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FENDER | CATALOGS | 1970 | PAGE 47, FENDER BANDMASTER / BANDMASTER REVERB

Fender Bandmaster and Bandmaster Reverb

1970 Fender guitar, bass and amp catalog - page 47

Fender 1970 guitar and bass catalog. Page 47. Details of the Fender Bandmaster and Bandmaster Reverb amplifier.

The Bandmaster and Bandmaster Reverb each consisted of a 45w head and a 2x12" speaker cabinet. Like the Fender Twin on the previous page, the Bandmaster cabinets had a choice of basic Fender speaker cones or optional JBL D-120s - at a somewhat increased price. The Bandmaster had 6 tubes, the Bandmaster reverb, 8.

Two of Fender's most popular piggyback style amplifiers

Fender Bandmaster and Bandmaster Reverb - 1970 Fender catalog, page 47
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Vintage 1960s  Blackface Fender Bandmaster Amp head Ready To Play

Vintage 1960s Blackface Fender Bandmaster Amp head Ready To Play

Canyon, Texas, 790**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1450

Full bench test good to go Metal shows some pitting see pics for condition
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Fender Bandmaster Amplifier (Amp) 1968 AB763

Fender Bandmaster Amplifier (Amp) 1968 AB763

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

$1487

Welcome. Thanks for stopping in. Up for sale is a Fender Bandmaster Amplifier restoration. This unit is SN-A-28663, circuit AB763, manufactured in the US in 1968. This amp is fully restored and in excellent condition. Intended for guitar, this amp has lots of vintage appeal, plenty of punch and sounds great. The restoration of the amp is extensive so please read the entire description and review the pictures to understand the scope of the work performed
The amp is equipped with two (2) ... more
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1963 FENDER BANDMASTER AMP JEWEL USA

1963 FENDER BANDMASTER AMP JEWEL USA

Lindale, Texas, 757**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$50

1963 FENDER BANDMASTER AMP JEWEL USA. Shipped with USPS Ground Advantage.... more
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1968 Fender Bandmaster Refurbished with 2 1966 Gibson 2x10 Cabinets. CTS Loaded

1968 Fender Bandmaster Refurbished with 2 1966 Gibson 2x10 Cabinets. CTS Loaded

Fenton, Missouri, 630**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2000

1968 Fender Bandmaster Refurbished with 2 1966 Gibson 2x10 Cabinets. CTS Loaded. The amplifiers has been extensively refurbished. New Power Supply Capacitors. New Capacitors on the PCB. New Diode Capacitor. New Metal Film 6L6 Grid Resistors. New Metal Film 6L6 Bypass Resistors. Three Wire Power Cord. All new Hardware. Chassis Straps, Handle, Corners and Feet. All controls cleaned. Tolex has bee cleaned and rejuvenated. Tubes have all been tested. All original parts will come wit the amp ... more
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1965 Fender Bandmaster

1965 Fender Bandmaster

Citrus Heights, California, 956**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4800

1965 Fender Bandmaster-Original Owner
Used mostly in, Key Clubs, Nightclubs, and All Nighters It's surprisingly nice and clean.
Two Jensen Speakers-Original6-Tubes- #2-6L6GC, #4-12AX7 (no transistors) This ones got Balls. Two separate Channels with their own inputs. One with Variable Speed VibratoLast time I plugged in, it was ready to go. Just like the old days. You won't find one, as sweet as this, anywhere out there
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Vintage 1958 Jensen P10R 10" Fender Bassman Bandmaster Guitar Tube Amp Speaker

Vintage 1958 Jensen P10R 10" Fender Bassman Bandmaster Guitar Tube Amp Speaker

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

$800

Here is an amazing and beautiful Vintage 1958 Jensen P10R 10" Fender (Bassman Bandmaster Vibrolux etc) Guitar Tube Amp Speaker. Excellent cosmetic and working condition as shown. This was recently professionally re-coned with period correct components by one of the best in the industry and it sounds amazing. This will make a wonderful addition to anyone's collection. Money back guarantee you will not be disappointed
Click the "Enlarge" tab to view all 12 pictures for details.
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Vintage 1957 Jensen P10Q 10" Fender Bassman Bandmaster Guitar Tube Amp Speaker

