Maaaaaan, there's just something about these old Ampegs. Is it the warm, uncompressed tones? The lovely dimensional reverb? The pulsing square-wave tremolo? It's all of these things, and so much more. This 1965 Gemini VI is 30 watts of pure vintage tube amp goodness pushed through the original 15" Ampeg speaker.
In fact, it's all original, with the exception of the AC cord and a re-wired tube socket to accommodate for the stock 7199 tube requirement. That tube has been replaced with a 6U8A which has a different pinout, but are far easier to come by and electronically identical. At 30 watts, this circuit has plenty of headroom to handle some effects, but it also bears some sweet tube breakup when you're pushing higher volumes. The best of both worlds!
As you can probably tell from the photos, this amp is in pretty good shape, given its age. Yes, it even has the original knobs! Controls on the right are master volume, treble, and bass. The left side controls are for the on-board tremolo and dimensional spring reverb (echo). You can adjust the rate and depth of the tremolo, with the option to dive into full-blown square-wave trem when the knob is turned all the way clockwise and clicked into place--quite a unique feature. Both the tremolo and reverb can be engaged or bypassed via the original footswitch. It has four channel inputs: guitar, accordion, auxiliary, and mic. Why accordion, you may ask? We're not sure, but experimentation with all the different inputs is highly recommended.
The Gemini is versatile and uncompromising, so you can have your cake and eat it too. It has casters for ease of transport and a slip cover to keep it somewhat protected from the elements. The reliable and distinctive nature of this amp are enough to satisfy the desires of a wide array of players, so why not give it a whirl?
This amplifier has been serviced by our brilliant amp tech here at EMS and is ready for stage or studio! We definitely don't wanna ship this bad boy, so give us a call and we'll see what we can work out. Feel free to reach out with any other questions you may have about it as well.