> There's this Lee Jackson Metaltronix amp at a pawnshop near me. It looks
>like something out of a bad Spinal Tap moment. Four el34s and 5 12ax7s,
>with matching cabinet. It has that classic 80s overbuilt cosmetic look that
>was popular way back when.
Sounds pretty cool. See if it says anything about being made by Laney
on it. How much is he asking for the thing?
I should find out where the pawn shops are hiding in my area. There
must be some over in Joliet.
>Anyone here ever mess with one?
$995 for the head and cab, kinda steep. Looked like it was in good shape,
didn't try to play the
scary monster though.
The amp looked like typical 80s flash to me. Knobs out the ass, and half
you pull out for effect.
I'd never be willing to pay what he's asking for the thing
Nor I. It's an intriguing amp, though. There's enough tubes in there to
all of Africa's starving bands. God awful cheesy amp.
Lee is in Austin, and quit making amps not
long ago. Dunno what the "real" value
is, but there won't be any more made
(unless Lee changes his mind). Did you
check eBay and HC for prices?
|Sounds pretty cool. See if it says anything about being made by Laney
|on it. How much is he asking for the thing?
Laney? Why Laney? Did Lee work
>PMG <avo...@attbi.com> wrote:
>|"winnard" <8tra...@SPAMhome.com> wrote:
>|> There's this Lee Jackson Metaltronix amp at a pawnshop near me. It looks
>|>like something out of a bad Spinal Tap moment. Four el34s and 5 12ax7s,
>|>with matching cabinet. It has that classic 80s overbuilt cosmetic look that
>|>was popular way back when.
>Lee is in Austin, and quit making amps not
>long ago. Dunno what the "real" value
>is, but there won't be any more made
>(unless Lee changes his mind). Did you
>check eBay and HC for prices?
Hmmmm, a lot of guitar stuff or people from out of Texas. My new
Black Cat OD-1 pedal is by someone named Fred Bonte from Texas I
guess. I'd never heard of him till a few days ago though.
>|Sounds pretty cool. See if it says anything about being made by Laney
>|on it. How much is he asking for the thing?
>Laney? Why Laney? Did Lee work
I looked over at Harm Central, and one of the reviewers mentioned that
a Jackson amp he had said that it said something like "Made by Laney"
on it (or words to that effect.
Don't know anything about them;
can't find a web page. Got any
|>Laney? Why Laney? Did Lee work
|I looked over at Harm Central, and one of the reviewers mentioned that
|a Jackson amp he had said that it said something like "Made by Laney"
|on it (or words to that effect.
All I could find was where someone said tey
used this head as well as a Laney.
That's all I could dig up. I couldn't find a website for his actual
company even with a meta search.
My memory was a bit off though. The guy said:
"The amp was made in 1988, On the Logo it Says "Jackson"(the guitar
company), on the back it says Made in England. Sources have told me
that this is a Tube head designed by Lee-Jackson, made by Laney, and
Marketed by 'Jackson'."
These amps have three master vol's,
an effect loop that doubles as
another stage of gain,
and a rotory EQ switch.
Ive never been able to get any kind
of usefull tone out of either
one of these.
I guess it's possible, but it seems
unlikely. When I went to Lee's sale
for all his leftover amp stuff, he told
me that one of te things that always
annoyed him was that Jackson guitars
prevented him from using "Jackson"
as his logo. So I'm guessing (though
it's purely a mildly educated guess
atthis point) that these were not his
If I can find his email address I'll
I have no idea what's behind the history of the Jackson name. Was
Jackson guitars something he started and sold off to someone else?
I guess the guitar start up companies from the '70s are probably all
under new ownership by now. Ok, I'm just judging that by Hamer. I
don't have a clue if Dean guitars is still owned by that guy who
started the company. I forgot his name. I actually only tried one of
his guitars. Years ago I tried one of his mini Flying V guitars. It
seemed kind of cool, but I didn't really feel at home with it.
Hamer, Kramer, Jackson, Dean, and there's probably several I forgot.
Way too many brands got started up in a relatively short period of
history. It seems real unlikely that the market could have supported
all of them for long.
Doesn't look like Lee was ever
connected with Jackson guitars
or with Laney. I found his old
web site: http://www.leejackson.com/ ;
follow the history link.
I guess that was a relatively recent company. I had no idea there was
a Terry Kath connection to Pignose. I wonder why that slipped by me.
Me, too. I figure I *had* to have known
that at one time, but it must have escaped
when I wasn't looking...
"I used to do drugs in the '70s, now I don't care what the temperature
is!" Don't ask me who said that, I forgot.