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FENDER | CATALOGS | 1969 | PAGE 34

Soild State PA, Reverberation and Echo-Reverb

1969 Fender Lovin' Care guitar, bass and amp catalog - page 34

Fender 1969 guitar and bass catalog. Page 34. Image of the Fender Solid State PA System, (amp unit and two columns), alongside the F-520 and F-550 microphones, and the F-570 Reverb mic. The Fender Echo-Reverb unit is in the foreground. Left hand page of a two page spread. Specifications for the PA are on the next page, with microphone specs on page 40.

1969 Fender catalog, page 34 - Soild State PA, Reverberation and Echo-Reverb
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Fender 1957 Tweed Super Amp Amplifier, Dwight Twilly, Girls, Scuba Diver

Fender 1957 Tweed Super Amp Amplifier, Dwight Twilly, Girls, Scuba Diver

Tulsa, Oklahoma, 741**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$24950

Fender 1957 Tweed Super Amp Amplifier, Dwight Twilly, Girls, Scuba Diver, were all recorded when Bill Pitcock Played through this amp while recording these songs with Dwight Twilly. This particular amp is featured in this month's issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine ,written by Dave Hunter. There is recent proof of a similar 1957 Tweed Super having sold through Heritage Auctions for just over $31, 000 00 . See photo of ad that also ran in vintage Guitar magazine several times in the previous issues.... 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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1963 Fender Vibroverb Tube Amp

1963 Fender Vibroverb Tube Amp

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

$16900

1963 Fender Vibroverb Rare 2X10 40 watt tube combo amp, Powertransformer 606251, Output transformer by Dixie Sound Works 1995, Choke:606315, Reverb transformer 606250, Has been professionally recapped and has agrounded power cable, Two Ten inch Oxford speakers code 465311, The tube chartfaintly shows code ME, This amp sounds fabulous!
... more
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1958 Fender High Power Tweed Twin 5F8-A Vintage Tube Amp 2x12 w /  Jensen P12N

1958 Fender High Power Tweed Twin 5F8-A Vintage Tube Amp 2x12 w / Jensen P12N

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

$14000

Up for sale, a 1958 Fender "High Power" Tweed Twin 5F8-A in excellent condition and in perfect working order. This Twin features a very original circuit, rehoused in an replica speaker cabinet and loaded with a pair of era-correct Jensen P12N alnico magnet speakers
Occupying a very narrow window in Fender's golden age, the 5F8-A Twin was the pinnacle of Tweed era evolution and unmatched in power and headroom, first available in late 1957 and retired by January, 1960. This example was made in... more
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1959 1960 Tweed Fender 5F6-A Bassman 4x10 Combo Amp

1959 1960 Tweed Fender 5F6-A Bassman 4x10 Combo Amp

Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 189**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$14000

Vintage 1959 1960 Fender Tweed Bassman Combo Amp5F6-A circuit shown on tube chart with II date code 1959speaker date codes are from 1960 so amp most likely left the factory in 1960Amp appears to have never been servicedNone of the caps are blown out and are currently working as they should . The warranty has expired!!!Its runs smooth and quiet now but again .THE WARRANTY HAS EXPIREDPlan on having this amp serviced if you want to tour with it or just stare at it in your mancave and have it be ... more
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1958 Fender 5E3 Deluxe guitar harmonica amplifier tweed amp completely original

1958 Fender 5E3 Deluxe guitar harmonica amplifier tweed amp completely original

Columbus, Ohio, 432**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$12500

This is a 1958 Fender 5E3 deluxe guitar amplifier. This one is very near 100% original. It has had one 6v6 power tube replaced THATS IT!!! (the original bad tube included) Not only was the sound of rock and roll created on these Fender tweed amps, many studios used Fender tweeds, including the important ones. Chess studios in particular favored this amp, the 5e3 it "suited" thier mics .so many of the best classic rock and blues recordings were done using this make / model / vintage. It is a ... more
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Vintage 1959 Fender Deluxe Tweed Amp - 5E3 Narrow Panel

Vintage 1959 Fender Deluxe Tweed Amp - 5E3 Narrow Panel

South San Francisco, California, 940**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$11000

