So, my tall business partner was hunkered down at his desk, working on the list of vendors attending our GrinningElk Atlanta Guitar Show next June. This show has become his obsession and so far, that is serving us quite well. That means that it's my job to get the new arrivals up on the website and their descriptions written. That said, what can a bass player say about a 62-year-old guitar amp? Or, why should a bass player even care? But, I knew I had to get a story down, so I swallowed the lump in my throat and called on the "Tall One."
I grabbed an '03 Les Paul R9 off the wall. "Hey Dude. Roll your chair over here and play this amp for me. I gotta hear it if I'm gonna write about it," I said. I thought I had just sacrificed myself to the gods of interruption. I thought he was going to kill me because, as I stated previously, Lee's on this guitar show with a vengeance and he is not to be deterred. I held my breath and waited for the blows to rain down upon me, but surprisingly, nothing came. "No problem," he said as I stood there slack-jawed. Dumbfounded, awe-struck, taken completely by surprise.
Lee rolled his chair over to the amp, grabbed the Les Paul, plugged it in and clicked the standby switch to "On." I'm still standing there as if I had been hit by a car because I was expecting to see my dear Pops, Mom and Uncle Harold up in heaven by then. He hits a few chords and then goes into a song. "You know who that is?" he asked and in a blind guess, I mumbled out something about Ted Nugent. "You're right," he said. "And do you know that it's the only song that Meatloaf sang on with Ted?" he asked and I just stood there and stared at him. "Sounds like a poor man's Deluxe to me," and with that, he switched the amp to standby, handed the guitar to me and rolled back over to his desk. And, I'm still standing in the same spot, mouth agape.
Folks, what I'm trying to tell you is that if you don't have 6k, but still want that cool, vintage, sweet-ass, broken-up tone that can only come from a 50's amp, then this Model 66-J is the way to go. It's somewhat of a rarity in this condition and we recently had it completely checked and serviced by Jeff over at Andrews Amp Lab here in Atlanta. The maestro put a new AC cord on and sweetened up the tremolo, so now this bad boy sounds as good as it can get. I guess there are some things that are worth taking your life into your own hands and the tone that came out of this Guild was one of those rare things. That's it- I live to fight another day and now it's back to doing what we do- putting cool vintage gear into the hands of players and collectors every day and everywhere!