Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Pedal-O-The Moment - Ibanez PT-909 Phase Tone

Ever feel like jamming on Van Halen's Eruption?  Well, at least giving it a try anyway. 


How about doing a Windmill with some big sweeping open chords like Pete Townshend


Not a rocker? How about chillin' on the dark side of moon with 
some laid back David Gilmour Pink Floyd type strums?


Even if you say no to all.  This pedal will dare you to try.


Brand: Ibanez
Model: PT-909 Phase Tone
Series: 808
Era: Late 70's-Early 80's
Made in: Japan
Effect: Phaser
Chip: MC1458P


Take a listen:

Cool Factors:
  • Square button
  • Same family as the sought after early Tube Screamers (808 Series)
  • Awesome tone
  • Power blue
  • Made In Japan
  • Maxon and Greco family tree

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The BENSON Rattler Pro Combo Amp

Here is one for you. A Benson Rattler Pro combo amp.  It appears to be wired for 220 or so for the European market. It was a recent local Flea Market find.  I just couldn't pass it up for a few reasons. One was that I couldn't find and any information on it.  Another, was that it was cheap.


Cool Factors:
  • Not sure if there are any
  • This could be a hidden GEM and the only one in the USA?
  • Makes for a good story (add in USA Benson info mentioned below).
  • Might sound very Euro and interesting if wired or converted to USA voltage? 
  • 1 x 10 closed back cabinet.
  • It's inexpensive....

I know what your thinking, maybe it's related to one of the other USA made Benson amplifier families? Like the badass Benson Amps of Portland, OR or the vintage Benson Electronics company from the 60's. I'm not sure if there is a relation of the two or not.

I've got a feeling The Rattler Pro is probably not related to either Benson from the USA.  It is an overseas model, made cheaply in Indonesia.  The namesake is most likely random or not protected overseas legally.

 Benson Amps USA


The current Benson in Portland, OR builds high quality and cool looking low wattage guitar and bass amps.  As well as a killer looking Spring Reverb Tank.  Everything they make looks very interesting to say the least.  I'll take one of each please!


The vintage BENSON ELECTRONICS amps were made during the 60's and 70's By Ron Benson.  A session studio player with a flair for building amps.  Apparently, the company only produced 2000 amps.  

One is to of been seen off-stage during Elvis's '68 Comeback Special.  You know the one with the Hagrstom Viking and the leather?  

Ron Benson is still alive and kicking and has recorded a CD.  Here is a link to a great article about the him and the history of the amps.  

In the end I think I'll tweak the Euro Benson.  Maybe it will have a unique tone after the conversion.  Anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

 Need to make short run vinyl?

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Aria Pro II Electric Boogaloo (Fullerton Sleeper/Next Wave Alert)

The Aria Pro II Fullerton Strat from the 90's.  

 Buy this one on Reverb

Rumor has it that some were made in Japan.  Some were made in the USA. Others were made in Korea.  Some folks say they were all made in the USA. Does it matter when the guitar is made well and plays silky smooth?  

Cool Factors:
  • Made in one of 3 countries known for quality builds
  • Think Samick, Matsumoku, Mexican/Japanese made Fender Strats
  • Think Ibanez Talman too (also was made in Japan and other places)
  • Gotoh Tuners
  • Crazy cool pickguard design
  • Cool Trans Green to Black fade Finish
  • Next Wave collectable 
  • Sleeper Alert
These guitars are plenty awesome!  You cannot walk into a shop and walk away with a better guitar for $200 (or less).  Add on some kind of Vintage Value and you have a score.  

Prediction: The Aria Pro II Fullerton is in the "Next Wave" collectable category.  Get them while you can.