After 57 long years, Gibson has officially unveiled its grand return to the amp game. The hand-built Falcon 20 and Falcon 5 are Gibson’s first amps since 1967.
Gibson abandoned amplifier production in 1967 to focus on guitars – and you can say that they have done a great job at that, but that’s all set to change with two brand-new amps: the Falcon 20 and Falcon 5, both of which were teased in an announcement last week.
Handcrafted in Petaluma, California, the two new Falcon amps are the first to come not only since Gibson stopped making amps almost 60 years ago, but also since the guitar giant acquired amp powerhouse Mesa/Boogie. With this launch, they also pay homage to Gibson’s 1960s Falcons, the very first guitar amps available with reverb.
Both amps are kitted out with Jensen Blackbird speakers, the same brand used in the original Falcons. The smaller seven-watt Falcon 5 is equipped with a 10” Jensen Blackbird speaker, while the 12-watt Falcon 20 boats a 12” Jensen Blackbird.
Both amps also have selectable wattage scaling. The compact Falcon 5 is able to shift to three-watts, while the Falcon 20 has a multi-watt attenuator, allowing it to run at 12, 5 or 1 watt. This allows the Falcon 20 to be a chameleon amp, able to adapt to full-blown stage use while also maintaining the ability to be used comfortably at home.
As Gibson explains, both Falcon circuits have been designed so players can substitute the supplied 6V6 power tubes with optional 6L6 tubes, further adding to the amps’ “flexibility, headroom and punch”. Additionally, Gibson has equipped both amps with tube-driven spring reverb, while the larger Falcon 20 is also loaded with tremolo.
In terms of pricing, the Falcon 5 and Falcon 20 are priced around $3,900 and $4,500, respectively.
For more information, head to your closest Gibson Australian retailers.
Or visit the Australian distributor Australis Music Group:
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