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Billy Zoom Music and the Billy Zoom Custom Shop are run by Billy Zoom in Orange, CA.
Timeline (by Billy Zoom)
- 1954: Began playing guitar (in addition to piano, accordion, saxophone, clarinet, flute, etc.)
- 1958: Built first HAM radio
- 1962: Switched to electric guitar and started first R&R band.
- 1966: Built first guitar pedal
- 1969: Moved to Hollywood,started working at Guitar Center, electronics night school,built first guitar amp
- 1970: Opened Hollywood Custom Amps at 1451 N. Vista, Hollywood.
- 1973: Changed name to Billy Zoom / Billy Zoom Custom Amps
- 1976: Started ZOOM amp company, in garage... about two per month
- 1977: Founded the band X
- 1978: First X releases on Dangerhouse records.
- 1980: X breakthrough album, Los Angeles on Slash Records, big tour begins
- 1982: X moves to Elektra Records, big tour continues
- 1984: Designed and built by Zoom, model X touring amp introduced, big tour continues.
- 1986: Worn out, Billy leaves X, returns to amp work full time, returns to college.
- 1988: Began 18 year relationship as Brian Setzer's amp tech.
- 1993: BZ Custom Amps moved from Hollywood to Orange, CA
- 1997: X reunion
- 1998: X reunion tour begins, model X amp still used on all X shows since 1984
- 2005: Zoom model X amp receives first set of new tubes and tune-up, just as a precaution.
- 2008: Introduction of the Little Kahuna Reverb and Tremolo unit.
- 2011: X reunion tour continues, X amp continues without a problem, X tours South America w/ Pearl Jam