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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by rze99, Sep 21, 2020.
Don’t recognise it. Any facts?
Al Casey's Benson 200. He also owned the red Hagstrom Viking II that Elvis is seen playing.
"The origins of the Benson amplifier arose with Ron's interest in attaining the same sound that Howard Roberts obtained from a Gibson GA50 amplifier. There were several models of the Benson amplifier: the 300, 400 and the head/cabinet combinations the 330 and 360. The 300 was 50 watts and had a 15" speaker and the 400 was 100 watts with four 12" speakers. Howard played a 300 but it had a separate head and speaker. The 200 has a 12" Vox speaker with two 4" Jensen concert series speakers switchable on or off depending on the sound desired. It is about 40 watts with two EL34 tubes, reverb and tremolo in a case only 14" inches tall, 19" across, and about 7" deep.".......from scottymoore.net
It looks like The Line 6 amp that Brian Williams gave him during that Tour when he interviewed The King.
info on the amp and the guitar, I always thought that was a Fender Coronado or something, but it is a Hagstrom
I guess your talking about the guitar Elvis was playing during the opening number, Trouble/Guitar Man.
Later during the live theatre in the round set onstage, he takes Scotty Moore's Gibson Super 400 and plays Baby What You Want Me To Do and One Night.
That RED Hagstrom Viking 11 was like a 335, bolt on neck, Fender type headstock and Hagstrom pickups. It was so Elvis could look cool. It was the red colour they wanted.
Hagstrom still make them and they make good guitars. Best band I played in our Bass player had a Hagstrom ( early 80s) . They sound so subtle, the bass guitars, they just fit in so beautifully.
We never saw many Hagstoms down here in Texas.....could probably count them on one hand. But, my high school keyboard player jammed with a bass player we knew that used a Hagstrom eight string bass. Sounded REALLY full.....