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Kustom '72 Coupe Guitar Combo Amp  

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    A fine ride.

    The Kustom '72 Coupe combo amp dishes out 72 watts of complex, harmonically rich tube tone that reacts to your most subtle playing techniques. And when you need more presence, it's there. Technically speaking, the '72 Coupe runs on four 6L6 power tubes with a 12AX7 preamp. Furthermore, it uses a self-biased power amp design in tandem with a secondary, partially fixed-bias technique. This produces an amplifier with the best of both worlds: self-biased reliability and the increased power and dynamics of a fixed bias design.

    Drawing on its heritage, Kustom teamed up with U.S. speaker manufacturer Eminence to produce a new driver exclusively for the Coupe Series. The result is the KEI (Kustom-Eminence Integrated) Turbo 12 speaker. With its distinctive aluminum dust cap, the Turbo 12 is a modern interpretation of a vintage speaker design that gives players a taste of the original speaker's tonal properties, which were great for cleaner tones, while successfully handling more modern, high-gain sounds as well.

    The '72 Coupe amp features two channels (Rhythm/Lead), each with own Master Volume control which lets users dial in anything from gritty, medium-gain sounds to scorching, full-on hard rock tones. Each channel also provides a Pull-Bright function that, when activated, tightens up the low-end response for a chunkier, British-type tone. When not pulled, the tonal response is fuller and rounder, a more "American" tone. By the way, the EQ (Bass, Middle, Treble) reflects pure, vintage Kustom specifications.

    The '72 Coupe also provides an Accutronics Reverb unit with Tone control (another vintage Kustom feature) and classic Tremolo and Vibrato effects. You'll also find a Tube-Driven Effects Loop, a speaker-emulated Direct Out, a Baltic Birch cabinet and a 3-function footswitch that switches channels, turns the effects on or off, and also activates a 10db overall volume boost for solos.
    The '72 Coupe is a highly tuned amplifier that sounds as hot as it looks.

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    Features

    • 72W tube power
    • 2 - 12" speakers
    • 2 channels
    • Accutronics reverb
    • Tremolo and vibrato
    • Baltic birch cabinet
    • 3-function footswitch included
    • Tubes: 4-AX7 preamp; 4-6L6 power
    • 27"W x 19-1/2"H x 10-3/5"D

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    '72 Coupe Guitar Combo Amp Specifications:

    • RMS Output: 72 Watts
    • Power Tubes: (x4) 6L6
    • Speakers: (x2) 12-inch KEI
    • Preamp: (x4) 12AX7
    • Channels: Two w/Dual Masters
    • Tone Controls: Bass, Middle & Treble
    • Accutronics Reverb: Yes
    • Tremolo/Vibrato: Yes
    • Cabinet: Baltic Birch
    • Footswitch: Channels, Effects & Boost
    • Dimensions (in): 19.5H x 27W x 10.625D
    • Dimensions (mm): 495H x 686W x 270D
    • Weight: 63 lbs/ 28.5 kg
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    Kustom'72 Coupe Guitar Combo Amp
     
    4.5

    (based on 16 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Kustom Coupe 72

    This is a really good amp. I have owned it for almost two years, and I love it now more than ever. Yes it does get really hot, but I haven't had any...Read complete review

    This is a really good amp. I have owned it for almost two years, and I love it now more than ever. Yes it does get really hot, but I haven't had any issue's with it. The only problem I have had was 2 power tubes going out, after playing it for a year,resulting in loss of volume and popping sounds. After I re-tubed the amp with some different tubes, the amp sound changed tremendously for the better. It used to have a harsh treble tone no matter how I had the EQ set, and the lead channel was kinda lame. Now Its possibly the best amp I have ever used or heard. The harsh treble smoothed out and disappeared, and the lead channel rocks- tons of useable gain. Yes, even more than enough for metal. I have since sold all my boutique distortion pedals and only use the amps gain. So if you own this amp and are discouraged, with it, all you probably need to do is change the tubes. I bought tungsol 12AX7's for preamp, except for position 1 I used Sovtek 12AX7 WC, and for the power tubes I used Tungsol 6l6's. Wow!! what a difference it made!!! I noticed alot of people have the same issues with this amp, like the treble harshness and the lame lead channel. I did buy this amp new for a great deal. I one point in time I was ready to sell it, but now after the new tubes, it would break my heart to sell it. I love it! The cool features (direct out, volume control), work out great when playing live. I would definitely recommend this amp to anyone no matter what their playing style. Do yourself a favor and change the tubes.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    good ideas, bad execution.