Vintage 1957 Jensen P10Q 10" Fender Bassman Bandmaster Guitar Tube Amp Speaker

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

$600

Here is an amazing and beautiful Vintage 1957 Jensen P10Q 10" Fender (Bassman Bandmaster Vibrolux etc) Guitar Tube Amp Speaker. Excellent cosmetic and working condition as shown. This was recently professionally re-coned with period correct components by one of the best in the industry and it sounds amazing. This will make a wonderful addition to anyone's collection. Money back guarantee you will not be disappointed
Click the "Enlarge" tab to view all 12 pictures for details.
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1967 Fender Blackface Bandmaster Head. Rebuilt.

1967 Fender Blackface Bandmaster Head. Rebuilt.

Fenton, Missouri, 630**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1300

This 1967 Fender Blackface Bandmaster Head is a refurbished vintage amplifier with 2 channels and a power output of 40 W. It features vacuum tube technology and is made in the United States. The head is designed for use with guitars and other string instruments. The brand is Fender, and the model is the Fender Bandmaster. The amplifier is perfect for musicians who want a classic, vintage sound. It is ideal for use in small to medium-sized venues and is suitable for both beginners and experienced... more
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1963 FENDER BANDMASTER AMP JEWEL USA

1963 FENDER BANDMASTER AMP JEWEL USA

Springfield, Oregon, 974**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$45

Very cool
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1968 1969 Fender Bandmaster TFL 5005D Reverb Amp Head. Drip Edge Model.

1968 1969 Fender Bandmaster TFL 5005D Reverb Amp Head. Drip Edge Model.

Jacksonville, Florida, 322**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1200

This bandmaster head is in solid working order. Fresh service including replacement of failing electrolytic capacitors . Amp comes loaded with vintage Sylvania rectifier, and power tubes. And RCA preamp tubes.
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Fender Bandmaster Reverb TFL5005D 1971 - Silverface

Fender Bandmaster Reverb TFL5005D 1971 - Silverface

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

$995

This is a vintage 1971 Fender Bandmaster Reverb TFL5005D amplifier. An unsung hero of the Fender family, the Bandmaster is a killer-sounding amp with a bright, chimey tone. Somewhere between the sound of a Deluxe Reverb and a Super Reverb, the Bandmaster pushes around 50 Watts with a pair of 6L6's
This one is for the player: it has been serviced, with fresh electrolytic capacitors and resistors where needed, has Orange Drop coupling caps, and an internal bias control. Its Vibrato / Reverb ... more
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1968 Fender Bandmaster 2X12 Alnico 100 Watts Drip Edge Guitar Cabinet

1968 Fender Bandmaster 2X12 Alnico 100 Watts Drip Edge Guitar Cabinet

Beverly, New Jersey, 080**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$550

Here for your consideration is a 1968 Vintage Fender Bandmaster 2X12 Guitar Speaker Cabinet
The cabinet is equipped with 2x12" 1964 Rola Alnico 50 Watts 8 Ohm each speaker with very large heavy magnets wired at 4 ohms and correct for the era
Please checkout all the photos which are part of the description
I had purchased this cabinet with the intention of buying a Fender Bandmaster Amplifier Head but decided to go a different direction
If you are serious in buying the cabinet ... more
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1963 Fender Blackface Transition Period Bandmaster Amp Head w /  Matching Cabinet

1963 Fender Blackface Transition Period Bandmaster Amp Head w / Matching Cabinet

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

$3500

1963 Fender Blackface Transition Period Bandmaster Amp Head w / Matching Cabinet
Behold a vintage treasure: the 1963 Fender Blackface Transition Period Bandmaster Amp Head paired with its matching speaker cabinet, adorned in a captivating blonde finish. This amplifier is a relic from a remarkable era of Fender's history, representing the transition into 1964 when Fender utilized the last remnants of blonde tolex
Setting this Bandmaster apart is its inclusion of the short-lived true pitch... more
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Early 1960??s Fender Brownface Bandmaster 6G7 Amp Head Vintage Tube Amplifier

Early 1960??s Fender Brownface Bandmaster 6G7 Amp Head Vintage Tube Amplifier

New Lenox, Illinois, 604**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1300

This is an early 60s Brownface chassis and Cabinet with a Low Serial Number!!!

