Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Rare Bonham / Audio Guild Stereo Tube amp in Arleta CA for $400

Bonham Stereo 330 Tube Amplifier $400 - Arleta CA

Dan Bonham ws an Engineer at Magnatone who got patents on some of their "True Vibrato" tube technology and used it at his own company AGC in Van Nuys CA in the late 1960's.  AGC made Audio Guild, Titano and Panaramic amps and are associated with Bob Hall's more famous Company Versatone whose amps were used by players like George Benson and Carol Kaye.

This Bonham 330 looks very similar to a Versatone Grand Prix though it has an extra knob, probably related to the Stereo function. Expect this to produce "high fidelity" quality sound like a Magnatone. It looks to be in very good condition from the photo which mean sit was probably in a studio for most of its life, which is where most of these amps continue to reside in Southern California.

Note: The seller listed this amp under "Electronics" on CL - not Musical Instruments.


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Friday, July 21, 2017

1960's Kapa Continental at GC in Cherry Hill NJ for $299

These Kapa Continentals were assembled and painted in a Music Store in Maryland all through the 1960's.  The early bodies, parts and necks came for the Hofner factory in Germany - including the unique "staple" pickups. Later they switched to a mix of German and Japanese parts and eventually by the end of the 60's Kapa's were built completely in Japan and imported to the US.

This appears to be one of the earlier Continentals which still has all the German parts (to my eye anyway).   These are great "budget vintage" guitars that are perfect for Indie/Jangle/garage rock.

Female guitarists in particular will appreciate the light weight, thin necks and cool vintage vibe.

this guitar is for sale right now at the Guitar Center in Cherry Hill NJ.  (Note: GC will ship to anywhere in the USA so if you want this one give them a call and ask about the playability, etc.   You can buy it right over the phone (believe me I've done it a dozen times).  GC shipping is fairly cheap.