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FENDER | CATALOGUES | 1963 1964 | PAGE 4

Fender Showman, Dual Showman, Twin Reverb, and Concert amplifiers

Fender 1963/1964 catalog page 4

Fender 1963/1964 guitar catalogue. Page 4 begins a double page spread dedicated to Fender amplifiers. Although a total of ten amplifiers are included across pages 3-5, not all models in the Fender line are included in this catalogue. On this page, the 4x10" Fender Concert, the 1x12" or 1x15" Showman, the 2x15" Dual Showman, and the 2x12" Twin Reverb.

Fender amplifiers were considerably more expensive than their guitars. The July 1963 US list prices for these Fender amplifiers were as follows: Fender Dual Showman $915, Showman (15") $660; Showman (12") $625; Twin Reverb $469.50; Concert $369.50.

1963 1964 Fender guitar catalog page 4 - Fender Showman, Dual Showman, Twin Reverb, and Concert
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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 1972 2x12" Twin Reverb Silverface w / Cover

Fender 1972 2x12" Twin Reverb Silverface w / Cover

Rothschild, Wisconsin, 544**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1499

Pre-owned In Very Good Condition
Fender 1972 2x12" Twin Reverb Silverface w / Cover
This item is in very good condition and great working order!
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1956 Fender Twin Amp - 5E8 - Low Powered

1956 Fender Twin Amp - 5E8 - Low Powered

Henderson, Nevada, 890**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$17500

PUBLIC NOTICE: THE BEST AMPS EVER BUILT! To many great guitarists out there this is a true statement. Some prefer the high powered models but "Eric Clapton" and many others disagree. The earlier narrow panels have a much sweeter break up, still offering plenty of head room. Truly a "win win" for all!
This amp has it's original tweed and is amazingly clean for one of these. The back panels are slightly darker? Have seen this before and that tweed is for sure original too. The tube chart looks ... more
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1965 FENDER TWIN REVERB

1965 FENDER TWIN REVERB

Franklin, Ohio, 450**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4998

1965 Fender Twin Reverb
Top of the line combo for Fender
Amazing tone. With plenty of volume
Pre CBS. This is before the company was turned over to CBS. One silver insert missing from knob. Death AC cord removed and three prong cord added for your safety. Fresh cap job with better speaker wiring. Original speakers and transformers.
Amp will need cleaning but that is all. When it comes to amps we usually will allow the buyer to do so
Incredible sound. This was Fender's flagship... more
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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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1958 Fender Twin or Deluxe Jensen 1x12" C12Q speaker but needs re-coning.

1958 Fender Twin or Deluxe Jensen 1x12" C12Q speaker but needs re-coning.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$250

We have a rare 1958 Fender 1x12" Speaker by Jensen its a C12Q blue back Speaker from a Tremolux or Deluxe Tweed Amp dated from the 11th week of 1958. It needs of a complete recone service & would be perfect for any application in any amp made during the late 50's or early 60's. This is being sold "as-is" & is completely original.... more
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1958 Fender High Power Tweed Twin 5F8-A  Guitar Amplifier

1958 Fender High Power Tweed Twin 5F8-A Guitar Amplifier

Birmingham, Alabama, 352**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$19500

This is a 1958 5F8 Tweed Twin chassis. Serial #A00053
Obviously, its pretty rough, but it works, and it screams.
When I got it (chassis only), it had been neglected for years and was a mess. It needed a full cap job, new 3 prong cable, fuse holder, a few of the pots replaced, 1 input jack, the rectifier socket, and little bit of wiring cleanup work.
After all that, and installing a full new set of Tung Sol tubes, she fired right up. The transformers and all the Astrons and components... 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 $1500 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 Silver Face Twin Reverb 2x12Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier used 1975 vintage

Fender Silver Face Twin Reverb 2x12Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier used 1975 vintage

West Chester, Pennsylvania, 193**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1299

vintage 1975 Fender Silver Face Twin Reverb 2x12 guitar tube amplifier. Comes with footswitch. In good fully functional working condition. Speakers are original
... more
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1974 Fender Twin Silver Face. Stock. No Mods. Original. 2 X 12 Combo. Speakers.

1974 Fender Twin Silver Face. Stock. No Mods. Original. 2 X 12 Combo. Speakers.

Omaha, Nebraska, 681**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2000

Fender Twin 1974 Silver Face. Stock, No Mods, Original. Condition is "Used " .
Pull out Master Knob
Speaker mfg code dates the amp at 1974
However I could be an early 1975. Stock. No mods Tubes: RCA 7552 Speakers:
Fender blue label
Oxford 465's
Made in U S.A
005379
465-412
12T6-10... 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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1969 Fender Twin Reverb Drip Edge Silverface Vintage Tube Amp - Blackface Spec

