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Friday, January 11, 2013

Acoustic Holiday - Svenson - New Release Review

I just received a new release, Acoustic Holiday, from Svenson. This is not a traditional blues recording but an extremely interesting acoustic recording. The release opens with Blues and Tocatta in e-moll. This track has base elements and turnarounds of blues but is really a very classical in nature. It is extremely clean and well executed. Next up is Continental Blues, an acoustic 12 bar instrumental with a traditional droning bass line but with more of a jazz feel and execution. In den Kordilleren is very classically Spanish in styling requiring very crisp execution. Very nice track. Melina has many jazz and folk characteristics. Samba de Gaia featuring Lulo Reinhardt, the grand nephew of the famous Gypsy swing guitarist DJANGO REINHARDT, has much of the flavor of South America as one might expect from the title. This has some particularly flashy guitar work that is really cool to compliment the Latin rhythm. Sixtus is a very strong classical/jazz style track and possibly my favorite on the recording. This was written by drummer Peter Johannesson for his live performances with Herbie Hancock. Just a solitary acoustic guitar well played with beautiful chords and clean articulation. T for Theia finds Svenson playing rhythm and lead guitar at once much like Charlie Hunter does except both on acoustic guitar as opposed to how Hunter accompanies himself on a guitar set up with both guitar and bass strings. Nice swing blues based jazz track. Another take at T for Theia features Dieter Kropp on harmonica. This adds of course a new dimension as well as changing the complexion of the track. The Ballad of Sam Hawkens played on a Fender Dobro, the other songs being played on a Furch d-22 with Cutaway, a Farida M-26 and a Flamenco Guitar from Atalaya Musical, Spain. The track is an exploration of lead work surrounding chorded melody. The final track on this release is The Short Journey of Isis and Re. This is a more experimental track with an exploratory melody. This is an interesting recording and one that a number of listeners could really enjoy.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Tech Talk - Fender Bandmaster (1965)


Model/Circuit Number: AB763

Era: Blackface
Configuration: Piggyback (reviewed with alternate speaker cabinet)
Controls: Black forward facing w/ white labels
Knobs: Black skirted w/ chrome center, numbered 1 - 10

Faceplate

Front: Normal: In, In, Bright Sw, Vol, Treb, Bass - Vibrato: In, In, Bright Sw, Vol, Treb, Bass, Speed, Intensity - Pilot Lamp
Rear: AC Outlet, Ground Sw, Fuse (2A), Power Sw, Standby Sw, Speaker Jack, Ex. Speaker Jack, Vibrato Jack

Dimensions: Head: 8'' x 24'' x 9''
Hardware: Head: Chrome Corners, Large Chassis Straps 5 5/8'', Side Bar Clips. Cabinet: 16'' Tilt-Back Legs, Black Strap handle, Thumb screws, Thumb screw receptacles
Handle: Black strap handle
Feet: Glides
Corners: Chrome Corners with Lip
Tolex/Tweed: Black Tolex
Grill Cloth: black white silver grill cloth

Logo: Grill mounted, raised, chrome & black, script with tail
Weight: 49.5 lbs.

Effects: Tremolo
~Watts: 40 watts
Tubes
Pre amp: 2 x 7025 and 12AT7
Power: 2 x 6L6GC

Bias: Fixed bias adjustment pot
Rectifier: Solid State
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Friday, July 22, 2011

Tech Talk - Fender Bassman 5E6-A (1956)


Model No: 5E6-A (55-57)

Config:
Combo

Control Panel:
Chrome top facing w/ white screened labels, controls numbered 1-12

Conrol Layout:
Ground Sw, Fuse (3A), Power Sw, Standby Sw, Pilot Lamp, Presense, Bass, Treb, Vol, Vol, Normal In, Bright In


Knobs:
Black pointer

Cabinet:
Narrow panel, closed back w/ 2 ports, 23" x 22½" x 10½" (58.4 x 57.2 x 26.7 cm)

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Tech Talk - Fender Super Amp (6G4) (1960)


Model No:
6G4

Config:
Combo

Control Panel:
Brown forward facing w/ white screened labels, controls numbered 1-10

Front Conrol Layout:
6G4: Normal: In, In, Bass, Treb, Vol - Bright: In, In, Bass, Treb, Vol, Speed, Intensity - Presense - Pilot Lamp

