Ampeg Dan Armstrong guitar

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Ampeg Dan Armstrong guitar

Postby Bigsbyman on Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:41 pm

Just picked up an Ampeg Dan Armstrong guitar. Had the choice of a vintage/orginal or a RI. After reading about neck instability issues with the vintage model, I picked up a RI. I got the version that has a tune-able bridge. My bass player just got the RI bass version that has the rosewood bridge. Mine came with both stock pickups and a custom-ordered pickup from Kent Armstrong. Plugged in the Kent Armstrong PU today during rehearsal. WOW, through my Traynor Bassmate it sounded like Keef's tones (close enough anyway).

Anyone else on the board use one of these guitars? I'm loving it, and looking forward to gigging with it. Our drummer picked up a set of clear plexi drums too. It's gonna look and sound great!
'64 JMI Vox AC30 with original alnico blues, '72 JMP 50-watt w/4x12 Greenbacks, '76 Lead & Bass combo (tan 25-watt Celestions), '76 Superlead with TV 4x12 (greenbacks), '78 2204 with Marshall 2x12 cab (Greenbacks), '78 Hylight DR504/SA4123, '79 Fawn 2204 50-watt w/matching Fawn 4x12 (tan 25-watt Celestions), 1970's Marshall 1982AP cabinet (black back 30-watt Celestions), Matchless D/C-30, Traynor, Garnet, Leslie, Bacino, Gibson, Fender, Gretsch, Rickenbacker, Trussart, Dano, Dobro

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Re: Ampeg Dan Armstrong guitar

Postby 57lpjr on Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:11 pm

I have both a RI Guitar and Bass. I love the necks on them and the Short Scale on the Bass is a pleasure to play!!!

They certainly pass the Keef test. I don't ever think I saw him use one live the times I saw them so I always associated them more with the Georgia Satellites. Both Rick Price the bassist and Rick Richards used them. Richards used his Guitar primarily for slide. I don't remember which pickup was installed though...
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Re: Ampeg Dan Armstrong guitar

Postby Bigsbyman on Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:31 pm

Interesting about the Georgia Sats. We gigged last night, and both the bass player and I used RI versions. Our drummer had clear Fibes drums. It was a cool sight.

:cheers:
'64 JMI Vox AC30 with original alnico blues, '72 JMP 50-watt w/4x12 Greenbacks, '76 Lead & Bass combo (tan 25-watt Celestions), '76 Superlead with TV 4x12 (greenbacks), '78 2204 with Marshall 2x12 cab (Greenbacks), '78 Hylight DR504/SA4123, '79 Fawn 2204 50-watt w/matching Fawn 4x12 (tan 25-watt Celestions), 1970's Marshall 1982AP cabinet (black back 30-watt Celestions), Matchless D/C-30, Traynor, Garnet, Leslie, Bacino, Gibson, Fender, Gretsch, Rickenbacker, Trussart, Dano, Dobro

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Re: Ampeg Dan Armstrong guitar

Postby Bigsbyman on Tue Aug 07, 2012 5:22 pm

Very cool!

We're gigging tomorrow night in St Paul. As much as I love the all-plexi look, I miss using other guitars on stage. I'll run with "the look" for now. :thumbsup:
'64 JMI Vox AC30 with original alnico blues, '72 JMP 50-watt w/4x12 Greenbacks, '76 Lead & Bass combo (tan 25-watt Celestions), '76 Superlead with TV 4x12 (greenbacks), '78 2204 with Marshall 2x12 cab (Greenbacks), '78 Hylight DR504/SA4123, '79 Fawn 2204 50-watt w/matching Fawn 4x12 (tan 25-watt Celestions), 1970's Marshall 1982AP cabinet (black back 30-watt Celestions), Matchless D/C-30, Traynor, Garnet, Leslie, Bacino, Gibson, Fender, Gretsch, Rickenbacker, Trussart, Dano, Dobro

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Re: Ampeg Dan Armstrong guitar

Postby Bigsbyman on Sat Sep 08, 2012 4:34 am

I've been breaking strings at every gig and rehearsal. Wilkinson locking roller bridge. Anyone use these? Any string breakage problems? It's a big problem. Can't file the saddles, they are rollers... Help? :dunno:
'64 JMI Vox AC30 with original alnico blues, '72 JMP 50-watt w/4x12 Greenbacks, '76 Lead & Bass combo (tan 25-watt Celestions), '76 Superlead with TV 4x12 (greenbacks), '78 2204 with Marshall 2x12 cab (Greenbacks), '78 Hylight DR504/SA4123, '79 Fawn 2204 50-watt w/matching Fawn 4x12 (tan 25-watt Celestions), 1970's Marshall 1982AP cabinet (black back 30-watt Celestions), Matchless D/C-30, Traynor, Garnet, Leslie, Bacino, Gibson, Fender, Gretsch, Rickenbacker, Trussart, Dano, Dobro

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Re: Ampeg Dan Armstrong guitar

Postby 57lpjr on Mon Sep 10, 2012 6:48 pm

Can't help you with the string breaks - mine has the original style Bridge so it's a bump for ya...
I have more gear than I need...but not as much gear as I want...

"Roll over Woodstock - we won!" & "Music is life, and life is not a business." (Iggy Pop 3/15/10)

"but lately one or two has fully paid their due for working for the clampdown...HAH, Gitalong, Gitalong"

"I believe, believe, believe, that there's better days ahead. I believe, believe, believe, that there's a heaven before I'm dead."

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Re: Ampeg Dan Armstrong guitar

Postby Bigsbyman on Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:40 pm

At the suggestion of Mr Leonard Shapiro, luthier-legend in Mpls, I installed a few chrome-plated fender washers underneath the tailpiece. This raised the tailpiece and reduced the angle of the strings from tailpiece to bridge. Might affect tone, but more importantly it might reduce string breakage at the bridge.

I'll know by 11:30 tonight at the end of our set in downtown St Paul. :jam:
'64 JMI Vox AC30 with original alnico blues, '72 JMP 50-watt w/4x12 Greenbacks, '76 Lead & Bass combo (tan 25-watt Celestions), '76 Superlead with TV 4x12 (greenbacks), '78 2204 with Marshall 2x12 cab (Greenbacks), '78 Hylight DR504/SA4123, '79 Fawn 2204 50-watt w/matching Fawn 4x12 (tan 25-watt Celestions), 1970's Marshall 1982AP cabinet (black back 30-watt Celestions), Matchless D/C-30, Traynor, Garnet, Leslie, Bacino, Gibson, Fender, Gretsch, Rickenbacker, Trussart, Dano, Dobro

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