1946 Gibson BR-1

This is a vintage 1946 Gibson BR-1 electric guitar amplifier. This particular example, serial number 1754, is in excellent all original vintage condition. The BR-1 was Gibson’s top-of-the-line amplifier from 1946-1949 with an original sale price of $190, which approximately equates to over $2,000.00 in 2010! Most notably used by Danny Cedrone on Bill Haley’s iconic “Rock Around the Clock,” this is actually a highly efficient and great sounding amp applicable for both studio and live use.

Serial Number: 1754

Transformer Code: 138617
Speaker Codes: C4469, 22064x (Jensen)
Chassis Code: 173577

Pot Code: 601-328

The Gibson BR-1 utilizes (1) 5U4 rectifier tube, (2) 6L6 power tubes, and (1) 6SN7 tube through a 1 x 12″ Jensen speaker. The amp produces 18 loud watts, and features; (2) microphone inputs, (1) instrument input, (1) microphone volume control, (1) instrument volume control and (1) tone control.

Gibson didn’t cut corners with respect to the aesthetic appointments on the BR-1 amplifier. With an exterior similar to that of an elegant Lifton case from the late-40s to early-50s, the BR-1 sports an incredibly handsome metal grill with the avante “G” logo. This particular example features the exceedingly rare green “G,” and it seems 1 out of 10 BR-1s featured that detail. The art-deco control panel is timeless and seemingly more reminiscent of a Klimt-era masterpiece than a post-WWII electronic device.

As can be seen in the numerous photos to the right, this amp is in excellent, all original, condition. Though the amp is not perfect, it is really quite presentable, and looks quite attractive as-is. This amp sounds surprisingly great, which confirms what we have always known… that Gibson was concerned with both form and function. The original form-fit cover is included.