From GGJagua–(at)–ol.com Thu Nov 28 11:18:27 CST 1996
Article: 28847 of alt.guitar.amps
From: Greg Gagliano
Subject: Re: Early Ampegs
Date: Thu, 28 Nov 1996 08:32:24 -0800
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To: Scott Marion Ralston
Scott Marion Ralston wrote:
> What are the V series about?
Big, powerful tube amps of the 1970s. Think early 1970s Rolling Stones sound.
The later ones (post-1977) have a distortion feature added. The V-2 (60 watts)
and V-4 (120 watts) are head/4×12 cab amps while the VT-22 is a 2×12 combo amp
version of the V-4. The VT-40 is a 60 watt 4×10 version version.
> What is the general role of the Jet series? Are they about on par to a
> Fender Princeton type amp, or a Deluxe Reverb, as far as wattage,
> character, etc.
At 15 – 18 watts with a 12 inch speaker, the old Jets are more like a Deluxe than
a Princeton. However, only the Reverbojet had on-board reverb in addition to the
Jet’s tremolo. The Jets with 7591s/7868s tend to have a little more headroom
than a Deluxe and make excellent harp amps.
>And the Gemini’s? I assume the Gemini’s are bigger than the Jets, but I could be
Yup, they’re bigger. The Gemini I is a 22 watt, 2 channel, reverb/tremolo 1×12
combo, the Gemini II is a 30 watt, 2 channel, reverb/tremolo 1×15 combo, and the
Gemini VI is simply a single channel version of the Gem II. These amps all have
more headroom than a comparable Fender, but they will overdrive at higher volumes.
> And then we have the Reverberockets, and even things like the Superb
> Reverb–what’s going on?
The Reverberockets were 18 watt single channel 1×12 reverb/tremolo combos. They
were actually just below the Gemini series in the Ampeg lineup. The Superbreverb
was the same amp with a single 15 inch speaker.
> I’m looking for a fairly versatile amp with a nice clean tone and reverb, as I
> really like surf music, although that is just the tip of the iceberg.
All Ampegs have very lush reverb and clean tone. Just play a few and decide which
best suits your tastes. A lot of surf guys are using old Reverberockets for small
gigs, but I think you can get a killer surf sound from a Gemini as well. Go play
’em and let us know what you think.
From timtub–(at)–ol.com Fri Nov 29 00:09:28 CST 1996
Article: 28911 of alt.guitar.amps
Subject: Re: Early Ampegs
Date: 29 Nov 1996 04:35:06 GMT
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In article <329DBE98.650--(at)--ol.com>, Greg Gagliano
>> What are the V series about?
>Big, powerful tube amps of the 1970s. Think early 1970s Rolling Stones
>The later ones (post-1977) have a distortion feature added. The V-2 (60
>and V-4 (120 watts) are head/4×12 cab amps while the VT-22 is a 2×12
>version of the V-4. The VT-40 is a 60 watt 4×10 version version.
Don’t forget the V-9, 300watts (essentially an SVT with reverb). I think
the Stones ’73 tour.
A great amp can make a lousy guitar sound great.
A lousy amp will make a great guitar sound lousy.