The Dan Armstrong homepage - guitars and effects

The Dan Armstrong homepage - guitars and effects

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Sadly Dan Armstrong passed away on the 8th of June 2004.

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Re: dan armstrong plexi guitar knob

I've got knobs: original 1969 ones. Email me: teye@teye.com

Re: dan armstrong plexi guitar knob

Do you still have the '69 knobs??? I need a set desperately! And a formica pickguard too!

Smooth versus ridged scratchplate / truss rod cover

I've read in several places that the texture of the scratchplate and truss rod cover changed in the '69 / '70 period from smooth to more textured or the other way round (I can't remember immediately).

Can anyone give me some idea of the difference between the two - was the smooth one absolutely glassy smooth, was the ridged one really obviously so?.

I've got what i think is a '70 DA with Schaller machineheads and having some idea of what the scratchplate should feel like would really help.

Cheers

Rupert

1970 Dan Armstrong Truss Rod Cover Needed!

Hello Everybody, I've got an original 1970 Dan Armstrong Plexi Clear Bass missing its original faux woodgrain truss rod cover. Can anybody out there help me find one? Thanks to all, Dan P.

Looking to trade FOR a Dan Armstrong Plexi

Hi there,

Based just outside London, i have a £1500 Fret King Corona 60sp in Blue looking to trade for a New Dan Armstrong Plexi Guitar.

The Fret King is amazing and has a P90 in the bridge.

It is on ebay.co.uk at present and pics there.

Ed

Smoked Dan Armstrong for sale.. UK buyers only. 1 day left!!!!

I am selling a beautiful smoked plexi Dan Armstrong guitar. These are super rare guitars these days. There is only one day left for this sale.

Follow the link below for the ebay listing and the pictures:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Ampeg-Dan-Armstrong-Smoked-Plexi-guitar-extremely-rare_W0QQitemZ180224409964QQihZ008QQcategoryZ2384QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Does Anyone Have A DA Bass Body For Sale?

Does anyone out there have a DA bass body for sale? I need a vintage one without slide-out pickups. Only need body.

Re: Does Anyone Have A DA Bass Body For Sale?

e-mail me

Re: Does Anyone Have A DA Bass Body For Sale?

: Does anyone out there have a DA bass body for sale? I need a vintage one without slide-out pickups. Only need body

: I have a 70's Kingston copy of a DA with two pickups complete Bass. Trade for ? Has Gibson style grabber bridge open book headstock, looks identical to the univox DA, super nice shape, 100% stock!

Re: Does Anyone Have A DA Bass Body For Sale?

: Does anyone out there have a DA bass body for sale? I need a vintage one without slide-out pickups. Only need body

: I have a 70's Kingston copy of a DA with two pickups complete Bass. Trade for ? Has Gibson style grabber bridge open book headstock, looks identical to the univox DA, super nice shape

Need info on 69 or 70 Dan Armstrong

Hello I have a DA with serial number A2149D - I think it's either a late 1969 or an early 1970. Is there anyway to tell for sure?

Also, I'm looking to get an idea of what it's worth - I've got the Grover tuners, the rosewood saddle, and the Rock Treble pickup. Guitar has a few scratches but is in VG condition and plays well.

Thanks!

Re: Need info on 69 or 70 Dan Armstrong

I had to look twice, as I have A1249D. Mine is definitely 1969 and I think close to the end of the year. All came with the rosewood bridges. A 1970 will likely have the slimmer neck and as you have noted, Grovers. another difference is pick guards, rough late, smooth early. Another reason I think mine might be towards the end of 1969 because 1249 has a thick neck, Shaller machines and smooth formica ?8^) I know it is all original, as I knew the specific guitar when new and bought it from the second owner a few years later. I'll figure you have seen this site but link it for reference here.
http://www.danarmstrong.org/

"At some point in late 69 or early 1970 a large shipment of Dan Armstrong clear guitars were being held up at the Ampeg factory as the Shaller company had sent them a large shipment of tuners that were missing the nuts & washers. A call was placed to Shaller, but the missing parts never seemed to arrive. Knowing that customers were waiting for their instruments, Dan said "I just walked acrossed the street to the local Grover dealership and told them we needed a lot of tuners, and that we would continue needing them. They provided us with them, and we just never returned to Shallers."