Rear Conrol Layout:
6G4: Ground Sw, Fuse (3A), Power Sw, Standby Sw, Speaker Jack, Vibrato Jack

Knobs:
Brown round

Cabinet:
18" x 24" x 10½" (45.7 x 61 x 26.7 cm)

Cab Covering:
Pinkish Brown Tolex

Cab Hardware:
Brown strap handle, 5½" chassis straps, glides

Grille:
Brown

Logo:
Grille mounted, flat, chrome & black script "Fender"

Weight:
47 lbs (21.3 Kg)

Speakers/Load:
2 x 10"/4 ohms (8 ohms each in parallel)

Speaker Model:
Jensen P10R, Jensen P10Q or Oxford 10K5

Effects:
Tremolo

Output:
40 Watts

Preamp:
Normal: 7025
Bright: 7025

Power:
6G4: 2 x 6L6GC

Bias:
Fixed Bias, nonadjustable

Rectifier:
GZ34

Phase Inverter:
7025 (long tailed)

Other:
Tremolo: 2 x 7025 (6G4) or 12AX7, ½ 12AX7, and 7025


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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tech Talk - Fender Princeton Reverb (1965)


Circuit:
AA1164

Config:
Combo

Control Panel:
Black, forward facing w/ white labels

Front Conrol Layout:
In, In, Vol, Treb, Bass, Reverb, Speed, Intensity - Pilot Lamp

Rear Conrol Layout:
AC Outlet, Ground Sw, Fuse (1A), Power Sw, Speaker Jack, Ex. Speaker Jack, Vibrato Jack, Reverb Jack, Reverb Out, Reverb In

Knobs:
Black skirted w/ chrome center, numbered 1 - 10

Cabinet:
20" x 16¼" x 9½" (48.9 x 41.3 x 24.1 cm)

Cab Covering:
Black Tolex

Cab Hardware:
Black strap handle, 4½" chassis straps, glides

Grille:
Silver sparkle grille cloth

Logo:
None

Weight:
28 lbs. (12.7 Kg)

Speakers/Load:
1 x 10"/8 ohms

Speaker Model:
Jensen C10R, Jensen C10N, Oxford 10L5 or Oxford 10J4

Effects:
Reverb, Tremolo

Output:
12-15 Watts

Preamp:
7025, ½ 12AX7

Power:
2 x 6V6GT

Bias:
Fixed, nonadjustable

Rectifier:
5U4GB

Phase Inverter:
½ 12AX7 (split load)

Other:
Reverb Driver: 12AT7
Reverb Recovery: ½ 12AX7
Tremolo: ½ 12AX7 (bias vary)


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tech Talk - Fender Princeton-Amp (1964)




Model:
Princeton

Circuit:
AA964

Config:
Combo

Control Panel:
Black forward facing w/ white labels

Front Conrol Layout:

AA964: In, In, Vol, Treb, Bass, Speed, Intensity - Pilot Lamp

Rear Conrol Layout:

AA964: AC Outlet, Ground Sw, Fuse (1A), Power Sw, Speaker Jack, Ex. Speaker Jack, Vibrato Jack

Knobs:
Black skirted w/ chrome center, numbered 1 - 10

Cabinet:
16" x 16" x 8½" (40.6 x 40.6 x 21.6)

Cab Covering:
Black Tolex

Cab Hardware:
Black Strap handle, 4½" chassis straps, glides

Grille:
Grey (63) or silver sparkle grille cloth

Logo:
None (64-65)



Speakers/Load:
1 x 10"/8 ohms

Speaker Model:
Jensen C10R or Oxford 10J4

Effects:
Tremolo

Output:
12 Watts

Preamp:
7025

Power:
2 x 6V6GT (push pull)

Bias:
Fixed Bias, nonadjustable

Rectifier:

AA964: GZ34

Phase Inverter:
½ 12AX7 (split load)

Other:
Tremolo: ½ 12AX7 (bias vary)

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Tech Talk - Fender Super Reverb Blackface vs. Silverface


The Fender Super Reverb was a guitar amplifier made by Fender. It was introduced in 1963 and was discontinued in 1982. This was essentially a Fender Super amplifier with built-in reverb and vibrato. The original Super Reverb amplifiers were all tube design and featured spring reverb. There were two different designs, distinguishable by the color of the "face" or front control panel. Super Reverbs from 1963 through 1967 had "black face" panels.

