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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by modulusbassist, Nov 14, 2001.
Cheap, mmm, kinda ugly though.
Kustom bass amps sound like doo doo. They sounded like doo doo in the 60's and they still sound like doo doo today. Very "honky" and mid-rangey...I wouldn't win one in a card game.
and they look like doo doo too.
They sounded like.....like......mud bass!!! I agree mud. What a waste of JBL's.
Way back when in St. Louis, all the "greaser" bands, (Brylcreem-ized hair, all wore the same poly outfits), used Kustoms.
Plush amps - maybe. Kustoms - no way.
Cosmetically, the were the "fuzzy dice" of amps, IMO. Once that sparkly covering got a puncture, it continued to tear. Or else you had to patch it. Pretty shabby.
Jamerson used to use a Kustom when he was out on tour for Motown.
I like the look. Reminds me of Archie Bunker furniture.
I had to use a Kustom for a gig once. 2x15 cab with the black TJ puff stuff. The set up sounded really bad. They're cheap on ebay, and I sure know why!
My first big amp in the 70's was a white Kustom with I believe a 3-15 cab. Sounded pretty good back then, fingerstyle and slap. Did it sound like a Bergantino? No... and neither did anything else
Anyone else ever play with a Shure Vocalmaster PA with the narrow column speakers? Or maybe use a Fender Bassman for *shudder* BASS GUITAR!!?!?!
used to play out of a old Earth head going into a Traynor 2 15 cab that was a pretty good sounding rig for it's day, I think!, that was around the early 80's and I was around 17 or 18
At band practice I run through an old Kustom 200 watt head and a 3x12" cab (the 12's are stacked vertically.) Many, many blue naughas lost there little lives in the creation of this masterpiece.
I like it despite the fact that it's about as far from "Hi-Fi" as you can get. In fact, it fits in better with this band than my sm900 rig. Lots and lots of low mid grunt. No real low lows to speak of, so I wouldn't even think of running a 5 string through it.
having first read the whole thread and only then browsing through the pics in the supported link, I must say that the worst speculation I had about how it might look isn't even close to how bad it really looks!
this is the most pimpy piece of gear you can ever get...bluahhhh!
Yah, Brad, I owned and played a mid-60s Fender Bassman. The cab had a couple of JBL 12s. It recorded pretty well, but it didn't have too much live volume. Distorted pretty easily at what we would today consider moderate volume. Best part, though, was the late 50s Precision I picked up for $75. Candy apple red with gold sparkles.
The horror! The horror!!!