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Ampeg’s transparent Dan Armstrong ADA6 might have been a legend since 1969, but rocking it topless makes your beer belly look like an arse on a photocopier. Spare your blushes with this opaque version.
The ADA6 was famous for its Plexiglass body, and although ditching it for a wafer-thin mahogany disc has cost the AMG100 some ‘look-at-that’ points, this model retains the symmetrical doublecut and option of transplanting the dualblade humbucker for a singlecoil (sold separately).
It’s enough to “distinguish the AMG100 from all other guitars”, apparently.
The AMG100 is much lighter than the ADA6, and while the balance isn’t perfect, you won’t find better access. We’re starting to understand why everyone from Dave Grohl to Keith Richards are fans - it makes everything feel effortless.
Plug in and you get mixed results. The AMG100 has an unforgettable nasal attack, and when you pump the distortion, the ragged roar is truly unique. However, flicking the tone selector doesn’t make much difference. Clearly, you need to swap in the optional singlecoil for real versatility - who’s gonna bother doing that mid-set?
In a market where most guitars are ‘50s retreads, this quirky, one-of-a-kind axe is a very worthy contender.
Pros: Cool looks, great access, tone.
Cons: Not very versatile.
Buy: Ampeg AMG100 is currently available from PMT Online.