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Amps & Parts

Amps are at least half of the vintage tone equation. If you have a killer guitar, you need a killer amp. I am partial to Fender tweeds, especially narrow panels. I also like most of the blackface and some early silver face Fenders. If you want something in between, I usually have a few brown face Fenders as well. Other makers like Vox, Gibson, Marshall and Ampeg show up from time to time as well. No returns on amps.

In 2003-4 they made a limited run of 300 of the offset JTM 45. Hand wired, of course, and paired with four G12 alnicos that are amazing. I can’t believe Celestion hasn’t reissued this speaker. A great amp, especially if you can’t shell out $12K or more for an original. $4500

My all time favorite amp is the very user friendly 1956 26 watt 3-10 tweed 5E7 Bandmaster. All three Jensen P10R's are original (date codes are 55) with their original cones. All electronics are original with the exception of one capacitor.

My all time favorite amp is the very user friendly 1956 26 watt 3-10 tweed 5E7 Bandmaster. All three Jensen P10R’s are original (date codes are 55) 2 with their original cones one is old re-cone. All electronics are original with the exception of one capacitor. $11,500

This is an mostly original 1955-an extremely early 5E7 serial number 00028. It is pretty original-most of the caps, all the trannies and two of the Jensen P10R speakers are original. The other is a 54 rather than a 55. Two speakers are reconed. Original tweed and grill, of course. Panel is clean with nearly all the lettering intact. Handle is replaced and the AC cord is upgraded to three prong. It sounds massive. Huge nasty growl when pushed and sweet as can be at lower volumes. Great amp with a user friendly 26 watts. Bassman’s are great but Bandmasters are great AND practical. $10500

Ten grand too much? Here’s yet another tweed Bandmaster-a 57-that’s less than half the price. It’s mostly original but has been re-tweeded by the late Larry Rodgers. The output transformer is a Mercury Magnetics but the others are original. Two of the speakers are original with new cones. The third is date coded 1955 and has it’s original smooth cone. It has had the caps done (Yellow Astron tone caps are original) and the handle is a repro. $4800

Bandmaster not loud enough? The tweed Bassman has twice the wattage and a lot more headroom if you need to play clean. The 5F6-A Bassman is generally considered the best guitar amp design ever. This one is a 59 is all original except for a few caps and the handle. The speakers are original but may have been re-coned decades ago-hard to tell for sure. $10,000

Super clean and all original 1964 Vox AC-10. Has an added 1/4″ jack on the back panel that goes nowhere. Other than that it’s all original. 2 10″ Elacs. $3500

Player grade re-tweede Fender Pro. All of the transformers are Mercury Magnetics. Speaker is a 70’s JBL K130. Great sounding amp for a reasonable price. The re-tweed is excellent. $3500

Well, you don’t see too many of these. This is a “center volume” brown face Bandmaster from 1960. They only made brown Bandmasters for a year and but only made the center volume version for a few months. They are one of the rarest Fender amps. Surprisingly similar to a tweed Bandmaster with more headroom. That might be because it has similar speakers (P10Q) and the same transformers. This is a killer amp (and I’m a tweed guy). All original except for the changed speaker, the handle and a few capacitors. $8000

My first professional grade amp was a Showman 15, so I have a personal attachment to them. These are great amps. Loud, clean and articulate. Who needs reverb anyway? A 15" JBL can handle anything including the nastiest pedals you can throw at it. This is an early 65 (Fender Electric). All original except for the filter and coupling caps. No footswitch. $1800

My first professional grade amp was a Showman 15, so I have a personal attachment to them. These are great amps. Loud, clean and articulate. Who needs reverb anyway? A 15″ JBL can handle anything including the nastiest pedals you can throw at it.
This is an early 65 (Fender Electric). All original except for the filter and coupling caps. No footswitch. $1800

Collector grade 63 Princeton. All original except for three prong AC cord and filter caps. Nice Tuki cover too. $2600

Collector grade 63 Princeton. All original except for three prong AC cord and filter caps. Missing footswitch. Nice Tuki cover too. $2600

BF Super Reverbs were hugely popular in the mid 60’s and for good reason. They were (and still are) one of the best amps for pure clean guitar tone there is. They are easy to find and therefore not terribly expensive for what they are. Finding one with all 4 original CTS alnico speakers is not so easy. This 66 has all four CTS speakers dated 24th week of 66. All transformers are original as well. In fact, this would be a collector grade amp if not for some damage to the back of the cabinet. Looks like a wolverine tried to eat it for breakfast. But, it’s simple cosmetics and causes no structural harm whatever. $2250

