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Re: Kustom Amps---Any Good?

Postby dinosaurkale-> » Fri May 06, 2011 5:41 am

pawn shop down the street has a kustom I lead 1x12 combo amp....anyone know anything about it? its hard to find anything online....im tempted to go in and ask if i can rent it for a day or something...
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Re: Kustom Amps---Any Good?

Postby estranged » Fri May 06, 2011 6:33 am

i worked for Hanser Music group for just over a year (the parent company of Kustom) in '08

I will say, they rate of return their tube amps were very low. Rare that we had a failure. The designer, James Brown did some great sounding circuits. He came from Peavey and had designed the classic series, 5150 and Triple X amps....

that and they stand behind their stuff...they were made in China - thing there is that factory ONLY makes Kustom amps, no one else's amps.

all that said, i never really dug the tone that much to actually buy one....just wasn't *MY* sound

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Re: Kustom Amps---Any Good?

Postby Smorgy » Fri May 06, 2011 10:18 am

kustom's bass heads are pretty damm good. the deep end is one hell of a bass head.
if i was still playing bass in a band it would be a hard choice between a gk 1001rb and the deep end de300hd
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Re: Kustom Amps---Any Good?

Postby noisepunk » Fri May 06, 2011 11:49 am

JazzBlaster wrote:All good points but I think you missed mine, it's all some of us can afford... 


Quickly (edit, ha, quickly :squint: ), before I post on topic:

I've used this argument before (yours), and it's bull-plop.

1- there are always solid state amps, they don't sound as good when you compare the best to the best, but I've heard SS amps that are better than or just as good as some lower bracket, or similar bracket tube amps.

2- there are still vintage (or quasi vintage) tube amps by less known manufacturers out there that are sometimes made better, sometimes sound better, and are sometimes cheaper.

3- there are still vintage name brand tube amps (fender and the like) that can be had for, again, the same price-point, or close to, if you keep your eyes peeled and jump when the opportunity presents itself. I looked religiously on craigslist, ebay, and the websites of a few local shops, for 2 years for a silverface twin, and when I found it I had to drive nearly 100miles to check it out, but they guy gave it to me for $400.

All you need (for a band situation) is an amp and a guitar that work, and there is an extremely broad spectrum of affordable gear that fits into that category.


On Kustom amps. My girlfriend owns a 400 watt red kustom bass amp (the same one used on Glee if you've ever had the, er, 'fortune', to watch an episode). It's one of the chinese reissues, and it sounds great and was cheap to fix last time something happened to it (which leads me to believe it wasn't an especially difficult fix).
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Re: Kustom Amps---Any Good?

Postby estranged » Fri May 06, 2011 11:58 am

noisepunk wrote:
JazzBlaster wrote:All good points but I think you missed mine, it's all some of us can afford... 




3- there are still vintage name brand tube amps (fender and the like) that can be had for, again, the same price-point, or close to, if you keep your eyes peeled and jump when the opportunity presents itself. I looked religiously on craigslist, ebay, and the websites of a few local shops, for 2 years for a silverface twin, and when I found it I had to drive nearly 100miles to check it out, but they guy gave it to me for $400.



Great point - buy local. Perfect example - Portland craigslist - $300 for a 50watt Marshall JMP clone. It's even red tolex!
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Re: Kustom Amps---Any Good?

Postby noisepunk » Fri May 06, 2011 12:01 pm

estranged wrote:Great point - buy local. Perfect example - Portland craigslist - $300 for a 50watt Marshall JMP clone. It's even red tolex!


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Re: Kustom Amps---Any Good?

Postby dinosaurkale-> » Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:05 am

still fiending this lead I amp in the pawn shop...someone tell me about it !
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Re: Kustom Amps---Any Good?

Postby Jaguar018 » Sun Jun 19, 2011 7:13 pm

dinosaurkale-> wrote:still fiending this lead I amp in the pawn shop...someone tell me about it !


If it hasn't sold in a month then that's already telling you something-- that it's probably a p.o.s. . :-/
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Re: Kustom Amps---Any Good?

Postby sexwithdolphins » Tue Jun 21, 2011 11:06 am

Jaguar018 wrote:
dinosaurkale-> wrote:still fiending this lead I amp in the pawn shop...someone tell me about it !


If it hasn't sold in a month then that's already telling you something-- that it's probably a p.o.s. . :-/


well i dunno, the pawn shop down the street from my place has had a newer fender vibrolux sitting in the corner for a good month and a half now.... just shows maybe the people that go there often aren't always interested in amplifiers.
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Re: Kustom Amps---Any Good?

Postby Jaguar018 » Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:23 pm

sexwithdolphins wrote:
Jaguar018 wrote:
dinosaurkale-> wrote:still fiending this lead I amp in the pawn shop...someone tell me about it !


If it hasn't sold in a month then that's already telling you something-- that it's probably a p.o.s. . :-/


well i dunno, the pawn shop down the street from my place has had a newer fender vibrolux sitting in the corner for a good month and a half now.... just shows maybe the people that go there often aren't always interested in amplifiers.

Point well-taken. My feeling is that when stores get 'good' stuff, like a Vibrolux, it's priced too high. When they get bad stuff, it never sells because it's just bad at any price.
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Re: Kustom Amps---Any Good?

Postby PunkKitty » Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:53 pm

I realize that I'm necro posting here.

A couple of months ago I bought a Kustom Defender V50. To me the amp is kind of a bastard child of a Marshall and a Fender. Great overdrive circuit and loud as hell. Very smooth cleans. I can use this thing for jazz, country, rock, metal or just about anything else. For the life of me I don't know why I waited so long to buy a decent tube amp. I really like the Kustom. Come to think of it, all of my amps are Kustoms except for my ZT Lunchbox. I guess I'm a Kustom amp kinda girl.
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Re: Kustom Amps---Any Good?

Postby Jaguar018 » Sat Aug 06, 2011 7:54 pm

PunkKitty wrote: I guess I'm a Kustom amp kinda girl.

The lady-guitarist in my old band played through a Kustom; her sound was awesome, and it really complemented my guitars' sounds (through a massive solid state Ampeg at the time). :)
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