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Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Novelwriter333, Jun 4, 2021.
I'm curious if anyone has ever used a Gretsch Playboy amp or other Gretsch amplification?
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.
@LA Miles oughta be able to holler here
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.
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.
I have this one. Need a schematic. When it was working it was a great sounding amp!
I could never find an affordable version. Actually, i never even saw one in real life. Would like to try one out though
I haven't been there, don't even have the T-shirt!
I have a vintage 6161 Electromatic Twin. I had a modern Playboy but the reverb made too much noise, but it was beautiful.
GC has couple of them currently:
@sroux you have one of the Victoria made models. I know that amp sounds great, I’d love to get one
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.
I had an old solid state Gretsch Rogue back when I was 15. I hated it. It looked like this.
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.
I love the old Valco's, not really what the OP was asking about but wth?
Ima fire up my old Supro in a bit......it's 6am here......don't think my fam would appreciate it....
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.
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...
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...
By the way, you recognise from where I took the inspiration...
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.
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.