Want a Vibroverb but you just can't see coughing up $5000? This is the same amp without the reverb. And around half the price. This is almost completely original. A few caps have been done. Original trannies. The speaker is a later (70's?) JBL K130 which is very much like a D130F. - $2500

Want a Vibroverb but you just can’t see coughing up $5000? This is the same amp without the reverb. And around half the price. This is almost completely original. A few caps have been done. Original trannies. The speaker is a later (70’s?) JBL K130 which is very much like a D130F. – $2500

Nice, clean 65 Twin Reverb. These are great amps if you don’t mind carrying around a boat anchor. They are heavy. This one is bone stock. Speakers are stock Oxfords and are original. Trannies date to mid 65 and all the caps except the filter caps are original. Three prong AC added. Original footswitch and cover. This is a very early post CBS amp but nothing was changed during the early days of CBS ownership. In fact, the tube chart still says “Fender Electric” which is pre-CBS while the amp says “Fender Musical” which is post. $2500

62 or 63 Vox AC30 (smooth Tolex). Mostly original-the brass vents had been replaced with plastic-now they're repro brass. Handles are probably not original. Speakers are original blue Celestions. Original iron and most of the caps. Grill cloth looks too good to be original. $4800

63 Vox AC30 (smooth Tolex). Mostly original-the brass vents had been replaced with plastic-now they’re repro brass. Handles are probably not original. Speakers are original blue Celestions. Original iron and most of the caps. Grill cloth looks too good to be original. $4500

69 Drip Edge Twin Reverb. Just serviced-new filter, bias and coupling caps. Still has its original Oxfords. Not my favorite speaker-I'd put in a couple of JBLs or Celestion Golds. Beat up but who cares.I t's cheap at $1300

69 Drip Edge Twin Reverb. Just serviced-new filter, bias and coupling caps. Still has its original Oxfords. Not my favorite speaker-I’d put in a couple of JBLs or Celestion Golds. Beat up but who cares. It’s cheap at $1300

I'm told that brown Toles 5F6-A Bassmans exist but this isn't one of them. This is a very clean 59 that sounds just great. It has two 59 P10Rs that have been re-coned and two new Celestion Golds. This is a killer combination. This amp is totally gig worthy and ready to rock. This is one of the best sounding Bassmans I've ever had. $6000

I’m told that brown Tolex 5F6-A Bassmans exist but this isn’t one of them. The previous owner insists this is original and I don’t think it is. The brown ones were supposedly from 60 and this is a 59. It has two 59 P10Rs that have been re-coned and two new Celestion Golds. This is a killer combination. This amp is totally gig worthy and ready to rock. This is one of the best sounding Bassmans I’ve ever had. $5000

Rarest of the production Fenders. This is the 6G9 Tremolux that they made for about a minute in 1961. The only Fender amp made with EL-84 tubes until the modern era. It still sounds like a Fender but at 20 watts or so, it's a very useful amp with lots of chime and brightness. Oh, and there are only a few hundred of them. $6500

Rarest of the production Fenders. This is the 6G9 Tremolux that they made for about a minute in 1961. The only Fender amp made with EL-84 tubes until the modern era. It still sounds like a Fender but at 20 watts or so, it’s a very useful amp with lots of chime and brightness. Oh, and there are only a few hundred of them. $6000

Best kept secret in vintage ampland. Traynors from the 60's and 70's are built like a tank and sound incredible. Back in the day, it was the starving musicians go to amp when a Fender Blackface was over budget. Still a bargain until everyone catches on. This puts out 20-25 watts from a pair of EL-84's running some serious voltage. Replaced volume pot but I have the original if you're nutty that way. $900

Best kept secret in vintage ampland. Traynors from the 60’s and 70’s are built like a tank and sound incredible. Back in the day, it was the starving musicians go to amp when a Fender Blackface was over budget. Still a bargain until everyone catches on. This puts out 20-25 watts from a pair of EL-84’s running some serious voltage. Replaced volume pot but I have the original if you’re nutty that way. $600

 

I am no longer listing parts individually. I have tons-nearly everything you could need for 50’s and 60’s ES models and some arch top parts as well. If you need something just email me and ask if I have it. Keep in mind that real vintage parts can be stupid money. I don’t set the market prices-the market does. There are lots of great repro parts out there, so check those out before you spend $250 on a switch tip (or $1300 on a pick guard). I almost always have 50’s and 60’s tuners, bridges and PAFs available. Some pick guards, truss covers and knobs.

