Skylark vs. Champ?

22 09 2008

I’ve run across many references of the GA-5/GA-5T being billed as Gibson’s answer to the Fender Champ, but with so many versions of both to consider, that’s a hard statement to reconcile. As far as this version of that Gibson amp is concerned, the Skylark has completely different tubes than any of the Champs and while the circuitry is a bit similar here and there to some of the Fenders, it’s different enough to distance the two. Here’s more photos of the Skylark’s guts.

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Otis Rush In Berlin 1966

14 09 2008

The magnificent Otis Rush shows how it’s done in this instrumental clip as he handles a fairly non-traditional tandem of right-handed Epiphone Riviera, played upside down and not restrung, straight into a Vox AC-30 at low volume.

Rush gets fine backing from of Little Brother Montgomery on piano, Fred Below on drums and Jack Myers on bass. This was a stop on the American Folk Blues Festival tour of Europe and likely from October 1966 at Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin, Germany.





More Skylark Circuitry Photos

14 09 2008

New capacitors mingle with old resistors amid 42 year old wires coming from the power transformer.





Skylark: Taking Off Her Top

9 09 2008

Pulling out the chassis, the Skylark is one clean machine internally. It’s a pretty basic circuit with crisp connections and logical layout on a small, thin eyelet board. No transistors, no integrated circuits, just resistors and capacitors wired beautifully point to point, the way nature intended for guitar amplifiers.