    has a nice concept, but unfortunately suffers from the shared eq, dismal distortion, take-it-or-leave-it vibrato, thin-sounding speakers, and dangerously hot operational temperature. save your cash and go with a fender.
    the...Read complete review

    has a nice concept, but unfortunately suffers from the shared eq, dismal distortion, take-it-or-leave-it vibrato, thin-sounding speakers, and dangerously hot operational temperature. save your cash and go with a fender.
    the kustom '72 coupe offers a wide variety of features for its class; all-tube construction, two channels (both with pull-bright volume knobs), reverb, tremolo/vibrato, footswitch, and two 12" custom design speakers. however, there are some caveats. first off, the 3-band eq is SHARED between the two channels. that's right - you dial in treble, mid, and bass and hope you can make it work for both the clean and lead channels because, well, you have no choice unless you want to constantly be adjusting the eq every time you switch. second, the lead channel itself is pretty lackluster. for an amp with 4 12ax7 tubes, this thing has just about ZERO gain (as is evidenced by its lack of a gain knob as well) and, due to its shared eq, again, you better not like bright cleans because the dirty channel with the treble knob turned past 12 o'clock will produce ear-piercing high notes (and that's not even with the amp's pull-bright feature engaged). i've tried a myriad of different guitar/pickup configurations and nothing seems to change this things pathetic attempt at gain in the least. third, the footswitch is a nice inclusion; however, it only controls the two channels, a boost for each channel, and turning the reverb on and off. so basically, if you want vibrato sprinkled throughout various parts of your songs, you're gonna have to pull the on/off knob every time to do so (but don't pull too hard - the knob with slip right off).
    the most important thing to know about this amp is that it runs EXTREMELY hot, and may even eminate a burning plastic smell after only about 10 minutes of playing time. from what i understand and have read in various other reviews, customer support over at kustom says that this is 'entirely normal' and is a part of the functionality of the amp. be that as it may, don't attempt to touch the metal tube cage unless you want a minor singe. as alluded to earlier, the dirty channel is pretty much the farthest from dirty you can get (i've heard better distortion on fender amps). the clean, however, is pretty nice once you start playing around with the eq and reverb a bit. the two 12" kustom-eminance speakers are clearly a part of the package for their aesthetic value as they leave very much to be desired tonally. swap these babies out for a pair of celestion anythings if you know how. weight is not an issue as it comes with casters to roll its fairly light frame around with ease.
    if you're seriouosly interested in purchasing one, BUY IT USED. you'll never forgive yourself for paying full price for a new one. i'm already starting to regret the $550 i spent for a used model.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Kustom Coupe 72

    By Jonathon Rich

    from Cookeville, TN

    Comments about Kustom '72 Coupe Guitar Combo Amp:

    This is a really good amp. I have owned it for almost two years, and I love it now more than ever. Yes it does get really hot, but I haven't had any issue's with it. The only problem I have had was 2 power tubes going out, after playing it for a year,resulting in loss of volume and popping sounds. After I re-tubed the amp with some different tubes, the amp sound changed tremendously for the better. It used to have a harsh treble tone no matter how I had the EQ set, and the lead channel was kinda lame. Now Its possibly the best amp I have ever used or heard. The harsh treble smoothed out and disappeared, and the lead channel rocks- tons of useable gain. Yes, even more than enough for metal. I have since sold all my boutique distortion pedals and only use the amps gain. So if you own this amp and are discouraged, with it, all you probably need to do is change the tubes. I bought tungsol 12AX7's for preamp, except for position 1 I used Sovtek 12AX7 WC, and for the power tubes I used Tungsol 6l6's. Wow!! what a difference it made!!! I noticed alot of people have the same issues with this amp, like the treble harshness and the lame lead channel. I did buy this amp new for a great deal. I one point in time I was ready to sell it, but now after the new tubes, it would break my heart to sell it. I love it! The cool features (direct out, volume control), work out great when playing live. I would definitely recommend this amp to anyone no matter what their playing style. Do yourself a favor and change the tubes.

