Does anybody ever use the outlets on the back of '60s and '70s Fender tube amps?

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  1. jpervin

    jpervin Member

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    Would they be safe to use or not?
    Also, what was their intended use in the first place?
     
  2. drbob1

    drbob1 Silver Supporting Member

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    That's where you plug in the hair dryer for your afro, man!!!

    Actually I suspect the idea was to have your reverb unit sitting on the amp and plugged in-less risk of ground loops and consequent shocks. I've used mine for a low amperage pedalboard without any problems.
     
  3. Steve Foley

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    I used to use them, back in the day when these amps were new, but darned if I can remember what for?!?!? I'd probably pull the chassis out, and look it over, or have your tech check it out, and tighten or replace loose or deteriorated items, and use it like any other outlet. In my more current amps, I've used these outlets frequently for pedalboard power. "Back in the day" I only used a couple of pedals, and these with batteries, so I really can't imagine what I used the power outlets for, then, but I know I did.
    We also had to walk uphill both ways, in the snow..........

    El Steve-0
     
  4. Blue Strat

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    If the outlet is grounded and your amp is grounded the outlet is safe.

    I use it to run an extension cord to my pedal board.
     
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    I use it to run a fan on hot days playing outdoor gigs.
     
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    Ha! I knew this was a lie! Last time I asked the question they told me Lava Lamp. Can't fool me...

    --:)

    ps...the real answer I got involved the ground loop thing as well.
     
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    I always plug my tube reverb into the "courtesy outlet" on my C-30.
     
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    in the 70's i used to plug my morley fuzz/wah into the back of my silverface deluxe reverb... no kidding!
     
  9. doyle o'brian

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    I play pedal steel through a '75 vibrosonic and plug my volume pedal into the back. Works fine.
     
  10. ScioBro

    ScioBro Supporting Member

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    to figure out.
    Cuz, I got the Twin...it had a power cord (needs to go to an outlet)
    then I realized the Twin had the outlet I needed too.
    But the amp wouldn't ever work when I plugged it's cord into it's outlet.
     

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