Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Kustom K-100 amp and speaker cab


Several of you correctly identified the Kustom Kat in our quiz last week.

Kustom Amplification were founded in 1966 and their solid-state amps were quite eye-catching being covered in Tuck-And-Roll naugahyde, similar to automobile upholstery of the era. Colours included Red Sparkle, Blue Sparkle, Gold Sparkle, Cascade Sparkle (Teal), Charcoal Sparkle, Silver Sparkle, and Flat Black (no sparkle).

The Kustom Kat was a promotional item originally given away with purchased Kustom amps and were available in the same colours. They were similar to the naugas, supposedly being the creature from which naugahyde comes from. (Apparently naugas shed their skins naturally and - luckily for them - no naugas were killed for their skin in order to make naugahyde!)

Pictured here is a Kustom K-100 amp and speaker cab in Cascade Sparkle. This amp is currently for sale on eBay, but the seller doesn't mention there being a matching Kustom Kat.

The Kustom Kats themselves are quite collectable. The one we looked at in the quiz is currently for sale on eBay with a starting price of $295.95 - I'm told these can sometimes fetch up to $1,000.

G L Wilson

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