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Ozone Guitars - History
The short overview:
In 1970, I needed a guitar. So I built my first one,
because even then, good guitars were expensive, and I had
the skills to build quality. After building a few, I
went into repairs, for several reasons. Even then,
unknown good guitars were hard to sell. Repairs would
give me a living, and an detailed inside look at all the
right stuff. But building was still the plan.
Several years of even the good work at E.U. Wurlitzer in
Boston was enough, so I headed west. Eventually
landing at "Red's Royal Amp Service, where you get it
royally", in LA. Again, this became enough, and I left
to build. I acquired partners, and the rest of that
story is fairly well-known. I left there in 1984, to
get "another detailed, inside look", this time at the CNC
industry, because I then knew that this was the only
sensible way to build quality. CNC machines were
over-priced and out-dated. I had always built my own
machines, so why not CNC? This took a while, and here
I am, with the right tools.
Very early, I realized all parts of "The System" was the
sound. E.U. Wurlitzer had a great schematic archive.
Tim (who ran the place), and Bob Greenburg (the amp guy),
were both really great guys. They advised me to "stick
with guitars", the amp "is a box", etc. I did not get
it at first, so I built some amps. Then I got
it. Too many big, expensive parts, and too many
"gotcha's", power supplies, the reason really cool stuff
never gets built. And I did not even know then, about
all that happens to sound in recording, and radio.
Everything is "Relative". So now, "nothing has
changed, still too many (expensive, vintage) "boxes", or
"try" to imitate them with software, or "Retro-Modern"
gear. It would "seem" that some of the essentials
could be simply combined, for less "boxes"..
An early sound adventure:
Going way back.. One of my first adventures was
helping my dad record in an old vintage building with great
acoustics. We went way out on creaky catwalks above
the high arched ceiling and hung an Altec 21B tube mic down
into the room. Plenty of drive to make it backstage
straight into his Ampex 300 portable. So again,
"Relative". Now it's not a bazillion pound Ampex, it's
"too much expensive, annoying software and
interfaces". He got good sound, for that type of
music, and much of it was in his editing skills. I
still prefer getting a great sound, THEN recording it.
To be continued...