Yamaha G-100 212 Vintage 1970's MIJ AmplifierYamaha
This Yamaha G100-212 amplifier was manufactured in Japan, likely in the late 1970's. These older "G" series Yamaha amps have long been a favorite of Jazz players and those that like to sculpt their tone via outboard pedals and effects and there's a good reason for that; The clean tone is to die for! I've heard these amps described as a cross between a Fender Twin Reverb and a Roland JC-120. I think that's a pretty accurate description as the tone is warm, rich, fat and very smokey. With the large cabinet and 2-12" speaker configuration, the sound dispersion is very three dimensional, complex and enveloping. The highly interactive and powerful EQ system allows all variations in tone from stinging twang to woody and smooth. The overdrive channel also sounds really good. It gets a good, passable fuzz tone but isn't really high gain. Legend has it that the OD channel was designed after an old TS-808 Tube Screamer and apparently uses the same chip. Other features include treble / middle / bass tones stacks with pull bright and fat switches as well as a parametric EQ and 2 inputs (High and low). There's just a ton of versatility in this amp. The craftsmanship and quality of tone are really something to behold. This amp is in excellent condition for it's vintage with only some light scuffs and scratches to the tolex covering. One of the knobs is missing its cap and the speakers have been swapped out for a set of Jensens. These are very under-the-radar amps that are only now starting to gain some recognition. Just ask Mike Stern, Pat Metheny and Robben Ford...They figured out how killer these amps were long ago.