1956 Gibson GA-70

TK Smith

If they gave an award for the best looking amp, I think this one would win, or if not, it would at least be in the top few. Also called the “Country Western”,  Gibson officially introduced this amp in 1956 and continued making them until “58”. Approximately 332 were produced. The GA-70 sounds similar to the “55” Fender Pro.

I found mine in a music store in San Diego in the late 80’s and had to have it. I had never seen one before, and have only seen one other in person since. Obviously this has nothing to do with my work, just a design that I appreciate. Read more interesting facts about the “Country Western” here.

1 Comment

  • October 18, 2010 at 8:41 am //

    Very cool looking amp. Seems like the longhorn is a nod to Gretsch to me. Could be wrong.