1959 Fender Deluxe Tweed Amp - 5E3 Narrow Panel
International iconic amp in all it's vintage glory and in good working condition. Original Aston components and wiring. Rewired for ground. Can use a thorough cleaning due to chrome pitting, surface rust and torn tweed from being a 60+ year old amp. Doesn't get any better than this .
Please contact me for any inquiries before bidding or buying. No Returns
attached video is not mine and used for information purposes on vintage tweed ... more
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1955 Fender Bassman 5E6 Tweed

1955 Fender Bassman 5E6 Tweed

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

$10999

A 1955 Fender Bassman 5E6 in original Tweed covering   
Serial number BM00352   A killer Narrow Panel Tweed Bassman that will rock all night long   All original except for replaced Caps and a 3-prong power cable conversion for safe operation   This is about as vintage as it gets folks from the 5E6 circuit to the well worn tweed covering   In overall good condition   Sounds heavenly     
Wattage:  Approximately 30 Watts 
Tubes:  2 X 6L6GB, 1 X 12AX7, 2 X 12AY7, 2 ... more
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1957 Fender High Powered Tweed Twin

1957 Fender High Powered Tweed Twin

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

$10900

1957 Fender High Powered Twin, This rare transitional ampis an early example of 5F8, This one has been serviced and professionally recovered, It has two 1967 Jensen 12 inch speakers, This 80 watt amp with a quartet of5881 power tubes is a powerful sounding Tweed. The original caps are includedin the back of the amp, Super cool tube combo amp
... more
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1959 Fender Bassman 5F6-A Amplifier Amp Vintage Tweed and Super Clean!

1959 Fender Bassman 5F6-A Amplifier Amp Vintage Tweed and Super Clean!

El Cajon, California, 920**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$10000


1959 Fender Bassman 5F6-A Amplifier
This vintage Bassman has the original tweed covering, grill cloth and all of the main components are original. Only some of the capacitors have been changed. The code on the tube chart has worn off but the Chassis Code is "BM02387" which dates it to 1959. See photos for the rest of the stamps and markings. It has recently been serviced, has been fully tested and is in excellent working order. With that said, only the minimum was done to keep as many ... more
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Fender Rough White Tolex TWIN AMP .

Fender Rough White Tolex TWIN AMP .

Howard Lake, Minnesota, 553**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$9990

When I first purchased the amp the seller said it was a 1962. The the gold Oxford speakers are dated '62. Since I decided to sell it, my tech gave it a tune up, it had to be capped. We matched a quad set of black plate RCA tubes, set the bias, and everything else checked out OK . The original transformer dated '63 the chassis dated '63 . The grill cloth has been replaced ( I still have the original if you want it. It has 3 small holes) The dog bone handle is a replacement ( I have the ... more
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1954 Fender Deluxe 100% Original

1954 Fender Deluxe 100% Original

Boulder, Colorado, 803**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$9500

hello,
another super clean near-mint tweed deluxe has found it's way here. this one far too nice for me, belongs in the hands of a serious collector. amp is 100% original 1954, collector grade. like most everything here comes from a high level, old school collector who's been collecting audio since the early 1980's and is now retired. many more listings to come as well in the coming weeks.
this amp sounds and performs as it should; the easiest amp to record of all time, nothing sounds ... more
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Vintage 1959 Fender Bassman Tweed Guitar Amp Combo

Vintage 1959 Fender Bassman Tweed Guitar Amp Combo

Santa Monica, California, 904**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$9000

[contenteditable]{ pointer-events: none; }Truetone Music has been selected to take in a special collection of instruments from a very special long-time customer and friend of ours   A collector of only unique, rare, vintage and high-end guitars & amps, he amassed a serious collection of these years   For the first time, these pieces are available on the market for the first time
Everything from this collection is special, but one really jumped out: this ultra rare 1959 Fender Bassman   ... more
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1956 Fender Deluxe 5E3 Tweed, Extremely rare

1956 Fender Deluxe 5E3 Tweed, Extremely rare

Los Angeles, California, 900**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$8995

hello,
incredibly rare and insanely cool 56 tweed deluxe, tolex'd in black by the fender factory around 1967.
this was fender's promo / loaner / rental, so it's one of the best deluxe's on the planet. what do you think they were going to loan out? it's just different, it's better. a little more on the headroom side of the spectrum, which is a very good thing. this amp was tolex'd because it was likely so beat up from so much use. one can only imaginethe recordings and gigs this thing was... more
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1960 Fender Tweed Deluxe 5E3

1960 Fender Tweed Deluxe 5E3

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

$8500

... more
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1956 Fender Deluxe 5E3 Tweed

