Steven Tyler, lead singer of Aerosmith, sought out Certified Sounds based in Wailuku, Hawaii, when he wanted to put a sound system in his dune buggy. He liked it so well, he’s bringing in his 1941 Ford pickup for a similar install this week.
Certified Sounds is a high end car audio installer that’s been in business for 11 years. Besides working on Tyler’s vehicles, its claim to fame was a stint on Overhaulin’ in 2008. The crew was flown in to California to install audio on a 1963 Nova.
As for Tyler’s dune buggy, the recent install includes two high end 6.5 inch component speakers run active with a 5-channel amplifier, plus an 8-inch subwoofer and a radio with Bluetooth and iPod interface for a system price of $3,500 to $4,000. (Sorry, Tyler doesn’t want us to name any brand names).
Certified Sounds owner Derek Pace said he used special waterproof material to seal the door panels
Pace said his shop made the decision to go high end, even though it’s not located in a particularly upscale area. “You lose focus and you worry about selling whatever you can…I learned if you spend the time and educate people, more people are willing to understand sound and audio and will spend money.”
Tyler, by the way, has a home in Hawaii.