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My new toy - Acoustic 371

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Rickenbackerman, Mar 18, 2014.

  1. Rickenbackerman


    Apr 17, 2001
    Laurel MD
    So I went to see a band a few weeks ago and a buddy of mine who used to work at my favorite local music store, Atomic, comes up to me.

    The conversation went like so:

    him: "you don't need any gear, do ya?"

    me: "nah, I've got three SVT's, a Hiwatt 200 rig, an Aguilar DB659/728, plus some other junk, too... I'm good"

    him: "really? Cuz I've got an Acoustic 370 and 301 for five hundred bucks..."

    me: "SOLD!"

    I haven't even played through it yet, still waiting on slider knobs so I can put the EQ back together first. One of the slider arms was missing so I made a new one from sheet steel and epoxied it in there. I did bench test it, though. It made 130W clean into four ohms and over 250 distorted. I think that's correct from what I've read.

    I've always wanted to try one of these. I've been running SVT's for the last 15 years...


    Original CV 187! Looks like it's been recently reconed.



    Overall it's in decent shape. I glued a bunch of the tolex back down where it was peeled up. I've got a more correct looking set of knobs for the head on the way, too. I should be able to fire it up soon...

    Oh here's my slider fix. Took about two hours to make the fool thing, but replacement sliders are unobtanium. The arms on the new ones are about 1/2" too short.

  2. funkytoe

    funkytoe Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2008
    Northern California
    Nice score! She looks really clean too. I see why you could not pass it up. Congrats.
  3. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Congrats that would have been hard to pass up.
  4. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    What a deal!
  5. Gaolee

    Gaolee Outta my way! I'm caffeinated! Supporting Member

  6. Clean! I wish that my 370 came with the cab. :(
  7. pudgychef

    pudgychef Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2005
    Chongqing, China
    nice grab! Looking forward to a review once it is fired up..
  8. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    The 301 was my favorite cab in those days. Worked well with a 200 watt Marshall Major.
  9. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
  10. Rickenbackerman


    Apr 17, 2001
    Laurel MD
    Those are the exact ones I've got on the way for it. 98% correct knobs from Newark electronics too.
  11. Anthony Fury

    Anthony Fury

    Jan 20, 2009
  12. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    I would have no use for the Acoustic head, I would sell it and run that cab with a modern head like Ampeg, or Hartke, or GK.

    I ran a 301 cab from a Peavey head as my main rig in the 80s.
  13. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Pretty cool deal for $500. My high school chorus director had one of them.
  14. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    Super score. One of my top 5 fav rigs. I found one, head only, in a pawn shop in Myrtle Beach last summer while on vacation. It needed work. After 3 trips back to look and negotiate, the manager finally knocked $10 off the high price. Couldn't get them to budge, even after demonstrating that it needed lots of electronic work. So, I gave up. Got back home and discovered a 370 on CL not too far away. Everything worked perfectly except for one slider. I carried it home for $90.00! Never know what's around the corner. OP - if you need to replace the power cord, the near identical one is a UTILITECH 16 Gauge 15 ft. cord item #0002520 at Lowes/Home Depot type places.
  15. Rickenbackerman


    Apr 17, 2001
    Laurel MD
    Oren, my cord is in good shape but here's a tip - you can buy a new cord from Mouser AND pay for shipping for less than what the cost of a cord is from those crooks at Lowes/Home Depot...
  16. jetofuj


    Jun 16, 2008
    Sweet rig! I bought 220 few weeks ago and really dig it. Except for the cleans tones, the amp has got really nice drive when you push it ;)

    BTW, anyone knows, where can I get corner nails for Acoustic heads? The ones from Fliptops are too small...
  17. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    Thanks for the tip, Rickenbackerman. :cool:
  18. Gizmot

    Gizmot Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2009
    Nashville area
    Nice score on the amp. Its not my cuppa tea sonically, but they were the hot thing about 45 years ago.
  19. sanfordandsonny


    Nov 15, 2006
    El Presidente of Sanford and Sonny Audio Weapons (Bluebeard Fuzz)
    You do it great honor I will regret selling it but glad you have it.
    I loved that cab I just got too worked up that the last drummer said he couldn't head the difference between bass and a synth acoustic piano bass (later realizing the cab placement in the room was too blame)

    Don't read below/off topic
    So my next move?
    Supplement my present 18" w a v4 cab
    What speakers do I put in?
    I find a thread that funkytoe posted in about s2012's
    Then I look up his old posts to read about his folded 412 cab to see if it's like the one
    Rickenbacker man and I tried the day after said show
    which then led me to this post so I guess I'm just saying small world
    Rad world big cabs
    Loud Amps Save Lives
  20. okcrum

    okcrum in your chest

    Oct 5, 2009
    Verde Valley, AZ
    RIP Dark Horse strings
    Cool to see one complete again. I used to take out the passenger seat in my Saab 96 to fit the 301 in for gigs. :D