From 1968 until its discontinuation in 1982, the Super Reverb had "silverface" cosmetics and circuitry. Early models in 1968, while cosmetically "Silverface", did contain "Blackface" circuitry.

* 40 watts into 4x 10" 8-Ohm Jensen speakers (wired in parallel for 2 Ohms)

* Silverface models: 45 watts (power increased to 70 watts in 1975 and was given a Master volume with pull-out boost circuit and a solid state rectifier. Changed to 135 watts RMS in 1978 with an additional Mid control pot for the Normal channel and a Line Out jack socket.) Silverface amps made between '68 and '72 were emblazoned with "Super Reverb-Amp". After 1972 this was changed to just "Super Reverb".

Tube (valve) complement:

* 4 X 12AX7,
* 2 X 12AT7,
* 2 X 6L6,
* 1 X 5AR4/GZ34 RectifierTube for blackface amps and 5U4GB for silver face amps

* two channels: Normal and Vibrato, with Bright Switch

* Height: 24⅞" (63.2 cm)
* Width: 25⅛" (63.8 cm)
* Depth: 10½" (26.7 cm)

* Weight: approx. 65 lbs.

* A "Boost" control and a master volume were added in 1975.

* A Mid control for the Normal channel and a Line Out jack socket were added in 1978.

* Super Reverbs produced between late 1980 and 1981 have blackface cosmetics and a silver sparkle grille cloth.

* Master volume has a pull-out pot for distortion.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Tech Talk - Fender Super Reverb Head (1967)

Model:
Super Reverb

Circuit:
AB763

Control Panel:
Black, forward facing w/ white labels

Front Conrol Layout:
Normal: In, In, Bright Sw, Vol, Treb, Bass - Vibrato: In, In, Bright Sw, Vol, Treb, Mid, Bass, Reverb, Speed, Intensity - Pilot Lamp

Rear Conrol Layout:
AC Outlet, Ground Sw, Fuse (2A), Power Sw, Standby Sw, Speaker, Ex. Speaker, Vibrato Jack, Reverb Jack, Reverb Out, Reverb In

Knobs:
Black skirted w/ chrome center, numbered 1 - 10

Cab Covering:
Black Tolex


Grille:
Silver sparkle grille cloth

Logo:
Grille mounted, raised, chrome & black script "Fender" w/ tail


Effects:
Reverb, Tremolo

Output:
40 Watts

Preamp:
Normal: 7025
Vibrato: 7025, ½ 7025

Power:
2 x 6L6GC

Bias:
Fixed w/ bias adjustment pot.

Rectifier:
GZ34

Phase Inverter:
12AT7 (long tailed)

Other:
Reverb Driver: 12AT7
Reverb Recovery: ½ 7025
Tremolo: 12AX7 (photoresistor)


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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Tech Talk - Fender Bassman vs. Fender Bassman RI


First tube is preamp, 12AY7 is specified. 6072A may also be used. A low-noise, low-microphony 5751, 12AX7, or 7025 is also usable, though they will have more voltage gain and will change the sound of the amp considerably.

Second tube is a 12AX7. This is the driver. Any 12AX7 or 7025 is usable here--it need not be low-noise or low-hum, nor does it need to be tested for microphony.

Third tube is a 12AX7. This is the phase inverter tube. This tube need not be low-noise or low-hum, nor does it need to be tested for microphony. It must have good quality heater insulation. 12AX7s or 7025s are suitable. Good NOS 12AT7s may also be used here. We understand that some technicians recommend Ei or JJ ECC83s for this duty.

Power tubes are a pair of 6L6 (5881s were originally specified). Recommend using matched pair of 6L6GCs or NOS 6L6Gs, GAs, GBs, or WGB, or 5881s. Current TAD 6L6WGC-STR and re-issue Tung-Sol 5881 are the best option in place of NOS tubes. Also acceptable are NOS JAN-Philips 6L6WGB, and NOS types 7581A, KT66 or 350B. NOS metal 6L6s run too hot. DO NOT use other types.

