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Pre-Rickenbacker Road 220

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by tiv0, Aug 31, 2008.

  1. tiv0


    Aug 31, 2008
    Omaha, NE
    alright, ill start from the beginning.

    this guy my dad knows plays bass and has multiple amps, and one day decided to give me one

    being unexperienced about amps and all that, i just took it and said thanks

    lately ive been attempting to research it and get some info but i cant exactly find much

    the amp is a Pre-Rickenbacker Road 220 Bass Amp
    (this is the pic from the link listed below)
    (this is the head of the amp)

    (sorry for the lack of decent pics, ill take some later when i have the chance)

    so far, the only info i can find on it on the web is located here:

    but that doesnt really tell me anything:(

    so im asking this great bass community "WOULD YOU HAPPEN TO KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT MY AMP?"

    please, its driving me crazy ahaha
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
  3. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Sweet free amp. I know nothing, but good luck.
  4. tiv0


    Aug 31, 2008
    Omaha, NE
    you know i actually did come across that before, i forgot
    i even tried to write my own review on the amp but something went wrong with the internet and all the comments i had typed out were deleted...

    i only know one other person with this amp, who found me through my music myspace: www.myspace.com/tivomusicalfusion

    and as luck would have it, he knows nothing about the amp either
  5. DLEE


    May 24, 2006
    Mableton ,Ga.
    Can't help you with the amp,but I used 2 Road 412 cabs with my SVT 810 from 78 until 85.If the head is anything like the speakers,that's one tuff S.O.B! If you guy's are old enough to remember, Road Electronics was the dummy backline they used on American Bandstand during this time frame.
  6. MrBEAR

    MrBEAR In Memoriam

    Road was built in Chanute KS, by Bud Ross after he sold Kustom.
    Bass heads were avaiable in 220 and 440 versions (200 + 400 watts). The 220 heads had either a single 18 or a 2x15 cab configs, while the 440's came with either 2 of the single 18 cabs or two of the 2x15 cabs. Geetard models had a 4x12 cab with almost identical voicing as the bass models.


    Mr. BEAR
  7. Actually the 440 will Produce 500+ vintage (actual) watts @ 2.67 ohms, hold onto to that head you have a diamond in the rough.
  8. JayAmel

    JayAmel Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Carcassonne, France
    Back 30 years ago, a friend of mine had one. As far as I remember, his Fender P sounded great through this amp (with the matching 2x15 cab). And my Ric 4001 too. Sorry, don't have much more of a memory about this amp, since I never owned one myself. At this time, I used to play through a Sunn amp.
  9. MrBEAR

    MrBEAR In Memoriam

    Back in the day, we had a Road sponsorship deal, we did a stint as the Kansas Road Band. For about a year + they supplied me with a pair of 440 heads, one running a pair of the 1x18's the other running a pair of 2x15's for the bass pup Ric-O-Sound output and a 220 head running a pair of 4x12's fot the treble pup.
    These were the days of No FOH for bass players.
    As a Power Trio we did move some air though and yes I wore earplugs back in the day.


    Mr. BEAR

    P.S. the 440's are long gone my friend, although I seem to recall a local mom & pop store having some, in storage used inventory if you are at all interested. The one that I know of, still in service locally, buzzes like a bee hive and has been on the bench several times trying to have that cured to no avail.
  10. I use my Road 440 at least 4 nights a week, the only issue that i've had was when a connection come loose (very easy fix)

    Mine was produced in 1972 (Original literature came with the head)

    I would love to get two road 1X18 cabs.

    Mine rivals the SVT-CL that i used to play through.
  11. tiv0


    Aug 31, 2008
    Omaha, NE
    so im a little late on this, but i finally took some pictures









    it could use another good cleaning
    440 WATTS 2-18" SPEAKERS

    Attached Files:


    Attached Files:

  14. sxride


    Nov 19, 2005
    North New Jersey
    Hello All,

    Does anyone have the specs on the cab and head. Does anyone have the manual in pdf?

    I have the same thing, the 220. The cab sounds great with the EV when i use it as a bottom with 10" cabs. Does anyone know the freq response range and the wattage/ohm of the cab/speaker?

    Id like to open it but its aged so I wouldnt want to rip or peel some stuff. Thanks.
  15. tiv0


    Aug 31, 2008
    Omaha, NE
    i opened mine to do some basic cleaning
    nothing you can really mess up
  16. sxride


    Nov 19, 2005
    North New Jersey
    thanks trevor,

    by any chance did you write down any info from the back of the speaker/driver? like the part #, model #, wattage, ohms. maybe save my self the trouble of opening it up. all i can see on the back plate of the cab is 8 ohms. thanks.
  17. tiv0


    Aug 31, 2008
    Omaha, NE
    unfortunately no, but i did snap some shots of the circuit board/wiring in the head
    if you are interested in those ill gladly post some up
  18. sxride


    Nov 19, 2005
    North New Jersey
    .... That would help, pls do. Thanks!!
  19. tiv0


    Aug 31, 2008
    Omaha, NE







    sorry, i never realized how blurry a few of these are
    if these dont help, ill gladly open mine back up and snap some shots of whatever youre interested in

    the "normal input" on my head does not work
    i need to take it in to a specialist and have it looked at
    when in normal, it just produces a quiet static
    i think some of the pots are bad also
  20. Simon S

    Simon S

    Feb 26, 2009

    I just bought a Road 220 with the matching 2x15' speaker cab.
    But I don't know how the different inputs and effects work. Can anyone out there help me?
    Also, why has the power switch 3 positions, in which 2 are 'on'?



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