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Fender advertisement (1972)

Another Step In The Right Direction

Fender Quad Reverb amplifier, Fender Super Six Reverb amplifier, Fender Twin Reverb amplifier

Fender advert for two new amplifiers the Quad and Super Six. Both were 100w combos based on the Fender Twin amplifier, available for some time, and also pictured, but with 4x12" and 6x10" speakers respectively. The standard speaker cones were by Fender, but both of these amps were optionally available with JBL speakers, and also Fender pro series speakers for the Quad.

Fender's new Super Six Reverb and Quad Reverb
Two new names to add to the growing list of famous Fender amps like the Twin Reverb. In fact, these two new amps owe their heritage to the Twin Reverb. They feature the same circuitry as the Twin with new speaker configurations and features such as the Master Volume control.

Fender advertisement (1972) Another Step In The Right Direction

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1975 Fender Twin Reverb Silverface - 2 x 12 Guitar Combo Amplifier

1975 Fender Twin Reverb Silverface - 2 x 12 Guitar Combo Amplifier

Woodbury, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1000

1975 Fender Twin Reverb Silverface - 2 x 12 Guitar Combo Amplifier
This Silverface gem often flies under the radar, despite embodying the quintessential qualities of its 1960s Fender predecessors Immerse yourself in its transparent, crystal-clear tones and versatile chime-like qualities that have become synonymous with the Fender legacy. Whether you're dialing in clean rhythms or unleashing soaring leads, this amplifier sings with unparalleled beauty
While showcasing signs of previous ... more
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1974 Fender Twin Reverb Silverface - master volume, foot switch

1974 Fender Twin Reverb Silverface - master volume, foot switch

Houston, Texas, 770**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$875

1974 silver face twin reverb, with foot switch, master volume (factory, per the year), 3 prong power cord, good caster wheels mounted underside.
LOCAL PICKUP IN HOUSTON (77018). I don??t know how I could ship this monster without risking damage or incurring major cost to do it right.

Sounds great on both channels. Tone controls work well, reverb and vibrato work great. Loud! It breaks up at lower volume on the rev / vib channel, which is how I use it. But can be pristine clean if... more
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Fender Twin Reverb Silverface 1976 All Tube Amplifier w /  FTSW 2X12 - Original

Fender Twin Reverb Silverface 1976 All Tube Amplifier w / FTSW 2X12 - Original

North Bend, Oregon, 974**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1095

Fender Twin Reverb - 1978 - SilverfaceSome wear to vinyl and hardware, otherwise Good Condition see photos Last maintenance and tube replacement is unknown.
85 watt Tube AmpSN B18826 - Dated to 19762 X 12" Speakers Combo Amp with castersFootswitch includedHeavy amp - It will be packaged properly and shipped least expensive method. We will refund any shipping difference there is once it has been packaged and weighedAmp has been Tested - All functions working... more
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VINTAGE 1970 Fender Twin Reverb Silverface combo amp

VINTAGE 1970 Fender Twin Reverb Silverface combo amp

Winchester, Virginia, 226**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1000

Looks awesome
Untested
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Fender Twin Reverb Tube Amp 1979-1989

Fender Twin Reverb Tube Amp 1979-1989

Sugar Land, Texas, 774**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2000

Product Description
Stock #: M316
Manufacture: Fender
Model: Twin Reverb
Description: For sale is a Fender Twin Reverb tube amp. This amp is showing signs of wear from use over the years. The serial number dates this specific amp to 1979-1980. There is some white marks on the top of the amp. Please examine the photos very carefully to determine more details on the condition of the item . THIS ITEM IS LOCAL PICK UP ONLY!!! Feel free to ask any questions you may have. You are welcome ... more
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Fender Twin Reverb 1974 Silverface

Fender Twin Reverb 1974 Silverface

Peekskill, New York, 105**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1495

