Randall Amplifiers



    Randall Amplifiers was started in 1970 in Irvine, CA by Don Randall. As one of the founders of Fender Musical instruments, Randall was a giant and a legend in the music industry. He was responsible for naming a lot of the Fender products like the Telecaster, Stratocaster, Esquire and Champ. Mr. Randall also negotiated the sale of Fender to CBS in 1965 (as Leo Fender was too ill, Don even had to pick up the check) and became vice president and general manager of Fender Musical Instrument and Fender Sales divisions until 1969.

    The company was sold in 1987 and purchased by the current U.S. Music Corp. in the mid 1990s.

    The Randall effects where made by Jerry Pynckel in 1977. Jerry worked for Seamoon effects where he designed the Controlled Tone Pre-Amp and the Studio Phase.

    Here's Jerry's story:

      In 1977 we (my wife Jolene and myself) were manufacturing effects that I had designed in Northern California. Shortly after we moved to Bakersfield, California, Randall had contacted me about manufacturing effects products for them including our Notch Generator, RP-1 Phase and RP-2 Phase.

      My wife Jolene assembled and soldered the circuit boards while I did the designing, all of the metal and pc board fabrication, etching and anodizing, screen printing and testing.

      On one of my trips to the factory in Santa Ana, Don Randall and I were talking and he said I should join Randall Instruments. It was tempting. Their team was fantastic plus I hated Bakersfield. They needed a bench tester on the production line and I finally accepted.

      We discontinued manufacturing the effects, moved to Santa Ana and I began working for Don who was one of the best bosses you could ever have. It was a job I really enjoyed and it was almost like a vacation after manufacturing and sales.

      Don moved me to the engineering dept, under Gary Sunda, after I had solved a problem they were having in the field with the amps for the cost of a few pennies per amplifier.

    Jerry Pynckel left Randall in 1980 to work at G&L guitars, the new company of Leo Fender, George Fullerton and Dale Hyatt (who also worked at Randall before that).

    Thanks to Gary Sunda and Jerry Pynckel for their time and information!

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