Yamaha G50 210 1980s MIJ Amplifieryamaha
This Yamaha G50 210 amplifier was manufactured in Japan, likely in the late 1970's to early 1980'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 wide cabinet and 2x10" speaker configuration, the sound dispersion is very three dimensional, complex and omnipresent. Consisting of 2 inputs (High and low), a 3 band EQ (Treble,middle, bass), reverb, tremolo, bright control, distortion and pre-set volume, there's a ton of versatility in this amp. The overdrive channel also sounds pretty 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.This amp has a few issues to deal with. Firstly, the reverb doesn't work. That seems to be a common issue with these vintage Yamaha "G" amps and the reverb tank has been removed entirely. Next, the back panel has been replaced. Otherwise, it's just small scuffs, scratches and dings. The craftsmanship and quality of tone of these old Yamahas are really something to behold. 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.