Three Hours Past Midnight: Johnny “Guitar” Watson

10 10 2008

Johnny “Guitar” Watson rips it up in 1956 by taking the low volume Lowell Fulson approach and injecting a bit of Guitar Slim into it. No Guitar Slim videos seem to be out there or even any 1950’s Johnny “Guitar” Watson clips but this audio track does the business.





Ladies And Gentlemen, The Great Lowell Fulson

10 10 2008

Okalhoma born, California guitarist/songwriter/singer Lowell Fulson was perhaps the top bluesman of the late 1940’s and into the early part of the next decade. Here he’s doing “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone”, just one of his classics, in what looks to be the early 1950’s, playing through possibly a Gibson amp?





Last Centerfold Of Skylark Circuitry

6 10 2008

With this last photo of the GA-5T’s circuitry, it’s time to move onto another dusty old amp.





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.





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.





Gatemouth Brown Live With Canned Heat From 1973

15 08 2008

The legendary Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown james live with Canned Heat at Montreaux Jazz Festival in 1973. Gatemouth makes an Acoustic amp sing like a vintage Fender as he teaches Canned Heat a thing or two about showmanship.