Acoustic 371: 370/301

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Acoustic 371: 370/301

No guessing games for me; that big deal I got came through.

For $350 bones I now am the proud owner of a late 70's Acoustic 371 setup: The 370 Amp head and the 301 Cab.

Power Output = Loud, one rear facing Cerwin-Vega 18". Pretty much perfect condition minor dings, dents rips and scratches, but nothing major other than an issue with the jack. Will need a good dusting though.

I get back from my trip to rehearse with my new band and they go "want to play a show tonight?"

Even though I've only had one serious practice with them, I said why the hell not.

So I lugged this big rig to some Dive bar in town, and jammed out to about 50 people or so.

Good crowd for a last-minute show on a Tuesday night.

Pics:

Pretty kool deal, OTDOY.

Three fifty and it all works?

BTW, whats the switch above the inputs do?

Play the dust off'n it.

Congrats.

LowDown:cool:

Major envy. That is Bada$$!

SAHWEEEEEET! Nice Score! That is true bass goodness right there my friends!

H

Works perfectly. The head runs without any noise issues at all, and the speaker system runs perfectly. That little switch is a "bright" on/off function switch.

I'm going to need to do some restoration of the tolex, but it's really minor stuff. A little peeling here and there, maybe a rip or two. Some rust cleaning off the metal parts, and like I said, A LOT of dusting.

Looks like my SWR set-up is getting relegated to small gigs, coffee shops, combo performances, and what not.

The tone out of this monster is just... perfect. I didn't even fiddle with the controls at all, I had everything set to flat and it sounded better than anything else I've ever played. The other band was using a Ampeg 8x10 and it straight up got blown out of the water by my Acoustic. I know it's just a pissing contest, but man... was I proud. :cool:

Not only that but the vintage vibe of this thing is killer. I just feel like I'm on a whole new level rocking this thing.

ohthedaysofyore;166427 wrote:
The tone out of this monster is just... perfect.
I didn't even fiddle with the controls at all, I had everything set
to flat and it sounded better than anything else I've ever played.
....
Not only that but the vintage vibe of this thing is killer.
I just feel like I'm on a whole new level rocking this thing.
Amen brother !!

my old 360/301 was a monster , and absolutely killed tone-wise ..
i've never been able to reproduce the awesome tone i got out'a
this beast ...
18" folded horn cab , loaded w/ a re-coned JBL speaker !!

here's me at a gig at Billie Blues back in the mid '90's .
{ thats my two year son , already slappin' on the bass ...:D }

can you see the built in power amp ?
it's in the bottom of the cabinet ...

Wow, that amp is nice, congrats.:eek: I used to have an Acoustic 360, it was my main amp for several years back when I first got into playing bass.

That is one truly beautiful amp. I'd have bought it an a heart beat if I had seen it first! Enjoy!

DaveDeVille;166433 wrote:Amen brother !!

my old 360/301 was a monster , and absolutely killed tone-wise ..
i've never been able to reproduce the awesome tone i got out'a
this beast ...
18" folded horn cab , loaded w/ a re-coned JBL speaker !!

here's me at a gig at Billie Blues back in the mid '90's .
{ thats my two year son , already slappin' on the bass ...:D }

can you see the built in power amp ?
it's in the bottom of the cabinet ...

i would love to get a 360...

Those whole powered cabs are such a weird notion. Would be neat if they stuck though... have a powered cab and just throw a pre on top. Hmm...

Playing through this cab I'm really just in awe. It's seriously the best sound I've ever heard from a system. I kind of get that "they just don't make them like they used to anymore" notion in my head.

Folded horn cabs rule. Trying to save up for a new speaker for mine though, damp got to it I think. At practice today, I put a little fan heater in the bottom horn mouth, so warm air blew out the top, felt really nice in our clammy practice space, but the horn amplified the fan noise.

Its super practically sized too. Plenty of wall stuck to the side of it.

I can't help but think to myself, "what a great collector piece." I really don't mean any offense in saying that either. I think you got a hell of a buy and it's even better that it's a functional addition. Congratulations man.

j rug;166476 wrote:I can't help but think to myself, "what a great collector piece." I really don't mean any offense in saying that either. I think you got a hell of a buy and it's even better that it's a functional addition. Congratulations man.

