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does anyone know anything about acoustic amps?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by matt_chew, Oct 18, 2001.


  1. My uncle recently gave me this old cabinet made by Acoustic. I have no idea if this thing is even a bass cabinet, how many watts it handels or anything else. I have been playing it through my Gallien kreuger bass head i jus bought(350 watts). The cabinet is about 3 feet tall and about 2 feet wide(36x20 i tink). there are 4 speakers and they are 12 inches each. Im jus curious if anyone knows anything about these amps. I will try to include pix in a later post. thx
     
  2. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Acoustics, (Acoustic Control Corp), where just the sh**z when they came out. First time I saw one was Dennis Dunaway using one in `71-72 when Alice Cooper was still "Alice Cooper???...she any good? ". IME, they put solid state on the map, at least for bass amplification.

    I think the 4x12 may be a guitar cab. I'm not sure because some Acoustics were advertised as being made for guitar AND bass. I used a 361 cab,(18"), with a 370 head (600W).

    First time I saw Jaco, he was using 2 Acoustics, so you're in good company.

    There's a company, www.acoustic.mu/products , who makes amps that resemble the old blue Acoustics, but I don't think it's the old Acoustic Control Corp. or else I might be trying to buy one.......also because Josie and The Pussycats used them!
     
  3. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Melnibone
    I used an Acoustic 140 head and an Acoustic 2x15 cabinet (106 cabinet model) from the middle 70's up until the late 80's. Never had a problem with the head, it still works. I just recently gave it away. I blew the speakers in the cabinet several times. I still have it, loaded with two EV 15's. Good, reliable stuff.
     
  4. yeah rick, that website you gave me, there Acoustic logo looks almost exactly like the one on my amp, except my amp is from the 70s or early 80s. thanks a lot man
     
  5. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    It could be a "CBS Fender to Post-CBS Fender" situation - buy the name/trademark rights, keep the logo, and then change the product.

    Unlike the CBS to Post-Fender situation, I'm not sure that the Acoustic product either improved or remained at the same quality levels. (Those originalsrocked the house! ). I've not seen one to try in a store, at a gig, in catalogs, or even reviewed online. As I said, the only "band" I've seen with them is Josie and the Pussycats. :eek: .......which would be about the poorest ad promo by product placement I can think of.
     
  6. yeah man it is loud now i need a better bass sto make it sound even better...
     
  7. stevekim

    stevekim

    Feb 11, 2000
    los angeles, ca
    i'm a huge fan of acoustic products, and it bothered me that there weren't any online resources to go to. so, i decided to make an unofficial acoustic homepage. it's still many months before it'll be finished because my partner is still researching the history, but here's a sneak preview. if you have anything you'd like to contribue, PLEASE do!

    steve

    http://www.geocities.com/steventkim/

    p.s. doesn't work in netscape. i'm looking into it.
     
  8. stevekim

    stevekim

    Feb 11, 2000
    los angeles, ca
    matt,

    does the cabinet measure 36"h x 30"w x 15"d? if so, i think it may be the 105 guitar cabinet. the 405 cabinet is another 4x12 designed for both bass and guitar, it's got two horns on top of the speakers. the 403 cabinet is 4 ohms and rated at 200watts (maximum amplifier output). it measures 36.5"h x 36.5"w x 15"d and was designed for the guitar. hope this helps, if you post those pictures i may be able to positively id the cabinet.

    steve
     
  9. heres a pic ive got of it, its crappy but u can see the shape of it.
     
  10. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Melnibone
    That looks very similar to my 2x15 cabinet. The handle on the side (or top, depending on how you use it) is useless. I could never carry it that way. Mine had casters on the bottom (the side of the cabinet in your picture).
     
  11. stevekim

    stevekim

    Feb 11, 2000
    los angeles, ca
    i'm sorry, matt. i don't think i've seen that cabinet before.
     
  12. Bob Lee (QSC)

    Bob Lee (QSC) In case you missed it, I work for QSC Audio! Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 3, 2001
    Costa Mesa, Calif.
    Technical Communications Developer, QSC Audio
    I have an Acoustic 136 bass combo, probably about 25 years old or so. It's the backup for my "alphabet soup" (BBE/QSC/SKB/EV) main rig. It really rocks for its vintage and size.

    Acoustic went out of business some time ago, I think in the early 80's or so, but in the early 90's the Korean company Samick bought the defunct Acoustic name and logo and put the marque on a line of pro PA speakers and some pretty powerful subwoofers. I don't know if they've branched out from that much; I think I remember hearing that they were going to re-badge some Samick pro audio products with the Acoustic brand name. I haven't been able to find a web site to get any more information, though. It would be cool if they would support the old MI product.