This is a vintage 1974 Fender Twin Reverb with a Silverface panel. Arguably Fender's most recognized amplifiers, the Twin Reverb is all tube and pushes around 100W through two 12" speakers. This particular one is in amazing condition, having been purchased and tucked away soon after. It recently brought out of storage and was serviced, given fresh electrolytic capacitors and a Blackface adjustable bias circuit. Notably, it features its original vintage tube complement, including all RCA 6L6 / ... more
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1973 Fender Twin Reverb Silverface Vintage Tube Amp, Serviced w /  Hangtag, Cover

1973 Fender Twin Reverb Silverface Vintage Tube Amp, Serviced w / Hangtag, Cover

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2400

Up for sale, a 1973 Fender Twin Reverb in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hangtag, Victoria Luggage slip cover, and two-button footswitch. Loaded with the original pair of Oxford 12T6 12" drivers and a matched quartet of brand new Sovtek 5881 (6L6GC) power tubes, this amp lives up to its reputation for delivering the most formidable, glassy, and balanced clean tones a tube amp can provide. Perfect not only for guitar, the Twin is an excellent choice ... more
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Vintage 1971 Fender Twin Reverb Amplifier Silver Face Works 2x12 Original Tubes

Vintage 1971 Fender Twin Reverb Amplifier Silver Face Works 2x12 Original Tubes

West Covina, California, 917**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2700

Get ready to rock with this vintage 1971 Fender Twin Reverb Amplifier Silver Face. This classic combo amp features two 12 inch speakers and two channels, making it perfect for performances in any venue. The Fender Tone Master product line is known for its high-quality vacuum tube amplifier technology and this model is no exception.

The amplifier is in excellent working condition with all original tubes intact. It's suitable for anyone looking for that authentic vintage sound. ... more
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3 Vintage Fender Blackface amplifier knobs Deluxe Pro Twin Princeton Reverb Amp

3 Vintage Fender Blackface amplifier knobs Deluxe Pro Twin Princeton Reverb Amp

Naperville, Illinois, 605**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$49

Three Vintage Fender Blackface amplifier knobs from a 1967 Fender Amplifier These knobs have the number 8 that looks like a "Snowman" and they have the center metal ferrule for the potentiometer shaft and the allen set screw lined up with the #1, as used on '67 Blackface and '68 Drip Edge These are clean original knobs from the 60's with wear from use I have another set of three in another listing
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1964 Fender Twin Reverb

1964 Fender Twin Reverb

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4995

1964 Fender Twin Reverb, Black panel FEI model, Two Jensenspeakers, beautiful Clean condition, Hard to find year, Original footswitch, Addedcasters, beautiful amp, Excellent condition
A word aboutpurchasing any of these rare Vintage amps, ??these amps need to be regularlycared for??. These are very old and mayneed to be or may have been serviced in the past. We recommend that any ofthese amps upon purchase be serviced and then regularly looked over by askilled amp tech. Used amps are ... more
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Fender 1960s Vintage Twin Reverb Victoria Luggage Co Cover

Fender 1960's Vintage Twin Reverb Victoria Luggage Co Cover

Charlotte, North Carolina, 282**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$125

Up for sale we have a preowned Fender 1960's Vintage Twin Reverb Victoria Luggage Co Cover. It comes as pictured and has vintage wear and tear with holes and marks all over it just like vintage gear is suppose to be if you are old school like myself. Thanks for checking out this listing
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Fender Twin Reverb 2-Channel 85-Watt 2x12" Guitar Combo 1963 - 1967 - Black Pane

Fender Twin Reverb 2-Channel 85-Watt 2x12" Guitar Combo 1963 - 1967 - Black Pane

Santa Maria, California, 934**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3200

Fender '65 Twin Reverb Neo 2x12" 85W Tube Combo Amplifier -
Here we have an all-original 1965 Fender Twin Reverb 2×12?? combo w / a set of factory JBL D120F speakers. This outrageous amp was maintained its entire life and sounds phenomenal with a glassy aura that makes this a true hallmark Fender design. The AB763 circuit is a sweet spot in the spectrum of black panel-era amps & 80w with tremolo and reverb in a heavyweight enclosure is just about all anyone needs. Its original tube ... more
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Vintage 1970s Fender Twin Reverb Silverface Amplifier 2x12" ManOWar Red Coat

