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Dan Armstrong ADA6 - An Iconic Guitar!

Published: Tue February 12, 2008  News Feed

Featuring a completely unique body that is made of an eye-catching clear Plexiglas material, the Ampeg Dan Armstrong guitar's distinctive construction actually eliminates unwanted vibrations and frequencies, while producing tremendous sustain. The net result is a playing experience and tone unlike any other. 

This is an iconic rock'n'roll guitar, made famous by Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, one of the first guitarists to play it, back in 1969 .

In addition to its unique clear body, the Ampeg Dan Armstrong guitar also features a removable pickup system that allows users to choose between two different hand-made Pickups. Kent Armstrong, who designed the original Ampeg/Armstrong guitar pickups for his father in the 1960s and 1970s, designed both pickups. The faithfully recreated Rock Treble pickup was made famous on the original Ampeg/Dan Armstrong guitar and a new dual blade Rock Sustain pickup feature offers a fat tone and no noise.

The onboard tone circuit features a three-way switch offering multiple "presets" from a single pickup. The center position allows the tone circuit to be bypassed, while the other two positions allow the single tone control to affect different frequencies as the tone knob is adjusted.

Each Ampeg/Armstrong instrument features a hard maple Neck, a 24-fret rosewood Fingerboard and a unique neck joint for full access through two octaves. The headstock incorporates Grover die cast tuners, which are positioned for nearly direct string pull while being close-coupled for minimum string tension differences.

Other unique features include a solid rosewood Bridge, which couples directly to the bridge plate enhancing tone and sustain. The bridge features individual brass inserts which are compensated for string sets using an unwound "G." The bridge plate, which is also the string holder (tall piece), also allows the most efficient string to body contact available.

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Standard Features 

  • Bridge/Tremolo: Solid rosewood
  • Controls: Three-way switch
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Frets: 24
  • Machine Heads: Grover die cast tuners
  • Neck Material: Maple 
  • Body : Acryllic

» Read the review in Vintage Guitar (PDF, 419KB)
» Read the review in Guitarist (PDF, 1.22MB)

Download the ADA6 Manual Here

Take a trip down memory lane: See Keith and Jimi Groove on the Plexi

Take a trip in the wayback machine with this vintage video footage of Keith Richards and Jimi Hendrix, which features the rock legends checking out a Dan Armstrong Plexi guitar as they hang with their entourage backstage.

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