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Sovtek MIG 60 Amplifier Head

The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 and a wave of freedom swept across eastern Europe. Nations behind the Iron Curtain opened up their economies and a new wave of entrepreneurship followed. So just what does a country whose economy largely focused on building military weapons and technology do to compete in a global market? Answer: build guitar amplifiers. There is an interesting story behind this development. U.S. military doctrine operated from the pretext that nuclear war would result in mutually-assured destruction of both sides and was, therefore, unwinnable. We abandoned hopeless measures like civil defense, building bomb shelters, etc. The Soviets did not subscribe to this doctrine. They believed that they could ride out the first wave of nukes and the survivors would continue to fight on until victory was achieved.  We used to laugh at how archaic Soviet military electronics were. For example, their military aircraft had radars, avionics, and radios that still used tubes. How ba

1978 Ovation Glen Campbell Signature 12-String

In the 1970s, when other American guitar manufacturers struggled with poor quality control and hostile buyouts, Connecticut-based Ovation produced innovative guitars that quickly began to dominate the stage. Ovation was a subsidiary of Kaman Corporation, a company that made radomes for helicopters. Charles Kaman, the company's owner got the idea that the synthetic material they used for radomes could be molded into a bowl shape that would replace the back and sides of a guitar. The company called the material "Lyrachord" and began making acoustic guitars with a bowl-shaped back. The guitars had tremendous volume, balance, and projection. Almost everything about the guitars were innovative. The bracing patterns were different. Instead of a pick guard, there was a raised purfling ring around the soundhole. The bridge abandoned the traditional pin bridge and used a straight-through approach. Ovation's biggest selling point was the pickup system. They sold with an intern