WARNING: Ampeg amplifiers, especially the high-powered amps such as the SVT and V-series, contain lethal voltages even when unplugged and turned off.
The guy at the pawn shop took down a late 1940’s model Harmony Patrician and said, “Now here is a great guitar.
Rectifier: solidstate Controls: volume, treble and bass on each channel; echo (reverb) and speed and intensity (tremolo) on channel two. You can almost hear that warm, bold, clean guitar tone, right? Though the Gemini II was intended for jazz (like the majority of the Ampegs of its day), this one somehow slipped past the “Gatekeeper of Clean,” head honcho Everett Hull.
Catch but a glimpse of an Ampeg combo like this 1966 Gemini II G-15 and you’re thinking “jazz club”: a blue-tinged smoke haze lacing the air of a low-ceiling/walk-down venue, gently-melting ice clinking in a glass with two fingers of Scotch, seductive sounds oozing from the stage nudged by a syncopated brushed-snare rhythm.
In the past, Ampeg also manufactured several instruments including pickups, double basses, bass guitars, and electric guitars.
Everett Hull, a pianist and bassist, and Stanley Michaels, an electrical engineer and amp technician, established Michaels-Hull Electronic Labs in Newark, New Jersey in 1946.