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Old 29th September 2010, 04:08 AM   #1
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Question The Doors -- What amps?

Was watching a doco on The Doors and saw some strange guitar amps I'd never seen before. They were tall and had a horn in the top section. But a nasty looking Atlas type announcement horn. Real "Public Address" kind of horn. Never seen that in a MI amp before!

I thought The Doors were using Ultravox amps, but none of the Ultravox 60s vintage stuff looks like this. They must have sued it a lot, there were several of these in studio and live footage. I can't find anything like it, but don't know my amps that well.

Anyone know what they were?
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Old 29th September 2010, 04:23 AM   #2
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Old 29th September 2010, 04:29 AM   #3
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Ah Ha! Thanks so much - that's it. Now I remember seeing the Acoustic name tag on the amp. Goofy looking thing.
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Will do more research on it. Are they worth anything these days?
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Are they worth anything these days?
Are you serious? Have you seen what vintage guitar amp prices are on eBay? Last year I LMAO watching an "as-is" transistor amp that was just a few years old sell for full retail because people just assumed it was a vintage tube amp.
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LOL! Well I do know that vintage amps are sought after, just never seen these before. Was wondering if they had a special following.
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Acoustic was known mostly for the people who used them for bass amps, like John Paul Jones, for example. But there were others too, like the Collectors and Chilliwack. (just check the back cover of the "Mask" album)

The 300 series is worth alot because they were powerful. Apparently very well built, too.

As for Robby Krieger, I saw him use a few Fender Dual Showmans, I think. But that was just in a couple of pictures.
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Old 15th May 2013, 08:43 AM   #7
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Was watching a doco on The Doors and saw some strange guitar amps I'd never seen before. They were tall and had a horn in the top section. But a nasty looking Atlas type announcement horn. Real "Public Address" kind of horn. Never seen that in a MI amp before!

I thought The Doors were using Ultravox amps, but none of the Ultravox 60s vintage stuff looks like this. They must have sued it a lot, there were several of these in studio and live footage. I can't find anything like it, but don't know my amps that well.

Anyone know what they were?
Blue stripes on the side , horn on top," BRAND ", is "ACOUSTIC". An american made solid state amp, late 60's +. Wow! I thought this was common knowledge. Been looking for one for years. Check out old Doors, Iron Butterfly, Steppenwolf, Vids. Either they didn't make very many or they are all trashed or someone is hording them. Great amps. Want one bad!!!!!!!!!!!
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Acoustic 270 or its earlier incarnation (260?)
No real PA amps way back then, so you either built a wall of Marshalls (or a couple Dual Showmans in USA) or used a couple pof there.
Over 250W RMS into 4 Altec Lansing speakers (not your cheap Jensen/Oxford as most others) plus a couple mid horns for projection and you would pull dental fillings out of listeners 60 yards away.

Some friends of mine had that same full setup and sound was *unbearable* in a straight line in from of the cabinets.
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I hated them. But Jaco Pastorius did manage to get good tone out of a pair of Acoustic amps for bass many years.
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wow, how to revive an old thread.
(surely almost all guitar amps are horrible straight on? when I mic amps on stage it's direct-offset (about 2/3 out from centre) in studio I use all types of crazy techniques, but none of them tend to be 'dead on'
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