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The Music Man amp that never was...


Steve Kennedy
Posted on Friday, June 07, 2002 - 11:43 am:   

Posted below is a photo montage of the one & only G&L GL100 amplifier. This would have been Leo Fender's third series of amplifiers had it been built and by heritage, a hybrid son of Fender & Music Man amplifiers.

Check out the cabinet curvature in the "eyebrow" area above the controls... pure Music Man (also later used by Dumble and others who know a good feature when they see it!).

I think the photos speak for themselves...


G&L GL100 Tube Guitar Amplifier Prototype
Posted on Tuesday, July 02, 2002 - 11:02 am:   

Ya nice eyebrows...too bad this one didnt come out probly sound amazing!
Ivan Alexander
Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2002 - 05:10 am:   

I want it bad!!! Maybe the guys at G&l have the schematic available so I can...uh....repair mine....:-)
Ken Morgan
Posted on Friday, January 02, 2004 - 09:21 am:   

Where is this amp now? Would be...interesting...to see what else didn't make it out of the 'skunk works'
Steve Kennedy
Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 - 06:24 pm:   

This amp was sold on eBay about 4 years ago or so (that's where I got the photo). I don't remember what it brought but it was a lot more than I had!

I had never seen one of these before or since. It probably sounds awesome!
Hubert (hubert)
Username: hubert

Registered: 05-2006
Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 05:37 pm:   

Basically the curvature is the only thing similar to Music Man. There were two made a 50 and 100 as listed about. These prototypes were made by Jay Abend of Bedrock Amps. The chasis is sheet metal and the speakers don't have a code as to who made them. Each speaker is attached by 4 tabs rather them screwed in to the baffle. Mr. Abend has no information on them but said G&L never went to production with these. The Legacy 100 is 27" wide, 19" high, 9.5" deep on the corners and 8.5" deep over the controls. The baffle tilts back 1.5 inches. One input which two channels and the reverb is functional for both channels. Channel 1 is dubbed as Fender sound and Channel 2 is dubbed as Marshall sound. The effects in and out are not connected. It sounds pretty nice but I have to say I have nothing to compare it to another 100 watt, 6L6, 2X12 type amp. The 5881 tubes were Sovtek 6L6 wxt with small base and ProComm 12AX7. I replaced those with TAD 6L6GC as well as the 12AX7's and I think those sound warmer than the Sovteks. My MM210-65 with El34's sounds just as nice and always feel the 210 is built like a tank. I think if I had a 6L6 100 watt, 2X12 Music Man amp maybe I could have done a side by side comparison but that may never happen. Or if I had a comparable Bedrock amp. The logos are made of cardboard. In my humble opinion you aren't missing anything if you have a Music Man, but I still have to crank it up if I get a chance to be alone and see how it does. If you have questions I can try to answer them but don't expect much. A friend thought a twin / bluesbreaker combo when he saw this.