I'd love to accumulate the rest of the original pickups before finally saying goodbye to it but this may be the year. I have the JT CB and RT.

Ebay is probably the best price guide and condition as well as included accessories will count. someone kept listing an oldie for $4,000 and I don't see it anymore. I don't know if it sold or whether he changed his mind. Reviewing the market a couple of years ago, I thought if I put 1249 up on consignment at a local shop, I'd want $3,000 and that's very nice condition (virtually scratch free), three pickups and the case. I have seen one pickup caseless offerings sell for $2,000 and more quite frequently over the past few years.

: Hello I have a DA with serial number A2149D - I think it's either a late 1969 or an early 1970. Is there anyway to tell for sure?

: Also, I'm looking to get an idea of what it's worth - I've got the Grover tuners, the rosewood saddle, and the Rock Treble pickup. Guitar has a few scratches but is in VG condition and plays well.

: Thanks!

'70 DA guitar question

Does anybody know if the bridges from the recent reissues would fit one of the original DA guitars? And if so, where I could get one?
Eventually I want to sell it with the proper bridge, but if anyone out there wants to make an offer...

Solution for strengthening weak Dan Armstrong Neck?

Hi,

has anybody experienced a lot of neck movement on their Dan Aemstrong plexi guitar?

I have a smoked finish 1999 re-issue and, like the 1960s originals, it has a weak neck which moves a lot.

Ampeg product support said the solution was to use smaller bolts, fill up the holes in the neck and bolt it from the outside.

I've seen two techs and they said it's not the neck joint that is the problem, but the neck itself which is moving.

Any ideas on how to strengthen the neck?

Luca

Re: Solution for strengthening weak Dan Armstrong Neck?

You might want to check and see if the truss rod nut has backed off. I can't imagine so but it may never have been snugged up either. You will be able to tell if it is loose if the washer is floating around (you can rotate it, or it rattles).

Truss rods don't adjust action, per se but do control stiffness a little bit. What they do mostly is draw back or relax the bow of the neck. If the nut was never tightened, it could make for a sloppy neck. Don't crank down mercilessly on it. Once snug (back it off first if in doubt)ther will be about 180 degrees (half turn) of adjustment tighter.

I have never heard of refitting the bolts but that might be a re-issue issue. My '69 has the thicker baseball bat neck and is pretty rigid.

Visit some music shops and chat up the luthier if in doubt or unfamiliar. Again, I've bever heard or seen a neck mounting mod mentioned by owners or sellers but i do live under a rock and may be that unfamiliar myself. ;)

Glen A1249D (just happen to be looking for a truss rod nut 10/32 I'm a thinkin')

: Hi,

: has anybody experienced a lot of neck movement on their Dan Aemstrong plexi guitar?

: I have a smoked finish 1999 re-issue and, like the 1960s originals, it has a weak neck which moves a lot.

: Ampeg product support said the solution was to use smaller bolts, fill up the holes in the neck and bolt it from the outside.

: I've seen two techs and they said it's not the neck joint that is the problem, but the neck itself which is moving.

: Any ideas on how to strengthen the neck?

: Luca

Dan A Londoner

I have a 2 pickup Londoner wood body guitar. Does anyone have info on whether any of these were actually produced?, or is mine customized? The guy I bought it from claimed that 4 two pickup guitars were made. It has push pull pots for pickup switching and a coil tap switch between the knobs. email me for pics...thanks!...pqk

Re: Dan A Londoner

: I have a 2 pickup Londoner wood body guitar. Does anyone have info on whether any of these were actually produced?, or is mine customized? The guy I bought it from claimed that 4 two pickup guitars were made. It has push pull pots for pickup switching and a coil tap switch between the knobs. email me for pics...thanks!...pqk

according to kent armstrong, him and his father only produced about 350 guitars and basses total. not sure about the 2 pu guitar but i own one of only 2 "factory fretless" basses they ever made.

Value of an Armstrong Londoner guitar?

Anybody have an idea of what the value range on a mahogany Londoner is?

Thanks,
Logan

1969 DA bass on eBay - worth it?

there's a 1969 Dan Armstrong bass on eBay right now at about $700, it might not have original pickguard, I remember them being brown and saying Ampeg Dan Armstrong on them - the one on ebay has a black pickguard. Any idea what this axe is worth?

