VINTAGE AMPS

We asked one of Latin America's top session guitarists to put our vintage amps through their paces.

We were totally blown away by the results.

Check out these videos of Juan Pablo Ordoñez in the studio at One Flight Up Sydney.

GIBSONETTE (1956)

MADE BY:
GIBSON, USA.

MODEL:
GIBSONETTE

YEAR:
1956

OUTPUT POWER:
8 W

SPEAKER:
10" Jensen Field Coil Speaker.

SPEAKER MARKINGS:
220 644 (220 = Jensen; 644 = 44th week of 1956)
F10V (F = Field Coil, 10 = 10", V = Standard series)
C5665

TUBES:
6SJ
2 x 6V6
5Y3

JUAN SAYS:
"Good tonal balance. More volume and slightly brighter than the Harmony. I like it!"

HARMONY H303A (1961)

MADE BY:
The Harmony Musical Instrument Company, Chicago USA.

MODEL:
H303A

YEAR:
1961

OUTPUT POWER:
approx 5 W

SPEAKER:
6" Jensen Special Design

SPEAKER MARKINGS:
220 134 (220 = Jensen; 134 = 34th week of 1961)
P6V (P = Permanent Magnet; 6 = 6", V = Standard series)

TUBES:
12AU6
50CS
35W4

JUAN SAYS:
"A great little amp with nice tone and enough volume for recording, but not loud enough to use on stage."

SILVERTONE 1472 (1962)

MADE BY:
Danelectro for Sears Roebuck & Co. (USA department store chain).

The 1472 was available from late 1961 till early 1963, (when it was replaced by model 1482). It was a distinctive amp for its "refrigerator" handle on top and "TV" controls down the right front side.

The first run of the 1472 famously has Tremolo mis-spelled on the front face as "Tremlo". (see pics)

MODEL:
1472

YEAR:
1962

OUTPUT POWER:
10 W

SPEAKER:
12" Fisher speaker.

SPEAKER MARKINGS:
12-4L
1056 211 (1056 = Fisher; 211 = 11th week of 1962)

It is also stamped 5032, the same number (and stamp) as inside the cabinet on the front baffle, showing this is the original speaker to the amp. The final 2 in the number dates manufacture of the amp to 1962.

TUBES:
2 x 12AX7
2 x 6V6GT
6AU6
6X4

JUAN SAYS:
"Quite dark sounding. I'm impressed with the low end. The Tremolo is great. I love it! My favourite of the 4 amps!"

GIBSON SKYLARK (1963)

MADE BY:
GIBSON, USA.

MODEL:
GA 5 SKYLARK 'Crestline'

YEAR:
1963

OUTPUT POWER:
10 W

SPEAKER:
10" Gibson Ultrasonic Speaker.

SPEAKER MARKINGS:
581 0034
S-20008

TUBES:
6EU7
6C4
2 x 6AQ5
6X4

JUAN SAYS:
"The brightest sounding of the four amps."

Juan Pablo Ordoñez


Juan is one of Latin America's top guitarists and session musicians.

PEDALS:
Ibanez Tube Screamer DS9
Dedalo Kamikaze distortion pedal
Keeley Katana boost pedal

Juan is playing a Fender Stratocaster guitar in these videos.

JUAN'S WEBSITE:
http://juanpabloordonez.com.ar/en/

MICROPHONES


All four vintage guitar amplifiers were miked up the same way.

A Royer 121 Ribbon microphone was used in front of the speaker about 6" from the grill cloth.

An AKG C12 VR Tube Condenser microphone was used on the back of the amp, about 6" from the back of the speaker.

Both microphones went into API pre-amps in our API 1608 console.

Royer 121 Ribbon microphone
Royer 121
Royer 121 Ribbon Microphone, used on the front of the guitar amps.
AKG C12 VR Microphone
AKG C12 VR
AKG C12 VR Condenser microphone, used on the back of the guitar amps.

MIXING


Each signal went through a Universal Audio 1176 compressor, just lightly at 4:1.

The signals are panned somewhat Left and Right in the mix, as this is a solo guitar recording.

A hint of plate reverb from a Lexicon 480L was added to the mix.

UA 1176LN COMPRESSOR
UA 1176
Universal Audio 1176LN Limiting Amplifier
Lexicon 480L Reverb
Lexicon 480L
Lexicon 480L Reverb. The 'L' stands for 'LARC', the Lexicon Alphanumeric Remote Console.