Dating mesa boogie amps
At only around 60 watts, the signal reached Alaska and most of the US.Smith wanted to participate in the burgeoning San Francisco music scene, having been taught clarinet and a little sax by his father, but he took up drums, as it was the easiest to learn quickly.He set about designing a guitar amplifier around the new principle, and in 1972 the Mark I was released.He produced a number of custom variations on the Mark I through the late 1970s, with options including reverb, EQ, various speakers (most often Altec or Electro-Voice), koa wood jointed cabinets, and wicker grill. As Mesa continued to grow, Smith moved the company to Petaluma in 1980.Stan Stillson, the Boy Scout leader became a mentor. They became great friends and built ham radios together.Smith’s father had a good friend, Ernie, who built hi-fi turntables and gave him a couple to experiment on until he was 11 or 12.
As a young Boy Scout, Smith was interested in earning a merit badge in woodcarving.He played with a local blues and jam band and co-founded the band Martha's Laundry, which later morphed into Prune Music store, with keyboardist Dave Kessner.They opened the store in 1967 inside a building that had been a Chinese grocery store.He relocated to what was formerly a plywood dog kennel, then, eventually, to his home.
If hot-rodding Fenders was the first breakthrough, the second was developing an extra gain stage for the guitar input.
He worked as a repair tech in the back while Dave ran the front of the store.