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Fender Super Amp ‘Brownface’, 1962

Fender Super Amp 'Brownface', 1962

Originally introduced as the Dual Professional in late 1946 and renamed in 1947, the Fender Super Amp started as a 20 watt, 2×10 combo, rising to a whopping 40 watts by 1962, and was discontinued in 1963 as Reverb-equipped models displaced several designs.  Here we’re looking at a Fender Super Brownface amp, with the ‘brownface’ trim putting it directly between the ‘Blonde’ and ‘Blackface’ eras. (In the vintage amplifier world, the terms ‘Brownface and’ ‘Blackface’ – referring to the amp’s white lettering on a brown or black control panel – have no relation to what those terms mean in current political or cultural contexts).

Price: $2999.99 CAD
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Fender Twin Amp Blonde 1962

Fender Twin Amp Blonde 1962

The Fender Twin Amp was the go-to amp for performing and touring guitarists from 1952 to 1963, growing from 15 to 80 watts through two 12 inch speakers and finally replaced in 1963 by the Twin Reverb. By late 1959, the ‘Piggyback’ style of amp, with separate head and speaker cabinet entered production, and the Twin Amp was the most powerful Combo style amp available from Fender. The early ‘Piggyback’ amps – the Bandmaster, Bassman, Showman and Tremolux were wrapped in a ‘Blonde’ tolex, and the only combo to get that was the Twin Amp.

Price: $5999.99 CAD
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Fender 65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue 1×12 Combo Amp, 2006

Fender 65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue 1x12 Combo Amp, 2006

The Fender 65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue brings back one of Fender’s most popular amps in the ‘Blackface’ variant from the mid 1960s. The Deluxe Reverb is a 22 watt, two channel amp and its moderate power makes it ideal for use in studios and small to medium sized venues – past that, put a mic in front of it!

Price: $1300 CAD
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Gibson GA79RVT Stereo Amplifier, 1966

Gibson GA79RVT Stereo Amplifier, 1966

Here’s a Gibson GA79RVT Multi-Stereo combo amp, featuring two ten inch speakers in a wedge cabinet each powered by its own 15 watt amplifier. This model was introduced in 1960 as the GA-79 and upgraded with Reverb and Tremolo to the GA-79RVT in 1961, and the entire line was discontinued in 1967 when Gibson ceased amp production in Kalamazoo. On this example, the two 10-inch CTS speakers on this Gibson GA79RVT bear dates of the 8th week of 1966 – late February, and the Tolex covering is black faux-gator with a naturally faded silver/grey grille cloth.

Price: $2750 CAD
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❌SOLD❌ PRS 25th Anniversary HB Proto Amp and Cabinet Paisley, 2010

❌SOLD❌ PRS 25th Anniversary HB Proto Amp and Cabinet Paisley, 2010

Here we have a ‘HB Proto’ version of The PRS 25th Anniversary Amplifier, a scalable 50 watt tube amp with 4×10 cabinet and dressed in matching paisley! This is a rare amp, built during 2010 and designed by Paul Reed Smith and Doug Sewell. Doug Sewell was by career an architect but his passion is to build amplifiers. The PRS 25th Anniversary Amplifier delivers a smooth, creamy tone and is based on the late 1960s ‘Plexi’ design. This example is apparently from the late prototype stage and is signed and numbered as 57 of 100 amps built.  It uses a pair of EL34 tubes and delivers sound through four Celestion G10 Greenback speakers.  

Price: $2799.99 CAD

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Polytone MiniBrain 75w Amplifier Head, 1990s

Polytone MiniBrain 75w Amplifier Head, 1990s

Here’s a rarity -a Polytone MiniBrain 75w Amplifier Head dating to the 1990s and a veteran of many jazz club gigs in the Toronto area. The Polytone MiniBrain is nicely portable at just under 9 pounds (4kg) and with its largest dimension being 12 inches (304mm), by 11 inches (280mm) and 3 inches (76mm) deep.  It sports EQ and drive controls, has an internal spring reverb and external effects loop connectors.    Output is listed as 75 watts into 4 ohms.  

Price: $500 CAD
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