Play that kitschy music…

Submitted by MeshuggaMel October 4th, 2009
Certifikitsch Winner

Not kitschy pre-se, but the tools with which kitschy music is made. Here we have, from left to right, a 90’s era Mosrite V3, a ’67 Fender Twin Reverb (installed in piggy-back cabinets to make shleppin’ easier), a ’63 Fender Reverb, a ’63 Fender Showman, and a ’66 Mosrite Ventures model. From the era when bands aspired to matching equipment, matching uniforms and synchronized dance moves, this is the gear that makes the “Surf” guitar sound.

The Showman Amp is at the heart of my personal guitar sound. I was lucky enough to find it in the early 90s through the then new-fangled internet. I had searched all over New England for one to no avail, so I wrote to that I was looking for a Showman. A guy in Vancouver, BC wrote and said he had seen one in the local swapper magazine, and if he hadn’t thrown it out yet, he’d get me the info. A week later he gave me a phone number. I called, and the owner was thrilled to find a buyer for the junky old thing. I got it, put in a fresh set of tubes, and it’s been surfin’ away ever since.

One Response to “Play that kitschy music…”

  1. Allee Willis

    Absolutely stunning!! And not just the vintage instruments and gear but this shot of them reflected in the pool offset by that perfect aqua tile. The whole thing makes my heart spin.

    Anyone who’s ever worked with me knows that my number one kind of instrument is one that has had several lives before I even acquire it. My favorite records sound like they were made in basements, jungles or caves. All my demos sound like that and I usually get very upset when the sound gets ‘cleaned up’ for the record. I know everything in this photo would help produce the kind of sound I adore. In fact, if the amps were capable of working underwater I’d drive over to your place to record them right now.