Info about my DA Bass

Hey Guys,

The serial # on my bass is D2151A. I'm wanting to sell it, so I'd like to know a little more about its age and value. Thanks in advance!

Re: Info about my DA Bass

: Hey Guys,

: The serial # on my bass is D2151A. I'm wanting to sell it, so I'd like to know a little more about its age and value. Thanks in advance!

Is this a mahogany bass, do you have any pics and how much are you looking for?

Re: Info about my DA Bass

Don't know anythng about serial numbers or whatnot, but I've got a serious jones for a woody. If that's whatyou're sellng let me know

Parts & Info

Hello all! I just bought a 2007 Ada6 reissue that is in need of a pickup selector switch. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Also, are there schematics for this guitar online somewhere?

And lastly, there were quite a few pickups made over the years, do any of the previous pickups fit the 2007 reissue, and if so, which ones?

Thanks!!! --Steev

Re: Parts & Info

Kent Armstrong has some posts further down the list here. He mentions pickups and I believe was involved in the last re-issue build.

Might be worth dropping him a line.

I know this is an old topic, relatively speaking.

Glen A1249D

: Hello all! I just bought a 2007 Ada6 reissue that is in need of a pickup selector switch. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

: Also, are there schematics for this guitar online somewhere?

: And lastly, there were quite a few pickups made over the years, do any of the previous pickups fit the 2007 reissue, and if so, which ones?

:
: Thanks!!! --Steev

Re: Parts & Info

I can't help on the selector switch front, but in answer to your question about whether any of the pre reissue pickups fit the 2007 one - I've read several reviews of the reissue that say the pickups aren't interchangeable.

As for schematics try this page:-

http://members.aol.com/bluemuse/ampeg.html

That should help out - there's a brochure and a schematic, although it may relate to the original rather than the reissue, but it should give you some idea of what's going on there.

Cheers

Rupert

:
: Thanks!!! --Steev

A few DA guitar questions - serial, pickup, selector switch

Hi,

I've just managed to get a DA plexi guitar, and hope someone out there can help with a few questions I have:-

1) The serial number is 2703 - can anyone give me an idea as to likely date of manufacture (the guitar still has the Schaller tuners and smooth Formica scratchplate and headstock)

2) The switch only has two settings, one of which seems to just cut the signal from the pickups, like a kill switch. Does anyone else's do this or is it (as I suspect) a later 'modification'.

3) One of the pickups I got seems to have been cast in resin, and has a sticker on the bottom that says 'Kent Armstrong' and 'Rock Treble' on it, as well as having RT scratched in to the base. As I don't think the reissue pickups would work with an original guitar was this a pickup made for the guitar in the years in between the original guitars being made and the reisssues?

Thanks for any help you can give.

Rupert

Dan Armstrong Londoner Woody Schematics?

I recently bought a Dan Armstrong Londoner on eBay. It was not working. The first repair man got it to make some sound but thought the pick up needed rewinding. I took the guitar back and gave it to my tech of 20 years. He is looking for schematics to put the guitar back to orginal specs. He thought maybe there was a pre amp in it? Any thoughts. Any spare parts? Help. I have been after this guitar for 10 years.
Thanks for anyones help.
Michael

Re: Dan Armstrong Londoner Woody Schematics?

I have a working Woody long bass version with a neck break.

You could buy it and between the two you can swap out parts intil you track down the failed component. Then you can either part it out, sell as is or have the neck repaired and then you'll have TWO!

You already know this bass is rarer than hens teeth.

I already have a buyer lined up, but thought I'd give you a chance since you have been waiting ten years. Also good to share what you've learned about this model. Info is scare and not a single photo yet in a year of searching.

CR

Dan Armstrong Londoner Available

Dan Armstrong Londoner Available

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dan armstrong pickup questions

can somone tell me how many pickups were made for the dan armstrong and what the letters in the back mean?

Re: dan armstrong pickup questions

: can somone tell me how many pickups were made for the dan armstrong and what the letters in the back mean?

Re: dan armstrong pickup questions

 dan armstrong pickup questions

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DIA clear bass in original case for sale

I have a DIA clear bass in original condition in case for sale. Offers??

