Used acoustic 260 (head only) for $75, deal or no deal?

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  1. phatcyclist

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    Title explains the situation, I can get a used one for about $75 all said and done. I know basically zero about amplifiers and this would be my only amp. I'd need a speaker, but an Eminence bass driver and a box isn't much if I build it myself.
  2. Slough Feg Bass

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    sure, do it!

    for $75 you can't go wrong, just test it out before you buy it.
    make sure it goes loud without any static.
  3. bottomend!

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    Is it the original 260 from the '60's? If so, you could own some cool history right there. Here is a link for all things Acoustic>>>

    http://unofficialacousticcontrolcorpmessageboard.yuku.com/

    If this is your only amp and you know little about them in general, start researching what you have ect. If you're simply a "plug and play" kind of guy then owning vintage gear might not be for you.... it's kinda like driving an antique car (i.e. theres effort involved).
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    If it's the same one I've seen for sale on the interweb it's a recent one from the mini stack. I've never played one, but it seems like an ok deal.
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  6. nashvillebill

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    What? You mean it hasn't been personally owned and played by Jaco ??? :D
  7. johnson79

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    Maybe.
  8. phatcyclist

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    This is actually a fairly new unit that a big box chain store is selling. Shipped to my local store with a 1 year warranty for $100 shipped. It's just the head, I'll have to get a speaker cabinet later.
  9. will33

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    If it works.....deal.

    If it doesn't......????
  10. phatcyclist

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    Well, hopefully it works fine, but it's warranted for a year.

    I just bought it, I guess we'll see next week when it gets here. Now I'll just have to come up with a speaker.
  11. will33

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    If it's a "Guitar Center Acoustic" amp....look what they go for new, then cut the price in about half, certainly no more than 2/3.....ok...3/5.

    If the deal isn't better than that, you might want to get a new one just for the warranty.
  12. will33

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    Good deal then.


    Watch our craigslist here for good deals on used cabs. Building your own is certainly cool too. Lots to learn though.
  13. SirMjac28

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    I say no I would look for a nice used combo like the Ampeg BA115 or something cheaper it's obviously going to be a practice rig because those things don't put out much wattage buy a combo that has a direct out.
  14. phatcyclist

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    I've got a plunge router/circle cutter attachment for my Dremel and access to a good table saw, I'm thinking an Eminence 10" in their prescribed speaker box design might do the trick.

    Of course, if I see a decent cabinet for not much moolah on Craigslist I'd probably just go buy it.
  15. will33

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    If you can do basic woodwork, rolling your own is way cool. Look up DIY speaker build threads here for a lot of examples and different bracing schemes, etc. You can't make one cheaper than you can get an old something that works off craigslist, but you can make it better. Eminences cab design sheets are a great place to start. Gives you the basic size and porting to get good results, but still leaves you some room to "make it your own"......not a full planset with every cut, joint, and screw laid out like a "build your own birdhouse" kit.

    WinISD AlphraPro is a decent free speaker modeling program to mess with too. Links up in the "techtalk" stickies.

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