Rectifier tube is type 83. This is a rare mercury-vapor rectifier. Only costly NOS is available. The similar type 83-V might work, although some technicians recommend against it. Warning: if an 83 rectifier is broken, there is a risk of mercury poisoning. tube 4 inputs Presence, Middle, Bass, Treble, Vol. Bright, Vol. Normal controls ground, power and standby switches


FModel/Circuit Number: 217-1000-010
Years of Production: 1990 – Present
Era: Vintage Reissue
Configuration: Combo
Controls: Chrome top facing w/ white screened labels, controls numbered 1-12
Knobs: Black Chicken Head
Faceplate

Front: Ground Sw, Fuse (3A), Power Sw, Standby Sw, Pilot Lamp, Presense, Mid, Bass, Treb, Vol Bright, Vol Normal, Bright Hi-Gain In, Bright Lo-Gain In, Normal Hi-Gain In, Normal Lo-Gain In

Speaker

* Size: 4x 10
* Impedance: 2 ohms
* Model: Jensen P10R(For more info, check out the Jensen Replacement Speakers)

Effects:
~Watts: 45 watts
Tubes

* Pre amp: 3 x 12AX7
* Power: 2 x 6L6GC

Bias: Fixed
Rectifier: Solid State plug-in (can be replaced with a 5AR4)
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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tech Talk - Fender Super-Amp (1957)



Model No:
5F4 (56-60)

Config:
Combo

Control Panel:
Chrome top facing w/ white screened labels, controls numbered 1-12

Conrol Layout:
Ground Sw, Fuse (3A), Power Sw, Standby Sw, Pilot Lamp, Presense, Bass, Treb, Vol, Mic Vol, In, In, Mic In, Mic In

Knobs:
Black pointer

Cabinet:
Narrow panel, 18½" x 22" x 10½" (47 x 55.9 x 26.7 cm)

Cab Covering:
Diagonal tweed

Cab Hardware:
Leather Handle, glides

Grille:
brown grille cloth

Logo:
Cabinet mounted, Script "Fender" on rectangular tag

Weight:
?

Speakers/Load:
2 x 10"/? ohms

Speaker Model:
Jensen P10R or Jensen P10Q

Effects:
None

Output:


Preamp:
5F4: Mic: ½ 12AY7, Inst: ½ 12AY7, 12AX7 and ½ 12AX7 shared by both channels

Power:
5F4: 2 x 6L6G


Bias:
5F4: Fixed bias, nonadjustable

Rectifier:
5F4: 5U4G


Phase Inverter:
5F4: ½ 12AX7 (split load)

Comments:


A speaker and ex. speaker jack were located under the chassis.
A selenium rectifier was used in the bias circuit for model 5F4.
The spearkers were mounted off center in the lower left and upper right corners of the baffle.



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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tech Talk - Fender Pro-Amp (1959)




Model:
Pro

Model No:
5E5-A (56-60)

Config:
Combo

Control Panel:
Chrome top facing w/ white screened labels, controls numbered 1-12

Conrol Layout:
5E5: Ground Sw, Fuse (3A), Power Sw, Standby Sw, Pilot Lamp, Tone, Vol, Mic Vol, In, In, Mic In, Mic In
5E5-A: Ground Sw, Fuse (3A), Power Sw, Standby Sw, Pilot Lamp, Presence, Bass, Treb, Vol, Mic Vol, In, In, Mic In, Mic In

Knobs:
Black pointer

Cabinet:
Narrow panel, 20" x 22" x 10" (50.8 x 55.9 x 25.4 cm)

Cab Covering:
Diagonal tweed

Cab Hardware:
Leather Handle, glides

Grille:
brown grille cloth

Logo:
Cabinet mounted, Script "Fender Pro-Amp" on rectangular tag

Weight:
?

Speakers/Load:
1 x 15"/8 ohms

Speaker Model:
Jensen P15N

Effects:
None

Output:
18-25 Watts (5E5) or ? (5E5-A)

Preamp:

5E5-A: Mic: ½ 12AY7, Instrument: ½ 12AY7, 12AY7 and ½ 12AX7 shared by both channels

Power:
2 x 6L6GB or 5881 (58-60)

Bias:
5E5-A: Fixed bias, nonadjustable

Rectifier:
5U4GA

Phase Inverter:
½ 12AX7 (split load)

Comments:


Model 5E5-A returned the negative feedback loop with the addition of the Presense control.
A selenium rectifier is used in model 5E5-A's bias circuit.



