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  1.                                                                      Shaped by this sound


     When I was 15 years old, my mum and dad bought me my very first guitar amplifier, to try and cheer me up after an illness!  It was a wonderful, British made, 1972 Sound City Concord, fitted with Fane speakers, (Still my favourites!), and although second hand and well used, this tired amp combined with my first guitar, an equally well used 1970s Fender Telecaster, sounded simply amazing!

     Sadly, the amp died after a few of years gigging and I began a search for that sound, without even realising what I was really looking for, discarding amps from many different manufacturers along the way because they weren’t right for me. I thought the guitar didn’t sound right without the amp either and I very regrettably sold it…. :(

     At a time when I was developing my own sound and style, the extra presence of this combination became a feature I have always looked for in instruments and amplification ever since.

     Around six years ago, a friend of mine very kindly GAVE me his 1972 Sound city Concord after I admired it and told him enthusiastically about my first amp. I really cannot thank him enough for his outstanding generosity!

     This amplifier was in working order but once again, a little tired, I get the feeling these amps really did get played! It needed some sorting out, for a start, it had lots of hiss, (So did my original!), the reverb had packed up and the power tubes needed replacing. Somehow, however, it still managed to sound great, these amps really rock!

     Not being a priority, it sat around like this, being moved when it was in the way and gathering dust until last summer, when I pulled it out and cleaned it up. I managed to repair the reverb and changed the preamp tubes for N.O.S. and then my good friend Dr Vox replaced the Output tubes and Capacitors, he also managed to completely cure the hiss for me as well!

     A few days of playing with the amp at home and I started to notice a slightly fuzzy tone, whereas generally the sound is very clean. I took out the Fane speakers and realized these too were literally tired out! They went off to Wembley Speakers and were expertly re-coned and came back as good as new.

     By August, I had the amp reassembled and run in, I was quickly inspired enough to record with it and it really does sound fantastic.

     Inevitably, of course, I then had to buy a 70s Telecaster! This one was made in 1978 and is butterscotch with a black pickguard, it also has a rosewood fingerboard, just like my first one and the colour is very similar to a 1970s Volvo my dad used to own!

     So now I am back where I started when I was 15, only with better effects pedals! So far, I’ve used this set up for a couple of gigs plus rehearsals with the John Preston Tribute Band and I am simply loving it, it fits my style perfectly, which isn’t surprising really because it was shaped by this sound!


    Brian Eade.