Re: DIA clear bass in original case for sale

: I have a DIA clear bass in original condition in case for sale. Offers??

what is the serial number?

Dan Armstrong plexi bass knob & pickguard needed

I have a bass with a missing knob. Also the pickguard is cracked and I want to restore it before I return it to the guy who lent it to me 30 years ago! Any parts, tips, leads, sources?

Thanks

Re: Dan Armstrong plexi bass knob & pickguard needed

Hello,

I can help you with a knob.

teye@teye.com

Dan Armstrong pickups

I am looking for original 60s Dan Armstrong pickups besides CB.

Re: Dan Armstrong pickups

: I am looking for original 60s Dan Armstrong pickups besides CB.

Very occasionally seen on Ebay but the oldsters are getting tough to find. I have a CB, RT and JT but they have #1249 attached and cased. I honestly wish I had them all, to round things out before this one finally goes. This may be the year it sells.

Cheers

Glen

My '06 DA Reissue.

Got one of these - first DA I've held since I looked over an original back in the late '70s. So far, I like it a lot. The action is nice and low, it came strung with .009 strings like I prefer, and it sounds GREAT through my 100W 112 combo. Took me a while to find the "Made in Japan" stamp - both it and the serial number are on opposite sides of the base of the neck. Don't know about the first reissues, but these appear to have the original fatter neck profile. I even like the new bridge - after I'd had it a week I started to get a bit of buzz out of the 1st string. I simply removed the saddle and shimmed it with a bit of aluminum foil. That's working like a champ. The more I play it, the more I like it...would like to try the thinner neck, though. Just to compare. So far, so good...

micro basse dan armstrong 1969

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Original DA Clear Body Bass - Model year?

I have what I believe is a DA Clear Body Bass,Serial #D1055A. There is no other identification. Can anyone help me out with the model year, a friend told me he thinks a '69? 24 fret neck?

Re: Original DA Clear Body Bass - Model year?

: I have what I believe is a DA Clear Body Bass,Serial #D1055A. There is no other identification. Can anyone help me out with the model year, a friend told me he thinks a '69? 24 fret neck?

You have a 1969 maybe 70' made bass. it was the 955th one off the line. This site will tell you everything about this bass guitar. really interesting.
http://www.danarmstrong.org/index.html

Re: Original DA Clear Body Bass - Model year?

: : I have what I believe is a DA Clear Body Bass,Serial #D1055A. There is no other identification. Can anyone help me out with the model year, a friend told me he thinks a '69? 24 fret neck?

:
: You have a 1969 maybe 70' made bass. it was the 955th one off the line. This site will tell you everything about this bass guitar. really interesting.
: http://www.danarmstrong.org/index.html

This is a 1969, absolutely. My six is 1249 and all the features are listed as 1969 on the guru page.

Cheers

Glen

Re: Original DA Clear Body Bass - Model year?

 Original DA Clear Body Bass - Model year?

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HELP! Still searching for ADA bass pickguard & nutcover...

: I own an '69 lucite DA bass. Unfortunately without the original wood-imitation pickguard & nutcover. I would REALLY like to find these parts to restore my bass to original condition. Can anybody out there help me? If so, please e-mail me. Thank You.

DAN ARMSTRONG PRICE AND AGE????

GOT A DAN ARMTRONG LUCITE TRYING TO DETERMINE YR AND VALUE ANY IDEAS ANYONE??? SERIAL IS A2813D??

Dan Armstrong Year

Serial number A2813D would place this guitar at the very end of production in 1971, possibly within the last few guitars of the factory run. I've only heard of one other guitar with a higher serial number (A2821D), and that was a situation where somebody bought a neck (and built their own body) from Lou Rose Music after Ampeg had discontinued formal production and sold the leftover parts. PL me at daregistry@gmail.com for additional info, THX Joe.

Re: DAN ARMSTRONG PRICE AND AGE????

Hi! Your Dan Armstrong was built in 1970 or 1971. The prices can reach 3,5k for unmodified, excellent guitars. See www.gbase.com

london bass sliding pick up

i have a late 70s bass as above for sale and am wondering about the correct price to ask.thanks

london bass sliding pick up

i have a late 70s bass as above for sale and am wondering about the correct price to ask.thanks

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