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    good ideas, bad execution.

    By James Annucci

    from new york

    Comments about Kustom '72 Coupe Guitar Combo Amp:

    has a nice concept, but unfortunately suffers from the shared eq, dismal distortion, take-it-or-leave-it vibrato, thin-sounding speakers, and dangerously hot operational temperature. save your cash and go with a fender.
    the kustom '72 coupe offers a wide variety of features for its class; all-tube construction, two channels (both with pull-bright volume knobs), reverb, tremolo/vibrato, footswitch, and two 12" custom design speakers. however, there are some caveats. first off, the 3-band eq is SHARED between the two channels. that's right - you dial in treble, mid, and bass and hope you can make it work for both the clean and lead channels because, well, you have no choice unless you want to constantly be adjusting the eq every time you switch. second, the lead channel itself is pretty lackluster. for an amp with 4 12ax7 tubes, this thing has just about ZERO gain (as is evidenced by its lack of a gain knob as well) and, due to its shared eq, again, you better not like bright cleans because the dirty channel with the treble knob turned past 12 o'clock will produce ear-piercing high notes (and that's not even with the amp's pull-bright feature engaged). i've tried a myriad of different guitar/pickup configurations and nothing seems to change this things pathetic attempt at gain in the least. third, the footswitch is a nice inclusion; however, it only controls the two channels, a boost for each channel, and turning the reverb on and off. so basically, if you want vibrato sprinkled throughout various parts of your songs, you're gonna have to pull the on/off knob every time to do so (but don't pull too hard - the knob with slip right off).
    the most important thing to know about this amp is that it runs EXTREMELY hot, and may even eminate a burning plastic smell after only about 10 minutes of playing time. from what i understand and have read in various other reviews, customer support over at kustom says that this is 'entirely normal' and is a part of the functionality of the amp. be that as it may, don't attempt to touch the metal tube cage unless you want a minor singe. as alluded to earlier, the dirty channel is pretty much the farthest from dirty you can get (i've heard better distortion on fender amps). the clean, however, is pretty nice once you start playing around with the eq and reverb a bit. the two 12" kustom-eminance speakers are clearly a part of the package for their aesthetic value as they leave very much to be desired tonally. swap these babies out for a pair of celestion anythings if you know how. weight is not an issue as it comes with casters to roll its fairly light frame around with ease.
    if you're seriouosly interested in purchasing one, BUY IT USED. you'll never forgive yourself for paying full price for a new one. i'm already starting to regret the $550 i spent for a used model.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Very Disappointed in Reliability, Kustom

    By nativetexan

    from Vacaville, Ca

    Comments about Kustom '72 Coupe Guitar Combo Amp:

    I bought the Kustom "72 guitar amp combo in April of 2009 and fortunately they have a three year manufactures warranty. I bought this amp because I played and compared it to a Fender Twin and Marshall tube amp. I was really impressed with the sounds and ability to adjust the tone to anywhere I wanted it. The first time it crashed was during a gig, last year in 2010 and lost volume. The second time was about a week ago and when I turned it on, I immediately heard a "pop" and it started smoking. It is going back to the factory again. Based on the other reviews, it seems I just got a "lemon" and hopefully they will correct the problem, whatever it is. Fortunately I have a Fender, Junior Blues for back up that I got from this website last year and it is awesome!

