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Did/does Gallien-Krueger make Guitar Amps?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by oldrookie, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. oldrookie


    May 15, 2007
    Avon, IN
    BUmped into a deal on a Gallien-Krueger 200 that looks like the small combo bass amp (MBE150) they sell, but I can't find any information about it online.

    The amp has what looks like four separate input with a treble and bass control for each input.

    Anybody ever run across one? Is it a guitar they no longer sell, or is it a bass amp?
  2. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    I think they did a long time ago. Not sure if they do anymore. Maybe an expert will chime in with better info.
  3. 4-string


    Jul 23, 2006
    I remember GK guitar rigs from the 80s, I know Boon Gould (Level 42) played through one. Don't know about the current situation though.
  4. Vakmere


    Sep 6, 2007
    GK does not sell guitar products.
  5. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
  6. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I'm doing a gig tonight with a guitarist who has a little GK mini guitar amp he uses to power his talkbox. Nice little amp, not my favorite, but very good for its size and architecture.
  7. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    They made PA gear too. I don't know about PA cabs, but one of the venues I play frequently has an old GK PA head/mixer combo.
  8. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    I played with a guitarist in the mid 80's who had one. It was very small with two 8" speakers side-by-side IIRC. It sounded fantastic.
  9. oldrookie


    May 15, 2007
    Avon, IN
    I finally figured out what I was looking at. It was a 200MK, a keyboard amp. First input is for electronic piano and inputs 2 and 3 are for synthesizers. All channels have chorusing and voicing controls.

    Another question, would this work for a bass practice amp?
  10. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    They may not currently sell guitar amps, but back in the 80's and 90's they sure did.
  11. Not any more, they used to. In fact they made all kinds of amps. Keyboard, guitar, P.A. as well as bass. They found their niche in bass amps. and stuck with it.
  12. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    That little amp that was the size of a clock radio (w/2 speakers) was amazingly loud and had very good tone considering its' size
  13. They also made at least one full sized guitar amp head and a guitar preamp. I knew a guitarist who had both.
  14. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I didn't read every post so forgive me if someone beat me to it. It's a keyboard amp. And for keys they are incredible! I've played with several guys who had them on a little rotating stand that put it right in their ear. It sounded great!
  15. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    I love those little 50w GK guitar amps. Our guitarist back in 1990 lent me his for a while (I thought he made it sound amazing, either by itself or driving another cab)...and it was a blast to use. Small & heavy with cool tone and some cool built in effects.
  16. Stevieb


    Dec 9, 2008
    Reviving an old thread, because I feel I have some real info to add, not just trolling...

    I have owned two of the amps mentioned but not familiar, above. I also saw and tried to buy another, very similar amp. Let me elaborate.

    GK 200G- 2 x 12" guitar combo amp. All solid state. Two channels, reported to be the first mass-produced channel-switching amp, 100 watts, loud as stink. I bought mine in the mid 90's at a garage sale in New Orleans. Didn't get a foot switch with it, a friend built a 4-button from scratch, later I would learn the original had only 3 buttons. He built it so that either OR both channels could be active at once, and tremolo and reverb were switchable. I never really bonded with the amp, it was too loud for the playing I was doing at the time. Also too heavy, but then, all 212's have that problem. Sold it on eBay, and missed it a little until I got a Fender Twin Reverb and discovered what a 212 is SUPPOSED to sound like.

    GK250ML Not quite as small as a clock radio, about the size of a small microwave oven. Feature rich SS amp- two channels, stereo chorus and reverb, stereo or mono line level out, aluminum case, 2 heavy-duty 8" speakers, simple 2-button foot switch. Liked that amp lots during my New Orleans days- I could strap a electric guitar/gig bag to my back and this amp to the rear rack of either a bicycle or motorcycle, and head to a gig or jam- I usually commendeered a 12" speaker cab there, and I was set, no parking worries for me! These can drive TWO 412 cabs with real authority. Still have it, lives in my son's rehearsal studio business (studio101nola.com), although it never gets played these days, the victim of my tube snobbery and it living among more impressive-looking amps.

    250-- PA version of the ML. I saw a jazz band using one of these in the French Market area of the 'Quarter, and tried to buy it from them. It belonged to the trumpet player, who said he'd sell it (for like, $50,) but we never hooked up- then Katrina hit, and I never talked to him again. Wish I'd scored that one.

    Hope this helps.
  17. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
  18. I believe Iron Maiden (Dave Murry and Adrian Smith) used GK guitar amps during the Somewhere in Time Tour in the late 80's.