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Offline LowreyT1

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Gibson G-201
« on: December 03, 2018, 06:25:51 AM »
Can someone send pictures of how to tune a Gibson G-201.  I don't know much when it comes to hardware in these combo organs but it would help a lot if someone could show me pictures or direct me on what to do for both manuals.


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Offline alenhoff

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Re: Gibson G-201
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2018, 07:19:09 AM »
Under the lid, you'll find 12 tone generator cards like these:  https://picclick.com/Gibson-G201-G101-Lowrey-T2-Combo-Organ-Tone-392084752496.html#&gid=1&pid=3

The tall cans, each marked for a note, are the tuning coils. Turn on the organ and let it warm up for about 15 minutes. Use an allen wrench through the top of the cans to very slowly and carefully rotate the cores to tune the notes.  (You can damage them with rapid movements.)  Clockwise raises the pitch; counter-clockwise flattens the pitch. When the metal allen wrench is in the coil, it will affect the pitch, so tune them to the pitch you hear AFTER you have removed the wrench.  (This will take some trial and error to get right.)  Each coil will tune all of the notes (on both keyboards) with that name. (In other words, tuning the C coil, will tune all the C's on your organ.) So tuning those 12 coils will tune all the keys on the organ.

Alan

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Offline LowreyT1

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Re: Gibson G-201
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2018, 02:53:23 AM »
Thank you Alen! Not sure if you saw it but I purchased this one on Reverb and not sure how much work it will need yet. I want to try to find the bass pedals and volume pedal for it as well.

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Re: Gibson G-201
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2018, 07:49:39 AM »
I just found it on Reverb.  Nice looking organ!

The pedals aren't easy to find -- and when you do find them, they can be quite pricey.  From a functional standpoint, the bass pedals don't add much, IMHO.  (As I recall, they just duplicated the sounds of the lowest octave of the bottom manual.) But they do look cool!

If it helps, the volume and bass pedals you need are identical to those sold with the Gibson G101 and the Lowrey T2 organ.  The volume pedal may also be the same as the Lowrey T1 pedal, but I can't confirm that.  (You'd probably know that, given your screen name.)  The bass pedals used on the Farfisa Compact series organs and the Lowrey T1 are identical to the G201 pedals except that they use a different connector to the organ.  Finding an original connector would take some sleuthing.

BTW, there's now a Gibson G101 organ on eBay now that's being sold with a black and orange G201 bench.  If you really wanted a G201 bench, maybe you could convince the seller to sell it separately, since it doesn't match the organ he is selling anyway.

Alan
1974 Rhodes Mark I Stage 73
1972 Rhodes Silver Sparkletop Piano Bass
1978 Hohner Clavinet D6
1968 Hohner Pianet N II
1966 Wurlitzer 140B
1967 Gibson G101 combo organ
1965 UK Vox Continental
1954 Hammond B2; Leslie 21H; Leslie 31H
1977 Fender Twin Reverb
Vox AD100VT Valvetronix modeling amp
(SEE THE COLLECTION: https://vintagerockkeyboards.wordpress.com/ )

Offline LowreyT1

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Re: Gibson G-201
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2018, 08:59:46 AM »
Actually I messaged him and he did say it would come with a matching bench. Surprising the shipping cost wasn't that much. And I also don't own a Lowrey t1 or ever have. The same guy on Reverb has a t1 listed as a t2 but cleary in one of his pictures it says t1. I think it is a 1966. He also has a g201 amplifier but I think it has the wrong connectors unfortunately. I heard the Chicago Electric Piano Co has a really nice condition kalamazoo with volume and bass pedals. I think it costs around $3,000 but it seemed worth it.

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Re: Gibson G-201
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2018, 11:00:40 AM »
>>Actually I messaged him and he did say it would come with a matching bench.>>

Maybe you found another eBay G101 auction.  I was talking about this one:  https://www.ebay.com/itm/Gibson-G101-Portable-Organ-w-Pedals/143038793770?hash=item214dc6c82a:g:gsoAAOSwvytcBdxF:rk:2:pf:0  The seller acknowledges in the description that the orange and black colors of the bench indicate that it came from a G201.

Alan
1974 Rhodes Mark I Stage 73
1972 Rhodes Silver Sparkletop Piano Bass
1978 Hohner Clavinet D6
1968 Hohner Pianet N II
1966 Wurlitzer 140B
1967 Gibson G101 combo organ
1965 UK Vox Continental
1954 Hammond B2; Leslie 21H; Leslie 31H
1977 Fender Twin Reverb
Vox AD100VT Valvetronix modeling amp
(SEE THE COLLECTION: https://vintagerockkeyboards.wordpress.com/ )

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Re: Gibson G-201
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2018, 01:56:24 PM »
I meant when I purchased the g201