History of Vintage Gibson Amplifiers
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Gibson was one of the first manufacturers of electric guitar amplifiers, with the first model hitting their catalog in The electric guitar was developed shortly before this time by Gibson and a handful of other manufacturers, and the company saw the new trend as a potential marketing opportunity for amplification. Gibson amplifiers were constructed in their Kalamazoo plant in Michigan, featured all tube construction, and early examples sported few controls-if any at all. The EH and EH were Gibson's fledgling amplifier models from to , featuring 8 and 15 watts, respectively, with inch speakers and no volume or tone controls.
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While National-Dobro had already released its lower-priced Supro line and mail-order catalogs like Montgomery Ward, Speigel, etc. Like these early amps, the four-tube amp lacked both volume and tone controls. Despite their relatively late start, the company would quickly go on to dominate the pre-WWII electric market, with a full line of high-end instruments, such as mandolins, banjos, doubleneck Hawaiians, an early pedal steel, experimental violins and basses, etc. Complementing these at the lower end of the market were the small line of and later instruments and their matching amplifiers.