Evan's Vintage - Austin, Texas
 
 
Evan's Vintage
 
This site is designed to provide information and discussion of Gibson* Les Paul and other vintage guitars, and vintage Gibson and Kustom* amplifiers.  A section on 3/4 scale Gibsons is shown below, along with a section on vintage Gibson amps.  Restoration projects are on the next page and a short tour of the Gibson Memphis factory can be found on the Gallery page.  A lengthy discussion of Kustom amps can be found at the very bottom of the gallery page.  All items shown are now, or were recently, in my personal collection.
 
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Austin Vintage Guitars -                                  Fulton-Webb Amplfiers -
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The Custom Shop - Rob Hacker                    John Mergili - mergili.com
 
Mark Erlewine - erlewineguitars.com              
 
Vintage Kustoms - kustomcollector.com       The Les Paul Forum (.com)
 
* - Evan's Vintage is not associated with Gibson Musical Instruments, Inc. or Kustom Electronics, Inc. and any reference to these or other trademarks is intended for discussion purposes only.
 
Vintage Gibson Amps
 
Gibson amps
Gibson amps
A bevy of 50's Gibsons
'52 GA-40 Les Paul
'52 GA-40 Les Paul
The first Les Paul amp, issued the same year as the guitar, the GA-40 had the new 50's two-tone look and square grille with script "LP", many of which have not survived. It employs 6V6's like almost all Gibsons.
'52 GA-40 Les Paul
'52 GA-40 Les Paul
This brown-face amp had tremolo, point-to-point wiring, 8-tube configuration, 14 watts, and a 12" Jensen. The carved mahogany foot switches (lower right) are said to have been made from Les Paul scraps.
'53 Gibsonette
'53 Gibsonette
The GA-8, or Gibsonette, kept the round grille (still used today in Goldtone amps) and brown luggage covering of the pre-war era. It was made in this style only in 52-53, when Seth Lover returned to design Gibson amps.
'53 Gibsonette
'53 Gibsonette
The GA-8 had bottom mounted rear controls, a pre-war throwback that had changed in most Gibsons by this time. A 10" Jensen Field Coil and single control knob round out the "classic" look. Its 4 tubes put out 8 watts.
GA-5, Les Paul Junior/Skylark
GA-5, Les Paul Junior/Skylark
This '57 GA-5 is a transition model, not marked Les Paul or Skylark, but still has the single volume control and 7025/6V6/5Y3 tube set with its 8" Jensen and about 4 watts.
GA-5, Les Paul Junior/Skylark
GA-5, Les Paul Junior/Skylark
The GA-5 was the Les Paul Junior until about '57 and the Skylark after, though the same amp. After about 1960, the baffle takes up the entire front on most Gibsons, like this one.
'57 GA-20
'57 GA-20
The GA-20 is a versatile, tremolo-equipped, 6-tube, workhorse. This one has had the cabinet restored, as shown in the Restoration Projects section.
'57 GA-20
'57 GA-20
The faceplate and amp are very similar to the GA-40 (see below), with only one less preamp tube and slight circuit changes. It also had a 12" Jensen and produced about 16 watts.
'60 GA-40 Les Paul
'60 GA-40 Les Paul
This last version of the GA-40 had all of the refinements of the previous decade. This clean example is in a new, custom cabinet. It would have originally been tweed.
'60 GA-40 Les Paul
'60 GA-40 Les Paul
This sturdy, silver-face, 16-watt, 7-tube amp now had more useful tremolo and early circuit boards, and with a humbucker-equipped Gibson will sustain forever.
 
    3/4 Scale Gibsons
 
3/4 Scale Gibsons
3/4 Scale Gibsons
The heyday of 3/4 scale models for Gibson was the period of about 1958 to 1960, in which Gibson produced six different models, as shown here. '59 ES-140, '59 ES-125, '60 Melody Maker, '60 LG-2, '59 Les Paul Special, and '61 Les Paul Junior, with some Gibson amps from the same period.
What is a 3/4 Scale?
What is a 3/4 Scale?
As shown in this shot of a '55 full size and a '58 3/4 Junior, the scale length is a mere 2" shorter. The electronics, hardware, body, etc. are the same. The scale is reduced by eliminating the rarely-used 3 uppermost frets, while 1-19 are unaffected.
3/4 scale comparison
3/4 scale comparison
Another example of the small differences between 3/4 and full scale (ignoring the ornamentation on the Custom). You can own many more 3/4 scale "Golden Era" Gibsons than you can if they were full size!
Single Cutaway 3/4 scale
Single Cutaway 3/4 scale
The most common of the short scale instruments were the single cutaways, like the ES-140, Melody Maker (originally called the Les Paul Melody Maker), and Les Paul Junior shown here. The Junior shape changed to double cutaway the next year and is the only model to have two different shapes in 3/4 scale.
Double Cutaways
Double Cutaways
Only two double cutaways were produced in 3/4 scale, both in very limited numbers, the Les Paul Special and Les Paul Junior, shown here with a full size '98 Standard that reintroduced the shape.
Non-cutaway 3/4 scale
Non-cutaway 3/4 scale
Gibson produced a couple of non-cutaway short scales, the ES-125 and LG-2 acoustic shown here.
ES-140 vs. Les Paul
ES-140 vs. Les Paul
As also discussed in the Restorations section, the ES-140 is essentially a single-pickup, hollow-body Les Paul, with a slightly shorter scale. I believe they are highly underrated, This '59 would sell for a fraction (as low as 1%) of a Les Paul of the same year.
'59 3/4 Scale
'59 3/4 Scale
Featured with their own pages and photos only in the '59 catalog, though mentioned in others, these 3/4 scales were shipped in low numbers. Les Paul Special-12; Les Paul Junior-199; ES125-295; MM-42; ES140-296; and LG2-185. By comparison, 4,364 full-size Juniors and 1,821 Specials were shipped the same year.
'59 3/4 Scale
'59 3/4 Scale
As further proof that Gibson never intended these to be thought of as "lesser" instruments, they cost the exact same amount as a full size of the same model.
 
 
See the Gallery page for a variety of Gibson and other guitars, and scroll to the bottom of the Gallery page for a detailed discussion of Kustom Amps.  Restoration projects of both guitars and amps are shown on the Restorations page.
 
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