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New amp today. I think I really got a steal on this vintage beauty

Discussion in 'Amp Input - Normal or Bright' started by Shockmaster, Sep 21, 2020.

  1. mapleglo

    mapleglo Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I have the speakers.

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    Before I restored the amp, this was the seller's pic.
     
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    fenderampfan New Member!

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    Wow that is in great shape too. Awesome find.
     
  3. kmosh

    kmosh New Member!

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    nice amp, my back hurts just looking at it !
     
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    CC53 New Member!

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    It kinda reminds me of the PS300&400 series....THE loudest Fender amp of all time.
     
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    33db Senior Stratmaster

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    Nice amp, I think that would be perfect for a modeler type pedal like the Helix.
     
  6. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Dr. Stratster Silver Member

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    Do you live on a farm?
    Can you turn that critter loose...
     
  7. CB91710

    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    Pretty ballsy amp when the DRIVER is a 6L6!
     
  8. archetype

    archetype Senior Stratmaster

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    I've got a Bogen Challenger CHA-33 waiting for me to recap. It's probably 1959-1960 and uses a pair of 6L6GBs. From the schematic it looks like the channels may be interactive like a 5E3 Deluxe. We'll see...
     
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  9. Believer7713

    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    Yeah, mine was the CHA-20. One of the pot shafts broke off. I ended up getting rid of it before I started doing my own repairs. Now I wish I never got rid of it. It was the nicest clean sounding amp I ever played through. Weighed as much as an Abraham's tank though.
     
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  10. Stratoholic

    Stratoholic Senior Stratmaster

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    Well, circuit wise, other than all the extra channels, those old PA heads really weren't much different than guitar amps. They still distorted like a guitar amp, and could easily be used as one. Here's a photo of Hendrix using a Sound City PA as a guitar amp:
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    That thing looks like a homemade job, stuffing a PA into a guitar amp head box, but no, that's how they were made.
     
  11. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Strat-Talker

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    Congrats on an excellent score.
     
  12. mapleglo

    mapleglo Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    My amp tech tells me that the PA-100 uses a lot of the same circuitry as the Twin reverb.
     
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    vintageguitarz Strat-Talker

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    It's a "PA" (public address) amp, not a Bass or Guitar amp. Though some used them for electric keyboards.

    Nevertheless, it was a very well-designed and made amplifier, even under the auspices of CBS, who thought Fender should "get into" every market segment even if we didn't belong there (PA systems) and never had a history there either. Which is why the PA-100 didn't last long in the product line.

    Here 's a recent listing at Reverb (head only), $400, sold but it doesn't say at what price. The 2 speaker cab is worth maybe another $100 to $125 since it is of the mid 70's.

    I doubt that it will be a decent "Bass" amp since the Bassman 100 version was sold with these cabinets intended for Bass. I think that cab you have was intended for keyboards.

    Fender Bassman 100 with cabs.jpg
     
  14. mapleglo

    mapleglo Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    It sounds great with bass so long as you use an appropriate cabinet. The PA cabs will not do bass very well, but the amp is spectacular for bass.
     
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    mister2 Strat-Talk Member

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    Actually just lurking now, maybe I'll get off my recliner and look for an amp for a Yamaha bass I can't even remember how I got....

    But I DO want to thank O.P., and a couple other posters for rescuing and preserving something valuable that may just have deteriorated and then thrown away. All of my amps have always been bought used, by countless previous owners; so who knows, I may come into a well-preserved PA100 one of these days.

    Well done!
     
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    RandyM Strat-Talk Member

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    Just saw a PA 100 at a shop in Madison, labeled for $495 if I remember correctly.