Up for sale, a 1967 Gibson Skylark GA-5 in excellent condition and in perfect working order. This pint-sized wonder pushes roughly 10 all-tube watts via a pair of matched EL84 power tubes, with a three knob design that sounds great no matter where the controls are set. From mostly clean, crisp tones low on the volume dial to sizzling overdrive when you dime it out, this amp is at home in a studio and sounds great with a microphone in front of it. Dynamic and sweet with the original alnico magnet 10” speaker, this Skylark responds well to a variety of pickups.
The point-to-point wired circuit has been fully serviced and recapped as necessary, with a few new caps in the preamp and a complete recap of the power supply. The original transformers have 1967 date codes, while two of the original CTS pots are present, with visible dates from the 51st week of '66. The chassis is remarkably clean, with all of the original black silkscreen text present, along with three original witch hat knobs (the Treble knob is a replacement). The modern tubes consist of a matched pair of brand new Sovtek EL84 power tubes, along with a 12AX7 in the preamp. The original stamped frame speaker (manufactured by CTS) has a small alnico magnet with a “Gibson” foil sticker, and the cone sounds good, with a smooth, clear response.
The cabinet sports its original textured black covering with silver sparkle grillcloth, as well as the stock leather handle. The upper back panel and a couple of the small rubber feet are no longer present. There is sparingly little wear on the enclosure, and as the photos show, this is an extremely well-preserved and fully serviced vintage Skylark.