the best of all worlds
Transform your guitar, with 8 screws, and 2 wires
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
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...