Benson 200 Clone

This was an interesting project built for musician, producer, collector, Woody Jackson. The Benson 200 was a collaboration between jazz guitarist Howard Roberts and Ron Benson whos favorite amp was the Gibson GA-50 but he needed reverb and more output so it could be more versatile. The amp that could go from studio sessions to live gigs was used by several “wrecking crew” session players including the ones pictured here owned by Dennis Budimir. Features include a Bandaxall type preamp with cathode biased EL34 output section, bias modulated vibrato, Gibson style reverb circuit and tank, 12″ + 8″ speakers(like GA-50), and a voicing switch which simulated Gibson and Fender voicing. All features and “quirks” were reproduced as closely as possible.


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