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Friday, June 17, 2011

Tech Talk - Fender "Pro Junior" (2003)


The Pro Junior™ is a simple, uncluttered 15-Watt tone machine, a great grab & go tube amp for stage or studio. It's got the fat mid tones characteristic of EL-84 output tubes, a dual 12AX7 tube preamp, and a 10-inch Fender Special Design speaker with vintage cone. These ingredients add up to incredibly touch-sensitive dynamic response that experienced players prefer.Other features include a unique clean-to-drive volume control, and external speaker capability. The new Pro Junior IIalso includes these upgrades: Easier reading black control panel with front reading text; New badge; Vintage Fender "dog bone" handle; Vintage sized jewel light; Lower-noise shielding; Rattle reducing shock absorbers for EL-84 tubes; Heavy duty set screw "chicken head" knobs. Fender Hot Rod Series Pro Junior 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Features: All tube preamp and 15-watt power section Volume and tone controls 1 - 10" special design Eminence® speaker Extension speaker jack

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Tech Talk - Fender Champion "600" (2007)

Model Name: Champion™ 600
Series: Vintage Modified Amps
Amplifier Type: Tube
Color / MSRP* / Part # :

Two Tone
$239.99
233-0100-000

Electronics
Inputs: Two (1/4" Instrument and 1/4" Instrument / XLR Microphone)
Extension Speaker Jack: External Speaker Output
Channels: One channel
Power Handling: 5 watts
Rectifier: Diode Rectifier
Controls: Volume
Hardware
Cabinet Material: Brown and Blonde Vinyl Covering; Vintage-Correct 1950 "Two-Tone" Cosmetics
Pilot Light Jewel: Red Amp Jewel
Handle: Leather Strap Handle
Front Panel: Chrome Front Panel
Input Impedance: 1 M Input Impedance
Sensitivity: 25 mV (volume at maximum for full power)
Amplifier Length: 7.5" (19 cm)
Amplifier Width: 12" (31 cm)
Amplifier Height: 11" (27.9 cm)
Amplifier Weight: 15 lbs (6.80 kg)
Speakers
Speaker: One 6", 4-Ohm Special Design driver with ceramic magnet (0073904000)
Speaker Impedance: 4 Ohm
Tubes
Preamp Tubes: 1 x 12AX7
Power Tubes: 1 x 6V6
Miscellaneous
Unique Features: Tube Preamp and Tube Power Amp (One 12AX7 tube; One 6V6 tube). 5 watts Into a 6" Special Design Speaker. High-Gain and Low-Gain Inputs; Hotter Preamp Circuit than the 1950 Original for Warm Natural Overdrive when Turned Up. Single Volume Control. External Speaker Output. Brown and Blonde Vinyl Covering; Vintage-Correct 1950 "Two-Tone" Cosmetics. Leather Strap Handle. Red Jeweled Pilot Light.


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Friday, May 27, 2011

Tech Talk - Fender Concert-Amp (1963)


Year:
1959-1963

Model:
Concert

Model No:
5G12 (59)
6G12 (60)
6G12-A (60-63)

Config:
Combo

Control Panel:
Brown forward facing w/ white screened labels, controls numbered 1-10

Front Conrol Layout:
Normal: In, In, Bass, Treb, Vol - Vibrato: In, In, Bass, Treb, Vol, Speed, Intensity - Presense - Pilot Lamp (6G12-A)

Rear Conrol Layout:
6G12: Ground Sw, Fuse (3A), Power Sw, Standby Sw, Speaker Jack, Vibrato Jack
6G12-A: Ground Sw, Fuse (3A), Power Sw, Standby Sw, Speaker Jack, Ex Speaker Jack, Vibrato Jack

Knobs:
Brown round

Cabinet:
24" x 24" x 10½" (61 x 61 x 26.7 cm)

Cab Covering:
Pinkish Brown Tolex(59-61) or Brown Tolex (62-63)

Cab Hardware:
Brown plastic or black strap (63) handle, 5½" chassis straps, glides

Grille:
Brown (60-61), Maroon (61-62) or Wheat (62-63) grille cloth

Logo:
Grille mounted, flat, chrome & black script "Fender"

Weight:
55 lbs. (24.9 Kg)

Speakers/Load:
4 x 10"/2 ohms (8 ohms each in parallel)

Speaker Model:
Jensen P10R, Jensen P10Q, Jensen C10R or Oxford 10K5

Effects:
Tremolo

Output:
40 Watts

Preamp:
Normal: 7025
Bright: 7025

Power:
6G12: 2 x 6L6GC
6G12-A: 2 x 5881

Bias:
Fixed Bias, nonadjustable

Rectifier:
Solid State

Phase Inverter:
7025 (long tailed)

