a truly roaring sound and will make a fabulous gigging companion or studio recording amp. Excellent Condition.