Is this a good deal for a 1965 Super Reverb?

rochell59

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Hey guys,

I have this guy on hold. Major issues I noticed: retolexed at some point, grill cloth is shot/loose and two speakers are non original. Needs a cleaning and some general love.

BUT.

It sounds amazing.

Good deal for $800? I'm sure it wouldn't need a tune up for at least a few months.

Thanks,


 
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amphog

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I would buy it if I needed a Super, but it could quickly become a 1200$ Super.
 

swiveltung

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I wouldn't say a super great deal. But $800 for a BF should be. It looks like it's been pretty damp. Got naugahyde on it instead of Tolex. Can you tell if the baffle is warped? they are noted for that happening and if it's been damp it may very well be. You need to se the inside of it, are the trannys original?
I would be tempted at $800 but I can recover and repair my own.
 

drbob1

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I'd buy it for $800 (although I'd check transformers first and drop it like a hot potato if they're wrong).
 

rochell59

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Couldn't tell if the trannies are original, but they seemed to be in the same semi-rusty condition. I briefly inspected the baffle from the back and it seemed to be in good condition.

Also, he didn't budge on price. So I'm pretty sure $800 is the best price.

I wouldn't say a great deal. But $800 for a BF should be. It looks like it's been pretty damp. Got naugahyde on it instead of Tolex. Can you tell if the baffle is warped? they are noted for that happening and if it's been damp it may very well be. You need to se the inside of it, are the trannys original?
 

rochell59

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Gotcha. What am I looking for? Also, do the tubes/rectifier need to come out to get a closer look?


I'd buy it for $800 (although I'd check transformers first and drop it like a hot potato if they're wrong).
 

Kenny Blue

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Probably a good idea to have a look at the inside of the chassis and also see if it works at all. From the looks of it I would be wondering if it had gone through a flood.
 

drbob1

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On a 65, the transformers should all be labeled 606-5xx (although if it's early 65 it could be 606-4xx). That's all you care about. If they're date appropriate, it doesn't matter if they've been changed out.
 

Blues Power

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looks like a project waiting to happen. id pass. much cleaner ones out there unless yu have the know how. techs have no mercy when it comes to going though these beasts
 

Muzzy

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Will the seller let you look inside? I think It's worth saving if it has the right transformers and hasn't been too messed up inside.
 

tele_player

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I suspect it's not the original cab. The way the baffle is mounted looks wrong.

Personally, I wouldn't touch it at anywhere near that price.
 

rochell59

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Yep, I'm not looking as an investment. I'm going to see about opening up the amp and hopefully getting some tranny codes. Maybe tonight!
 

rmconner80

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looks like a project waiting to happen. id pass. much cleaner ones out there unless yu have the know how. techs have no mercy when it comes to going though these beasts
I agree. You can buy this, invest a couple hundred bucks into making it run, and still have a bit of a rusty old dog. Or you can spend a bit more money than that investment and have something that is a lot nicer and has original tolex and maybe even CTS alnicos.

I'm not a fan of rusted Fenders. Aside from what it says about the overall care of the amp, it's also nearly impossible to clean up.

Now that everybody wants Princeton and Deluxe Reverbs... Super Reverbs don't exactly command the prices they did 15 years ago.

https://reverb.com/item/1426736-fender-super-reverb-1965-blackface-silver-grill
https://reverb.com/item/1677543-1966-fender-super-reverb
https://reverb.com/item/1722660-1966-fender-super-reverb-cts-speakers
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https://reverb.com/item/689937-1966-vintage-fender-super-reverb-tube-amplifier-player-price
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Fender/Vintage-1966-Super-Reverb-Tube-Guitar-Combo-Amp.gc
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Fender/Vintage-1964-SUPER-REVERB-4X10-Tube-Guitar-Combo-Amp.gc
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http://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Fe...everb-4X10-Tube-Guitar-Combo-Amp-111855026.gc
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Fender/Vintage-1966-SUPER-REVERB-Tube-Guitar-Combo-Amp-111946167.gc
 

rochell59

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Thanks! Also, the amp runs and sounds great, so any money thrown at it would be for cosmetic updates...hopefully.
 

tele_player

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I think the cabinet is original. The upper baffle isn't original. The lower one is missing.
It should look like this.
If the amp sounds good, the reverb and vibrato work, and has the original transformers I'd buy it. But I'd consider it a gigging amp, not an investment.
You could pull the chassis and have someone recover the cabinet and replace the grill cloth for $200-300. Or do it yourself if you like that sort of thing.
My '64 sounds great.
Obviously, the top back panel is wrong, and bottom back panel is missing. Less obvious, it looks like the speaker baffle is not recessed in front. Hard to tell from the photo, but I'm thinking it's a seventies cab, with the non-removable baffle cut out, and a new baffle mounted in front.
 

jonnytexas

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You could get a 2X10 cab made for 300 bills. I did it to one of mine, and holy shnike, it sounds killer. Its the one on the right in my avatar. I would say if reverb and tremolo work and it has no noticeable sound issues it could be a great gigging amp. Nothing like supers IMHO.
 

zenas

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I'd pass as a money making project. Because there's no money there at $800. Don't care how good a guy is at tolex jobs you simply can't get the right tolex today. You can make it look just like a SRRI however. So that "recover" thing bits you.
And really even pretty nice BFSRs aren't much today. I passed on one for $1,200 a few weeks ago. Too many amps already and no profit in flipping at that price.

If you want the amp to play and it sounds like you do. Then it ain't such a bad deal. Expecially if it's close by.
Personally I like beat looking amps. Nobody expects much when they see a beat up amp. :)
 




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