Gibson Lab Series L5 - $300 a good price?

Discussion in 'Amp-a-ridifiers' started by ksandbergfl, Jan 11, 2020.

  1. ksandbergfl

    ksandbergfl Squier-Meister

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    Local music shop has this late 1970’s L5 for $300... in near mint condition... wondering what experience any of you guys have had with one... I believe these are mildly “collectible” and relatively “rare”
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  2. DougMen

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    They were the choice of The King of the Blues!
     
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  3. jskeen

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    The Lab series are very high quality build amps with great tone and flexibility to do things that two or even 3 simpler amps may not match between them. Bulletproof electronics and cabinet construction. They aren't light though. It's a back breaker even on casters.

    With all the kudos for tone and flexibility, however, it's not a simple or intuitive amp to operate or get those special tones out of. If you end up with it, take the time to find and read through the manual and maybe even some specific settings profiles to get used to it. Let us know if it works for you, and why.
     
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    and B.B.King approved
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  6. RoyalWe

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    That’s pretty steep for one of those. I just sold mine (after getting a fender Twin) this last summer for $180.
     
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  7. DrBeGood

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    Owned ... Incredible machine, but it was too much of an amp for me. That thing is as loud and as clean as a Twin Reverb !

    $300 is in the upper range for the price of that amp, but it's worth it if that's what you're looking for.
     
  8. russtopherb

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    I always keep my eye out for those locally, only because they were the "secret" to Ty Tabor's early guitar tone.

    I know if I found one, I'd still never sound like him but it would be fun trying!
     
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  9. gary mitchell

    gary mitchell Squier-Nut

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    i had one and really liked it a lot, but someone offer money i couldn't resist
     
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  10. ksandbergfl

    ksandbergfl Squier-Meister

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    ahhh, another Ty Tabor fan here!?!!? Nice to meet you. I love all of Ty's work, I even have all his solo/side stuff, including his first homemade release of Naomi's Solar Pumpkin
     
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  11. gary mitchell

    gary mitchell Squier-Nut

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    saw Ty Tabor in Wichita ks twice he us awesome and a nice guy.
     
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  12. russtopherb

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    Been a fan since seeing the video for “King” on Headbangers Ball as a teen. I’ve got lots of his solo and side project stuff as well. Seeing him a few months back with a Strat and 2 Orange amps he still sounded just like Ty.
     
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  13. Squierplayer1

    Squierplayer1 Squier-Meister

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    I had one years ago. I found it to have the thickest lead tones i ever played. I couldn't get that out of any amp i have ever had. But thats pretty much all it did really well, and even for lead i don't always want that sorta tone. It was ok otherwise, but for me unless all i did was play single note lines it wasn't very useful. I can see why BB liked it because that IS all he ever did. He never played rhythm. Is it worth $300? I dunno, but i would imagine given the somewhat rarity of them and it's rep as BB's fav amp it probably is, possibly more.