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December 13, 2017

Installment 7 - Fender Crunch, Jumbo Shrimp and Other Oxymorons

Up to this point, the discussion has been about classic Fender clean tone. I have, however, also pursued a killer Fender crunch tone over the years with fairly limited success. The problem is that Marshal...

December 13, 2017

Installment 6 Fender by the Numbers - The '65 Twin Reverb

Before we get started on the Twin Reverb, there is one additional vintage reissue combo amp I would like to briefly comment on - The '59 Bassman LTD. This is another rather imposing amp; 45-watts into 4-10" Jen...

November 24, 2017

Installment 5 Fender by the Numbers... The '65 Super Reverb Reissue

The next amp in the reissue series is the '65 Super Reverb.This is a more imposing amplifier, in both size and sound, than the the smaller reissues. At 45 watts and with 4-10" Jensen P10R vintage styl...

October 31, 2017

Installment 4 Fender by the Numbers - The '65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue

The next amp up in the reissue series is the '65 Deluxe Reverb. This amp is slightly larger that the Princeton, featuring more power through a larger speaker. The Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb features 22...

October 31, 2017

Installment 3  Fender by the Numbers - The '65 Princeton Reverb Reissue

We'll start this installment with more definitions (yikes!). Over the years, Fender has modified, improved, and in some cases, replaced its all tube amp designs. As a result, some of the classic c...

October 11, 2017

Installment 2 - Sometimes Old is New Again

Just for a reference, I would like to start with my definition of "vintage", which is equipment manufactured it the 20-year window from 1952-1972. Some would argue that window could be pushed several years in either direction...

October 4, 2017

The sordid story of my trials and tribulations in attempting to put together a reasonable collection of Fender tube amps.

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