You know, that's a big part of the draw for this amp, and a lot of the gear I own. I hardly ever buy new, it's just the collector in me... I like to own things that have a history to them. I think it's so much more invigorating when your bass or amp has a story to it.

You can just feel the mojo from older and vintage pieces.

wowow!

that is reallly cool!

ebay! here I come~

very cool, and niceprice with the cab and all....

congrats

surf

Just traded my Electric Blue combo for this beast:

With original docs:

Now that's sweet! How old is that one?

That condition is great.

Oh yeah, that reminds me, the insides:

You can see how I have a plug coming out of where the jack should be... came like that, did a quick fix of soldering on fresh wires and a 1/4" plug to replace the skeletal electric job that came with it. I'm going to order a new jack for it along with my strap buttons...

hahahahhahahaha!

that 120 db sticker is great!

big al

So you're okay if you stand 11 feet away? :D So much for my 10' cord

nice snag yore

but

oh my back :eek:

damn those acoustic fridges got heavy

the folded horn is an enduring design, but I couldn't get used to the "throw" aspect and unintentionally cranked up more than I should have.

I always found it very hard to hear myself with a f/h

that didn't stop Jaco from making history with one though :cool:

I can't remember ever seeing an acoustic combo foxen

maybe I was partying too much in those days :D

anyway acoustic went under shortly after peavey came onto the scene

now the acoustic stuff is very prized by collectors and younguns looking for that vintage sound

one thing about acoustic

they seemed very frail

a lot of shop time for most of them

they became very popular in the 70s but I don't think they were ready to grow as fast as they did and their products suffered some for it

that's why most of us looked for more durable brands back then

you know, something that could survive a spilled beer

a lot of us wound up with peavey

not putting down acoustic at all

obviously Jaco's fav

just a heads up for you guys

my take on vintage acoustic gear is that it's like buying an old Harley

if you don't mind taking the time to fix the steady stream of small things that go wrong, and they will, you can play through a true legend

I spent a good 4 hours last week cleaning all the dirt, grime, rust and dust off of it. Popped off the back and dusted/vacuumed the inside too. Glued some of the peeling tolex down. Not a complete job, but i'd say it's back to about 90% of what it was. Didn't bother with the tolex on the bottom by the casters... got the Metal Corners looking shiny, though they still have a slight stain to them, but 99% of the rust is off.

There were paint splatters on the sides of the cab, don't know how those got there... managed to clean/remove most of it, but I'm not so anal as to sit there for another 3 hours removing every last speck.

Did the head too, but have not cleaned the guts. I need to clean the pots and sliders, they're a little scratchy and Im sure the inside could use a good cleaning.

But, like I said, apart from having to solder on new parts for the Cab input, this whole set-up is running functionally perfect. For being 30+ years, I got a really good nab.

I have a friend who has dealt with acoustic and they've always crapped out on him, so he's a big nemesis of ACC... but I just think with vintage amps you really need to show some tender lovin', like you said OFC. :cool:

I an tell you how to make it black again. :D

H

Headle;166983 wrote:I an tell you how to make it black again. :D

H
Mebbe you should share that with Michael Jackson, H

OH SNAP. Haha.

H, Sure, I guess PM me?

I got it looking pretty good so far, but I'm open to making it look nicer. :D

oldfclefer;166956 wrote:nice snag yore
the folded horn is an enduring design, but I couldn't get used to the "throw" aspect and unintentionally cranked up more than I should have.

I always found it very hard to hear myself with a f/h

Well, according to Bill Fitzmaurice that 'throw' doesn't exist, apparently its boundary cancellation that removes the lows nearby and the shape of the horn and the speaker loses the mids and highs, leaving not much near the speaker. Course, as its an observable thing in practice, I don't really believe him. Jaco used the Acoustic 408 4x15" cab next to the pair of folded horns for the sound close up. I use an Ashdown 8x10 in my biamp rig, you hear that up close well enough.

I don't really believe in the concept of being able to crank up more than you should have.

You can see the Acoustic 408 on the Shadows and Light stuff :p

I'd love to get an Acoustic 4x15" or 2x15"... :eek:

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