Can we talk about the best 60s fender FENDER cleans?

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  1. RSRD

    RSRD Member

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    Want to get some feedback on what the best fender FENDER clean channel amp is from the 60s. Im looking to get the best of the best for recording purposes. Also, what's better to get: heads or 1X12s? showmans, bandmasters? princetons? How do browns sound cmpared to black face,etc...

    ps- please dont recommend non fenders here. Im looking for vintage fenders. I get that certain copies may sound better to you. Just like a suhr or melancon tele or strat sounds better then a fender to me. But in this case I just want to talk Fender. Thanks!
     
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  2. MarkF786

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    Buy an Allen amp for the best Blackface sound.
     
  3. louis

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    I think that my 1964 Vibrolux Reverb sounded heavenly!



    Louis
     
  4. RSRD

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    Thanks Louis. Have you compared it to other fenders? how does it compare?
     
  5. dmagalhaes

    dmagalhaes Supporting Member

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    IMO, loudest clean is a Twin Reverb, best clean is a Bandmaster NR. I have both :p
     
  6. tnt365

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    I also wouldn't overlook the Bassman as they can be had relatively cheap. Great cleans on those amps IMO.
     
  7. RSRD

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    Volume isnt really an issue since Im just recording with it. I once had and loved a bandmaster head. Wonderful amps. I may have to go that way.

    I remember playing a Bassman and really liking it. Glassy cleans right?

    Thanks guys
     
  8. wyatt3

    wyatt3 Trem-Verb-Vibe, The 3 Kings Silver Supporting Member

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    Can't believe I just ran across this thread.
    I had a '67 Vibrolux for 40 yrs.
    Great clean tone.
    I also had a Fender Pro Tube Twin Amp.

    But today, I just grabbed a '68 Dual Showman head off Craigslist.
    This thing has the spankiest, twangiest, Fender cleans I have heard.
    Nothing but headroom here. I am in Dick Dale heaven.

    I can only speak for these three Fender amps.
    I have heard great things about the Bandmaster, and Bassman, for cleans.
     
  9. pinhooker

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    Super. Nothing like the swirl of 4x10s.
     
  10. smolder

    smolder Gold Supporting Member

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    Lol... Way to read the whole post ; )
     
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    Normally I would say Twin or Showman for the headroom but if you doing just recording then probably any blackface amp would be great. I play my '60s Showman through a vintage JBL K120 and IMO cleans don't get much better than that...
     
  12. smolder

    smolder Gold Supporting Member

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    Almost all reverb sf/bf fenders, as well as bassman will start breaking up at 3.5 to 4. Twins, Showmans and some NR's (Princeton) will stay clean longer. Just depends on your volume needs and what flavor fender you want. Browns and blondes are logically between the cleans of bf/sf and the not so cleans of tweeds. Speaker choice will flavor everything.
     
  13. tnt365

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    Yeah, I'd say so.
     
  14. slider313

    slider313 Silver Supporting Member

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    If you're going to use it strictly for recording then I would go with a Vibrolux Reverb.
     
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    Mattbedrock Silver Supporting Member

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    Just to toot my own horn, I posted this amp shootout with eight different vintage Fender amps (mostly BF) awhile back. It has clips of each amp to compare the sounds. There were a variety of opinions on what was the favorite, but I am a big fan of my Tremolux's, Bandmaster and Pro Reverb. But I love my Bassman, Dual Showman, Princeton, Deluxe ...

    They're all good.


    http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?t=825121&highlight=Fender+shootout
     
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    Most of em not really 'glassy' stock. A few caps in there to muddy it up, easily removed to get yr Fender sparkle back.
     
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    Great work on that shootout. WOW. Thanks for sharing it.
    Tweed deluxe was what I liked, through my cheap computer speaker.
    Dual Showman I liked too.
     
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    Thanks all for the suggestions. Im starting to dig again. Headed to action music here in VA to test a few out.

    Thanks a ton for the link of all the clips. Huge help.
     
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    I'm partial to my '64 aa864 Bassman. But really any Fenders of that era are going to give up the goods.
     
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    Vibrolux Reverb is really good for recording. Princetone Reverb too.

    Tomo
     

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