That Little Old Kansas Tuck and Roll

Sun, Jul 22, 2012 at 12:49 PM By: mudsharkable

I have noticed that ZZtop has not been using their whacky custom "Cream" onstage cabinets in their current tour but are using what looks to be a vintage Kustom naugahyde tuck and roll model 795 PA (made in Chanute Kansas) instead. This really brings back memories because in the late 60's I used a Kustom model 2J + 1H1 in white sparkle tuck and roll naugahyde. Those were superb amps for the time although the 2J was a bit big to lug around.

In looking through some ZZtop pictures I came across this very early picture of them:



Is that the same PA that Frank and Billy are sitting on in this picture? It just might be. I know that those guys have literally warehouses of equipment they have collected over the years and bringing a dinosaur like that with them on tour would be something that Little Old Band From Texas just might do. Even Pearly Gates makes a tour every now and again although BFG has had replicas made up that have been lightened and whatnot for his stage use.

Here's a youtube clip of them playing at the Hard Rock Hollywood on June 12th 2012, you can see the Kustom speaker columns onstage:

ZZ Top at Hard Rock Hollywood June 12, 2012 - Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers

A coincidence? maybe, but you never really know unless those Hombres fess up!

  1. mudsharkable avatar

    Not really but as Billy Gibbons demonstrates in the Hard Rock Hollywood youtube video, he still knows the guy who has it. I basically have a Gibson Flying V from 1971 which I still play nearly every day but my cousin has accumulated some of my old equipment in his collection. He has my old Ampeg/Burns Split Sound jazz guitar (with wilddog!!!) from back in 1964 and 1/4 of my stage amp from the mid 70s which I built and designed myself plus a stomp box or two of mine. The amp is basically a bright orange 200 watt head and a single 4x12 cabinet with my "Rhino" label on it . Originally I used 2 - 200 watt heads (one tube and one solid state) and 4- 4x12 cabinets onstage. So much equipment has either been traded in or lost over the years though.

    Currently I use just a 100 watt solid state head with a single 12 in an isocabinet plus a 4x10 booster cabinet for large rooms. They are in an "Atomic Punk" style looking like 1950's military grade electronics. I still use the flying V and back that up with an Explorer. The amps and the Explorer are designed and built by me, the Explorer is a "Billy" and the amps are "Parsons", both of which are my own personal brands... Im not really into using third party stuff like Marshalls, Sunns, Fenders or Hiwatts anymore.

  2. Craigo avatar

    Hey again, Great story. Do you still have any of your vintage amps???

    Cheers Craigo

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