Other:
Tremolo: 2 x 7025 (6G12) or 2 x 7025 and ½ 12AX7 (6G12-A) (harmonic vibrato)

Comments:


Model 6G12 had the controls ordered Bass, Treble, Volume, etc.
½ 12AX7 was unused on model 6G12-A
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tech Talk - Fender Super-Amp (1962)




Model:
Super

Model No:
6G4-A

Config:
Combo

Control Panel:
Brown forward facing w/ white screened labels, controls numbered 1-10

Front Conrol Layout:
6G4: Normal: In, In, Bass, Treb, Vol - Bright: In, In, Bass, Treb, Vol, Speed, Intensity - Presense - Pilot Lamp
6G4-A: Normal: In, In, Vol, Treb, Bass - Bright: In, In, Vol, Treb, Bass, Speed, Intensity - Presense - Pilot Lamp

Rear Conrol Layout:
6G4: Ground Sw, Fuse (3A), Power Sw, Standby Sw, Speaker Jack, Vibrato Jack
6G4-A: Ground Sw, Fuse (3A), Power Sw, Standby Sw, Speaker Jack, Ex. Speaker Jack, Vibrato Jack

Knobs:
Brown round

Cabinet:
18" x 24" x 10½" (45.7 x 61 x 26.7 cm)

Cab Covering:
Pinkish Brown Tolex(60-61) or rough brown Tolex (62-63)

Cab Hardware:
Brown strap handle, 5½" chassis straps, glides

Grille:
Brown (60), Maroon (60-62) or Wheat (62-63) grille cloth

Logo:
Grille mounted, flat, chrome & black script "Fender"

Weight:
47 lbs (21.3 Kg)

Speakers/Load:
2 x 10"/4 ohms (8 ohms each in parallel)

Speaker Model:
Jensen P10R, Jensen P10Q or Oxford 10K5

Effects:
Tremolo

Output:
40 Watts

Preamp:
Normal: 7025
Bright: 7025

Power:
6G4: 2 x 6L6GC
6G4-A: 2 x 5881

Bias:
Fixed Bias, nonadjustable

Rectifier:
GZ34

Phase Inverter:
7025 (long tailed)

Other:
Tremolo: 2 x 7025 (6G4) or 12AX7, ½ 12AX7, and 7025 (6G4-A) (harmonic vibrato)

Comments:
The 6G5-A tremolo circuit left ½ 12AX7 unused.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tech Talk - Fender Pro-Amp (1953)

Next installment in cool blues amps.


Year:
1947-1953

Model:
Pro

Model No:
5A5, 5B5, 5C5

Config:
Combo

Control Panel:
Chrome top facing w/ white screened labels, controls numbered 1-12

Conrol Layout:
Fuse (2A), Power Sw, Pilot Lamp, Vol, Mic Vol, Tone/Power Sw, In, In, Mic In, Mic In

Knobs:
Black pointer

Cabinet:
TV Front, 19 7/8"H X 22"W X 10"D tapers to 8 3/4" (50.5 x 55.9 x 25.4 cm)

Cab Covering:
Vertical tweed (47-48) or diagonal tweed

Cab Hardware:
Leather Handle, glides

Grille:
brown mohair (47-48) or linen

Logo:
Cabinet mounted, block letter "Fender Fullerton, California" on rectangular tag

Weight:
?

Speakers/Load:
1 x 15"/8 ohms

Speaker Model:
Jensen F15N (Field Coil) or Jensen P15N

Effects:
None

Output:
18-25 Watts

Preamp:
Mic: 6SC7 or 12AY7 (later models)
Instrument: 6SC7 or 12AY7 (later models)

Power:
2 x metal envelope 6L6

Bias:
Cathode Biased

Rectifier:
5U4

Phase Inverter:
6SC7 or 12AX7(later models) (paraphase)

Comments:


A speaker jack and ex. speaker jack were installed under the chassis.
The filter choke was removed from the circuit on Model 5C5.
A separate On/Off switch was added durring the TV Front era.
A few TV front pros were covered in white vinyl as used on the two-tone champs.


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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Tech Talk - Fender Sidekick 10

Latest installment in cool little amps. Check it out!


Dependable amplification for beginners and students! The very affordable Sidekick puts 10 Watts through a 6" speaker, with a pair of tone controls, a headphone jack, and an Overdrive switch for rockin' solos.