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    5.0

    Could just be the greatest

    Comments about Kustom '72 Coupe Guitar Combo Amp:

    This was the first real tube amp I actually have owned and I am completely satisfied with what I have. It's cleans rival Fenders and Voxes I've played on the road and it's "Lead" channel is interesting in it's own right. The Tremolo/Vibrato is great sounding and that spring reverb is just superb. I honestly don't use the Lead channel since I have a Big Muff Pi for "distortion" and a Dunlop Q-Zone for "overdriving" during leads (but the boost is quite appreciated). The only reason I can't give a 5 for features is that the footswitch doesn't have it's Bright switch button (When I use the Q-Zone, it sounds like a tin can with the bright switch on and it's a bit much to switch during a concert). If you need a tube combo a grand or under, get this.

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    5.0

    First Tube Amp!

    By LainiacMack10

    from Afghanistan, Japan, California, and Oklahoma.

    Comments about Kustom '72 Coupe Guitar Combo Amp:

    I love this amp. About two years ago I picked up guitar, after a year of playing I decided to go for an upgrade, something that I can depend on for a long while. I watched a couple of youtube videos and heard a band playing with this amp, and I was sold. I only run Boss Metal Zone into it, as it doesn't have a gain/crunch setting. I love the tone this thing gives out, and I'll continue using it for a long time to come.

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    5.0

    Can't get any better

    Comments about Kustom '72 Coupe Guitar Combo Amp:

    Best high power tube amplifier for the money, PERIOD. I own Marshalls, a Mesa, Soldano and an Ampeg plus several other solid states and have looked for many years, trying to find an amp that matched my old retired vintage Marshalls. I found it. Don't listen to me, Try it out for yourself. This amp is almost plug and play for any guitar. I have a touchy old Strat and it doesnt sound good through most amps with the bridge pickup and the ones that it sounds ok through has to be dialed in . This '72 needed no adjustment. Im serious. Plug and play. It sounds that good. I can live with the features but wish the cabinet was a little thicker but this amp should last a lifetime and I guess with a thicker cab would come more weight and it is plenty heavy as it is. You wont be disappointed

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    5.0

    best amp ive ever owned

    By Labriot

    from Hollywood, FL

    Comments about Kustom '72 Coupe Guitar Combo Amp:

    Ive had marshalls, fenders, carvins, peaverys... pretty much everything under the sun. this is the best ive ever owned. sound is rich and clear and just pummels the competition. this swings with amps three times the cost. i give it a 4.5 only because of the footswitch options. the fx loop is not switchable. the boost is for the master volume not the pre amp volume and you cant switch the bright switch on and off which would have been an awesome feature for solos. over all this amp will not be a disappointment. i got this over a fender supersonic and im glad i did. it has more bass and screams louder.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fantastic Versatile Tube Amp

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Kustom '72 Coupe Guitar Combo Amp:

    This is an incredible amplifier, and the most user friendly I've ever had for gigging.It has a very dynamic EQ section, really letting you sculpt your tone. Also, the boost function, footswitchable reverb or tremolo, and direct speaker emulated line out make it an absolute BREEZE to play and balance sound with.My only qualm is that its a back breaker - but so are any other 2x12 amp.

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    5.0

    Terrific amp...killer looks

    By TheJollyBlues

    from Kirkland, WA

    Comments about Kustom '72 Coupe Guitar Combo Amp:

    Note all the positive reviews here...this is a GREAT amp. Sounds terrific at low volume, and fills some very big rooms when you pound it. Build quality could be a little better in my opinion, but price/features/performance are hard to beat. Plus, who can resist blue tuck and roll? Buy American!

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    5.0

    DUO BLAST

    By Snappy Sammy Smoot

    from Austin Texas

    Comments about Kustom '72 Coupe Guitar Combo Amp:

    I was searching for an amp that I could play ALL of my guitars and harmonica through. A very seasoned musician/sales dude pointed me at the '72 Coupe and lordie he was right. I've always had to use a low wattage amp to get the sound/tone I needed, but now I only need one amp on stage! The Telecaster,S.G.,360-12 all can be dialed in with ease! I'm saying goodbye to my twin. It's perfect all around.

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