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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by mactac, Jan 30, 2006.
subject says it all...
If it's been recapped and cleaned up then I'd say yes. If not, maybe.
i's unknown as to whether or not it's been serviced. it works & sounds good. someone added a "briht" switch to it
i think acoustic amps come with bright switches, maybe someone just changed out the factory one.
oh, and $240 is a kickass deal.
I'd say $240 is a good deal if you've tested it and it works well with the speaker setup its designed for...course I'm a little biased to Acoustic -my 2nd favorite brand of amp in the universe!!! Peace...DAcat...
I have had one of these for 30 years. I have not sold it due to its sentimental value to me. I bought mine in 1975 in UK with the 301 cab for about $1200 new.
Back in its day it was good but the power rating was well hyped. I measured the true power out using an Audio Precision analyzer and it could not put out more than 145watts into 4 ohms. Coupled to the 301 cab which has a high sensitivity of around 110dB/watt, it could sound powerful.
Although 301 had a limited frequency response of up to 1KHz..Combined with the clipped overdriven sound of the amp on full power. The total rig had a characteristic bark that it was famous for.
If you use this amp on a full range cab (IE 10s +horn), its limitation will soon become apparent. The amps are also very noisy having a poor signal to noise ratio. The power amp design is certainly dated and uses a 2000uF decoupling capacitor in series to the speaker output jacks to prevent any DC offset getting to the cabs.
So the amp is heavy, noisy, under-powered but it has its place in history with a unique tone and I would not sell mine for $240 (it is in mint condition) and it never failed on me. I would say that if it is in great condition, go for it.
I saw one at one of my local Guitar Centers last weekend and I believe that they wanted $399 for it...
$240 seems very reasonable, if it's in good shape, etc.
If you buy it...the huge power thump when you turn it on is normal...
The schematic and owner's manual are available for free on-line.