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Discussion in 'Amp Owners Clubs' started by Barb, Jul 13, 2017.

  1. Barb

    Barb Most Honored Senior Member

    Jun 24, 2015
    South Carolina
    I'm going to look at a used Fender Amp tomorrow and a Jackson guitar. I know nothing about them but, in general, how do you age an amp? How long have they been making Fender Amps? Do they all have tubes? Any more desireable than others? Just give me some ideas.
     
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  2. CosmicRider

    CosmicRider Strat-Talker

    114
    Jun 26, 2017
    NY
    I'll tell you what I know.

    Age an amp?
    My guess is the serial number

    How long have they been making fender amps?
    Since the 50's

    Do they all have tubes?
    No. From what I've seen most budget amps are solid state and the high end have tubes. But it varies

    The desirable ones?
    To me, the vintage fender amps are desiareable. But I think the reissue amps are hot too.
     
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  3. Barb

    Barb Most Honored Senior Member

    Jun 24, 2015
    South Carolina
    Thanks! What makes them vintage.
     
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  4. CosmicRider

    CosmicRider Strat-Talker

    114
    Jun 26, 2017
    NY
    It's age. I believe it's 80's and below.
     

  5. Tube ToneChaser

    Tube ToneChaser Strat-O-Master

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    South Carolina; USA
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  6. Tube ToneChaser

    Tube ToneChaser Strat-O-Master

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    The "Pre-CBS era Fender Amps are some of the most desirable. I believe that is covered in the article/link I posted.
     
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  7. Tube ToneChaser

    Tube ToneChaser Strat-O-Master

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  8. Tube ToneChaser

    Tube ToneChaser Strat-O-Master

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    I hope these articles help you in your "Fender Amp Quest!" All the Best to you!
     
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  9. heltershelton

    heltershelton ROCKIN FOREVER Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    think of a guitar or amp company the same way you would a car company like chevrolet.
    chevy made a chevette, and a corvette, and a whole bunch of stuff in between.
    fender makes chevettes and corvettes too, and everything in between.
     
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  10. RadioFM74

    RadioFM74 Strat-Talker

    If you post a pic of the amp you're going to test, we'll be able to ID it for you.

    NB vintage amps are normally quite a bit more expensive and buying them requires doing some homework beforehand and/or showing them (or at least pics of the innards) to a good tech if you don't want to be scammed.

    NNB: about innards.... if you get a photo of the amp's circuit it becomes easy. Old Fenders (and extremely high-end new ones) will show you components (tube sockets, caps, resistors...) arranged on a "tablet" and linked together by very visible wires; all others will have their components arranged on PCB.
     
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  11. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    May 21, 2010
    In my own little world
    Fender's first production amp was the Woody (Model 26) in 1946.
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  12. RadioFM74

    RadioFM74 Strat-Talker

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  13. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    In my own little world
    There are an awful lot of solid state amps with the same names as tube amps too. Most of them are pretty dire.
     
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  14. o6 oly white

    o6 oly white Strat-O-Master

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    Oct 23, 2013
    Graham, WA
    Is that yours?
     

  15. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    58
    May 21, 2010
    In my own little world
    Only in my dreams, this one is mine, 20 years younger.

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  16. Tone Guru

    Tone Guru Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 13, 2011
    Music City TN
    For amps that have been "reissued" it helps to see the back as well, since they look very much alike from the front.
    '59 Bassman
    '65 Princeton Reverb
    '65 Deluxe Reverb
    and others

    Unfortunately, "used Fender amp" often means a solid state Frontman 15, etc.
     

  17. RadioFM74

    RadioFM74 Strat-Talker

    Right, and since we are landing back on earth, I'd say that for dirt cheap, a Mustang (= digital modeling amp, yet another breed) would be a fairly good deal. You can do much with a lil Mustang...
     

  18. RadioFM74

    RadioFM74 Strat-Talker

    Ha! Not bad either ;) And perhaps more usable than the woodie!
     

  19. Barb

    Barb Most Honored Senior Member

    Jun 24, 2015
    South Carolina
    Oh dear. I'm out of my league. If it's still there I'll list pics.
     
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  20. rolandson

    rolandson Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 13, 2015
    Cascadia
    Hi @Barb !
    Before you buy one, maybe having a friend who is experienced with these things look it over might help. If you have an amp tech in mind, so much the better.

    Words like "vintage" and "classic" are pretty much available to toss around casually because they lack a proper definition in this context. Someone can refer to an amp of any age as vintage and there isn't anything to dispute it. Thus they can be very misleading.

    Beyond that, terms like "Blackface" and "Silverface" are specific and reference amplifiers of a particular era....

    Unless they have the word "reissue" tacked on. Then they are mere cosmetic copies of those amps.

    It can all be very confusing and a touch overwhelming for someone just getting started. So go slow and enjoy the world of the "Pawn Shop Prowl"!
     
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