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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by CrawlingEye, Aug 29, 2001.
I'm curious, what was the first solid state bass amp? Thanks...
I'm not sure, but it could have been Acoustic. Maybe one of the older...er....more experienced guys knows.
I think it was a 60 watt "Vox" ... can't remember the model name though....
It's kinda funny how I thought of this... I just looked, and thought the G-K 800RB's the oldest solid state amp being made... (most likely)
Then I tried to think of what the first one was... And I couldn't think of it... but it's the type of question that I figured should be common knowledge.
Accoustic was one of the first.
Kustom and Sunn were both in pretty early, but I think Vox has it by a few years.
Paul McCartney using a Vox T-60 in the early 60's was the first time I ever noticed a "transistor" bass amp, (has nothing to do with my avatar).
These were problem amps - couldn't take the heat generated and would shut down.
So that, to my knowledge, was the first mass distribution/production transistor amp I know of. But like almost all this stuff, the real originals were almost always made by some small, no-name, outifts that were too early for the marketplace, went belly up, and remained in obscurity.
Don't forget KUSTOM and KASINO!
The first one I remember playing,and not liking by the way,was a Standell.But Vox may have have them before that.My Acoustic had way better tone than the Standell.
Don't forget Sears and Montgomery Wards.
Aaiiieee!! Brad...for the love of...don't mention "Sears" in a bass amp thread, I've still got horrifying memories of a "Sears" bass amp of mine belching smoke and then bursting into flames during my first practice with a real band...the horror...
Here is a photo of the back of the Vox T-60. Mcartney used in very early days but it kept blowing up. He later switched to a Vox AC 100 head.
Here it is wired 16 ohms
Brad - Those Monkey Wards amps were made by Airline. One of the first amps I ever saw up close was an Airline. It sounded really good at that time with the guy's National "Map of America" guitar.
I don't know who is responsible for those Silvertone dogs. But if I ever find out, I'm gonna tear his playhouse down
Brad, we're talking about amps, not clothes! (Ha!)
Gibsongeek, I had a 125 watt Kasino which was made by Kustom. Wasn't a bad amp, but for a 125 watt head, they gave me a 2x15 bottom with it. No wonder I blew one of the speakers.
Does anyone remember a Co. called Woodson? This was absolutely the worst sounding amp I ever played through. A friend of mine had two heads he was selling: A Fender bassman 100, and A 150 watt
Woodson. He gave me both to check out over the weekend. The Fender sounded like a Fender; pretty good. When I hooked up the Woodson, it sounded so cold and stiff; like cardboard. I naturally bought the Fender.Then about a month later, it pulled a "Mission Impossible" number on me. I was looking at the fingerboard while playing (I don't do that anymore, he-he) and smelled something burning; it was the amp. Smoke, about the equivalent of two cigarettes was pouring out of the back. I switched it off (the switch was very hot) then took it to get it fixed. $125.00 later the tech told me it was already blown when I bought it. Some friend.
Yeah Baby!!!!! Had one!!! Some mysterious KUSTOM offshoot or something. A friend gave me one a couple of years ago when he stopped playing.
I plugged it in and thought it sounded pretty bad, but it had great bottom. Suddenly in a flash and cloud of REALLY bad smelling smoke........she was gone!
Ok... So Vox made the first solid state amp... which was a head?
Which head was it, if anyone knows?
I'm sure it wouldn't sound good, or be worth buying, but it's just something I'd like to know... Also, if I could find one for a decent price, I'd pick one up, not even to play, just to have.
I'm guessing some here think I'm joking. You have to remember, my first amp was a tube powered reel-to-reel tape teck. It was the first step up from "no amp".
One of the first big SS amps I played was a rented Sears stack... a head and maybe a 2-15 cab. Fuse blew after the first set, it was early so I headed to the HW store to get one. While I was gone, the guitar player decided to "fix" it by wrapping the blown fuse with aluminum foil.
The Airline stuff predates cockroaches.