GP Electronics Amplifiers designed and built in Bovey Tracey
|The first guitar I ever saw, now with 2 amplifiers made by |
GP Electronics whom made the first Amplifier I ever saw.
From that point onward I wished to acquire an amplifier as magical as that moment. This would prove to be a little bit more problematic because it wasn’t a Marshall or a Fender, or even a Sound City or a WEM it was made by GP Electronics of Bovey Tracey. The Small town on the Edge of Dartmoor that I grew up.
Now GP stood for Gerry Pope a local inventor whom went from building amplifiers to controllers for hydro electric generators. I knew Gerry as well like John through my parents and the locals amateur dramatics society called ‘The Bovey Tracey Players’ whom are still going today.
Now Gerrys workshop was the most fascinating place in the world as a kid. I did even do my school work experience there when I was 16. His amps were very distinctive with the GP logo and orange front. All of his amps were solid state and based around a beefy 130w power amplifier.
Getting back to the story I had the guitar but not the amp and for my entire life I have been on the lookout for one. I have missed a few I once saw one on gumtree in Newcastle, and I missed a couple on Ebay. So Imagine my delight in march just before Lockdown when a friend of mime Nick Hall whom is involved in many Music projects in Exeter as well as his band Dakar Audio Club posted on facebook a photograph of a GP Amplifier with the caption ‘Does anyone know what this is’. Well to cut a long story short the next day that Amplifier was mine. It was an IC 130 a 2 input instrument amp as back then it was not uncommon for one amplifier to have 2 instruments plugged into it. And being so powerful you wouldn’t need to crank it up too high.
|The GP Electronics IC 130 Amplifier|
I was so happy that I had finally found one. I contacted John and told him about it though as of yet not shown it to him because of that followed.
This amp was very well built and well over 40 years old sounded great. I would love to gig this amp the case is when though. The inputs are built on modules, so the bigger amps with more inputs just had more input modules wired together. Great design.
Roll on to about a week ago. And blow me down I find another one. This time it’s a PA Mixer amplifier, 4 input with and effects loop. This time it came from closer to home in Newton Abbot. Again I told John about it, this time he told me that it was one that he had designed. So I have a strong suspicion that my Gretsch may have been plugged into it before, because he would have owned it at the time, and quite possibly used it to test the amp before it was sent out.
|My Second find the PAR 130 I do remember seeing one of |
these as a kid.
|2 GP Amplifiers happy together.|