I always wanted one ever since I seen various pics of anyone who was someone in the late 60’s to mid 70’s using one. What spurred this purchase was seeing some old Steppenwolf live footage with John Kay wielding one. Problem is the originals cost a lot of money and the few reissues Ampeg did are also expensive (though a bit less so) and even more scarce. So I decided to take a shot at the Chinese replica. Am I expecting an instrument that’ll knock me off my feet? Not really. More of a silly novelty/conversation piece I can chuck some color changing LED’s into. What’s odd is when talking to the older players that actually owned the Dan Armstrong have a general consensus that they were mostly a show piece and weighed a ton! I actually have a late 80’s Dan Armstrong pickup I may try and throw into this guitar though I can’t imagine it would have much in common with the originals that come loaded in the old plexiglas guitars. I left no avenue to get taken on this deal so if it doesn’t show up or ends up being unsalvageable trash I have options to return it and get my money back. I guess amid all the COVID stuff I suspect the Chinese vendors are shipping product to warehouses stateside that then ship to the customer. Will give updates when it arrives.
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