1971 Acoustic 360

This is a vintage 1971 Acoustic 360 electric bass guitar amplifier and matching 361 powered speaker cabinet. Purchased from high-profile amp collector, author, and all-around tone guru Aspen Pitman, this Acoustic may not be a candidate for discussion within his famous The Tube Amp Book, but it most certainly has the distinction of being the absolute best solid state bass amp ever made. Used by John Paul Jones of Led Zepplin, Jaco Pastorius, The Doors, Sly and the Family Stone, and Tony Newton, to name a few, the Acoustic 360 has since become the legendary amp synonymous with classic bass tone. Produced for a rather short period between 1969-1971, and sold for an impressive $1700 premium, these beautiful amps were only reserved for those with rock star money, considering today’s equivalent price tag for the amp would be over $7,500.00.

Pedigree aside, this Acoustic 360 with matching 18″ 361 speaker cabinet is perhaps the best example I’ve ever seen. It includes the ever elusive dual function footswitch, which is also in very excellent cosmetic condition. The head is extremely clean, with a near pristine control panel face plate, well-preserved tolex with no rips, and all original hardware. The speaker cabinet retains the original black grille cloth which remains in perfect structural condition, void of rips, tears, stains, and odors. Around the kick plate, there are several small snags and minor tears, but these cabinets are notorious for much worse.

It works perfectly, and sounds fantastic, after all, it was owned by Aspen Pitman for over 20 years. The speaker is in great condition with no voicecoil rubbing nor cone fatigue. It is loud and absolutely monstrous. Acoustic amps can be good, but this one is great.