Dating gibson eh 150
Thanks too for checking out and repairing my 1948 Gibson BR-6 amp which had gotten busted up pretty bad.I was originally referred to you by a well respected amplifier/guitar technician located in North Carolina.
By the 1930s, the company was also making flattop acoustic guitars, as well as one of the first commercially available hollow-body electric guitars, used and popularized by Charlie Christian.Gibson’s short-lived first attempt at an electric Hawaiian followed Rickenbacker’s lead and had a metal body.The metal body had tuning issues, and didn’t fit Gibson’s classic look, so by 1936 the EH-150 (the guitar and amp set cost $150) had a maple body and neck finished in Gibson’s traditional dark sunburst.I read the draft of your first article for guitaramplifiermagazine.com, and a few thoughts come to mind.I have three vintage Gibson amplifiers (the third is a 1946 BR-4) which are similar in size and configuration, yet each has its own unique palette of sound.Even though the EH-150 was one of the first amps made for the electric guitar (this particular amp was most likely an early prototype production model), it would not be right just having it sit around as a antique "museum piece" not being used and just collecting dust. The tone this little amp produces is very warm and expressive.
Plus you were "right on" when you said the overdrive through the microphone channel is KILLER.
GA-19RVT Falcon: 3-6EU7, 7199, 2-6V6, 5Y3GA-77RET/RETL Vanguard: 3-6EU7, 2-12AU7, 6CG7 (6FQ7), 2-6L6, 0A2 GA-75 Recording: 2-6EU7, 6CG7 (6FQ7), 6C4, 2-6L6 GA-25RVT Hawk (Dated Oct '63 - only one tone-control): 4-6EU7, 12AU7, 2-6V6, 5Y3 GA-25RVT Hawk: 2-6EU7, 3-12AU7 (5814), 2-7591 GA-17RVT Scout: 2-6EU7, 12AX7, 2-6AQ5, 6CA4 (correspond to Epiphone EA-33RVT Galaxie)Titan: 3-6EU7, 2-12AU7, 6FQ7, 4-6L6, 0A2 (12AU7 splitter, 6FQ7 driver) Mercury: 6EU7 splitter, 6FQ7 driver and 2-6L6 output Titan I, III, V and Medalist: 3-6EU7, 2-12AU7, 6FQ7, 4-6L6, 0A2 (correspond to Epiphone EA-500T) Mercury I, II and Medalist (sloping sides): 2-6EU7, 6C4 and 1/2-6EU7 tremolo, 1/2-6EU7 splitter, 6FQ7 driver and 2-6L6 output, 0A2 Courtesy of James Black.
Rich, I just want to thank you once again for bringing our 1936 Gibson EH-150 amplifier back to life.
Soft lighting from above beams down at the various mahogany and maple tops.
We walked slowly past the rows, chattering excitedly amongst ourselves, wiping up drool when appropriate.
This is true even when using the same guitar with the same pickup selection blend, and the same tone and volume settings.