1969 Fender Twin Reverb Drip Edge Silverface Vintage Tube Amp - Blackface Spec

New York, 100**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4199

This is an unbelievably killer amp. Upgraded to blackface specs and with vintage Fender d120-F speakers. Everything about the amp is in perfect working condition, including the Vibrato / Reverb footswitch. Truly a phenomenal vintage amplifier
This beast of an amp weighs in at 75lbs with the added heft of the AlNiCo magnets driving the D120F speakers
Notes from the amp tech:
This is a transitional amplifier from the end of the "Blackface" AB763 circuit's run. Although the amp lacks the... more
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Fender Twin Reverb Amp c1975

Fender Twin Reverb Amp c1975

New Paltz, New York, 125**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1200

Offered forsale:
Vintage c1975Fender Twin Reverb amp serial number B05471
This amp is invery good condition and well taken care of. The speakers have been upgradedwith JBL K120s. Cosmetically this is one of the nicer examples showing somerelatively minor tolex scuffing and brightwork tarnishing, primarily the topchassis straps.
As most fans ofFender Twins are aware, these amps have a long evolutionary path, some versionsboast attributes that other versions may not have. The circuitry ... more
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1958 Fender Twin or Deluxe set of 2 Jensen 12" P12Q speakers but need re-coning.

1958 Fender Twin or Deluxe set of 2 Jensen 12" P12Q speakers but need re-coning.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$495

We have a rare matched set of 1958 Fender by Jensen 12" P12Q blue back Speakers from a Twin, Tremolux or Deluxe Tweed Amp dated from the 16th week of 1958. They are in need of a complete recone service & would be perfect for any application in any amp made during the late 50's or early 60's. They are sold "as-is" & are completely original.... more
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1962 Fender Concert 6G4-A  2x10 Tube Combo Amplifier w /  Allessandro Spkrs #46004

1962 Fender Concert 6G4-A 2x10 Tube Combo Amplifier w / Allessandro Spkrs #46004

Burbank, California, 915**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2995

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1979 Fender Silver Face Twin Reverb 2 x 12" Electric Guitar Tube Amplifier

1979 Fender Silver Face Twin Reverb 2 x 12" Electric Guitar Tube Amplifier

Harrisonville, Missouri, 647**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1300

1979 Fender Silver Face Twin Reverb 2 x 12" Electric Guitar Tube Amplifier






Description
1979 Fender Silver Face Twin Reverb 2 x 12" Electric Guitar Tube Amplifier
Vintage Fender-1979. 135 Watts 2 x12" speakers
This one is in average cosmetic condition but it sounds and plays just great. It has has one speaker reconed but it is original. The tolex is ripped in one spot and not great overall, but it is still an amazing sounding amp that is over 43 years ... more
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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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RARE VINTAGE 1975 FENDER SUPER TWIN GUITAR AMP PROFESSIONALLY OVERHAULED RARE

RARE VINTAGE 1975 FENDER SUPER TWIN GUITAR AMP PROFESSIONALLY OVERHAULED RARE

Mount Holly, New Jersey, 080**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$749

VINTAGE 1975 FENDER SUPER TWIN GUITAR AMP PROFESSIONALLY OVERHAULED. Condition is Used. RARE RARE RARE
This amp is NOT a twin reverb. It is a super twin. It has NO REVERB. The super twin has more power
I bought this amp in 1983 and never used it professionally. Very clean. Does have some tape residue in spots. With original cover that has some wear and splits. The speakers are original. No foot switch. On the back it says it has 180 watts at 4 ohms. In 2020 I had it ... more
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1964 Fender Concert Blackface Amp +60s Fender Bassman Cabinet 2x12 Guitar Combo

1964 Fender Concert Blackface Amp +60s Fender Bassman Cabinet 2x12 Guitar Combo

Collegeville, Pennsylvania, 194**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2000

1964 Fender Blackface Concert Amp Head (Rare Mod) / w Matching Fender 1960s Bassman Cabinet / w 2x12 Guitar Speakers
This is a very rare and special Fender combo. There were no Concert amps issued in the 50 / 60s by Fender as a 'head only' unit so this one represents a rare exception. The head was made using the upper portion of an original Fender Concert amp cabinet that had had speakers in it at one time. Cabinet modification was done many years ago with quality in mind. The resulting ... more
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1968 Fender Silver Face Twin Reverb 2 x 12" Electric Guitar Tube Amplifier

1968 Fender Silver Face Twin Reverb 2 x 12" Electric Guitar Tube Amplifier

Harrisonville, Missouri, 647**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1700

1968 Fender Silver Face Twin Reverb 2 x 12" Electric Guitar Tube Amplifier






Description
1968 Fender Silver Face Twin Reverb 2 x 12" Electric Guitar Tube Amplifier
This one is in very good cosmetic condition but it sounds and plays just great. It has non original speakers and a non original lower back plate. It has added ??Kick back?? legs. The tolex has got a few rubs, but it is still an amazing sounding amp that is over 50 years old. I don??t really want ... more
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1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the GibsonES Artistlaunched 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 toLaVonne Musicby 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 PresidentThePresidentwas 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 newJaguar.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manualThe newly designedLes Paul Recordingguitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for theLes Paul Personal / Professional