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Oliver Amps - Light Up Front

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by stiles72, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. stiles72


    Mar 20, 2009
    Albany IL
    Was looking at some of Jess Oliver's amps online, and wondered about the faceplate. It appears to be some sort of plastic back lit with three pilot lights. Has anyone seen these in person? Was curious if the lettering is etched/engraved in, or if it is printed/silk screened. Very cool either way!



  2. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
  3. Vintage-Blue

    Vintage-Blue Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 13, 2008
    Cincinnati, OH
    Owner, Vintage Blue (repro cabinets)
    Clint - Oliver amps with that sort of face plate have the graphics printed on them. They are actually edge-lit by the 3 bulbs, very much like the plexi logos on the Ampeg Portaflex amps.
  4. stiles72


    Mar 20, 2009
    Albany IL

    Would love to add one to the collection some day...
  5. Think amps with light up fronts like that are sweet :)

    Only thing better (IMO) is the older TE's that had the UV strip light and UV reactive print screened on the front
  6. jgsbass


    May 28, 2003
    Floral Park, NY
    To get the graphics to light up, the plastic would be etched from the inside ( and remain invisible) so the light on the side would illuminate where the etching would be and create that lit up "Ampeg" effect from the B15's. When I was in shop class (40 years ago), our teacher showed us how to get the plastic to light up with that process.

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