sound. It is really wild how the ‘80s are back
with a vengeance. Its not the same… it is actually better now. There’s a beat.
Recent eBay auctions have the prices of used
GP-1000s selling in the $600-plus range and
climbing. Can you comment on that?
EBay has probably been one of the best things
in educating the public about me. The last time
we did a count, we figured that I have over
150,000 pieces of gear with my name on it all
over the world, from the Metaltronix to Perfect
Connection, to Ampeg and Crate to the Lee
Jackson line of amps, and not one piece is in the
Vintage Guitar Buyer’s Guide. EBay has been
selling my gear constantly since its start. The
GP-1000 is a solid, classic piece of gear, built like
a tank, designed with the best available parts,
which is not a bad design ethic. I wonder where
all these Chinese amps will be in thirty years.
Jackson and the Metaltronix crew in the late ‘80s. Photo courtesy of Lee Jackson.
Anything else you would care to add?
I would to thank all the artists that have used my
gear, hung in there through my ups and downs
and have sent me kind words of encouragement
throughout the years. Thirty years later, I’m still
playing and designing new products to keep
up with the changing styles and markets. It has
kept me being the big kid I was when I originally
started Metaltronix many years ago. Thank you!
Click here to read an extended interview
with Lee Jackson detailing the technical
details of the different years of the GP-1000.
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