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Download the twelve-page 1972 Kustom Electronics, INC catalog for their 150, 250, and 500-series guitar and bass amplifiers.DOWNLOAD: Kustom_150_250_500_Catalog Kustom amps, with their ‘tuck and roll’ sparkle-Naugahyde upholstery covering, are a true icon of the rocknroll amplifier.Bud Ross took the idea of Rockn Roll=hot rods to its logical conclusion with these things.Interesting how well the Rock-Music/Hot-Rod connection worked in the 50s/early 60s.Consider the Gibson Firebird and Fender Stratocaster guitars, both of which had direct aesthetic relations to youth-favored automotive designs of the times. Below that, the Fender Stratocaster, designed in 1953 (source).I wonder why no one has made a Honda Civic or Subaru WRX flavored guitar (or beat-making software interface WHOA maybe getting too far out there…) “Rockabilly and Motown musicians originally used (Kustom) amps. users include Creedence Clearwater Revival, Leon Russell, Johnny Cash, Roy Clark, The Jackson 5, Carl Perkins, Alun Tan Lan(Y Niwl) and The Carpenters.” All of the original 1960s and 70s Kustoms are solid-state amps, so their appeal nowadays is mainly for their cosmetic a(e)ffect. Other artists known for using the Kustom brand for live applications are Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Altamonts, Dusty Murphy, 3 and Sheryl Crow. These things were no slouches in the technical department, tho – the 250 and 500 lines shipped with optional JBL or Altec speakers (look for the silver dustcap on the drivers); furthermore, when you come across one of these things nowadays, they generally work well, which is more than can be said for most 40-year-old solid-state guitar amps. Pictured above is a German 1972 pricelist for the entire Kustom line.
Here’s an excerpt of an e-mail I received from a Kustom enthusiast when I first put pictures on the web: Tell us a little about yourself. In 1965 (I had just turned 16), my band was contracted as the backup band for a touring rock show called “The Shindig All Star Review.” We traveled to 13 states and three Canadian provinces.
We backed Bobby Sherman, Del Shannon and a lot of local one-hit wonders. I’ve also backed Freddy Fender, The Mills Brothers, and opened for the New Colony Six, The Byrds, and Grand Funk Railroad.
After I returned home, I left music, went to college, enlisted in the Army, got married and raised two children.
If there is enough demand I will scan and upload the entire thing.
(web source) (Web Source) Since Kustoms are so iconic, there is a ton of information on the web regarding these artifacts and their very colorful and storied creator Bud Ross.
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Ever wonder what the connection was between Kustom and Kasino?