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A tear came to my eye and I got a bit choked up as I recalled a Poco live concert at UCSB in the 60s where they played those big blue 260 / 360 Acoustic amps that were the coolest looking amps on the planet, perhaps the loudest too. What happened? Perhaps somebody resurrected the name without the vibe.
The concept of "media circus" taken to the next levels? To my amp and guitar making craftsman friends ... maybe sell direct or to small dealers that know tone, music, history and provide service? I believe this sort of thing is on the way out. Look at their financial data and you can smell the panic.
I thought the green Vox was pretty but .....
OK. This may get some flack from folks but.....
I have fans who are fans of PRS guitars. I have never met a fan of their amps. Sometimes having your fingers in too many pies just makes more lackluster pies.
OK. I found this very cool. A handy little amp made of all metal! Why didn't somebody thing of this before? Oh, wait a sec. A few decades ago Andy Marshall at THD had the Univalve.
Remember when Fender had a cool entry level guitar by the same name? Shed another tear. Then again, this one is a 150 watt modeling amp! It meets the knob/price ration obtained by the use of cheap speakers, inexpensive iron and solid state internals. Is that not a good thing?
Is this the treasure of the day or what!!! ??? Gigantoid head! Big wattage. Program tones so it can do it all. Ultra value by the pound if by no other measure!
Bring it on! It is futile to fault my "price now based by knob count" with proof like this! I guess there is one positive note on Jim Marshall being in his grave.
You can find cool stuff but it does not associate with the "general population".
If you know where to look you can find some amps that made the music that made many of us love music in the first place. The Vibroverb up there has a JBL in it, the original cool setup.
Some cool guitars and many have some great history behind them. Then again, I know some amazing guitar builders whose instruments may be in the history books some day which are not being built with the cheapest parts and built as fast as possible. I wonder what this wall in the Vintage Room will look like in 50 years?
But in the end every cloud has a silver lining ....
I got to spend some time with one of the best Nashville pickers and guitar builders and repair guys on the planet (the guy who built my red Tele), David Neely. Greatest part of the day. http://www.neelyguitars.com/
... a burger at The Sunset Grill