Fender Bandmasters

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  1. Mister Mojo

    Mister Mojo Member

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    im deciding wether or not to hit one in new jersey, but for now i need a little more input on these. someone with sound clips would be greatly appreciated
     
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    I don't have any soundclips, will porn do? I love mine. It's a wicked cool amp.

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  4. drbob1

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    WHICH Fender Bandmaster? The 310 tweed or blond ones are super desirable, sound absolutely great for rock/country/alt and cost $3k+++. The blond piggy back ones are my favorite of the blond amps-a little more balls than the 310s, but still a great clean and complex distorted tone with that hypnotic tremelo. The BF ones are a little on the clean sounding side to me, less interesting than the blonds or the BF Bassman. But for country, surf, jazz they'd be great amps! The SF Bandmaster Reverbs are the same, just in a bigger package.
     
  5. telejammer

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    I have a silverface Bandmaster Reverb head that I recently turned into a 1-12 combo amp, love it, so much easier to carry and sounds fantastic. JD Newell makes some very nice cabnets at a fair price for Fender stuff.
     
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    what did you do to turn it into a 1x12?
     
  7. Cornbread

    Cornbread Silver Supporting Member

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    Thanks for that great reply.


    SG, I am a Tele/Gretsch guy but that LP looks amazing. I've been looking for one with a burst like that forever.
     
  8. telejammer

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    I bought a 1-12 Blond tolex combo cab from JD Newell, removed the chassie from the "head cab" installed it in new combo cab, throw in the speaker of your choice, also remount the reverb tank and your set. Mine has been modded with reverb on both channels, a switch installed to take the vibrato out of the circuit for added gain, and a master volume installed. I used a Jensen C12K-12 speaker, sounds great, no pedals needed, unless an ABY pedal so you can switch between channels if so desire. This amp will rival many boutique amps and it is hand wired.
     
  9. mrface2112

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    Here's some more Bandmaster pron. This is a very early '67 with a cabinet i made (housing a 10" copperhead and a 12" redfang).

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    Wonderful cleans, tremolo is very deep and liquid, and incredibly loud. Fantastic breakup once you get to 6 or 7, but it starts pissing people off around 4 1/2. :banana

    I don't have any clips--my studio's currently under reconstruction.


    cheers,
    wade
     
  10. GearHeadFred

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    +1 on the Bandmaster tremolo.. It uses a bias-shift tremelo, unlike the Twin and Super, which use a neon bulb and a light sensitive resistor. Very nice tremolo.
     
  11. drbob1

    drbob1 Silver Supporting Member

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    This is not true, unfortunately. There were two tremelos used in the Bandmaster:
    1. Brown: "Harmonic" trem-treble and base are split, separately tremelo'd and then recombined. Results in a complex "phasing tremelo".
    2. Black/Silverface: similar optical "bug" tremelo to the super/twin/showman etc.

    You can check the schematics at the Fender Amp Field Guide to see how they work. The bias changing trem was used on a few tweed amps, then the smaller amps (brown deluxe and princeton, black princeton, champ, vibrochamp).
     
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    Don't forget the brown vibroverb
     
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    One of my bandmates has that same exact head with a tonemaseter(I think?) cab. It's one of the coolest sounding amps I have ever played.
     
  14. GearHeadFred

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    Thanks for the correction Dr. Bob.. You are right.. I was remembering a custom built bandmaster that someone had modified with the bias shifting trem -- which is spectacular.
     
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    Here is mine... I love it super value these days!
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    wow, that's purty. is that the original grill cloth? and that tolex looks like it's seen a coat of armor all! :rotflmao


    cheers,
    wade
     
  17. fullerplast

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    Bandmasters make great combos....add an A/B switch and you have a channel switching amp. Put delay/verb on one side, OD on the other and switch or blend to taste!:AOK

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  18. fishlog

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    Yup mine is all original still except for the tubes and 3 prong chord ( so i guess that makes it not all original) No armor all I think it was just the flash of my camera. I actually think it looks better in the pic than it does in real life!
     

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