Other Amps

We Need More Kustom Posts

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I thought I was going to be able to post something a little different, but no, DCBirdman has to scoop me on some Kustom silliness.

Well here goes, anyway. I have more than enough amps, really I do. And when a friend of mine texted me to say he was liquidating the music-related assets of a recently-deceased friend, and said he had a bunch of Kustom stuff, I said "Thanks, but that's OK," he replied "I've got a white guitar head," I had to stop in my tracks. "Really?" He sent a picture. "Does it work?" "Yes," he replied, "It's really clean inside," and he sent pictures. "I can bring it over to show you," so of course I had to say "OK."

Yes, it's a Kustom in white tuck-n-roll, with reverb, tremolo, AND vibrato, two channels, and the unique "Selectone" midrange tone selector, which offers three different sounds, all 3 of which are usable and sound pretty good. I got out my curly cord, the White Falcon, and the Carvin 4x10 cab, and of course I liked it. Well of course I had to have it.

He threw in some other stuff of his friend's a bag of NOS Fender knobs, mostly chicken-head, but some of the round cream-white ones that look like some sort of candy one of my employers must have made at some point, a lot of other knobs, and some stomp box projects his friend was working on, the prize of which is the (Gretsch) orange stomp box with mystery buttons on it, that do something I don't know yet, because neither of us opened the box to see what was inside.

And now I'm ready to become a recording star, because this amp has a tape recorder output:

There was also a homemade pedal I opted not to try:

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WIMP! It says BUZZ. Come ON! You know you want to. Send it to me, I'll try it.

Congrats on your Kustomizing! They're still a thing, and when you get a good one, you got something. There was a period of several years in college and thereafter when my only amp was a Kustom 100 (though an Acoustic 6x10 cab). I was as happy then as I've ever been.

Y'know what I mean?

A white one, with all the effects. That's pretty cool. It's one of the later ones, I'm sure. Yer a discriminating feller.

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Kustom was astute enough to know that a long power cord was a good idea and would be universally appreciated. Why couldn't they have thought "Perhaps we could reduce the risk of electrocuting our customers if we made it a grounded cord?"

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I so regret that I didn't know Bud Ross was active in my Elks Lodge until it was too late

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We need some Kustom guitars, They were cool.

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That's so cool! I've always been intrigued by Kustom amps. Besides the CCR classics, I'd love to try one of the later Kustom Kasino "Little Joe" amps, which has tremolo, reverb, fuzz and dual boosts. I wouldn't want to have to shlep it anywhere, though.

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Well, I hate to mention it, but Eastwood does a reissue of the Kustom guitar. No idea if it's one of the good Eastwoods, or just an Eastwood Eastwood.

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Yes, Eastwood's "Kustom" is a decent effort, but $1,100 is a lot of money for an Eastwood. I haven't played one, but I haven't felt sufficiently motivated to try to find one to play.

In other news, the inside of the Buzz Box has been revealed. My friend is still trying to figure out what it does. He will.

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my only amp was a Kustom 100 (though an Acoustic 6x10 cab)...Proteus

Good God, man, if that don't put you square in the bayou, nothing will.

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the inside of the Buzz Box has been revealed. My friend is still trying to figure out what it does. He will.

What is WRONG with you people? You plug a guitar into one hole, the amp into the other, and see what happens! If you're worried it'll completely explode your stuff, use your worst guitar and someone else's amp.

Better yet, take it to GC and tell the guy you want to see what your favorite pedal sounds like through whatever amp you'd like to try.

Report back.

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don't forget some of the forgotten Gretsch amps of the 70s were made by Kustom. The white one up top was after they redesigned the panel. Kasino also was a big 70s scene.

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Still going with purple jewel glowing.

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One owner.

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Ooh, a warranty card! That's a rare bird right there.

I found pictures of my PA head:

I bought to use as a one-stop amplifier shop for my stereo guitar processors and guitar synthesizer, and as you can probably guess, I wasn't gigging at the time or I never would have bought it because I would have had to consider lifting it frequently. It needed a little cleaning up and I think I used most of a can of Deoxit in all those pots, not to mention scrubbing the 16 jacks on the front and 7 more on the back. Still looking for pictures of the Sidewinder.

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Apparently (and I'd forgotten this), there were schematics inside the PA head:

Annnnnnd, here's the Sidewinder in all its silvery-glittered glory:

I took the Sidewinder and a silverface Vibrosonic to a guitar show to sell and a guy from Germany went nuts over them and paid me too much money. That sort of made up for the effort involved in selling that PA head.

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Note the plunger (pretty sure it wasn't meant to be a detonator) that immobilizes the reverb springs in the pan. I don't think I've seen one of those on any other amp. Those boys in Chanute thought of everything (except grounded power cords).

The one on my "new" guitar head doesn't quite work, my friend said the rubber mounts had disintegrated and caused it not to clamp correctly. I remember when I bought that head for Proteus, I heard the springs dancing around all the way home, and wondered if they'd survive shipment.

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My minor contribution: 66 Dart. GC had these on sale 2 for $100. I thought hell even if the amp sounded like crap 2 tuck and roll cabinets where worth the $100. For a practice amp this thing is really pretty hard to beat . The delay /reverb is pretty sweet...set low its a pulsing delay, turn it up and it melds into reverb. No choice on the color ....you took what they sent, I got a blue one and this white one, Sold the blue one to a buddy of mine, he raves about it too.

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More buzz.

– giffenf

Are we supposed to guess? I’d say it’s a sitar emulator.

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My minor contribution: 66 Dart. GC had these on sale 2 for $100. I thought hell even if the amp sounded like crap 2 tuck and roll cabinets where worth the $100. For a practice amp this thing is really pretty hard to beat . The delay /reverb is pretty sweet...set low its a pulsing delay, turn it up and it melds into reverb. No choice on the color ....you took what they sent, I got a blue one and this white one, Sold the blue one to a buddy of mine, he raves about it too.

– p2gee

I use the same amp for my office practice amp (my office is at home).

That and my 70’s KB-250 bass head are the only solid state Kustom amps I own... however, my two primary gigging amps are both modern (post 2005) Kustom tube amps— a Defender 15 watt head (EL-84) for smaller venues, and a 72 watt Coupe (6L6) for bigger venues and GDP roundups (if you’ve ever been to the Nashville roundup barn jam, you’ll understand the need for the extra volume!)

I really can’t say enough about them... very underrated amps.


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