Dating fender twin amps

There are also exceptions to the rules where Fender delivered non-standard speakers in special orders, Christmas campaigns etc. See our Buyer’s guide to vintage Fender amps for a guide and picture gallery of the known original speakers in the blackface and silverface amps.

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Many years later, in the ‘80s, I was back into playing and recording and looked in the want ads for a Fender tube amp. That amp turned out to be an early-production 1960 Pro-Amp.

I started to investigate the world of pre-CBS Fender amplifiers.

My first Fender amp was a 1965 blackface Deluxe, purchased new for $119 at The Music Manor in Ft. I couldn’t scrape together the extra $30 to get the Deluxe Reverb upgrade, but I figured I didn’t need reverb anyway.

The Deluxe was pretty loud for a small amp, but it wasn’t as loud as the Bandmaster our lead player used.

I combed through vintage dealer ads and began to pick up Fender amps in tweed, white, brown and blackface versions, trying to stick to 1967 or before.

I’ve done minor work on a few of the amps, like having original speakers reconed and changing out frayed power cords.

I eventually traded it in for a used blackface Showman with a 15” JBL.

That amp worked pretty well with my Rick 12-string.

In the silverface era Eminence, Oxford, Utah and Rola were more often used and Jensen was phased out.

Even at we struggle with keeping a correct amp and speaker model overview.

These amps can really be “sleepers” as most are in every way a blackface amp with silverface cosmetics.

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