1956 Fender Deluxe 5E3 Tweed

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

$8499

A 1956 Fender Tweed Deluxe 5E3
Serial Number D01469. Recently fully serviced by one of Portland's finest vintage amp gurus. Power cable was replaced with modern 3-prong cable. Output Transformer was replaced with a Soursound PT-108. Original Power Transformer was repaired and now fully functional. New input jack. After a little TLC, this amp now sounds exactly as it should, full of crunchy goodness that will make you weak in the knees. In very good overall condition. A piece of ... more
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1959 Fender Bassman 5F6-A Tweed

1959 Fender Bassman 5F6-A Tweed

New York, 100**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$8495

Vintage original 1959 Fender Bassman Model 5F6-A in original tweed
Sounds incredible. Nice and loud and punchy and organic sounding. Super warm and strong tones a Bassman is so well known for
Our tech has fully gone through the amp and it is working great without issue. Amp is all original but for some replaced caps, a replaced re-issue Fender power transformer, and some blue Fender Alnico speakers which look to be from the '90s. All working great and sounding great
Serial ... more
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1955 Fender Super Tweed 5E4 Vintage Tube Amp 2x10 w /  Jensen P10Q, 6V6

1955 Fender Super Tweed 5E4 Vintage Tube Amp 2x10 w / Jensen P10Q, 6V6

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

$8000

Up for sale, a 1955 Fender Super 5E4 in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. Professionally retweeded and boasting a freshly serviced circuit with the original transformers, this Super is loaded with a vintage pair of Jensen P10Q alnico magnet speakers
One of the very first "narrow panel" Tweed-era Super amps produced with a low S002XX serial, this Tweed Super with its 5E4 circuit is one of the few offered with 6V6 power tubes (instead of higher powered 6L6s). This Super ... more
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1959 Fender Tweed Deluxe 5E3 Narrow Panel Amp

1959 Fender Tweed Deluxe 5E3 Narrow Panel Amp

East Hampton, New York, 119**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$8000

1959 Fender Tweed Deluxe Guitar Amp (5E3 narrow panel). Original speaker blown and replaced with Jensen 12" 40 watt. Handle replaced as well. Tweed very worn. All electronics working. Hasn't been on a gig since 1980s, been living in my studio. All USA tubes from 1980s if not before. If you're viewing this, you know the deal. Sounds incredible! Sadly, I have to finally sell this amp. Great investment, only goes up in value.... more
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Fender 5F11 Vibrolux 1959 All-Original Closet Find VIDEO DEMO Free Shipping USA

Fender 5F11 Vibrolux 1959 All-Original Closet Find VIDEO DEMO Free Shipping USA

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

$7995

SEE SHIPPING POLICY BELOW & ON SHOP PROFILE UNDER "INFO & POLICIES "
Dave's Guitars Charlotte is proud to offer a 1959 Fender Vibrolux in outstanding, all-original vintage condition. This amp functions perfectly and sounds like a million bucks - see YouTube link below. REMOVE SPACES IN LINK!
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I purchased this amp from the second owner??a collector??who purchased it from the original owner's family (presumably). The original owner left it... more
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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

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1981 Gibson Marauder

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1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

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1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

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1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

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1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

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1972 Fender Precision bass

1972 Fender PrecisionA detailed look at an early 1970s Fender Precision bass guitar in custom black finish, with rosewood fretboard. 1972 list price, $307.50. The Fender Precision had been shipping since at least very early 1952 - with just one re-design circa 1957. This example, then, shows a model already two decades old, but barely changed since the '57 revamp. Fender got it right first time around, and although there are numerous minor cosmetic differences, the essence of this bass is effectively the same as it was in '52: a simple, single pickup instrument with a GREAT sound. Check out the demo video through an old Ampeg B15. It's no wonder this is the bass that everybody wants!

1967 Vox Stroller

1967 Vox StrollerThe Vox Stroller was the brand's entry level electric solid body guitar, fitted with just one pickup and a fixed tailpiece. Although aimed at student guitarists, it wasn't a terrible instrument, but did lack somewhat in adjustability, having no accessible truss rod and only a floating rosewood bridge. But this example is actually quite an improvement on earlier versions, with a standard 1/4" jack and a solid mahogany body. 1967 price £18 2s. JMI ceased UK guitar production in late '67, and combined with decreasing demand for the Stroller, this surely must be one of the last examples shipped.

1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

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.