Find of the Week: A Steely Dan-Owned Stereo Amp

Any major dude will tell you that this week's Find of the Week is a must-have: it's a 1962 Gibson GA-79RVT stereo amp owned by the late, great Walter Becker of Steely Dan.

In 2019, just two years after the co-founder and guitarist of the legendary jazz rock group passed away after a brief battle with cancer, Julien's Auctions hosted a two-day auction that saw the sale of Becker's gear. Since then, several pieces of his extended collection of guitars, amplifiers, keyboards, and recording equipment have surfaced on Reverb, including this 30-watt workhorse.

A Gibson GA-79RVT Stereo Amp, formerly owned by Walter Becker.
A Gibson GA-79RVT Stereo Amp, formerly owned by Walter Becker of Steely Dan.

The GA-79RVT was among the more unique amplifiers Gibson manufactured in the 1960s. It was designed with independent preamps in a dual 10" speaker design, and comes equipped with oddball components like Jensen P10Q speakers and 6BQ5 tubes in the output stage. To top it off, the immersive and three-dimensional stereo reverb, vibrato and tremolo proved to be a prototypical example of early on-board amp effects.

There's no information on whether he used this amp on stage or in the studio, but for a player with a history of pristine lead tones, it makes sense that this all-tube beast became a bit of Becker's backline. Check out the full listing for more photos and information, make an offer today, and you'll be playing just what you feel in no time.

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