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« on: September 01, 2016, 05:46:59 PM »
New Vintage Tuck n Roll Amp Day!!

I just bought one of the same rigs I used in the 60s - a Kustom K-100 head and 2x12 cabinet in turquoise (I think Kustom called this color cascade), both with the original covers. The difference is that my new purchase is in much better condition than the one I owned 45 years ago. It is dead mint!  I posted the serial numbers on a Kustom vintage site to get the exact year, but it is almost certainly late 60s.

I bought it from a music store who bought it from the original owner - he was getting rid of things in his house he didn't need in preparation for his retirement to Florida. He said that he bought it new and never played in a band, so it never left his house. Apparently he didn't smoke either because there are no cig burns on the top (they all seem to have cig burns). He gave up playing after a few years, so it sat under the covers for decades.  The only mark I can find on it is a small scratch near one of the jacks. There is no rust on the handles or castors.

Here it is, in it's turquoise glory:



And protected by the original covers:




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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2016, 06:32:12 PM »
That is jaw droppingly excellent. I've always had a soft spot for the kustom 100. They sound great and are a lot of fun. thats a great score!

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Re: NVTnRAD
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2016, 08:16:42 PM »
Someone on the Kustom site dated it between January - June 1971.

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Re: NVTnRAD
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2016, 09:24:05 PM »
Wow that's purty.  Nice find :)

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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2016, 12:33:22 AM »
That's absolutely fantastic I've never even seen one before. 

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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2016, 08:35:27 AM »
That is so cool. I'd love to own a high gain amp that is finished like that one day.

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Re: NVTnRAD
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2016, 10:37:08 AM »
That is so RAD! Its like a fishing lure for whales. I have always loved the old Kustom stuff.

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Re: NVTnRAD
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2016, 10:59:02 AM »
Nice catch. Not my cup of tea in optical terms, but as long as it sounds good. Have fun Bob
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Re: NVTnRAD
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2016, 11:02:20 PM »
last time I was in Chanute I dropped by Kustom ... they do police lights/sirens/radar now

I sometimes miss my Kustom 150 in all its black tuck and roll glory ... tuck and roll as an amp covering is due a comeback
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Re: NVTnRAD
« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2016, 12:05:24 AM »
Congrats, Bob! That's so cool and I'm really happy for you. Fantastic score man.

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« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2016, 08:05:18 AM »
That's fantastic!  Even back in the day I thought Kustom's were so gaudy they were gorgeous.  From my perspective they sound a bit like ass but that's not really the point.  They look and sound iconic.
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Re: NVTnRAD
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2016, 08:42:26 AM »
That's fantastic!  Even back in the day I thought Kustom's were so gaudy they were gorgeous.  From my perspective they sound a bit like ass but that's not really the point.  They look and sound iconic.

I actually agree - I like gaudy!  They were more common back then, but our band still got a lot of comments about the blue sparkle naugahyde.  Being solid state they don't break up like a good tube amp, but since I build pedals I can make it sound however I want. ;D

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Re: NVTnRAD
« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2016, 10:43:56 PM »
We have one of these guys in silver at the studio where I work. Good score!