Evan's Vintage - Austin, Texas
70's Les Pauls
70's Les Pauls
'70 LP Bass, '75 LP Signature, '74 LP Custom, '79 LP Deluxe, and LP1 amp with multi-color, backlit front panel
Les Paul Juniors
Les Paul Juniors
Here is a group of Juniors, including a '55, '58, '61, and '64, along with GA-5 Les Paul Junior amps from '60 and '58.
Basses
Basses
'70 The Les Paul Bass (see Restoration Projects), and Fender Marcus Miller Jazz Bass, "La Guera".
Jimmie Vaughan Strat
Jimmie Vaughan Strat
Jimmie Vaughan model Strat, signed and pinstriped by Vaughan at his Hot Rod Shop in Austin. From HAMM charity fundraiser auction. Note the clear signature in the UV photo compared to the printed signature on the headstock.
University of Texas Epi Les Paul Junior
University of Texas Epi Les Paul Junior
With Bevo on the body, Hook'em Horns on the headstock and the university logo on the TRC and bag, a must for alumni like myself
60's SG-shaped
60's SG-shaped
'64 Junior, Reissue '62 Les Paul Custom, and '66 Gibson Plus-50 powered extension amp
Figured Maple
Figured Maple
'98 LP DC Standard and ES-137 Classic, both with nice maple tops
With Les Paul
With Les Paul
At one of many trips to Iridium in New York City
With Les Paul
With Les Paul
Julia with Les
Nicki Parrott
Nicki Parrott
With Les Paul Trio bassist Nicki Parrott
'83 US Strat with Stevie Ray Vaughan
'83 US Strat with Stevie Ray Vaughan
SRV with the Surf Green Strat and Kevin, in 1989, see the Restoration Projects page for details on the recent restoration of this guitar.
Stevie Ray Vaughan signing the Strat
Stevie Ray Vaughan signing the Strat
SRV signing the back of the Surf Green US Strat I recently obtained and restored. The signature is still clear today, as can be seen below.
SRV Strat
SRV Strat
The SRV signature on the back of the Strat, which also has a Buddy Guy signature.
At The Cutting Room in New York
At The Cutting Room in New York
With trumpeters Ray Strucker and Mark Pender (Conan O'Brian Band)
Jazz Bass
Jazz Bass
Using a late 60's Jazz bass in the late 70's, I wish I still owned that one!
A Beatle bass?
A Beatle bass?
Not sure why, but I'm using a Beatle bass and Peavy amp in this mid-70's shot.
 
 
The Gibson Memphis Factory
 
Raw wood
Raw wood
Here is some raw wood at a Gibson factory. Double and single-cut hollow and semi-hollow guitars are made iin Memphis along with certain custom solid bodies.
ES-335 style bodies
ES-335 style bodies
Here you can see the bodies being assembled with the tops/backs on the rack behind them. These employees were at lunch when I took this shot.
Single-cut bodies
Single-cut bodies
Some single-cuts waiting for a top. Note the mahogany center block.
Neck set rack
Neck set rack
After being attached, the necks are clamped and set on racks like these. Check out the double necks.
Finish
Finish
Bodies drying after a trip through one of several spray booths.
The "scraping" room
The "scraping" room
Most work here is still done by hand, giving these USA-made Gibsons their outstanding quality.
Buffing room
Buffing room
Guitar bodies being buffed.
Neck final prep
Neck final prep
Necks/fingerboards/frets are finalized in this area.
Finished instruments to be boxed
Finished instruments to be boxed
Note that some are tagged to go back for corrections. If everything is not exactly right, they do not go out.
 
Cases and Speakers:
 
Cases - having an original case can add to the value of a vintage guitar.  Below are some of the many size and pattern variations of Gibson's 50's "Alligator" cases, along with a '90s/'00s tan case and '70s/'80s black "Protector" case.
 
 
 
Speakers - like cases, original speakers can add to the value of a vintage amp.  Below are typical Jensen speakers, all from amps shown in this gallery, in date order: early '50s Field Coil, late 50's ALNICO 5, and 60's Special Design.  In the last photo, the speaker code (220843) can clearly be seen indicating a Jensen product (220) from the 43rd week of '68.  The model (C12N) can also be seen, indicating a 12" ceramic magnet speaker rated at 50 watts.  These codes can be used to determine if they are original to the amp.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Electronic parts:
 
Potentiometers (pots), capacitors, and other items can be used to date an instrument or determine its originality. 
 
Below is a Strat pickguard wired from scratch with year-correct pots, capacitor, and switch, using original style cloth-covered wire.  Code 1378330 on the pots indicate CTS brand from the 30th week of 1983. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The below Les Paul Special wiring shows correct "bumblebee" capacitors and braided pickup wire.  The codes are on the sides of these pots (134943) and indicate CentraLab brand from the 43rd week of 1959.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It's always a good idea to keep a supply of odd or hard-to-find tubes around, just in case.
 
