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Fender Pro Reverb, Vibrolux Reverb, Deluxe Reverb, Princeton Reverb, Champ and Vibro Champ

1969 Fender Lovin' Care guitar, bass and amp catalog - page 32

Page 32 gives specifications for the Fenders smaller combo amplifier range: Fender Pro Reverb (2x12" speakers), Deluxe Reverb (1x12"), Vibrolux Reverb (2x10"), Princeton Reverb (1x10"), and Vibro Champ (1x8").

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In May 1969 these were priced as follows: Fender Pro Reverb $439, Vibrolux Reverb $359.50, Deluxe Reverb $289.50, Princeton Reverb $219.50, Vibro Champ $94.50

1969 Fender catalog, page 32 - Fender Pro/Reverb, Vibrolux/Reverb, Deluxe/Reverb, Princeton/Princeton Reverb, Champ and Vibro Champ
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Rockford, Illinois, 611**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Fender Champ 12 Electric Guitar Tube Combo Amplifier Amp w / Footswitch. Purchased this from a friend for my son 14 years ago. He never did get the music bug, so it sat in the guest room for 14 years. Tested and works great. Comes with foot switch and guitar sync cord. Snake skin wrap cabinet and skull and crossbones image on side. Thanks
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1965 Fender Princeton Reverb Excellent Condition

1965 Fender Princeton Reverb Excellent Condition

Elwood, Indiana, 460**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Excellent condition 1965 Fender Princeton Reverb. You won't find a cleaner Blackface than this. This 1965 Princeton looks brand new and is excellent shape. Everything on this amp is 100% original and comes with cover. There is not one scratch, ding or imperfection anywhere on amp. Will ship free anywhere in the lower 48 U S. Free returns within a week if not satisfied as long as the amp is not damaged.... more
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1958 Fender Vibrolux or Super Amp 1x10" Jensen a P10 model it needs re-coning.

1958 Fender Vibrolux or Super Amp 1x10" Jensen a P10 model it needs re-coning.

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


We have a rare 1958 Fender 1x12" Speaker by Jensen its a P10 from a Vibrolux or Super Tweed Amp dated from the 32nd 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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1979 Fender Princeton - VIDEO

1979 Fender Princeton - VIDEO

Saint Louis, Missouri, 631**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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This is likely a 1979 - maybe '69, but unlikely. It's not a '72 as I stated in the video by accident. I do have a 72 for sale as well on ebay .Lucky me! I am also currently using this amp .
Original circuit to my knowledge. I have done no mods. Dated to 79 based on the transformer codes. Plays and works as it should. It is a bit quieter in volume than my 1972, so it could probably use a tube swap and check-up, as I dont know if the capacitors have ... more
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Vintage 1965 Oxford T6 Speaker For Fender Bassman Bandmaster Twin Deluxe Reverb

Vintage 1965 Oxford T6 Speaker For Fender Bassman Bandmaster Twin Deluxe Reverb

Staten Island, New York, 103**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1965 Oxford T6 Speaker For Fender Bassman Bandmaster Twin Deluxe Reverb cabinets. This speaker was reconed and is an 8 ohm speaker. This actually sounds pretty good but unfortunately there is a buzz when turned up loud. This speaker is being sold as is.
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set-screw vintage silverface blackface Fender amp knobs Deluxe Reverb 1970 1971

set-screw vintage silverface blackface Fender amp knobs Deluxe Reverb 1970 1971



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5 good knobs with 1 bad freebie thrown in for free
all have the set-screw at 1
these are vintage Fender amp knobs, the exact year is unknown
will fit properly on any blackface or silverface amp... more
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1957 Fender Champ Amplifier

1957 Fender Champ Amplifier

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


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1967 Fender Vibrolux Reverb Amplifier

1967 Fender Vibrolux Reverb Amplifier

Portland, Oregon, 972**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1967 Fender Vibrolux Reverb Amplifier All original with the following exceptions: replaced Power Transformer; added tiltback legs, Three prong plug, amp has been re-tubed
35 Watts
Original Oxford Speakers with speaker code 465705
Some components date to late 1966. It was standard practice for Fender to use leftover components from the previous year
Cabinet dates to April 1967
Grille cloth is fully intact with no holes, fraying etc
Black tolex shows some scuffing but is fully ... more
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1978 Fender Pro Reverb Vintage Silverfasce Fender Tube Combo amplifier VIDEO

1978 Fender Pro Reverb Vintage Silverfasce Fender Tube Combo amplifier VIDEO

Saint Louis, Missouri, 631**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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LOCATION: ST LOUIS, MO. Very clean or the vintage. Nice sounding Fender Pro Reverb with Original speaker, and tranny's. No mods that I know of. Stock and in very good condition for the age, and includes the footswitch. These are great sounding amps, and gigging machines. I just have too many old amps not getting love. I am putting this one up due to it's size. It's a nice hunk of machine. Located in St. Louis MO Tower Grove area ... more
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1976 Fender Princeton Guitar Amplifier Non-Reverb

1976 Fender Princeton Guitar Amplifier Non-Reverb

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


This is a 1976 Non-Reverb Fender Princeton Amp. It is 100% original with the exception of the power tubes. They are vintage Conn branded
This amp has never been touched or opened up and hasnt had to be. The original speaker sounds great, the amp is quiet at idle and does exactly what it's supposed to
The grill cloth is a tad frayed and there are a couple blemishes in the tolex.
Overall, this is a very nice, original Fender amp!
Please let me know if you have any questions.... more
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1972 Fender Deluxe Reverb Vintage Silverface Tube Amp 100% Original, Ftsw, Cover

1972 Fender Deluxe Reverb Vintage Silverface Tube Amp 100% Original, Ftsw, Cover

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


Up for sale, a 1972 Fender Deluxe Reverb in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with a modern two-button footswitch and D2F slip cover. This amp excels at delivering sparkling, detailed cleans with great headroom, and the lush reverb accentuates the chiming, smooth treble response. Both channels sound distinct and strong, and turning things up past 5 on the Volume dial introduces glassy overdriven textures and a touch of compression. Both Reverb and Tremolo ... more
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All Original Fender 1967 Princeton Reverb AA764 Tube Amplifier

All Original Fender 1967 Princeton Reverb AA764 Tube Amplifier

Saint Augustine, Florida, 320**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Very straight all original 1967 Princeton reverb amplifier. The original owner passed in the early 1980s and his brother acquired the amp and other items. They were kept in a closet until about two months ago when I purchased it.

