Germino Lead 55LV ™

Head $2300
26 x 9 x 8.375

2 x 12 Combo $2800
30 x 22 x 10.5

The Lead 55LV? model uses a dual EL-34 output section and "lead" circuit values. This is the Lead circuit used in original 68-69 JMP-50 1987 models. Great crunch and upper midrange are there to cut through the mix in a sweet way that only a plexi can. Single notes are warm with great harmonics.  Filtering is period correct for 68/69 JMP-50 specs.

The 1202-118 power transformer which is stock for the LV model supplies 425vdc in ss rectifier mode. This model PT was used in the majority of JMP-50 amplifiers from 1967 thru 1969. Amp is selectable for 120v, 200v, 220v/230v and 240v/250v operation on the back panel.

Output transformer is a Drake 784-139 replica with 3.3K primary impedance. Original style laminate is used with correct slotted steel and correct "cheese head" screws. Primary and secondary windings are interleaved as originals. Speaker output is selectable for 16/8/4 ohms.

Choke is Dagnall C 1999 replica.

An incredible sounding amplifier with all the classic late 60's and early 70's sounds. Goes from a slightly crunchy clean to a thick smooth lead tone with just a twist of the guitar's volume control. This is the sound of the famed 1968/69 plexi 1987 model at it's very best.

Component list is the same as our other products. Spot welded aluminum chassis,  carbon film and NOS carbon comp resistors, Mil spec potentiometers,  F&T filter capacitors. Film/foil  "vintage mustard style" coupling caps all hand wired on turret board.

An optional power transformer 1202-133 is available for those wanting more headroom. Voltage spec increases to 450vdc with ss rectifier.

Available as head or 2 X 12 combo.

These product specifications apply to Germino models 2012 only, not earlier product.

Video




Audio by Emerson Swinford

The DG Blues - 1.5MB, 1:04 clip
Grissom-influenced blues. Les Paul panned left. SG (solo) is panned right.

Custard Pie - 1MB, 43 second clip
Played on an SG.

Strat Open Chords - 350KB, 14 second clip
Stock '71 Strat bridge pickup

Strat Neck Distorted - 773KB, 32 second clip
Stock '71 Strat neck pickup

Strat Sand Castle - 909KB, 38 second clip
Stock '71 Strat in between neck and middle pickups

Strat Fuzz Face - 1.1MB, 47 second clip
Stock '71 Strat bridge pickup. Fuzz Face kicks in halfway.

Strat Univibe and Fulldrive - 1.4MB, 1:01 clip
Stock '71 Strat into Univibe into Fulldrive II into a distorting Lead 55.

Audio by Greg Germino

Les Paul Clip 1 - 946KB, 1:00 minute clip
Slow blues lead with full backing band.

Les Paul Clip 2 - 608KB, 38 second clip
Ripping Allman Bros. vibe with full backing band.

Les Paul Clip 3 - 501KB, 32 second clip
More Allman Bros.-type lead.

Les Paul Clip 4 - 966KB, 1:01 minute clip
Slide lead guitar.

Les Paul Clip 5 - 751KB, 48 second clip
Ripping lead.

Les Paul Clip 6 - 795KB, 50 second clip
Sustain...sustain...sustain.

Other Audio

Les Paul Clip (new) - 1MB, 52 second clip
This clip of the Lead 55 courtesy of Matt Grondin, a new Lead 55 owner. He's playing a Les Paul through an Analog Man Overdrive, modded Tube Screamer, and a compressor into the Lead 55 and a 4x12 cab with Heritage 30-watt speakers. Thanks Matt!

Les Paul Clip 1 - 4.5MB, 50 second clip
Greg Germino playing a Les Paul through the Lead 55 and a 2 x 12 closed back cab. Click here for audio-only version of this clip.

Les Paul Clip 2 - 5.2MB, 58 second clip
Greg Germino playing a Les Paul riding the volume knob on his guitar to go from clean to more drive. Click here for audio-only version of this clip.

Les Paul Clip 3 - 2.7MB, 30 second clip
Greg Germino playing slide on a Les Paul. Click here for audio-only version of this clip.

Reviews

"The Germino 55LV is the end of the road in Marshall town, game over everybody wins...it's no coincidence that Greg Germino chose the vintage '68-'69 50 watt amps as a basis for the Lead 55LV, enhanced with his impeccable attention to detail and a level of flexible versatility that simply did not exist in 1969. In all respects Germino's work impresses us as "better than vintage" in terms of value, build quality, versatility and tone. Having come this far, we all deserve a Germino."
The ToneQuest Report

"I personally think it's the best lead tone I've ever gotten." - Germino Lead 55 owner

"The amp not only excels in tone and feel, but also has allowed me to sell half my other amps...I have never had an amp that was so expressive, brought the passion in your heart to your fingers, and was transferred to the audience in tone."
Harmony Central review

"I would like to express my heart felt thanks for my Germino Lead 55 and 4X12 cabinet with Greenback Celestions.  My intense joy has inspired me to make music for hours.  The amplifier is absolutely alive and vibrant. I have been playing guitar for over forty years.  This is the best amplifier I have ever experienced.  The tone has a rich harmonic texture, dynamic character and indescribable swirl of all truly great amplifiers. The quality of these products speak of your total dedication to the art.  Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the quest for tone."
Germino Lead 55 owner

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