In addition to performing as a singer-songwriter, I am now the lead singer and rhythm guitar player in a cowboy surf lounge music band called "Vacant Stairs." We're kinda like Dean Martin meets The Ventures out on the open range.
This has caused a need for AMPLIFICATION. To that end I have been buying some vintage amplifiers. I am a big fan of solid state amps made in the Eighties by the Acoustic Control Corporation out of Van Nuys, California. These amps have a nice clean sound. And their look fits in with my taste for a Mid Century Danish Modern vibe.
Right now I have four of their amps. One is for quiet practice at home. Another lives in the band's rehearsal space (so I don't have to schlepp it up and down stairs with my hinky back and weak knees.) The other two are for gigging - two different sizes depending on the venue.
They are the G60-212 (Model 111), two different versions of the G60-112 (Model 109), and the smaller G20-110 (Model 105).
For the fun of it, and as a learning experience, I am also restoring/modifying a vintage 12-watt, hand-wired, point-to-point Gibson Kalamazoo Reverb 12 amplifier. It has three 12AX7 tubes, running the preamp stages, the tremolo oscillator and the reverb driver. Two EL84 tubes are for power output. You can follow the progress of my work on this amp on AudioKarma.
For my performing songwriter gigs, I'm still using a great amp for acoustic guitar by Ultrasound, the model AG50-DS4. It has two inputs, one for mic and one for guitar, so I use it as a PA for small venues.
Then there is the mighty Shure Vocal Master. This is a Sixties vintage PA system that The Doors used, as well as many other professional acts of that time. It has inputs for six microphones, each with its own controls for volume, bass, treble, and reverb. The reverb comes from a spring reverb tank. It puts my vocals strongly out front of the rest of the band, not lost in the mix.
Lastly, I use a Roland Cube Street for busking, which has inputs for guitar and microphone, lots of cool digital effects and amp modeling. I also use it with headphones to practice silently at home.
Luckily I have an old Volvo station wagon to haul all this vintage gear around. And I've only thrown my back out once, which put me down and out for over a week. I don't need groupies, I need roadies. Maybe groupie roadies. Hmmm.