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Kustom III Lead differences? [message #24204] Mon, 07 December 2015 12:36 Go to next message
AlabamaFrank is currently offline  AlabamaFrank
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Hey there! Recently, a buddy of mine turned me onto this amp and I thought it sounded fantastic. In my search to pick one up, I discovered that there are two different models with the name "III Lead" - one with an all black faceplate, and one with all silver. The silverface version has one less knob I believe.

Does anyone know if there are there any differences between these in terms of sound, or if it's purely cosmetic? Best as I can tell, the "silverface" model is from the late 70s, but we have no idea what year his Blackface model is, as it was a random pawn shop find.

Can't include pics due to my post count, but if you google image search "kustom iii lead," you'll see the differences in the first row of pictures.

[Updated on: Mon, 07 December 2015 14:38]

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Re: Kustom III Lead differences? [message #24205 is a reply to message #24204] Mon, 07 December 2015 14:45 Go to previous messageGo to next message
stevem is currently offline  stevem
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I recall 3 models, does yours have a voicing and a master volume knob?
Re: Kustom III Lead differences? [message #24206 is a reply to message #24205] Mon, 07 December 2015 14:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
AlabamaFrank is currently offline  AlabamaFrank
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Both have a master volume. The blackface my buddy has has a voicing control, the silverface I'm looking into purchasing does not.

[Updated on: Mon, 07 December 2015 16:24]

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Re: Kustom III Lead differences? [message #24207 is a reply to message #24204] Tue, 08 December 2015 06:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
stevem is currently offline  stevem
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when you cut to the chase all of these models sound more alike then different , the ones with the voice control have a tad more tonal shaping to work with but it would not be a turn off from buying one era amp of another if it where me!
A master volume only helps if you find that you like built in soild state distortion.

Also all the 3 series amps are loud at 130 watts RMS into a 4 ohm speaker load!
Re: Kustom III Lead differences? [message #24208 is a reply to message #24207] Tue, 08 December 2015 11:36 Go to previous messageGo to next message
AlabamaFrank is currently offline  AlabamaFrank
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Awesome! Thank you so much for the heads up! Going to pick mine up today. Now I just gotta find a 4ohm cabinet to shake the room with... Very Happy
Re: Kustom III Lead differences? [message #24214 is a reply to message #24204] Wed, 09 December 2015 06:53 Go to previous messageGo to next message
stevem is currently offline  stevem
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For 6 string guitar even 75 watts into a 8 ohm load if your playing thru 2-12s is loud!
Re: Kustom III Lead differences? [message #24220 is a reply to message #24204] Mon, 14 December 2015 13:48 Go to previous message
Kochens is currently offline  Kochens
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I have the "black face" model with voicing. I do not use that voicing at all(terrible). And the transistor distortion are as well bad. Use pedals.

[Updated on: Mon, 14 December 2015 13:53]

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