|Tom Scholz Rockman X100
Scholz Research Rockman guitar module with belt clip-on, battery operated for headphone use. Primarily used for practice, this popular 80's gizmo was noisy as all get out but gave you that unique late 70's sound found on the Boston albums. MIT grad Tom Scholz got this tone in part from fellow guitarist Barry Goudreau but don't tell him I said that!
Combining several switchable "amp" settings, this unit delivered alot of modern sound. It packs a mighty punch for its size but the signal to noise ratio made it useless for a live date. With a 1/4 inch output jack one was tempted to connect it to an amp but the real fun was strapping it on your hip and using the supplied phones and wailing away to your own "More Than A Feeling"! Clean I and II plus edge and all out distortion combined with effects combinations like chorus and echo, just echo or just chorus, it was ahead of its time in functionality. All those combinations could keep you happy for a decent amount of time until the rack mount era arrived soon after. Features included a -6, 0 and +6 output switch, on/off, amp setting and effect choices as mentioned and of course, the 1/4" input jack. Rock on!
Tone: Great late 70's tones duplicating the rock band Bostons sound.
Appearance: Black and Blue, brilliant Walkman design, sturdy.
History: First released around 1980, newer models were released until amp head made its way to the marketplace.
Quirks: Signal to Noise ratio: deplorable! (Picture your finger on the jack before plugging in, amp up, distortion on, with chorus!) With all the jacks plugged in at once, you better have it strapped on nice. Plus the chance you'll step on the cord and yank it out of your pocket meant for many a free fall to the floor!
Desirability: Still fun to use and no longer in print! Will it go up in value? Who cares! It's FUN!
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