Fender amps are one of the guitarists favorite amps. This little Fender Squire Sidekick guitar amp is sure to become a favorite of the young beginner. The Fender Sidekick practice amp is dependable amplification for beginners and students.

This very affordable Fender amp puts 10 watts through a 65" speaker, with a pair of tone controls, a headphone jack, and an overdrive switch for rocking solos. Hook up and wail away.

Fender Sidekick Specifications:

* 10 Watt Amplifier
* 2 Tone Controls
* Headphones Out
* 6" Speaker
* Overdrive switch


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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tech Talk - Fender "Pro Junior" (1994)

Fender Pro Junior

Years of Production: 1993 - Present
Era:
Configuration: Combo
Controls: Chrome top facing w/ white screened labels, controls numbered 1-12
Knobs: Black Pointer
Faceplate

Front: Power Sw, Pilot Lamp, Tone, Vol, In
Rear:



Cabinet

Dimensions: 14½ x 15¼ x 8¾
Hardware:
Handle: Leather Handle
Feet: Glides
Corners:


Covering Material

Tolex/Tweed: Diagonal Tweed of Black Tolex
Grill Cloth: Brown or Silver Sparkle Grill Cloth

Logo: Cabinet mounted, Script
Weight: 20 lbs.
Speaker

Size: 1 x 10
Impedance: 8 ohms
Model: Eminence(For more info, check out the Jensen Replacement Speakers)

Effects:
~Watts: 15 watts
Tubes

Pre amp: 12AX7
Power: 2 x 6BQ5

Bias: Fixed, Nonadjustable
Rectifier: Solid State







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Monday, May 16, 2011

Tech Talk - Fender "Harvard" (1960)


Another great small Fender Amp.
Year:
1955-1962

Model:
Harvard

Model No:
5F10, 6G10

Config:
Combo

Control Panel:
Chrome top facing w/ white screened labels, controls numbered 1-12

Conrol Layout:
Fuse (¾A), Power Sw, Pilot Lamp, Tone, Vol, In, In, In

Knobs:
Black pointer

Cabinet:
Narrow panel, 16½" x 18" x 8¾" (41.9 x 45.7 x 22.2 cm)


Cab Covering:
Diagonal tweed

Cab Hardware:
Leather Handle, glides

Grille:
Brown grille cloth

Logo:
Cabinet mounted, Script "Fender Harvard" on rectangular tag

Weight:
?

Speakers/Load:
1 x 10"/? ohms or 1 x 8"/? ohms

Speaker Model:
Jensen P10R

Effects:
None

Output:
10 Watts

Preamp:
6AV6 or 6AT6 and ½ 12AX7

Power:
5F10: 2 x 6V6GT
6G10: 6V6

Bias:
5F10: Fixed bias, nonadjustable
6G10: Cathode bias

Rectifier:
5Y3GT

Phase Inverter:
5F10 only: ½ 12AX7 (split load)

Comments:


A selenium rectifier was used in the bias circuit of the 5F10.
The Harvard was discontinued in 1962.




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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Tech Talk - Fender "Princeton-Reverb" (1974)


Model/Circuit Number: AB1270
Years of Production: 1968 - 1981
Era: Silverface
Configuration: Combo
Controls: Silver, forward facing w/ blue labels
Knobs: Black skirted w/ chrome center, numbered 1 - 10
Faceplate

* Front: In, In, Vol, Treb, Bass, Rev, Speed, Intensity - Pilot Lamp
* Rear: AC Outlet, Ground Sw, Fuse (1A), Power Sw, Speaker Jack, Ex. Speaker Jack, Vibrato Jack

Cabinet

* Dimensions: 20'' x 16''x 9½''
* Hardware: Medium Chassis Straps 4 5/8''
* Handle: Black Strap Handle
* Feet: Glides
* Corners: None


Covering Material

* Tolex/Tweed: Black Tolex
* Grill Cloth: = 70 - 75: Blue Sparkle Grill Cloth =

Logo: Grill mounted, raised, chrome & black script
Weight: 31 lbs.
Speaker

* Size: 1 x 10
* Impedance: 8 ohms
* Model: Oxford 10J4 or CTS 10(For more info, check out the Jensen Replacement Speakers)

Effects: Reverb, Tremolo
~Watts: 12-15 watts
Tubes

* Pre amp: 7025
* Power: 2 x 6V6GT

Bias: Fixed, Nonadjustable
Rectifier: 5U4GB


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