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I received some grumbling complaints that my band review was inadequate. I thought I conveyed all the most relevant and really important information, but since you must know every trivial detail, I guess I can cast my memory back and provide it for you. With a little research I was also able to add some additional notes below. Let’s see, Don Ressler played a fire engine red DiPinto Galaxie guitar* (see note) that features 4 single coil pickups and a Jazzmaster type vibrato unit. He also pulled out a DeArmond six string bass in gorgeous Emerald Green. Now, if I recall, he had a mid 70s Fender Deluxe Reverb amp. I happened to notice that it has been reworked from its original configuration of 22 watts RMS. Modifications included changing out the Deluxe Reverb transformer for a Fender Super Reverb transformer and the original 12” speaker has been replaced by a 12” Piledriver speaker. This reworked amplifier now puts about about 35 watts RMS. Don’s “PICKNIKS” T-shirt was size XXX.

John Ramski’s German made Sonor drumkit had a striking Cherry Red finish. He used a combination of Zildjian and Paiste cymbals. The drums were covered with Remo Weather King heads and his sticks were Pro-Mark

Model 808. In addition to the parrots, John’s Hawaiian shirt featured red and yellow tropical flowers.

Grant Green’s bass was a Fender Precision Bass in Lake Placid Blue, manufactured in Mexico. His guitar was a Korean made Epiphone Alley Kat in Heritage Cherry Sunburst. This is a two pickup semi hollow body model guitar. (For those of you who don’t know, Epiphone is a budget line of the Gibson Guitar Company.) His amp was an old 70s black tuck and roll Kustom head that he placed atop an Ampeg cabinet that contains 2 10” speakers. Because he is hip, he placed the Kustom head Upside down on the top of the Ampeg cabinet.

Jeff Green chose to play his Fender reissue vintage ‘62’ Jazzmaster guitar in Fiesta “tomato soup” Red, which you’ve seen at UD practices. (If you are not as versed as I am, you may not know these instruments are manufactured by the Fender Musical Instrument Company in their Corona, California facility.) His amp is a Fender Twin Reverb ‘65’ reissue. Without my expertise, you might not know that this amp has 2 12” speakers and puts out 85 watts RMS. Jeff says he purchased this amp in about 2000 as a floor model from Guitar Center In Mayfield Hts, Ohio. The list price was $1499 but Jeff got the amp for just $749. (Our own Jim Gallagher recently traded in a nefarious Evil Twin there; Beware of current “bargains”, Jeff!) I lifted Jeff’s Reverb to determine that it weighs in at 64 lbs. The wheels, which are Ernie Balls, were put on the amp by Jeff to help move the amp more easily****. Jeff’s 10’ Planet Waves guitar cords connected the amp to the Boss BCB-60 Pedal Board and a 1’ Monster Jazz Performer connected the pedal board to the circa 1983 DeArmond Model 1602 volume pedal. Yet another 10’ Planet Waves connected this volume pedal to the Jazzmaster guitar. I noticed Jeff uses all Boss pedals (to great effect!) His vast assortment includes a TU-2 Tuner, DD-3 Digital Delay, CE-5 Chorus Ensemble, FZ-3 Fuzz (no longer in production, btw), AW-2 Auto Wah (also no longer in production, just thought you’d like to know) and a TR-2 Tremelo.


* DiPinto Galaxie guitars are made in Korea but are the brain child of Christopher DiPinto of Philadelphia, Pa. He handmade the first few but he farmed out the production job to Korea so that he could make his instruments more affordable to the masses.

** This is a rare instrument that was available for only 1 year(1999). None of the DeArmond guitars are now in production. These were a spinoff of the Guild guitar line which itself was/is? owned by the giant Fender Musical Instrument Corporation, which purchased the Guild guitar company in 1996. Guild themselves are no longer available and it is questionable if Guilds are also out of production permanently. The DeArmond six string bass is sure to become a real collectible!

*** These sticks are made in the U.S.A. and the wood type used is hickory, which is the same wood that is used for implements such as ball peen hammers and axes.

**** The set of Ernie Ball caster wheels was $25.00, by the way.

I hope this has been most helpful. If there’s anything else you’d like to know, don’t hesitate to ask!