Vintage Lab Series L5  Amplifier, Model 308a Amp.  Norlin Music RareVintage Lab Series L5  Amplifier, Model 308a Amp.  Norlin Music Rare

Awesome vintage late 70s early 80s Lab Series L5 guitar amp made famous by BB King as he still continues to use it today. Have reverb, compressor and two unput channels and great EQing features. It’s in great physical shape. A little scratchy in a few pots that would be an easy fix.  Here’s more info:  These are the coolest solid state amp I’ve heard. The Lab Series L5 was built by Norlin using both Gibson and Moog resources. It’s the only solid state guitar amp I ever really liked. (B. B. King and Ty Tabor like them, too!) The clean tone is excellent. The built-in distortion is OK, but the amp sounds better with a good distortion pedal, or using a small, overdriven tube amp as an overdrive. The parametric mid on the second channel is very cool (one of the better two knob parametric mid controls made), as is the built-in compressor. The reverb is pretty good except at extreme settings. The multifilter is essentially a six-band EQ with fixed settings, where you control only how much of the signal through it gets mixed back with the main signal, sort of like a flanger’s comb filter with the sweep set to zero. The frequency centers are at 1000Hz, 1370Hz, 1900Hz, 2630Hz, 3630Hz and 5000 Hz. This is one of the few solid state amps I’ve played that was as loud as an equivalently rated tube amp. I bought this amp because I was getting tired of lugging around my Univox 1040 combo, which weighed more than a Fender Twin. Alan (the other half of the duet of Alan and Miles 8^) was horrified that I would consider buying an amp I hadn’t played my own guitar through; I was convinced after trying half the guitars at Clark Music that it was perfect. So we hauled my heavily modified Hagstrom Kent down there and tried it. Alan didn’t want to quit playing my guitar through this amp. I took that as a good sign. 8^) It still wasn’t light, but it was about as light as a real 100 watt, 2×12 combo was going to get. I gigged with it for about a year, after which Alan moved on to another band (for whom I ended up running sound). I sold it the next year at Christmas because we were flat broke. I’ve missed it ever since. This isn’t a channel switching amp. You can use either or both channels, but you can’t switch between them unless you use an external A/B or A/B/Y switch. I never cared; the only time I used both channels was when Alan and I both played guitar through the amp at one time. I think we only did that once outside of practice, though. I called Gibson, and they sent me a service pack, with schematic, parts information, and service notes, I think for free. I still; have it, because I couldn’t find it when I sold the amp. They’re here under Service Docs. I’ve never seen an owner’s manual, though one apparently exists. Vital Statistics Model: Lab Series L5  Manufactured by Norlin, parent company of Gibson and Moog, using the resources of both of those subsidiaries. Year manufactured: mid-late 70s Details: 100 watts RMS into 8 ohms Two 12″ 16 ohm speakers Two channels Two inputs (high gain, low gain) per channel Compressor Reverb Bright switch Effects Loop Line Out Footswitch connector Features Front Panel Controls: First channel Bright switch Volume Bass, Midrange, Treble Second Channel Bright switch Volume Bass, (Frequency, Midrange), Treble