Ronald Johnson - 1965 Magnatone M12 Johnson says of two-input amp, "I used to run a Y cord into the amp and split the highs and mids from the head into two cabs." Unfortunately, the amp underwent shipping damage since this picture was taken, but Johnson retained, "what's left of it."
Nick Champlin - 1967 Marshall 50-watt JMP, 1968 Marshall 4x12 Says Nick, "This is one of the nicest sounding early 50-watt JMPs I've ever heard. It has a very sweet mid-tone and matches perfectly with my '68 412. The head also has a unique black highly pronounced pebble grain tolex, that you sometimes see on Plexi-period Marshalls. The '68 cab is an all original complete with Revvo wheels and G12H30 speakers. It has the unique Brown-on-Brown basketweave grille."
Rockbeare - 1954 Les Paul Goldtop One of the best-condition goldtops we've ever seen, this guitar is all-original down to the case.
TF Harper - 1967 Rickenbacker 4005 Harper bought the bass brand new when he was 15 years old. Though he uses a Rickenbacker 4001 for his main bass, he says, "this one has a wonderful hollow thunk sound that works on ballads where I'm going for that classic McCartney-esque sound. It's gently worn and absolutely gorgeous."
Tim Woosley - 1961 Gibson ES-125T, 1962 Gibson Falcon GA-19RVT, 1951 Gibson Les Paul Junior Woosley explains, "These instruments were the foundation of my entire musical development. Every Credence song, every classic riff and blues boogie that I heard in those formative years were through the strings and speakers of these fine artifacts." He says of the Les Paul, "The neck is lightning and the P-90 just screams," while the GA-19RVT amp, "comes with a righteous tremolo button that will have you seeing stars on its highest setting, and a reverb that will have you swimming in the deepest depths of all those awesome surf tracks of old."
Todd Smith - 1966 Magnatone M10 Smith says that his Magnatone is, "simply THE most amazing sounding clean amp I've ever heard."" He describes the sound as "very 3D sounding" with "great bluesy overdrive tones."
Ted Rzad - 1964 Fender Mustang and 1959 Gibson ES-125T Rzad acquired these two instruments as major deals. The Gibson was purchased from a pawn shop where it was listed as a 1939 Gibson L-5 for $300. "Amazing warmth and presence," he notes. The Mustang, which Rzad calls, "a nice player with tons of mojo," was bought in the '90s for $200."
Bob Goffstein - 1964 Ampeg Reverberocket 2 This small combo has a single 12" Jensen alnico speaker and two 7591A output tubes. Bob says, "It has superb tone and possibly the best built-in tremolo and reverb ever made. Also, it has a designated input for my accordion. What's not to like?"
Stephen Kinai - 1981/82 Fender Harvard A solid-state amp in a vintage gallery? Sure. Kinai explains, "I love this little amp because it is the best sounding solid-state amp that I have ever heard. It has the wonderful clean sound that Fender is known for."
Rockbeare - 1961/62 Shorline Gold Strat This custom-color Strat has a fatter "D" neck dated November '61 with a body date of February '62. Our reader bought the guitar for Ñ?200 in 1974 and has had a rewind done on the bridge pickup."
Phil Dennis - 1956 Telecaster and 1965 Fender Bassman
Gregory Tyson - Collection
Gregory's guitars include a 1966 Gibson ES-125T, 1958 Gibson Les Paul Special, 1934 National Steel Duolian, 1970 Blonde Gibson ES-335, and 1966 Fender Telecaster. In the background of each shot is a 1971 Fender Twin Reverb.
Jon Lewton - 1959 Fender Strat Lewton's guitar is a late '59 Strat with Brazilian rosewood fretboard, birdseye maple neck, mint pickguard and gold hardware. All pickups are early '59 features with North-South polarity, no neck date (common with '59s) and 12/59 body date. Says Jon, "HUGE, fat sounding pickups, especially through my '66 Super Reverb. All original, but refretted and added bone nut."
Ted Rzad - 1973 Rickenbacker 4001 Rzad's 4001 was his bass of choice for years of gigging in loud rock/punk/metal bands. The tuners and pickups have been replaced by Hipshots and EMGs, respectively."
Jonathan Veillette - 1973 Fender Champ Veillette says of his Champ, "It's in very good condition and it sounds awesome! Nice Fender cleans and a good crunch when pushed a little, a great amp to record with. The guitar is a modern Fender 52 Hotrod Tele AVRI."
Steve Mattucci - Amp Collection Steve's killer amp collection includes a 1967 Marshall Super Tremolo Plexi, 1969 Marshall Super Bass, 1977 Marshall JMP, 1987 Marshall Jubilee 2550, 1980 Marshall MKII 50W, 1984 Mesa/Boogie Mark IIC+ Simulclass, 1994 Matchless HC30, and 1955 Fender Princeton.
Rockbeare - Family Portrait One of our readers, going only by Rockbeare, shared this incredible collection of ultra-clean vintage instruments: Front row - 1958 Guild M75 Aristocrat, 1954 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop, 1960 Gibson Les Paul TV Junior, 1961/62 Fender Shoreline Gold Strat, 1960 Gibson Les Paul TV Special, 1958 Gibson Les Paul Sunburst, 1956 Gretsch Duo Jet. Back Row - 1960 Gibson ES-330 TN, 1959 Gibson ES-335 TD, 1962 Gibson ES-330 TC.
