This is a classic 1964 Fender Bandmaster amp head & matching 2 x 12 speaker cabinet in good condition and in perfect working order. This gorgeous pre-CBS Fender amp features its original smooth blonde tolex, wheat grill cloth and the very desirable AB763 circuit, typically only seen on the very first Blackface amps. The rare combination of cosmetics on this amp was only seen from the last months of 1963 through mid-64, and this amp sounds particularly good with an upgraded pair of newer Jensen C12N speakers.
This ‘64 Bandmaster was built during a transitional period. When Fender ran out of the brown faceplates that were a feature of earlier Bandmasters, they simply installed the new black faceplates on the remaining amps on order. This is likely one of the last blonde Bandmaster amps to leave the factory.
This amp delivers the incredible cleans which are a hallmark of the Blackface tone, with a sparkle, clarity and definition unlike any amps before or since. But dial it up and after about 4 on the volume control, the chimey cleans give way to creamy tube overdrive, with wonderful harmonic content and a dynamic, touch sensitive response. The tremolo has a nice strong pulse, with a wide range of speeds from swampy and slow to machine gun fast chop.
This wonderful early Blackface era Bandmaster comes from the studio of a respected member of one of Australia’s most legendary bands. It has been regularly serviced, and not seen a truck or a stage for ages, since its migration to a controlled studio environment many years ago.
The 2 x 12 cabinet is also in great condition. The construction is all pine, and in excellent structural condition. And the original wheat coloured grille is fairly intact with only a couple of small holes, but no major tears.
The original speakers are long gone and replaced with 2 beautiful Jensen C12Ns. The sound is fabulous.
The original tube chart is intact and clean, with only lightly faded paper and a clear “NH” date stamp which translates to August of 1964. This one is an “Export Model’ which means its voltage can be switched between 117v and 240v.
All of the stock cabinet hardware is intact including tilt back legs, corners, jack, sphinx glides and piggyback head inserts. The raised Fender logos are also intact and very clean with shiny nickel plating.
The blonde tolex is a little dulled & slightly darkened in colour, but in generally good original condition. Generally speaking, both head and cab show some honest gigging wear, with some scuffs on the tolex and light nicks and marks apparent from 50+ years use.
Overall, this amp looks great, sounds huge, and deserves to heard. It has lots of road miles left if needed, but would look mighty comfy in a studio setting. It will deliver everything you need for any live or recording project.