Up for sale is a Kalamazoo Model Two! Manufactured in 1966 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial number 13812, this amp represents a part of Gibson's storied past. Gibson and its parent companies, notably Chicago Musical Instruments (CMI) during the 60s, used the Kalamazoo brand for budget amplifiers, offering two models: the Model One and the Model Two, the latter featuring an onboard tremolo effect. Although these amps were at the lower end of Gibson's product line, they provided great value as small, student model amps that were instantly loved by pros. While the cabinets were prone to damage due to their pressboard construction (this one has some tape holding the top together but it's sturdy), the electronic components maintained excellent quality, featuring Schumacher transformers and RCA and Raytheon tubes. A "Retrofret special" modification has gained popularity for this amplifier among enthusiasts.
Model: Model Two
Weight: 14.4 lbs
Finish: Black Panel
Power: 6 Watts RMS
Speaker: Original Jensen
Power Section: 1 x Vintage 6BQ5 (EL84)
Preamp Section: 2 x Vintage 12AX7
Rectifier: Vintage 6X4
Inputs: 2 x 1/4"
Controls: Volume, Tremolo, Tone (On/Off)
Special Features: Velvety tremolo, and a smooth, compressed overdriven tone.
- Very Good
- small amps