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.


Backing me up is the trusty Acoustic 360

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.

More on the history of the Acoustic 360/361