Amp power switch too was broken off so it was replaced with a new identical Carling switch. Original is included. Has original 2 prong cord. No other changes. Original transformers, speaker, etc.

Amp has never been serviced and is currently ... more
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Fender Deluxe Reverb II 1981 2-Channel 1x12" Guitar Combo Vintage 30

Fender Deluxe Reverb II 1981 2-Channel 1x12" Guitar Combo Vintage 30

Brooklyn, New York, 112**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1981 Fender Deluxe Reverb Amplifier
Paul Rivera designed Fender!
These are the early hot rod versions Fender came out with. 2 channels for nice lead tones with a Master Volume and Gain stage
The tubes have all been tested and the amp has been serviced!
The 6V6's are new Electro Harmonix, the 12AX7s are likely GE or RCA tubes but the white stamps have been wiped off, the 12AT7 is a vintage 1960 Mullard "BVA" tube manufactured in the Mitchum, Mullard Factory, and the #1 12AX7 has a ... more
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1976 Fender Deluxe Reverb

1976 Fender Deluxe Reverb

Atlanta, Georgia, 303**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1976 Fender Deluxe Reverb. Good condition. new Mojotone grill included. New Accutronics reverb tank. Previous owner had it serviced 3-4 yrs ago at Bakos Amp Works in Atlanta. Don't remember what was done. Works perfectly and sounds great. Circuit photos will be posted in a couple days.... more
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1963 64 Vintage Fender Princeton amp , tuxedo , 6G2 circuit Blackface OG Spkr EX

1963 64 Vintage Fender Princeton amp , tuxedo , 6G2 circuit Blackface OG Spkr EX

San Jose, California, 951**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


As mentioned above, this is a super-clean 1963 / 64 spec vintage Fender ??Tuxedo?? Princeton blackface amp, circuit 6G2 .All original except for one pot changed? Original Oxford speaker, grill-cloth, Tolex, back panels, etc. Other than what looks to be one replaced pot, it has all its original wiring, transformers, caps, etc This is an awesome sounding amp, especially with the tremolo / vibrato particular to this model, and I have had it for years in wrapped storage. I recently had a buddy in a ... more
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Vintage 1981 Fender Princeton Reverb Amplifier Silver Face Original And Working

Vintage 1981 Fender Princeton Reverb Amplifier Silver Face Original And Working

Monterey Park, California, 917**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1981 Fender Princeton Reverb Amplifier Silver Face
In good working order, with original speaker
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1979 Fender Champ Silverface Vintage Tube Amp Class A 1x8, Serviced

1979 Fender Champ Silverface Vintage Tube Amp Class A 1x8, Serviced

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


Up for sale, a 1979 Fender Champ in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Thoroughly serviced, this Champ delivers a tone with chiming and dynamic cleans that give way to sizzling overdrive as you turn up the Volume knob. It's a perfect pint-sized Class A amplifier for studio use, and with a microphone in front of it, this amp can sound like a giant. It's hard to beat the Champ for simplicity and tonal purity
The original Schumacher transformers are intact, dating between the ... more
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Fender Vintage 1966  67 Black Panel Vibrolux Reverb AA864 35 watt 2 x 10" Combo

Fender Vintage 1966 '67 Black Panel Vibrolux Reverb AA864 35 watt 2 x 10" Combo

Renton, Washington, 980**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This Vintage 1966 Fender Vibrolux combo sounds amazing and functions perfectly. The black panel Vibroux amps are a shop favorite as you can wind them up into that "sweet spot" without ripping the roof off. This is a beautiful example of why the Fender amps of this era are so coveted. The amp has been re-capped and has a fresh set of JJs both for power and rectifier stage. All other primary components are stock
While the chassis and all of the stock components date to 1966, the Reverb driver ... more
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1956 Fender Princeton 5F2 Tweed

1956 Fender Princeton 5F2 Tweed

Portland, Oregon, 972**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


A 1956 Fender Princeton 5F2 Circuit in Tweed covering
In Excellent vintage condition and 100% Original   Tweed slightly worn and a bit of rust on the chassis,  and looking just like you want it   6V6GT power tube, 12AX7 preamp tube, and 5Y3GT recifier tube   Jensen P8T speaker   5 Watts of the most beautiful tone you could wish for   
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1955 Fender Champ Tweed Vintage Tube Amp, 5D1 Circuit

1955 Fender Champ Tweed Vintage Tube Amp, 5D1 Circuit

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


Up for sale, a 1955 Fender Champ in excellent condition and in perfect working order. A transitional model with a wide panel face, rear mounted control panel, 5D1 circuit, and 6" Permaflux speaker, this four watt Tweed is as simple and pure as tube amp tone gets. For Tweed era Fender bark and cut, there are few better companions than a Champ, and this example has a vintage tube set to round things out
The preamp is loaded with a bevy of original red "dynamite" Astron caps, and all of the ... more
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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 catalog Hagstrom 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 President The 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.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual The newly designed Les Paul Recording guitar 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 the Les Paul Personal / Professional