I had always loved the bass amp I played in Smile in the mid 90’s. A vintage, 1968 – 1971, amp made by Acoustic, called the 360. The accompanying cabinet called 361 had a massive 18″ speaker, front-loaded. Jaco Pastorius, John Paul Jones, and Larry Graham were a few of the famous bass players who played the Acoustic 360 amps.
So, in 1997 or 1998, I needed the money so I sold my Acoustic bass amp to Guitar Oasis (RIP) in Huntington Beach. I think for a few hundred dollars or so.
Fast forward a few years later I go to see a friend’s band (FU MANCHU) playing drums at the Anaheim House of Blues and what do I see on stage…an Acoustic 360 amp! The bass player, Brad Davis who had been friends as well but had not seen for a while, was pumping out the low end and it sounded great! There weren’t many of these unique looking bass amps around anymore so I had to ask him later about it…and guess what he said?…He bought it from Guitar Oasis!!!
That was my old amp! A heartwarming feeling came over me knowing that it was being put to good use making good music in the hands of a very good bass player.
So we continue to fast forwarding to the year 2013. Smile has scheduled it’s first reunion show on Feb 2 at the Casbah in San Diego and I didn’t have an amp to play. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do until Scott suggested I play my old Acoustic 360. YES!! Brad agreed to loan it to me for the night and so I was rocking the house once again, 15 years later on the same bass amp that I had played so many shows with.