“A just-right balance between pure, unadulterated vintage tube tone and modern conveniences”: Gibson Falcon 20 review

This sweet-sounding tube combo puts Gibson's amp range back on its perch

Gibson Amps Falcon 20
(Image: © Gibson)

Guitar World Verdict

The Gibson Falcon 20 delivers a just-right balance between pure, unadulterated vintage tube tone and modern conveniences, like its full/half/low power switch and footswitchable reverb and tremolo effects, that make it a highly useful combo for small gigs, studio and practice applications.


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    Classic, vintage-style tube clean and overdrive tones. Full/half/low power switch maintains consistent tonal color from stage/recording to practice levels.

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    Reverb and tremolo effects are very rich, organic and expressive.


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    Some players may find it too one-dimensional unless they use it with pedals (which it pairs with very well).

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Gibson’s tube amps from the ’50s and ’60s used to be one of the best-kept secrets and bargains on the vintage amp market, although eventually players and collectors caught on and prices and demand went up.

One of the more coveted vintage Gibson amp models is the rare GA-19 RVT from 1961 with a top-facing control panel (like a ’50s tweed Fender amp) that was produced only that year before it got a new makeover that included a revised circuit and modernized appearance with front-facing panel as part of the new Crestline series. 

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.