Embassy EA-300 RVT review by Epiphone

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.8 Good
  • Users' score: 7.2 (6 votes)
Epiphone: Embassy EA-300 RVT
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Price paid: $ 500

Purchased from: Jeff's Warehouse Music

Sound — 7
This amp is completely clean, a little power tube saturation occurs at the top volume end, but other wise this is a clean machine. The preamp section runs a series of 12au7's, 6eu7's and a 12ax-7 and seems designed for clean amplification and headroom. The amp is rated for ~90 watts, but it's slim open back design makes it sound quite thin, the tone stack is quite sterile as well. It does accept pedals quite well, but lacks the 'balls' of 'bigger' closed back designs. The cleans are very pretty and develop with an almost chorus effect. The highs and mids are very controlled and proper sounding, I'd like to mix this amp with a closed back cab to help establish a more range for a larger sound. Another thing I run across is comparisons to a Fender Twin of the time, I find this a very poor comparison as the amps are quite fundamentally different, the only similarity is the 2x12 combo design, the differences are too numerous to mention.

Overall Impression — 7
Great era specific amplifier that I got in great condition for a fairly cheap price. It is not the most versatile amp and most players would prefer something with some gain in it, I find that it fits a very necessary niche in my collection previously only occupied by Music Man amps and my Sunn 1200S and this amp is a very different flavor of that niche. This amp is for the collectors more than for the modern player, though if you run across one cheap and want a pretty sounding amp then I recommend it.

Reliability & Durability — 9
The amp is over 40 years old right now and is quite good condition. Almost all original parts, original speaker, etc. I would say they made these amps to last. If you buy one of these amps don't expect Epiphone to be able to support any repairs, I recommend finding a good local amp tech and getting this amp checked out before really using it for a reliable amp. It is over 40 years old and certain components they made back then just weren't made to last that long.

Features — 8
This a review for a 1966 Epiphone embassy. The Embassy (EA-300 RVT) was made in the Gibson Kalamazoo factory, this amp features (2) separate channels with 2 inputs each with the second channel providing reverb and tremelo. The equivalent Gibson model was the GA-95 RVT. My amp is in pristine condition and features almost all stock parts (excluding a few capacitors). This amp still has the stock chicago jensons and sylvania 12au7's and rca 6L6's. The rectifier is the unusual 0A2 and it glows a peculiar violet color. This was the loaded flagship model for this design classification, so it is pretty loaded for the era.

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    EpiExplorer
    Like anyone else can find a thing like this.. this was when Epiphone were making good crap instead of just crap. Its good but only really a collecters item or something for a small audience.
    themelodicdeathshow
    EpiExplorer wrote: Like anyone else can find a thing like this.. this was when Epiphone were making good crap instead of just crap. Its good but only really a collecters item or something for a small audience.
    And you play a goth epiphone explorer lol... Now back to the amp looks like a nice amp to add to a collection!
    ProgFolk12
    I guarantee you epiphone make more than just crap now. While I understand your statement, and in general thy are a gibson sub-brand, they still make some brilliant gear. Also review is hawt. Thanks, though I can't see myself picking one up soon
    EpiExplorer
    slipknot_420 wrote: EpiExplorer wrote: Like anyone else can find a thing like this.. this was when Epiphone were making good crap instead of just crap. Its good but only really a collecters item or something for a small audience. And you play a goth epiphone explorer lol... Now back to the amp looks like a nice amp to add to a collection!
    Used to, Sold it a while ago.
    gumbilicious
    i knew 2 things i didn't take into consideration with this review. 1) this amp was made in production runs measured in the 100's. 2) this makes the amp fairly obscure i realized this when i saw the picture of the embassy for the review, and it looks nothing like my amp. i further realized that when i google 'ephiphone embassy amplifier' my review is one of the first few hits. didn't think it was that obscure. i have pics of the amp on my profile if you wanna see it, or if whoever runs this wants a real picture of the amp. dan