Well equipped for stage use, the GVT52-
112 sports two independent channels,
reverb, and a series effects loop that operates
on both channels. The 6L6-powered
amp also has a boost function that can
be activated on either channel. As with
the other models in the GVT line, the
GVT52-112 has a half-power setting on
the 3-way Standby switch. Toggle it up
from the center position for 50 watts,
and down from center for 25 watts. The
indicator light also changes from red to
green when the amp is taken off standby.
The channels can be selected via a
front-panel switch or with the included
two-button footswitch (which also turns
the boost on and off). With Channel 1
active, the GVT52-112 responds somewhat
like the GVT15H, offering good clean
tones at lower gain settings and morphing
easily into grind as you wick up the gain.
With more wattage on tap, however, the
GVT52-112 has greater clean headroom,
and is also much louder and punchier.
Adding some reverb to the clean channel
made the tones sound buoyant and
open, while turning up the ’verb with the
gain cranked past halfway and the Volume
control dimed yielded a cool surf sound
with a slicing edge. Using the Fuzz Face
on channel 1 further pushed the amp into
the kind of heavily saturated tones that
’70s-style rockers would dig.
The GVT52-112 offers the most sonic
flexibility in the GVT line, and its abundant
power makes it well suited for live
gigs. If you’re looking for a channel-switching
50-watt combo that puts both classic-
and modern-style sounds under your
fingertips, you should give the GVT52-
112 a try.
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