Ampeg Gemini 22 GV22
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Gemini 22 GV22, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Ampeg.


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Ampeg Gemini 22 GV22 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Ampeg
  • Model: Gemini 22 GV22
  • Category: Tube Combo Guitar Amps
  • Added in our database on: 02/14/2005

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Ampeg Gemini 22 GV22 user reviews

Average Score:5.0( 5/5 based on 3 reviews )
 2 reviews67 %
 1 user review33 %
chaseth03/23/2011

chaseth's review"Ampeg Gemini 22 gv-22 review vs. ampeg v4 vt-22"

Ampeg Gemini 22 GV22
I think the other review is wrong. I have a 1969 gemini 22 in absolutely pristine condition but its actually a 2x12 speaker configuration. I have researched this amps alot and wanted one and when one popped up I had to buy it. Its an all tube design with a claimed 44 watts power from 6l6 power tubes. In actuality the amp is probably a little more like 30 watts from what my amp guy tells me. It has 4 inputs that can be jumpered to achieve even more sounds then is already available. Its two channels. both channels has a normal bright setup. Channel one also can be used to run tube driven tremolo/vibrato as well as world famous ampeg reverb. The tremolo is divine and has a warm vintage feel to it. highly acclaimed in vintage users. There is a treble and bass knob for each channel which is nice to have independent eq. There are also several rocker switches that control the highs and bass as well for both channels independently. The tremolo also has a on beat/after beat rocker switch as well as a vibrato/tremolo selector. Power switch in front with a polarity switch. The standby is in the back. I believe it runs at 4 olm loads but I could be wrong about that. In the back it has hum balance, ext cab output, ext amp input, fuse.

UTILIZATION

The sound of it is instant vintage creaminess. Its sounds very fendery. Maybe alot like a fender twin. Its a super clean sound resultant from the 6l6's and gets plenty loud!!! I play it with my band and it is more then willing to keep up with drums another guitar, 4x10 bass, and p.a. it wont need to be miked. I also have a ampeg vt-22/v-4 and i can get almost similar sounds as the v4. I think i will make a video a/b both units and put it on youtube and show you what i mean. It has super amounts of headroom and wont break up unless at ungodly levels. A pedal players dream really. I play big muffs, fulltone ocd, phase 90, mxr flanger, clyde deluxe wah, fat boost and a boss eq. The amp is interesting when compared with my v4 in that its a tad bit easier to dial up a vintage sound (fender) where the v4 needs the eq tweeked considerably as well as using the boss eq to get a brighter sound (fender) out of it and not being so muddy. the gv-22 can achieve some of those awesome v4 muddy cleans by turning up the bass and hitting the rocker switch. In addition the v4 is a monster. the cab for that amp is 88 pounds and awkward as hell to move even a few feet. Little lone in and out of back seats. The gv-22 is alot easier to manage at around 55-60 pounds with a smaller enclosure. When I bought the v4 i disregarded people complaining about the weight of the amp but have hence found out that this is a crappy amp to deal with. It sucks to move around. The gv clearly wins. The reverb is awesome in this amp and kind of has a surfy tone to it somewhat (fender) a little different from the v4 but both are awesome. If your into the pixies it sounds exactly like their reverb for guitars. The tremolo is awesome as well, killer sound. Vibrato sounds good but i'm not a big fan of vibrato so i really don't know/care what is good or not. The gv sounds awesome through either humbuckers or single coils. I have a strat and les paul custom and they both sound great through the amp. The v4 i always thought sounded the best with the les paul for some reason but that might just be in my head.

SOUNDS

The sounds you can get out of this are amazing, pretty much like any vintage amps. You can get the punchy v4 sounds like the rolling stones, country, surf, classic rock if you have a good overdrive pedal. My favorite sound out of it is grungy garage rock ala mudhoney. Sounds sick like that. Also with a big muff this turns into an awesome sludgy amp ala the melvins. The clean sounds are amazing and could be used for jazz, country rock, pretty much anything i imagine.

OVERALL OPINION

I pretty much consider it a fender twinish amp that is alot cooler because its not a fender! People see it when i'm on stage and ask what the heck is that? Are you playing a bass amp? No, no simple corporate stooges that will buy what ever nickleback tells them too. Its a 1969 amp that I got for a quarter as much as other vintage amps, that is a workhorse amp, with all the features one desires, topnotch build quality and gives a guitar player a rare thing. Finding and achieving his/her own tone and not ripping off jimi, stevie, jimmy, or whoever else is out there that people worship with religious fervor. (p.s. i love all those guys too but people music sucks more now then it has since the 20's we need a change)
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moosers05/24/2010

moosers's review

Ampeg Gemini 22 GV22
The Ampeg Gemini 22 GV22 is a vintage tube based guitar combo amplifier. It's on the smaller side, as it's only got a single speaker in it, but it's certainly suitable for uses on all types since it packs a pretty loud sound. I don't know the exact year that this amp was made, but I believe that most of them were made in the mid to late 1960's. I'm also unsure of the exact wattage on this amp, but for a single speaker combo amp, it definitely is more than adequate when it comes to volume in the recording studio or even for a live show. It's got 1/4" inputs, and the amp has built in reverb as well.

UTILIZATION

Using the Ampeg Gemini 22 GV22 isn't difficult as everything is pretty self explanatory. I found that it was easy to use right off the bat as I didn't need an explanation on anything and didn't feel too many questions would have needed to be asked. If you are new with guitar amps I don't think you'll be using this one, but if you are a beginner it might be a good idea to have a manual around if you feel somewhat lost.

SOUNDS

The Ampeg Gemini 22 GV22 is overall an awesome sounding guitar amp. While Ampeg is primarily known for bass guitar amps, they also have a nice line of vintage guitar amps as well, which includes the Gemini. I've used this amp for recording a clean sound with a Fender Telecaster, and without any effects or anything like that. The Gemini 22 GV22 has a sound that it up there with the likes of Fender and other classic tube amps. While I would say that it's best suited for use in the studio because of it's smaller size, I wouldn't be surprised to see someone using it for a live show as well since it can get pretty loud for a single speaker amplifier.

OVERALL OPINION

I haven't seen any other models of the Ampeg Gemini 22 GV22 out there other than the one I've used, so it would seem to me that these are pretty rare. Being that these were made a long time ago, this isn't a surprise at all as I'm sure many of them died out over the years. If you are able to check one of these out or buy one, it's definitely a great guitar amplifier. I don't know what kind of price these would command, but I would imagine it would be a mixed batch. Regardless of the price, the Ampeg Gemini 22 GV22 is a top notch amplifier that is as good as any at this size...
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09/14/2009

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent for the blues."

Ampeg Gemini 22 GV22
I make it short. Amp excellent. The sound warmer than the twin blues. Good sustain and natural crunch mid power (check 470 ohms between plates and screens). Ampeg original features, some of which are impractical or technically not really easy to find (or phase shifter capacitors 7199 multifunction lamp ...) Easily repairable, though for a technician. Two HP 12 "CTS brand as the twin. 50 watt output through 2 x 6L6GC. Argus 1000 euro seems okay to me compared to other amps being understood that the GV 22 is vintage late 60s well placed to play of Clapton, dire straits ... what style!

USE

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SOUNDS

Blues, rock, jazz.

NOTICE GLOBAL

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