This is a lovely 1962 Fender Bandmaster amp & matching 2 x 12 speaker cabinet in good condition and perfect working order. This gorgeous pre-CBS amp features Fender’s rough blonde tolex, oxblood grill cloth and the 6G7-A circuit. This amp sounds particularly good with its original cabinet housing a pair of later Plessey 12U50 speakers.
This amp delivers the lovely cleans which are a hallmark of the Blonde Fender era, with a sparkle, clarity and definition unlike any amps before. But dial it up and after about 5 or 6 on the volume control, and the sparkling cleans give way to creamy tube overdrive, with wonderful harmonic content and a dynamic, touch sensitive response.
The vibrato has a nice strong pulse, with a wide range of speeds from swampy and slow to machine gun fast chop. This swirly harmonic vibrato could easily hold its own with a vintage Univibe.
The 6G7 and revised 7-A circuits use the long-tail pair phase inverter introduced with the 1957 Bassman, and a solid-state rather than a tube rectifier. “Blonde” aficionados feel this circuit has superior tonal characteristics to the later AB763 circuit when overdriven.
– Circuit: 6G7-A
– Power Output: 40 Watts
– Tubes: 6L6 (2), 12AX7 (6)
– Controls: Volume, Treble, Bass | Volume, Treble, Bass, Speed, Intensity | Presence
– Dimensions: Head – 24″ x 9.5″ x 8.5″ | Cabinet – 32″x 20″ x 11.5″
This wonderful early Blonde era Bandmaster was bought second hand by its current owner from Palings Newcastle in 1969. It has been a working amp and delivered night after night for decades. But not for a while now …., so it’s time to move it on.
The 2 x 12 cabinet is in great condition. The construction is all pine, and in excellent structural condition. And the original oxblood coloured grille is intact with no tears, rips or holes.
The original speakers are long gone and replaced with 2 great sounding Plessey 12U50 units.
This one still has its original power transformer. And it is an “Export Model’ which means its voltage can be switched internally between 117v and 240v.
Over the years, this amp has had some work done, as follows –
– Some capacitors replaced in the power supply, and we suspect several small caps were replaced on the board at some stage a long time ago (cathode caps on the first two preamp tubes), but there are still many originals – see pics.
– Output transformer replaced
– A reverb circuit has been installed on channel 2, with a reverb spring tank residing internally on the bottom of the chassis, and a reverb level control on the back panel. The reverb circuit is all tube, and based on the blackface era Fender reverbs using 12AT7 and 12AX7 tubes.
– Grille cloth on head and cab replaced at some point. Not a mark on either
– Two new matched Mesa Boogie 6L6 output tubes are in place
This old beauty has been recently serviced by respected Sydney amp tech Matt Robinson, and it now sounds mighty good.
All of the stock cabinet hardware is intact including pat. pending tilt back legs, corners, jack, sphinx glides and piggyback head inserts & sphinx glides. The raised “Fender” logos are also intact with very clean nickel plating.
The blonde tolex is a little dulled in colour and marked in places, but in generally good original condition. Generally speaking, both head and cab show some honest gigging wear, with some scuffs on the tolex and nicks and marks apparent from 50+ years use.
Overall, this amp looks great, sounds great, 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.