GERMINO LEAD 55LV
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.
Note: These product specifications apply to Germino models
2016 only, not earlier product.
ABOUT GREG GERMINO
Greg Germino became immersed in music as many did by the
British Invasion of the 60's by groups such as The Beatles and The Rolling
Stones. Hours were spent by an old RCA Hi-Fi unit spinning records by these and
other groups while singing along.
By 1969 Greg had begun playing acoustic guitar learning some
basic chords, however his full love affair with electric guitar tones was
inspired by an early 1972 live performance of The Allman Brothers Band. His
first Les Paul was acquired soon-after along with his first tube amp, an Ampeg
B12XT Portaflex. Greg began listening intently to music by the ABB, Eric
Clapton, Led Zeppelin, The Who and others. He began playing with bands the
following year in 1973.
During High School he took his first electronics class and
began learning about circuits. Playing during his High School years and
afterward he acquired his first 100 watt Marshall around 1977. Vintage
equipment was more prolific in those days. After noticing that older Marshall
amps sounded better than his 1974 Super Lead Greg changed many of the board
components to match his friends 69 Super Lead.
Through the late 70's and into the 80's Greg played with
various bands and continued to educate himself regarding tone, playing
technique and absorbed what he could regarding tube amps. Beginning 1984
through 1995 Greg worked as a technician primarily on DC circuits. By the early
90's he was working part time with Rich Bogart of  "The Tube Farm" who originally marketed and
trademarked the Accu-bias and where another future amp builder, Steve Carr also
worked on occasion.
In 1995 Greg worked briefly in music retail at Fat Sound
Guitars. This was short lived due to moving to the mountains of North Carolina
and working the next 3 years as guitarist for the Boone based band
Returning off the mountain in 1998 Greg worked for Bull City
Sound as a bench technician working on a variety of tube amplifiers. After this
Greg did service work briefly for Shomaker Guitars before moving on to work with
Mojo Musical Supply in January 2001. There he handled phone orders, repairs,
questions in reference to Marshall amps and helped expand the company's
aftermarket Marshall parts and cabinet offerings. Late in 2001 he was
commissioned to build the Mojo "Tone Machine" amplifier consisting of
a run of 30 pieces.
In May 2002 Germino Amplification began with the first
production pieces being shipped to dealers at that time.
Greg has remained active in bands, playing small 100-200
seat clubs to 1200 seat theatre rooms in a variety of settings over the years.
His commitment to his product is evident in workmanship, passion for work and
continued excellent customer support.