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1966 Blackface Fender Bassman Head SOLD

Here is an exceptionally clean 1966 Blackface Fender Bassman head. The Fender Bassman was one of Fender’s most successful designs, but despite the name on the panel, many guitarists have used them.

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1990 Fender Tweed 59 Bassman amplifier No longer Available

Here’s a 1990 Fender Tweed 59 Bassman amplifier.

Fender originally introduced the Bassman in 1952 as a 26 watt, single 15 inch speaker. In late 1954, it was changed radically with an increase in power to 40 watts — and a change to four 10 inch speakers.

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Blackface 1965 Fender Super Reverb Amplifier SOLD

Blackface 1965 Fender Super Reverb Amplifier SOLD

Here’s a very nice Blackface 1965 Fender Super Reverb Amplifier.

The term ‘Blackface’ refers to the black panel with white script lettering, used on Fender amplifiers between 1964 and 1967. They were preceded by ‘Brownface’ models and followed by ‘Silverface’. During the ‘Blackface’ period – in 1965 – CBS purchased Fender, but the new management made no changes to the amps until 1967, and those changes are seen in the ‘Silverface’ amps.

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1955 Tweed Fender Deluxe Amplifier SOLD

1955 Tweed Fender Deluxe Amplifier  SOLD

And here is a 1955 Tweed Fender Deluxe Amplifier!

Leo Fender built these amplifiers based on the 5E3 push-pull circuit. and they have become a basic reference standard for guitar amplifier design. Many ’boutique’ and small-builder amplifiers are based closely on these 1950’s Fender amps.

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1962 Fender Super Amplifier SOLD

1962 Fender Super Amplifier SOLD

Here’s a wonderful 1962 Fender Super Amplifier.

The need for volume had always been there. By 1962, technology was catching up and significantly more power was available to the working musician. The Super Amp nudged 40 watts into two 10 inch speakers.

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1960 Fender Champ Amplifier SOLD

1960 Fender Champ Amplifier  SOLD

Here’s a lovely 1960 Fender Champ Amplifier. After having its name shortened from Champion and getting a boost to 5 watts!) in 1955, the Champ continued production and was very popular with beginner musicians.

Or, it was popular until massively more powerful amps became available, and the demand for small amps fell off.

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