Kustom Tuck-and-Roll Amps
 
Kustoms!
Kustoms!
Here is a group of '67 to '70 Kustoms along with a couple of Gibsons from the same era. All Kustom Kolors are represented, Gold, Silver, Red, Cascade, Blue, Charcoal, and Black
Cabinets
Cabinets
Shown are 2x12, 2x15 and 3x12 cabinets along with a set of 4x12 PA columns. Also offered, but not shown, was a 1x15 cabinet (the same size as the 2x12) and a 3x15, which was one of the largest made.
K-200 Guitar heads
K-200 Guitar heads
Shown are an early "Kustom by Ross" head (gold) with its simple vol/bass/treble controls and no designation as a 200, and a later K-200 with the added reverb/tremolo channel.
K-200 PA heads
K-200 PA heads
Though technically PA heads, these are used extensively for guitar, and show the full complement of four channels, all with reverb.
K-50/100 heads
K-50/100 heads
Shown are: a K-100-1 with 2 channels with 2 inputs each and no effects; a K-100-2 with 2 inputs and reverb; and, a K-50 head. Kustom did not make a K-50 head, this one was created from a K-50 combo.
Interior
Interior
Note the simplicity of the early Kustom by Ross head compared to the later Kustom Electronics head (picture taken with the reverb tank removed for clarity).
Faceplate Logos
Faceplate Logos
The early heads show "by Ross, Inc.", referring to Bud Ross, their creator, and do not show a 100/200/etc. wattage designation. This lasted for only about a year, until some time in 1968.
Speaker Cabinet Logos
Speaker Cabinet Logos
The cabinets also transitioned to a Kustom Electronics, Inc. logo from the "Ross" style logo, though, for unknown reasons, not at the same time as the heads.
Cabinet markings
Cabinet markings
The jack plate on the back of each cabinet shows the type of speakers it contains. Kustom began to place a separate serial number on the cabinets about 1969.
Ports
Ports
The trademark sound ports were also changed from the early Kustoms to the later ones, but there is no significant difference in the two types.
K-150
K-150
The only vintage Kustom Kombo amp I have, the K-150 has 2x10" Jensens and a variety of controls and effects, including reverb and "trem-vib". The combos were never as popular as the full size amps.
100th Anniversary NAMM "Oddity"
100th Anniversary NAMM "Oddity"
100 of these small combos were produced in patriotic red,white, and blue for the 100th anniversay of NAMM in 2001. This example is number 099. The President of Kustom has one displayed in his office.
Kustom Kolor Katalog
Kustom Kolor Katalog
Kustom produced light, cartoon-style catalogs and ads, and even sold a stuffed naugahyde Kustom Kat. Also shown are dealer samples of the 7 Kustom Kolors available.
Kustom Kolor Chart
Kustom Kolor Chart
This dealer chart shows the various Kustom Kolors. Note that Silver is often referred to as White, while Charcoal is often mistakenly called Silver.
Kustom PA
Kustom PA
Black was the most common Kustom Kolor. The newer PA head (see right) works perfectly with the vintage 4x12 columns.
Johnny Cash Ltd. Edition PA
Johnny Cash Ltd. Edition PA
This is a 2007 Johnny Cash Limited Edition Signature head commemorating the "Man in Black"'s use of Kustom PAs. These were only made for a short time and have modern features like XLR inputs and line in/out jacks.
Kustom users
Kustom users
Besides those who have used Kustoms for years, I have seen them recently in the movie Hotel for Dogs and on the TV show Glee!. Above is a portion of the Kustom backline of Unified Tribe, formerly of Austin, including some of my Kustoms.
Andrew Bird
Andrew Bird
Andrew Bird has some strange gear, like his bass player's vintage Kustom cabinet and his rotating Specimen horns as seen on the (Leno) Tonight Show and at Carnegie Hall.
Rascal Flatts
Rascal Flatts
The music video for "These Days" features only two amps, a 2x12 K-100 set and a strangely mis-matched 1x15 K-100 cabinet with a K-200 head. You'd think they would use a matched set for a video
iCarly
iCarly
Another example of a mis-matched blue 200/100 Kustom can be found in Internet sensation "Fred"s treehouse on the Nickolodeon show iCarly.
Credence Clearwater Revival
Credence Clearwater Revival
CCR was one of the original Kustom users and possibly the best known. John Fogarty (far right, above) hasn't changed much, see photo on the right.
John Fogarty
John Fogarty
Fogarty still uses Kustoms to this day.
The Priscillas
The Priscillas
This young, all-female UK band sometimes uses a Kustom bass amp that adds to their campy, retro look.
The Priscillas
The Priscillas
A closer look at Kate Kannibal's nice early "Kustom by Ross" amp in gold with what looks to be a 2x15 cabinet.
Cheryl Crow
Cheryl Crow
Cheryl has used Kustom gear a lot, and sometimes mixes vintage and reissue gear, as in this photo. Note Peter Stroud's vintage Les Paul Junior double cutaway.
Kustom in the 70's
Kustom in the 70's
I have owned and used Kustom gear for many years, including this very old example using a Silvertone tube amp and black 2x15 cab combination with my Les Paul Deluxe Goldtop.
Kustom today
Kustom today
Here is recent example, at a CD release event at Antone's records in Austin. I had matching heads and cabs, but these two just worked well together.
 
 
 
 
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