1947 Ampeg Michael-Hull Bassamp Bass Guitar Amplifier. The worlds rarest amp!

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The 1947 Ampeg model 770 with MOTS covering was though not to exist. The only known photo of one was in a Michael-Hull flyer from 1947...until today.

Introduced in 1946, the Ampeg Bassamp was the first commercially available bass amp sold. The original had a mahogany cabinet. Michael-Hull decided to kick it up a notch the following year and offer the amp in the outrageous MOTS covering.

It's also most likely the largest MOTS amp ever made too.

Enjoy!


1947 Ampeg Michael-Hull Bassamp bass guitar amplifier MOTS

1947 Ampeg Michael-Hull Bassamp bass guitar amplifier MOTS

1947 Ampeg Michael-Hull Bassamp bass guitar amplifier MOTS

1947 Ampeg Michael-Hull Bassamp bass guitar amplifier MOTS

1947 Ampeg Michael-Hull Bassamp bass guitar amplifier MOTS

1947 Ampeg Michael-Hull Bassamp bass guitar amplifier MOTS

1947 Ampeg Michael-Hull Bassamp bass guitar amplifier MOTS

1947 Ampeg Michael-Hull Bassamp bass guitar amplifier MOTS

1947 Ampeg Michael-Hull Bassamp bass guitar amplifier MOTS

1947 Ampeg Michael-Hull Bassamp bass guitar amplifier MOTS

1947 Ampeg Michael-Hull Bassamp bass guitar amplifier MOTS

1947 Ampeg Michael-Hull Bassamp bass guitar amplifier MOTS

1947 Ampeg Michael-Hull Bassamp bass guitar amplifier MOTS

1947 Ampeg Michael-Hull Bassamp bass guitar amplifier MOTS
 

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Wow. That just stepped out of a time warp. An absolute museum piece!
Haven't seen a GE bell cover in forever.
 

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Actually, it was a 6+ month restoration job. Most difficult project I have ever tackled. :shock:

Glad it's over!!!!!!!
 

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How long before someone asks if it can be modded to sound like a Plexi.


Sure is pretty though. :wow::wow::wow: :applause:
 

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:wow: :wow: :wow: :wow: :thumb: :applause:

What a cool old Amp Eric, thanks for posting this. :)

Do you know what PU's the Bass used (floating??) back then?

Also do you have any pics of someone playing this Amp & an upright Bass?

Here's a nice pic of a slightly newer model (~ 1951) when they were advertised.



Cheers, Rudi
 

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MOTS is hilarious, thanks for the laugh.
The Amp is really interesting, are there any sound Samples?
 

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Do you know what PU's the Bass used (floating??) back then?
The pickup screwed into the bottom of the standup bass and was located at the end of the rod inserted inside the bass.

The name Ampeg was derivative of the phrase "amplified peg."




MOTS is hilarious, thanks for the laugh.
Some are more hilarious than others. :thumb:

 

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I would like to edit the OP....but I can't.

So, I'll modify the original commentary:

After further research I determined the 770 amp in MOTS was offered at the same time as the mahogany version in 1946. So, this amp could be from 1946!

The 1946-1947 Ampeg model 770 with MOTS covering was though not to exist. The only known photo of an MOTS one was in a Michael-Hull flyer from 1947...until today.

Introduced in 1946, the Ampeg Bassamp was the first commercially available bass amp sold. They were offered in a mahogany and MOTS cabinets.
 

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So, "MOTS" means "made off-the-shelf"? Does that mean the factory model was modified by the retailer? What is the covering on the ano - it sort of looks like the pearloid covering on Ludwig drums from that same period. I'm writing this from a spot just to the right of a 1957 Ludwig floor tom, as a matter of fact. Not as cool as that amp but it's something.

And. How did that amplified peg work? Is the pickup in the peg, inside the bass, or is it the base that the peg sits in? Very interesting. And did it work, or was it a muddy mess?
 

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By the way, like many, I always keep an eye open for your threads but this one is the most interesting one so far! Really great stuff.
 

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So, "MOTS" means "made off-the-shelf"? Does that mean the factory model was modified by the retailer? What is the covering on the ano - it sort of looks like the pearloid covering on Ludwig drums from that same period. I'm writing this from a spot just to the right of a 1957 Ludwig floor tom, as a matter of fact. Not as cool as that amp but it's something.
MOTS = Mother Of Toilet Seat. ie: its the same fake plastic pearloid used on 1950s toilet seats.

Its a muso's joke name and yes its probably the same stuff used on the Ludwigs you refer to
 


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