Scotty Moore's 1955 Echosonic amp

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    Amp porn......

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    (Not sure this is Scotty's amp....but still! :cool:)
     
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    Sidenote: For those not from IL, Cairo, IL is pronounced KAY-ROE.
     
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    Cool read, thanks for sharing. I would be all over that!
     
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    There was a Rickenbacker version of the Echosonic amp too:

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    Thanks for sharing. Scotty was a great great guitar player and best fit for early Elvis.
     
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    From 1952-1968, Butts built 68 of these amps, iirc. It is my understanding that Chet Atkins owned #1. I owned #28 for a while. It was exactly like the first picture of Moore’s amp in that article…and just as clean. It was all-original except for one resistor, and I did not touch a single solder joint on it. Iirc, it was from 1960 or so.
     
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    Wow! What happened to it?
     
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    That's one pronunciation, the redneck hick pronunciation. Many locals pronounce Cairo as CARE-oh.
     
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    It was not purchased as a keeper. I took it to a Dallas show and had some fun showing it around. Drew Berlin got on his phone and brokered a deal for a fellow he knew who was looking for one.
     
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    Just to add to the intrigue, Cairo, Illinois is one of the wild stories of the Midwest. Located at the very southern tip of Illinois, at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, it was once a major manufacturing and shipping center. When the railroads came through it began its long, gradual decline, until now, when many parts of it are a ghost town lost to time. The downtown area is in a state of ruins, abandoned and collapsing, with nature taking over.

    Though it's a Midwestern state, Illinois is so long top to bottom, that a bunch of it is actually physically farther south than Richmond, Virginia. And it has the feel of the south down there. Cairo is an incredible, unsettling place. If you want to lose an hour or two, check out the YouTube car tours of the town that people have posted. It will knock you back.

    And yes I've heard it pronounced locally as "Care-O."
     
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    Was just in the southernmost end of IL; you're closer to Memphis than Chicago down there.
     
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    Are the Rickenbacker amps included in that total? i.e. did Ray build them for Ric, or did Ric build them under license?
     
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    There's something in the air down there -- it may be just the volume of water everywhere. If you think of two average rivers meeting, that hardly begins to give you the scope of what it means for the Ohio and Mississippi to connect. A lot of weird energy for sure.
     
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    As I understand it, that is the total for Ray Butts’ builds….all of them built by him…including the chassis. The Rickenbacker clones were licensed??
    Here is a little bit of history. Fwiw, Butts also invented what became the Gretsch Filtertron…according to this article.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Butts_EchoSonic

    Here is an old TDPRI thread with a post that says that maybe 150 Ric M30s were built??? There is a schematic there, as well.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Butts_EchoSonic
     
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    This is probably a dump question but - Anyone out here cloned this baby yet?
     
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    I've driven through it. Indeed, a haunting and depressing place to be, yet completely fascinating.
     
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    Scotty's entire website is quite interesting and has a lot of details that appeals to guitarists and gearheads. @Telekarster there's a page on his website where someone made an exact replica.

    I've been through Cairo a few times. There's a cool park at the confluence of the rivers and bridges that give great views of it. There indeed is not much left of the town these days. Mostly boarded up buildings.
     
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    I remember when Cairo, Illinois was a thriving town.
     
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