This amp has been fully gone though and recapped by a midwestern company called Deltronics

Amp has been fully tested and is operational as expected.

Missing one tube socket cover as shown

Cabinet appears to be original with original decal.

Handle, tolex, front grill and top plates look to be not original

Bid with confidence!

Tubes will ... more
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PreCBS VINTAGE 64 FENDER BANDMASTER BLACKFACE GUITAR AMP BLACK PANEL AB763 FEIC

PreCBS VINTAGE '64 FENDER BANDMASTER BLACKFACE GUITAR AMP BLACK PANEL AB763 FEIC

Hays, Kansas, 676**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1650

I consider LEO FENDER the king of 40-watt amps. What BEAUTIFUL CLEAN HEADROOM!! Awesome TONE and a prefect platform for pedals
This is a PRE-CBS, VINTAGE 1964 FENDER BANDMASTER BLACKFACE GUITAR AMP. BLACK PANEL AMLIFIER MODEL AB763. Made in the USA, Fullerton, CA. FENDER ELECTRIC INSTRUMENT COMPANY, FEIC. NL on the tube chard denotes December of 1964. The amp has been recently serviced to repair the vibrato footswitch jack and to clean all the controls. NO SCRATCHY POTS. Pots are dated ... more
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1966 Fender Bandmaster Black Panel Piggyback Vintage Tube Amp Head & 2x12

1966 Fender Bandmaster Black Panel Piggyback Vintage Tube Amp Head & 2x12

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

$2700

Up for sale, a 1966 Fender Bandmaster in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with a vintage tube set and Utah-made / Fender-branded 12" speakers. This 40 watt Black Panel powerhouse has the rich, balanced cleans and smooth tube overdrive at high volumes that one expects from Fender's AB763 circuit. The cleans are warm and articulate, with Fender's sparkling top end and the ability to dial in just the right amount of grit and light tube compression
The circuit is ... more
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1964 Fender - Bandmaster - White-Oxblood - ID 2796

1964 Fender - Bandmaster - White-Oxblood - ID 2796

Emmering, 82***, GERMANY

€2320

1964 Fender ?? Bandmaster ?? White-Oxblood ?? ID 2796
Seltener Vintage Blackface Bandmaster ?? Transition Model
Technisch restauriert:
Mercury Magnetics Ausgangsübertrager eingebaut, Cap Job, Optokoppler ersetzt
Die Frontbespannung wurde ersetzt, das Logo vermutlich auch
Der Netztrafo datiert auf Ende 1964
1965 Bandmaster
110 Volt
40 Watt
4 Ohm Speaker Output
White Tolex
Oxblood Grillcloth
2 x 6L6 Powertubes
Tremolo
Zwischenverkauf ... more
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1963 FENDER BANDMASTER AMP KNOPF

1963 FENDER BANDMASTER AMP KNOPF

COLOGNE, GERMANY

£65

1963 FENDER BANDMASTER AMP KNOB :
* has wear on the edges... more
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1963 Fender Bandmaster AMP JEWEL USA

1963 Fender Bandmaster AMP JEWEL USA

COLOGNE, GERMANY

£50

1 amp jewel - worn
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1965 Fender Bandmaster 40w Head, Original 1965 December Model

1965 Fender Bandmaster 40w Head, Original 1965 December Model

Bermagui, New South Wales, 2***, AUSTRALIA

AU $3000

1965 (December) Fender Bandmaster 40W guitar amp head, with double input step-down transformer (USA 110V) for Australian 240V at the wall plug, and vintage replica tremolo foot switch which i bought and has correct RCA type connection to plug. Note: Having this separate step-down transformer will stop any power surges / drops damaging the amp
Valves: 2 x 6L6 valves are Sovtek, and 3 x 12AX7's are GrooveTubes, plus 1 x AX7 just says 'japan', these were ok'ed by Andrew Kay (see pics); ... more
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I have one of these Fender Bandmaster Reverb Amp TFL 5005D that looks like yours. What is it worth?? I don't know the year.
I also have a 1974 Fender Custom Telecaster Blond Neck, Brown Solid Body, Black Plastic Front. what is it worth.
Both work GREAT !!!

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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.