My 1966 Blackface Fender Bassman! (Porn!)

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  1. themusicboxstudios

    themusicboxstudios Member

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    Hey Guys, I picked this up a couple weeks ago after falling in love with it at my local vintage guitar store. I just wanted to post some pictures (because we all love pictures!) and just to run it by all you experts in case something is wrong. I payed $525 for it. Could the amp benefit from some new tubes?

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    Here's the numbers:

    Black Tranny: 022814 – 8316605
    Silver Tranny: 022871 – 606610
    Choke?: 022699 – 606 – 6 – 09

    Sylvania Power Tubes (Kd?)
    2 RCA Preamps
    1 ARS Preamp
    1 Unknown Preamp

    Serial: A 21127
    Production: 49

    Look good my friends?

    OFF TOPIC: I'm going to picking up a smaller BF fender combo soon to have all my bases covered. How much is a "holy grail" 1964 BF PR going for these days? ALL ORIGINAL

    thanks, jon
     
  2. dzrati

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    I'm not an expert but do appreciate the pics....thanks for posting them!
     
  3. sovtekking

    sovtekking Supporting Member

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    i'm with ya man, just picked up a '67 BFSR myself...not sure If i'm keeping it, but I had to go vintage fender at least once in my life!!!
     
  4. HEY!YOU!

    HEY!YOU! Senior Member

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    Nice! Congrats.

    Here's my '66, I play it thru 4x10's
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  5. 908SSP

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    Did you get the cover for the caps on the chassis next to the pre-amp tubes? You should have a cover leaving those exposed could deadly.

    I have been using my 66 Bassman for bass amp with a Ampeg cab. Not terribly loud but it sounds good.

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  6. themusicboxstudios

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    ya i'm trying to figure out which speaker combo i'm gonna like with it, i'm picking up a closed back cab loaded with greenbacks this week, so i'm excited to hear that.
     
  7. themusicboxstudios

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    yep ... got the cover ... just took it off for the pictures ... i didn't touch anything for fear i might die. :eek:

    jon
     
  8. themusicboxstudios

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    pm sent ... just keep me in mind if you ever sell it :)
     
  9. themusicboxstudios

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    so i'm considering buying a 1x12 cab for the bassman head. What do you guys reccomend for it? Needs to handle at least 50 watts and be available in 4 ohms. I want the speaker to sound good both open and closed back. Preferably not too bright ... I want it to make my cleans prettier and the breakup a tad less bright and a bit more full more full. At the end of the day i want it to still sound like a Fender. I'm already using a Blackface Fender with a Maple Neck telecaster. I don't need it to be brighter.

    peace, jon
     
  10. HEY!YOU!

    HEY!YOU! Senior Member

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    I'm real happy with my 4x10's, Vintage Celestions, 16 ohm wired parallel.
    Very meaty :dude
     
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    i've got an awesome bassman (blonde in a bandmaster shell) with presence control. kick ass amp. (its for sale, fwiw0

    dave
     
  12. EL34

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    Given the photos and tranny numbering, it looks all original to me with the exception of having the electrolytic caps replaced. You might want to check the pots too....can't tell if they are original by the photo. Enjoy the amp!
     
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    Congrats Cure, you'll love the amp. Are you keeping it original or have it modded? If your thinking of having it modded, my amp guy does the Allen mod. David Allen no longer does the mod, as he wants to concentrate on building amp. Who could blame him. Anyway, by the pics it looks SWEET.By the way, the best my heads have ever sounded was running them into a Avatar openback cab loaded with Celestion V-'30's. It was Plexi Marshall heaven running through those speakers on the Tweed Bassman/Plexi Marshall side of amp. Here's a pic of my 69' and 66' which are both Allen modded.

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  14. SteveStrat

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    Proud owner of a '66 and '67 here. Both are great amps. I play mine with a jumper to both channels to get the most oomph out of them. It's nice to blend the bass and instr channels.

    For clean bassman tones I really like the Jensen C12N and for dirty, Eminence Governors add a nice mid bump and speaker breakup.

    I got Mullard GTreissues and TAD 6L6MSTR's running in them both. The Tung-Sol 6L6's are really nice too.

    Steve
     
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    Eminence Tonker. You're in OC, I'm in Fullerton off the 57fwy. I've got a 1 x 12 cab w/ a Tonker in it if you want to bring your amp up and plug in and check it out. I've got a couple of cabs you can compare it to (8 ohms tho, should be okay just to check it out).
     
  16. themusicboxstudios

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    thanks for the responses everyone. I'm really loving this amp. I haven't been this excited since i had my Divided by 13 FTR37, which is an AMAZING amp ... but could never have the vibe of my Bassman. I wish i could have both amps, but neither is better than the other.

    anways, thanks for the speaker tryout offer! i might have to hit you up on that in the near future.

    as for the pots ... the tech at the store told me that he just replaced one of them because it was acting up quite a bit, but all of the others are original. now that i thinking about, i should have asked for the pot! :horse

    jon
     
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    Hey Jon,

    How would you describe the overdrive characteristics? What do you slam it with?

    M.E.
     
  18. themusicboxstudios

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    how about i record some clips michael :). then you can hear it for yourself! right now, i actually have no pedals. A couple months ago i sold every bit of my guitar gear to join a band in which i was asked to play bass for. Soon after that i realized, i really like writing my own stuff and playing with a band who colaborates on songs ... so i grabbed my guitar and my search continues! i'm looking for a not so costly, yet still as fun alternative to my old D13 + 10 pedals rig. So ya, i'm on the list for Tim/Timmy ... i'm pretty sure i'm in the current batch of pedals being made. I might buy a BJF EGDM because that pedal was absolutely amazing when i used to have it. Then i'll probably grab myself a memory lane.

    anyways, i have my recording rig all hooked up, maybe i can get some clips done today.

    jon
     
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    Hey Jon

    Let me ask you a loaded question....why do you want one that's "all original"? If you bought an old Tbird would you want the original tires and oil in it? You can buy those amps for significantly less if they have been recapped, retubed, and have a 3 prong plug installed. Those things NEED to be done on an old amp for safety as well as reliability and tone. I personally don't care if the reverb tank is original or if it's been regrilled or had the speaker replaced either. A non playing collector may want one thats all original for collectabilities sake but don't buy into the misguided notion that a vintage Fender must be "all original" to sound right.

    Dan
     
  20. themusicboxstudios

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    two words: RESALE VALUE :)

    i'm stoked that it has a cap job and that the power cord has been replaced. I understand that i would have had to do these things. But i don't want some cheap ass tranny thrown in there or some random mod done to it without me knowing. I paid 525 this knowing that all the transformers were original, and it had a cap job. i want to make sure i bought what i thought i was buying, what's so wrong with that?

    jon
     

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