Vintage 1970's Fender Twin Reverb Silverface Amplifier 2x12" ManOWar Red Coat

Oxnard, California, 930**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1500

Vintage 1970's Fender Twin Reverb Silverface Amplifier 2x12" ManOWar Red Coat.
1970's Fender Twin Reverb Silverface for sale. I believe it is a 1973 or 1974. Recently serviced by an amp tech and sounds great. Original footswitch included. Upgraded with Eminence Red Coat ManOWar speakers
Asking $1550 or best offer. Local pick up in Oxnard, California (one hour north of LA). Must arrange pick up within 3 days of auction end.
Sale is final and item sold as-is. Any questions please feel ... more
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Fender Twin Reverb Silverface 1973 2-Channel 100-Watt 2x12" Guitar Combo

Fender Twin Reverb Silverface 1973 2-Channel 100-Watt 2x12" Guitar Combo

Huntington, Indiana, 467**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1200

For sale is a Fender Twin Reverb Silverface 1973 2-Channel 100-Watt 2x12" Guitar Combo in Good Condition!
This amp has been tested and found to be fully working. Includes the footswitch and casters for the feet. Includes slip cover
Vibrato channel has some buzz, but everything works great!
Sold as pictured / described.... more
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1975 Fender Twin Reverb Silverface

1975 Fender Twin Reverb Silverface

Syracuse, New York, 132**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2000

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1975 Fender Twin Reverb 2-Channel Guitar Combo Amplifier #51583

1975 Fender Twin Reverb 2-Channel Guitar Combo Amplifier #51583

North Hollywood, California, 916**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1199

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1980 Fender Twin Reverb Silverface Vintage Tube Amp w /  Electro-Voice EVM12L

1980 Fender Twin Reverb Silverface Vintage Tube Amp w / Electro-Voice EVM12L

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2600

Up for sale, a 1980 Fender Twin Reverb with a 100% original circuit, loaded with the original pair of Electro-Voice EVM-12L speakers. A relatively rare vintage Fender amp given the speaker complement, this amp represents the last iteration of the Silverface Twin Reverb platform, pushing a massive 135 all-tube watts via extremely robust Ultralinear transformers. Perfect for situations where maximum headroom, power, and crystalline cleans are essential, the extremely efficient EVM12L speakers are ... more
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Fender Twin Reverb Victoria Luggage Amplifier Cover 1960s

Fender Twin Reverb Victoria Luggage Amplifier Cover 1960s

Kaufman, Texas, 751**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$100

Good clean condition. One cut about 1 5 inch long. Not all the way thru, see pic
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1966 JENSEN C10R  RARE POSTAGE STAMP LABEL MATCHED QUAD FENDER SUPER REVERB

1966 JENSEN C10R RARE POSTAGE STAMP LABEL MATCHED QUAD FENDER SUPER REVERB

Bridgeport, Connecticut, 066**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1000

Quad of 1966 Jensen C10R 220603 and one 220604 with original 8 ohm Ribbed cones. Very early and exceedingly rare Fender super reverbs came with these. These would make a nice replacement set. I have 6 in total and have another pair listed in another auction
NOTE* No warranty is expressed or implied
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Vintage 1965 Fender Twin Reverb Tube Amplifier Combo Not a Reissue!

Vintage 1965 Fender Twin Reverb Tube Amplifier Combo Not a Reissue!

Saint Paul, Minnesota, 551**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3200

This is a players amplifier, it used to have an Egnator mod but I had it removed and put back to the original electronics. All the caps have been replaced and the entire amplifier was gone through. It plays and sounds great. I also have some extra tubes included.... more
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1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

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1972 Fender Precision bass

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1967 Vox Stroller

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1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.