Gretsch Amplification? Anyone ever used a Gretsch amp?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Novelwriter333, Jun 4, 2021.

  1. Novelwriter333

    Novelwriter333 Electromatic

    May 4, 2015
    Houston, Texas USA
    I'm curious if anyone has ever used a Gretsch Playboy amp or other Gretsch amplification? 20210603_090057.jpg
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  2. BrianW

    BrianW Country Gent

    Oct 21, 2014
    Vancouver Island
    The short answer is "yes". I have a Gretsch Playboy amp. And it sounds very good for clean tones. I can't say what it would sound like with distortion or overdrive tbh. Just never got around to trying for some reason. :rolleyes:
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  3. TSims1

    TSims1 Gretschified

    Jun 18, 2013
  4. ruger9

    ruger9 Country Gent

    Nov 1, 2008
    I played through a Victoria-built Playboy... but with my tele. It was AWESOME. I have no idea how I would have liked it with my Gretsch, but cranking it up for dirty bluesy tones, it was a monster.
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  5. MotorCentaur

    MotorCentaur Synchromatic

    May 11, 2016
    The originals would 99% likely been made by ValCo. They made Supro, Airline, National, Oahu and contracted for Gretsch, Harmony, and Kay.
    I have an original Supro "Big Star", that looks quite similar to most mid 60's Gretsch 2 speaker amps.
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  6. L Robbins

    L Robbins Gretschie

    May 3, 2017
    I have this one. Need a schematic. When it was working it was a great sounding amp! 895C5BFC-D186-4189-B1F6-BEDD14BA2149.png 30B36AFC-1333-49B2-9182-795A28FBF8B0.png
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  7. I could never find an affordable version. Actually, i never even saw one in real life. Would like to try one out though
  8. SAguitar

    SAguitar Synchromatic

    Jan 17, 2020
    Jack Plate, Oregon
    I haven't been there, don't even have the T-shirt!
  9. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    Not me :(
  10. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    I have a vintage 6161 Electromatic Twin. I had a modern Playboy but the reverb made too much noise, but it was beautiful.
  11. juks

    juks Synchromatic

    Nov 26, 2020
    Fremont, California
    GC has couple of them currently:

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  12. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    @sroux you have one of the Victoria made models. I know that amp sounds great, I’d love to get one
  13. AZBrahma

    AZBrahma Gretschie

    Dec 18, 2020
    Yep, Victoria built Playboy. Remarkably good amp, all boutique Fendery goodness. So killer.

    I remember me and a buddy playing it and saying WHOA....then we started poking around the amp and saw it was built by Victoria. That explains a lot. :D
  14. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    I had an old solid state Gretsch Rogue back when I was 15. I hated it. It looked like this.

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  15. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    I still remember when they had the Victoria made Playboy amps on sale for USD 899,-.
    I am still kicking my ass for not buying one.
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  16. wildeman

    wildeman I Bleed Orange

    May 10, 2015
    I love the old Valco's, not really what the OP was asking about but wth?:D
    Ima fire up my old Supro in a's 6am here......don't think my fam would appreciate it....
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  17. LA Miles

    LA Miles Country Gent

    Dec 6, 2012
    I replaced stock speaker with a cannabis rex, put a 5751 in the pre-amp slot i think it was and fixed the tremolo helicopter noise with a different brand tube(don't remember). It's a great amp. there is a noticeable clink when you stomp the tremolo on but i was told by victoria how to fix that but never bothered. Only tremolo, no reverb on the Playboy. Plenty loud, 30 some pounds if i remember so you can carry it if you want. No regrets buying the amp.
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  18. hcsterg

    hcsterg Friend of Fred

    Feb 13, 2012
    I have only two examples of Gretsch Amplification on which I can tell some words...

    A Gretsch G5222 Electromatic Compact Amp, the brother of the Fender Champion 600 RI. The original circuit was unconvincing, so I rebuilt one of my own, based on the Fender Champ with a few tricks. I also refinished it. Well, OK, the tone was Fender Champ Tweed like. This amp belongs to a pal now.



    A Gretsch G6160 Chet Atkins - some G-T members (@wildeman ?) have one too - that came in for repair. A very interesting, great sounding amp, with an amazing tremolo !


    It was in a cool cosmetic condition and I would have been pleased to keep it... :rolleyes::(

    The tremolo of the G6160 is so good sounding to my ears that I decided that I'll build an amp based on the same preamp section - minus the tuner - plus a master volume and a reverb. The build has started. I only wrote : started... :oops:



    By the way, you recognise from where I took the inspiration... ;)


  19. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I have the Fender Champ 600 version of the recent Gretsch G5222 amp (not the guitar of the same number) that hcsterg showed.

    My first amp was a late '50s or early '60s Gretsch 6163 (Valco?) 15" and a 4" tweeter. Maybe 15-20 watts. That's one I should've kept.
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  20. knavel

    knavel Synchromatic

    Dec 26, 2009
    London, England
    I have a 1965 Playboy. It kicks a$$ - has a 12'' Jensen and 6973 power tubes. It's one of those handful of amps that is supposedly the same as the Supro Jimmy Page used for Led Zeppelin I.
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