Vintage Fender Amps

 

1953 Fender Princeton1953 Fender Princeton

Wide panel model, 5B2 circuit. 4.5 watts of power. Has a great warm tone, very similar to George Harrison's sound on Beware of ABKCO! A great practice amp at low volumes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1954 Fender Pro1954 Fender Pro

This tweed Fender Pro is from 1954 and uses the 5D5 circuit. This model is still cathode biased, so it sounds a bit like a big tweed Deluxe. The speaker is a Jensen but appears to be from 1961.







1956 Fender Champ1956 Fender Champ

5E1 circuit with a 6 inch speaker. Replaced speaker since the original Jensen gave out not long after I bought it. A little boxier sounding than the models with the 8 inch speakers, but the overdrive is stronger.

 

 

 



1958 Fender Champ1958 Fender Champ

5F1 circuit with a 8 inch speaker. This one looks like it spent too many years in a bar!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1960 Fender Concert1960 Fender Pro

A rare early Fender Concert amp from June 1960 with the 5G12 circuit. It has the same output transformer as the tweed Bassman. The Vibrato channel sounds similar to my blonde Bandmaster but the normal channel is darker and entirely different.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1960 Fender Pro1960 Fender Pro

This brownface Fender Pro is from early 1960. It still has the tweed grill cloth and the 5G5 tube chart. With 40 watts of power and a non-original JBL D130F speaker, it really puts out the volume. The tremolo sounds like a Univibe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

1960 Fender Super1960 Fender Super

An early brownface Fender Super from August 1960. It appears to be a transitional amp since it has a 5G4 tube chart and tweed grill cloth, yet has the six preamp tubes from the 6G4 circuit. Despite the extra preamp tube, the tremolo has the more subtle sound of the 5G* circuits. The normal channel is noticeably louder than the vibrato channel, which appears to be standard for these amps.

 

 

 

 

1962 Fender Bandmaster1962 Fender Bandmaster

This blonde Bandmaster uses the 6G7-A circuit which includes the harmonic tremolo. Sounds great! The bass and tremolo are strong enough to rattle windows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1962 Fender Tremolux1962 Fender Tremolux

6G9-B circuit, about 30-35 watts. The bias-modulating tremolo sounds great. Since it utilizes the power tubes, the tremolo is available on both channels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1964 Fender Bassman 6G6-B1964 Fender Bassman

This was the second vintage amp I bought. This is a transitional Bassman model with the white knobs combined with black tolex. The 6G6-B circuit was the last Bassman circuit to have a presence control.

 

 

 

 

 

1964 Fender Bassman AA8641964 Fender Bassman

I got this Bassman with my 1966 Fender Electric XII guitar. This one has the more desirable AA864 circuit. The Bass channel is great for guitar as well, just a thicker tone. A much louder amp than the 6G6-B version I have.

 

 

 

 

 

1965 Fender Bandmaster1965 Fender Bandmaster

1965 Fender Bandmaster, AB763 circuit, 40 watts of power into 4 ohm cabinet. Lots of clean headroom, with the normal channel having a bit more power and an additional gain stage. Not much wear and tear on this amp, but someone did etch their social security number into the back of it!

 

 

 

 

 

1966 Fender Super Reverb1966 Fender Super Reverb

One of my favorites. Great cleans, thick overdrive, heavy bass response. 40 watts of power into 2 ohm load. For some reason the grill cloth was installed sideways on this one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1968 Fender Bandmaster Reverb1968 Fender Bandmaster Reverb

These are a great bargain. TFL5005-D model. It is pretty close to a Super Reverb with a smaller output transformer, for about half the price. This one is in great shape, just needed some cracked soldering fixed and a bad preamp tube replaced. 40 watts of power at 4 ohms, two channesl (normal and bright).

 

 

 

 

 

1968 Fender Bassman1968 Fender Bassman

A drip-edge Bassman head from 1968. A loud 50 watts into a 4 ohm cabinet. This one gets loud very quickly. When I found it, there was no cabinet included so I usually run it into one of my other Bassman cabinets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1973 Fender Twin Reverb1973 Fender Twin Reverb

100 watts of clean power. I'm not sure if it is any louder than the 85 watt black face versions, but it is more than loud enough. The back of the amp shows that it was part of Studio Instrument Rentals in Los Angeles at some point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1970s Fender Bassman 501970s Fender Bassman 50

Early to mid-1970s Fender Bassman 50. It came with the large 2 x 15 cabinet. The guy who sold it to me said it was rumored to have been used on stage by the Beach Boys during the 1970s. I had it modded to be closer to AA864 specs.

 

 

 

 



1970s Fender Champ1970s Fender Champ

This one is from the early 70s. 6 watts of power, one channel. The circuit (AA764) was unmodified for around 18 years starting in 1964, so you don't need to spend extra money on one from the blackface era to get a great sounding amp. I've heard that the cabinets were made from cheaper materials after the mid 70s, but I'm not sure how much that affected the sound.

 

 

 

 

1970s Fender Deluxe Reverb1970s Fender Deluxe Reverb

A Fender Deluxe Reverb from around 1974-75. The Fender logo doesn't have the tail, but the grill cloth is the blue sparkle version without the orange. A loud 22 watts of power into an 8 ohm speaker.