Cool Looking Kustom Amp

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My nephew had one of the 2000 era. Kustom tube amps. Nice. 6l6 stuff. Pc board. Not like my 60s transistor stuff ccr used.
 

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My nephew had one of the 2000 era. Kustom tube amps. Nice. 6l6 stuff. Pc board. Not like my 60s transistor stuff ccr used.

Is that a 3x12? Interesting.

I do remember thinking in high school that the "cool" bands had the metalflake upholstery on their amps:cool:;).
 

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After James Brown left Peavey. Designer of the 5150 and others he did a stint at Kustom. 36, 72 Coupes and the Double Cross, although due to cost overruns were only produced for a couple of years. Pretty rare and the last of the US made Kustoms. $900 is a bit steep for a 36 and even a stretch for a 72. The Double Cross on the other hand is a completely different story. I have a 72 and DC

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It turns out there is a blue 36 Coupe about two hours from here for a little over $700. It looks in top shape were I looking (I guess technically I amo_O).

The 36 doesn't have the reverb and tremolo which is what makes the 72's. Best I've ever heard and the cab emulated DI is off the hook. I've thought about selling mine as I just don't use it much anymore, plus it weighs as much as a Buick. Still on the fence about it though. Perhaps to the right home?
 

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I owned one of Kustom's sister company's amps. Back in the '70s, if you just couldn't handle Kustom's tuck and roll look you could purchase their sister company's amps under the name Kasino. I purchased a Kasino Fever, (solid state, 200 watts RMS, 700 watts Peak), that came as a head with a 4 X 12" cab with a large horn at the top. There was a control knob that let you adjust the amount of signal that came out of the speakers vs. the horn. It also came with what looked like a wah wah pedal but was actually a gain boost pedal. You could ramp the amount of gain up or down with your foot while playing. I purchased the Kasino Fever in 1977 and owned it until it finally gave up the ghost in 2000. I never once considered selling it. This Kasino Fever and Acoustic Control Corps 270 amp head with matching cab were the only two solid state amps I ever truly loved. Of interest* ..... During the time I was playing through the Kasino Fever my #1 guitar was an Acoustic Control Corp Black Widow guitar.
 

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I had a Kustom Coupe 36, bought around 2010 or so - it was an OK amp, not bad, but nothing special, either; the boost function was very noisy.
That price on the Reverb listing is absolutely ridiculous - I believe that's quite a bit more than the new price - and those amps are far from collectable...
 
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I am not overly impressed with the Kustom tube amps. I don't hate them , just not for me. Back in the day I was a "Kustom Kat". I owned and use two of their 200 heads and a few of their cabinets. Most all of the Kustom stuff is built well and fairly solid and roadie proof. I still think that $900 is way too much for that amp. You can get a lot more amp than that for that price.
 

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I loved my '36 Coupe, once I changed the speaker. I also owned the '72 Hardtop head, that I ran with a 2X10 cabinet, with Eminence Legend 105's. I liked the sound of the '36 Coupe better, with an Eminence Lil' Texas speaker. It even sounded as big and loud as the '72 Coupe.

But, I'm a big fan of James Brown designed amps. I've also owned a Defender and still own a Bad Cat Cougar 15. These are analog tube amps that have a Tone control, that produces the lower end sounds of Blackface, Tweed, Vox and Marshal amps. He never came out and said that was his intention, because he wanted to avoid legal problems. People didn't get it.

 




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