Was Transonic with serial 325 really used by Led Zeppelin?

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Was Transonic with serial 325 really used by Led Zeppelin?

Postby (gibsonlp) » Thu May 11, 2017 6:01 pm

Hey guys.
I purchased Collin's Transonic and had it shipped to Israel.
It arrived a few days after we moved to our new house so this is a nice new-house gift for myself :)

I checked for the serial number and it seems that at least according to this page, this amp was used by Led Zeppelin in their tour.

The amp already comes with a Doug Fieger heritage, I was wondering if Doug purchased it from Led Zeppelin/Cheap Trick (and got a nicer looking cabinet along the way...)
I added photos to the register item: http://www.rickresource.com/register/vi ... p?id=16160 they clearly show a 325 serial number for the head.

Thanks.
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Re: Was Transonic with serial 325 really used by Led Zeppeli

Postby (jps) » Thu May 11, 2017 10:31 pm

gibsonlp wrote:Hey guys.
I purchased Collin's Transonic and had it shipped to Israel.
It arrived a few days after we moved to our new house so this is a nice new-house gift for myself :)

What did Kareen get? :mrgreen:
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Re: Was Transonic with serial 325 really used by Led Zeppeli

Postby (gibsonlp) » Fri May 12, 2017 12:56 am

A house! :)
So long and thanks for all the fish!
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Re: Was Transonic with serial 325 really used by Led Zeppeli

Postby (libratune) » Fri May 12, 2017 1:27 am

Gil, does the plate on the back of the speaker cab also have the serial number 325?

Congrats on the house (and the amp) by the way!
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Re: Was Transonic with serial 325 really used by Led Zeppeli

Postby (collin) » Fri May 12, 2017 1:55 am

Uh...bonus! If that's legit the congrats because I never checked the number. :shock:

Either somebody has a number wrong, or the factory stamped two with the same number.

As I understand it, Doug bought the Transonic from Scott Jennings in the late 1980s when Scott unearthed a number of NOS Transonic amps at the RIC factory in various states of completion and sold them through his shop Route 66 Guitars. This is why the amp features a couple pieces of hardware that clearly date to the 80s (see the speaker input jack oh the cabinet back, and also the XLR power cable.

When Bob Rossi services that amp before I shipped it to you, he showed me a decrepit looking Transonic chassis that he claimed was one of the Zeppelin amps.

Only the factory could validate the true story and what serial numbers were actually shipped out to Zeppelin, but I understand the amps were returned to the factory after the '69 Tour, so who knows...
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Re: Was Transonic with serial 325 really used by Led Zeppeli

Postby (gibsonlp) » Sat May 13, 2017 2:09 am

Ron:
Thank you.
The cabinet's SN is 227.

Collin: Thank you for the info.
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Re: Was Transonic with serial 325 really used by Led Zeppeli

Postby (johnhall) » Mon May 15, 2017 2:07 pm

Being semi-retired has given me the luxury of time! This morning I used this to review the Led Zeppelin file, which has full receipts and shipping documentation for the goods that they used on the tour.

Unfortunately, neither #227 or #325- top or bottom section- appear in the records we have. Sorry . . .

However, I was surprised to find a small tube amp listed that I still own listed; ironically, it's out on loan to a local theater company that needed a 60's amp for authenticity.
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Re: Was Transonic with serial 325 really used by Led Zeppeli

Postby (collin) » Mon May 15, 2017 4:18 pm

johnhall wrote:Being semi-retired has given me the luxury of time! This morning I used this to review the Led Zeppelin file, which has full receipts and shipping documentation for the goods that they used on the tour.

Unfortunately, neither #227 or #325- top or bottom section- appear in the records we have. Sorry . . .

However, I was surprised to find a small tube amp listed that I still own listed; ironically, it's out on loan to a local theater company that needed a 60's amp for authenticity.


Thanks John! Appreciate you digging into the records, that's great info.

I wonder why Zeppelin needed a small tube amp. Maybe a warm-up amp during the tour? Cool find.
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Re: Was Transonic with serial 325 really used by Led Zeppeli

Postby (Ontario_RIC_fan) » Mon May 15, 2017 9:34 pm

johnhall wrote:Being semi-retired has given me the luxury of time! This morning I used this to review the Led Zeppelin file, which has full receipts and shipping documentation for the goods that they used on the tour.

Unfortunately, neither #227 or #325- top or bottom section- appear in the records we have. Sorry . . .

However, I was surprised to find a small tube amp listed that I still own listed; ironically, it's out on loan to a local theater company that needed a 60's amp for authenticity.


That is very cool John... Thanks as always for sharing information here.

While the file is in front of you, is there any info on my November 1967 FG 625 - Sn GK4452?? It too seems to have been on one of the loan agreements, although I have never seen any photo evidence that anyone from the band actually played it.

I would be grateful to know what might still be in the files.

I gather most of the instruments were returned to Electro Strings after the tour. The unique JG bass prototype is back in your collection. I have seen pictures of the band playing that one.

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Re: Was Transonic with serial 325 really used by Led Zeppeli

Postby (gibsonlp) » Thu May 18, 2017 4:49 am

Thank you so much John!
I thought about dropping you an email to ask but didn't want to intrude.
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