Austin Valley - 1966 Fender Bassman Austin's original Bassman also has the matching cabinet with original Jensen speakers.
Nicholas Harris - 1978 Hiwatt Fullstack and 1966 Gibson SG
Kenny Kaufman - 1968 Rickenbacker 360 and 1966 Rickenbacker 360/12
Rockbeare - 1959 Gibson ES-335 TD The owner of this early ES-335 also has the original case and zippered canvas overcase.
Trent Johnson - 1962 Fender Strat Johnson says of his Strat: ""Great player, great tone."" 'Nuff said!
Robby Z - 1966 Lake Placid Blue Fender Jaguar This Jaguar is all-original with gold hardware. Collector Robby Z says he's been collecting for years and loves super-clean, super-rare guitars. This one certainly fills both criteria!
Mitch Kelly - 1961 Gibson Melody Maker and 1971 Fender Bass Ten Mitch says of the Melody Maker, "it has updated pups, so it's not original, but I love it! Tone city!"
Robby Z - 1968 Lake Placid Blue Fender Telecaster Robby's rare Tele is all-original, and he even has the original tags and case candy.
Brook Hoover - 1957 Gretsch 6121 Says Brook, "It stays in tune, intonates, and every fret plays perfect. It can do a full-on rock show no problem. The back of the neck has all the finish worn off from gigging, but the front of the guitar looks very good. It's been re-fretted, has a graphite nut, and the pickups were changed to TV Jones Power'Trons, though it had been modded before I bought it (Someone put a Bigsby on it, which works well), so I did no destructive modifications. I break it out for a few gigs a year. It's not my number one guitar, but it never ceases to get some serious attention from any hip guitarist in its vicinity. I bought it when I was very poor donating plasma, on food stamps, picking up cans and playing a few gigs a month to survive. I knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to score a killer vintage Gretsch and it's never let me down."
Rockbeare - 1958 Gibson Les Paul Sunburst This 'burst example is all-original, down to the narrow fretwire.
Chris W - Collection A huge fan of Gibson ES series guitars, Chris' collection includes a 1979 Gibson ES-347, 1969 Gibson ES-340, 1972 Gibson ES-335, 1961 Gibson ES-345, 1967 Gibson ES-335 12-string, 1966 Gibson ES-335, 1976 Fender Starcaster, 1961 Gibson ES-175, and a 1964 Epiphone EA8-P Professional. He says he still wants to add an ES-330 some day. The amps are a 1963 Guild 98-RT, 1966 Ampeg Gemini I, 1962 Ampeg Echo-Twin ET-1 Stereo, 1964 Epiphone EA8, 1962 Fender Concert, and 1963 Guild S-200 Stereo."
George Hamparzoumian - 1963 Silvertone 1477 Bobcat This Silvertone, made by Harmony, was purchased by George's father from Sears in 1964 for around $56. It's all-original with DeArmond pickups, and George says, "It plays and sounds great." He adds, "Out of all the guitars I own (12 in all) this one has something none of the others will ever have, sentimental value, and I look forward to passing this along to my son."
Robby Z - 1966 Gold Sparkle Fender Jaguar All original, Robby says that this Jaguar is the only fully documented gold sparkle Jaguar from Fender.
Craig Karr - 1964 Gibson ES-355 TDSV and 1963 Gibson Firebird V Karr's two Gibsons are real rarities, with only 198 of the ES-355 made, and just 62 of the Firebird Vs in their respective years. Karr says the ES-355 is, "a killer through an AC30, Plexi, or Deluxe Reverb." He noted that the Firebird V is perfectly balanced with super fast action: "If you're trying to play like Johnny Winter, playing this one is your best shot."
Scott Anderson - Collection Scott sent in a picture of his entire collection, which has both modern and vintage treasures. His descriptions: Front row, l-r: 60s Teisco 12-string hollowbody (white), 1960 Silvertone 1410 (cherry red), 5E3 Tweed Deluxe kit amp (2005 or so), Fender '63 Reverb Reissue (1999), 90s Tele (bound sunburst), 2003 Fender Tele Standard (sage green). 2nd row: 1974 Fender Super Reverb amp, 1969 Fender Dimension IV (oilcan echo effect), 2004 Epiphone Dot (cherry), 1984 Aria Pro II TA-60 semi-hollow (black), 2004 Epiphone Riviera P93 Limited Edition (wine red), 2007 Eastwood Sidejack Deluxe Baritone (blue sparkle), 1976 Fender Musicmaster (black), 1965 Fender Tremolux amp 3rd row: 1975 Wurlitzer EP-210 electric piano, 1968 Fender Jaguar (ocean turquoise metallic), 1993 Fender Jazzmaster (sunburst, Japan reissue), 1984 Fender USA Strat Plus (sunburst), 1980 Fender Bullet (red, USA), 1949 Gibson L-50 archtop acoustic (sunburst), 2004 Fender Tele-Sonic (blond, USA), 2009 Fender Road Worn Tele (blond), 1969 Yamaha FG-180 (natural, Nippon-Gakki red label). Back left: 1950s Harmony Tenor archtop acoustic.
Nitebob - 1963 Firebird III
Bob Goffstein - 1953 National Deluxe by Valco This dual 6L6 combo puts out about 15-watts and has a single Jensen 12" alnico speaker. Bob says, "It is one of the sweetest sounding amps I have ever heard. One has to love the 'refrigerator' handle."