Monday, July 29, 2013

Acoustic Control 1981 Model G100T/ Model 160 100 watt tube head at GC in Kenwood MI for $149

I spotted this Acoustic Control tube guitar head on the Guitar Center website and was surprised they were offering it for only $149.99.  These usually sell in the $300-$500 range and are much-loved by their owners.  This was Acoustics version of the Mesa-Boogie head and it has the switchable 5 band EQ along with a quartet of 6L6GT power tubes and three 12AX7's in the preamp.  Well built amplifiers that were made in Van Nuys CA prior to Acoustic closing their USA operations in the mid 1980's.

 Note that they have it listed as a Model 250 which IK have seen references to but have never seen an actual photo of, but from everything I can see in the pic on the GC site it is identical to the 1981 model 160.  I don't know what the difference would be between the two so keep that in mind if you are considering buying this.

I posted some pics that I took from another website that show the guts and tube layout of the Model 160 below the GC listing.

I called and talked to the sales rep at GC on this one and he said the amp looks good and works fine except that the button that switches between channel 1 and channel 2 is not working - it is stuck on channel 2 - which should still give you access to all the features - and I would suppose the switch just needs to be replaced after 30+ years.    I asked him for a shipping quote to give you an idea of what this will cost to your door and I will post that when he sends it to me.  - JC



Guitar Center Grand Rapids
Kentwood, Michigan  49512
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  1. I bought this and it's great, needs a little attention, but it arrived with 4 us made phillips 6L6s, and all us made GE preamp tubes as well. Great score, thanks!

    1. Seth: That is great. Those old USA tubes seem to last forever. I have some 6550's that are over 50 years old and still kicking ass - you scored a nice amp for a great price. - JC


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