I had a very old Falcon that sounded amazing. Why did Gibson amps not become a house hold name like Fender, Marshall etc?
Exactly. It's a completely different business. I suppose they could have acquired an established amp maker and renamed them to Gibson.Weren't most of them OEMed by other makers? Like Gibson didn't even make them; they were never tooled up for electronics. My studio partner's old 60s Kalamazoo Model 2 was made in Chicago ( I forget by who now, but it says right on the thing) and the infamous Lab series was Moog ( Norlin years, same owners) for a time, and even Garnet made a few.
I think Fender was so strongly thought of as an electric guitar company, they could never get a foot in the acoustic market. Fender was so associated with electric instruments that the electric bass guitar was simply called 'Fender bass' for many years.Along a similar vein, I've always wondered why Fender missed the acoustic market.
By the sounds of it, you may have chosen the very worst example of an amp ever produced by Gibson (or perhaps anyone) so...not sure that was a reasonable assessment of Gibson amps.As for Gibson amps. Many years ago I lugged a huge Gibson amp around for two weeks. It had 6 twelves in the cabinet and there was some kind of heavy electronic thing in the bottom of the cab. The head was solid state and supposed to be 300 watts which it wasn’t. The whole rig weighed about 3 tons and a 5 watt Champ would have blown it out of the water. After 2 weeks with that thing I never thought about Gibson amps again.
Wasn’t intended to be a reasonable assessment - just something that happened and an epic event lugging that bastard in the trunk of a 66 Impala which I had to tie because the trunk lid wouldn’t close over the cab ... lolBy the sounds of it, you may have chosen the very worst example of an amp ever produced by Gibson (or perhaps anyone) so...not sure that was a reasonable assessment of Gibson amps.