A company that makes professional sound equipment, mainly guitar and bass amplifiers and PA.
Kustom started out with a bang, offering several models of guitar amplifiers as well as Bass rigs and P.A. systems. The designs were fresh, the ideas hot and the technology was cutting edge for its time.
Within the first two years of its existence, Kustom had grown to be one of the major manufacturers in the world. They expanded their product line to include guitars, bass guitars and organs. They also started building concert quality pro sound gear for sound companies.
The first products had badges that said Kustom By Ross, Inc.
These fine products, everything from amplifiers, sound reinforcement, stage lighting, organs, electric pianos to guitars, were built in Chanute, KS. U.S.A.
Although famous worldwide for their "Tuck & Roll" design, Kustom did their best to keep up with the times, introducing newer black vinyl designs in the mid 1970's.
The new products included an ever expanding line of high end pro sound gear as well as a new product line geared for the weekend player and beginner.
By this time in the history, the Kustom company was bought and sold several times. This was a common practice in the 1960's and 1970's for several big conglomerates to acquire and then sell any company they could buy.
The 1970's saw Kustom having much success in getting a large dealer network in North America.
Kustom changed their logo in the late 70's to the famous big white "K". Most of these designs were covered in heavy duty black "Tolex".
The late 1970's saw Kustom developing designs aimed at church installations and other designs for Disco installations. The products produced at this time were rugged and reliable, just like all of the earlier models.
The Tolex is almost indestructible and the heavy construction of the cabinets made Kustom gear perfect for heavy touring. This era also saw an upgrade in technology. Better sounding products with a much improved signal to noise ratio.
Some late 1983 through end of the line models sported a "reverse" logo. Black "K" with white lining.
Kustom was sold several times in the late 70's and early 80's. It was owned by the folks who owned Baldwin for a while and it was also owned by Gretsch. I believe remembering something about a Showbud connection also.
The original Chanute, KS plant ceased operation in the mid 1980's and for a couple of years the name was part of history. It has been said a few Kustom amps were built in Nashville TN in the mid 80's.
All of the new products are designed in the U.S.A. but are made in China using components from the US and abroad. They have just opened a large new factory and promise great products in the future!
As of 2005, Kustom is still making a line up of sound equipment. Most of the new gear is aimed at the hobbyist and weekend musician. They have some great new gear. I have used it and the new Kustom folks are doing a good job bringing back the Kustom name!
I tried one of the new Kustom coupe combo's and it's amazing!
A suffix that usually emo faggots, vegetarians, communists, leftwingers and other useless pieces of shit put behind words to look smart. It only makes them more annoying then they already are.
When this is done in front of you it's your right, or should i say your duty to mankind, to take action with a punch to the jaw or a kick in the stomach.
Emo fag: omg omg look at this Bush-ism!!1!111
Vegetarian: omg i live by vegetarian-ism!1
Gothic: lol look at me i live by goth-ism!11 plz send cookies
Me (after beating the living shit out of them): You just got fucked up-ism.
Guitar player of one of the most overrated bands in the world, u2
. Real name David Evans. He calls himself "The Edge" and even God doesn't know why. Gets loads of credit for stuff we've seen a long time ago done way better, probably because most diehard u2 fans are nazi's
who don't know shit about music. Claims to be heavily influenced by Rory Gallagher
but no one can hear it in his playing style. Doesn't really ever plays a real guitar solo or does something special. Is 'known' for having a minimalist style and sound and yet has one of the biggest effects loops and amplifier collection on stage in the biz. Also gets credit for the way he uses harmonics in songs, which is nothing really special and something Van Halen
did way way better and with more taste before u2 even existed. Basicly, a really boring player who has gotten, along with the rest of the band he's in, way too much credit over the years.
Man, i can't believe that guy that calls himself The Edge gets so much respect. There are so many players out there that did way more interesting, innovating and groundbreaking things than this guy. Saul Hudson
, Jimmy Page
, Van Halen
, Jimi Hendrix
..... do i need to continue? The only thing he deserves is the price for "most overrated player".