1 Baxter 6 months ago I found out over the weekend that a fella from my Elks Lodge passed. That wasn't a huge shock, as there's been a lot of that going around, and Elks Lodges, with their aging memberships, certainly aren't immune.But I was shocked to find out that this was Bud Ross, creator and founder of Kustom amps. I never got a chance to talk with him about any of that. I never knew. Take every chance you can get to get to know people. Who knows what fascinating stories they may have.There's also some Kustom/Gretsch connection, but it's a little hazy. At the end of the 70s or early 80s, Gretsch came to be headquartered in Chanute, Kansas with Custom. So, here's to Bud Ross. Rest in peace, Bud, and I'm sorry I didn't get to know you better.