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Old 09-13-2017, 02:51 AM   #1
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:11 AM   #2
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It's mahvelous !!! I think my ex-duet partner had one that size & I am talking about the amp
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Old 09-13-2017, 01:26 PM   #3
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In all the time I've been playing, I think those tufted Kustoms might be the only amps I've never played thru. Is that a tube amp, and regardless, how does it sound? It looks cooler than hell.


Up until about 5 years ago, I'd never played thru an old Harry Joyce wired Hiwatt... took about 3 minutes for my "so THATS what all the fuss is about" moment to hit, and I bought it on the spot.
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In all the time I've been playing, I think those tufted Kustoms might be the only amps I've never played thru. Is that a tube amp, and regardless, how does it sound? It looks cooler than hell.


Up until about 5 years ago, I'd never played thru an old Harry Joyce wired Hiwatt... took about 3 minutes for my "so THATS what all the fuss is about" moment to hit, and I bought it on the spot.
I'm glad you asked about it. It's a 1972 Solid state amp and it is a monster. Every guitarist who has seen me play through it has asked if it was a tube amp. They're always surprised when I tell them it's Solid State. Even I can't tell by listening to it. It has one issue. It has a two prong AC cord that's about 20 feet long and if there are any neon lights in the room they make it buzz. If I don't need any effects beyond reverb, that's the amp I prefer to use. Believe it or not, that 50 watter with one 12" speaker is really heavy.
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The spirit of 1972, distilled to it's purest form, is encapsulated in that awesome pillowed blue metallic design. If it sounds as good as you say, I'd have the cord replaced.
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I'm glad you asked about it. It's a 1972 Solid state amp and it is a monster. Every guitarist who has seen me play through it has asked if it was a tube amp. They're always surprised when I tell them it's Solid State. Even I can't tell by listening to it.
I dont doubt it for a second. Some of those older amps are built like tanks, and whether they are SS or tube, can sound jaw-dropping.

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If it sounds as good as you say, I'd have the cord replaced.
Agreed. That would be a very easy job. An amp tech could swap that cord out with a grounded cord in no time. The grounding prong simply gets attached to the chassis.

THAT BEING SAID... I always advise extreme caution anyone thinking of doing shit inside their amps if they're not VERY well versed regarding an amps innards (and Im not saying that you're not, PK).
However, Im sure you know that things can go wrong real quick.

Those caps store deadly voltage and will release that voltage to an unsuspecting finger, doing anything from hurting like a bitch (in NY, my amp tech used to call it getting a "snake bite"), to knocking a person on their ass, to potentially killing the recipient.

Working inside an amps guts is NOT something for the inexperienced.
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yes and 1972 meant REAL transistors, not 'chips' so I bet it sounds very cool! Discrete components... much better than processor modeling!
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I dont doubt it for a second. Some of those older amps are built like tanks, and whether they are SS or tube, can sound jaw-dropping.



Agreed. That would be a very easy job. An amp tech could swap that cord out with a grounded cord in no time. The grounding prong simply gets attached to the chassis.

THAT BEING SAID... I always advise extreme caution anyone thinking of doing shit inside their amps if they're not VERY well versed regarding an amps innards (and Im not saying that you're not, PK).
However, Im sure you know that things can go wrong real quick.

Those caps store deadly voltage and will release that voltage to an unsuspecting finger, doing anything from hurting like a bitch (in NY, my amp tech used to call it getting a "snake bite"), to knocking a person on their ass, to potentially killing the recipient.

Working inside an amps guts is NOT something for the inexperienced.
You're right about staying out if you don't have an electronics background. I've got a Commercial Radio telephone license and an Advanced Class Ham Radio License, so I'm well versed in accidentally shorting a charged capacitor. BAM!!!! WOW!!! What a surprise. That was loud and did you see that spark? Anyway, I've only run into one location where the Neon was causing the buzz and I just can't bring myself to alter that vintage amp. I've even got the original KUSTOM amp cover. Best $60 I ever spent for an amp. They clearly didn't know what they had.
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Nice, I had a Charcoal sparkle Kustom T&R 150. I think it was from 1971. The thing sounded alright, was loud as hell, was heavy as a bitch and would shock my lips when they touched the microphone if the polarity switch was reversed. Sold it for a tube amp after about a year of lugging that thing around.
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