If you need something, just send me an email at okguitars@gmail.com or call 203 858 0098.

 

 

 

 

 

 

34 Responses to “Amps & Parts”

  1. I just like the valuable info you supply in your articles. I’ll bookmark your blog and test again here regularly. I am fairly certain I’ll learn lots of new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!

  2. RAB says:

    Wow, I’ll bet that Tremolux sounded great…the blonde and brown era Fenders are wonderful and under appreciated, overshadowed by the blackfaces.

  3. OK Guitars says:

    It sounded great but it didn’t sound much like a Fender. Brighter, chimier and more touch sensitive than the usual blonde. I’m sure the EL-84 tubes had everything to do with that. It’s the only Fender amp ever to use them -and not for long. It also wasn’t very loud. Perhaps 15-18 watts. That’s all you get out of a pair of EL-84s. The stock speaker was a piece of crap (Oxford) but it sounded a lot better with a vintage Jensen P10Q.

  4. rob says:

    Years ago I had a Deluxe that sort of looked like the one you sold handed down to me by my father after he bought a new Twin Reverb. I flew and drove from coast to coast several times with that amp and finally sold it in the late ’80’s. While living in San Diego in ’73, the original handle broke and a friend who was a veteran tuna boat fisherman made a special seaman’s rope work handle that was on it when I sold it. Hopefully, its still on there so if anyone sees it, tell it “Hi” and that I miss it.

  5. OK Guitars says:

    Nothing like a tweed Deluxe. I’ve had my “beater” 55 small box for years (and I don’t keep anything that long). I’m sure yours is still out there somewhere. The only thing my father ever handed down to me was a humongous Mercury Marquis that got about 6 miles to the gallon.

  6. Tim Joyce says:

    Hello

    How do I purchase some of your items? Do you have an email or phone #?

    Thanks Tim

  7. cgelber says:

    Phone 203 858 0098. Email is okguitars@gmail.com

  8. rod says:

    do you have the complete electrics for a 335 moog Gibson artist? and how much
    Regards Rod

  9. cgelber says:

    I don’t but you see them on Ebay once in a while.

  10. Dave says:

    Do you know the month when the 65 cts wire harness was
    made, and the price for it. Thanks dg

  11. cgelber says:

    I will check it and get back to you.

  12. Bob Bottomnley says:

    What is the cost of one of your Bigsby B7 Aluminum 1960-1969 Vibratos.
    Do any of them have a 3 hole hinge plate.? Wanted for a 1968 Les Paul Gold top.
    Love your site.
    Thanks.
    Bob.

  13. cgelber says:

    email sent

  14. Don Butler says:

    Hi! How much are you asking for the `63 335 Wiring harness?
    Thanks!
    Regards; Don Butler

  15. P.Smits says:

    ES-335 pickguards 1961-1964 (3 available)
    i’m interrested.
    I have a 1980 ES335TD
    what’s the price?

  16. cgelber says:

    You wouldn’t put a 61-64 guard on an 80. It most likely won’t fit and they are different than the later ones (bevel edge is different). You can get a vintage correct one for your ’80 for around $75. Why spend $300+ for one that’s wrong?

  17. frankm says:

    I know it’s small but I need the closed (on one side) hex nut for the pickguard on my 335. Any idea where I can get one? Thanks

  18. frankm says:

    I know it’s small but I need the closed (on one side) hex nut for the pickguard on my ES-335. Any idea where I can get one? Thanks

  19. frankm says:

    Sorry for duplicate comment. I didn’t think the first one got posted.

  20. cgelber says:

    Tough part to get. I don’t have any. There is a guy on Ebay with repros but he wants a lot for them and won’t sell just the nut.I’ve used the nut from a trapeze tailpiece as a substitute.

  21. Frankm says:

    Thanks.

  22. Andrew says:

    Hi. Your 61 nickel paf cover pair, is it just a pair of covers of a pair of nickel covered pafs? Secondly,if you still have them (assuming its two pafs) whats the price and will you ship to the Uk? Thanks

  23. cgelber says:

    I have a pair of sealed nickel cover PAFs. Price is $5500. I can ship to UK.

  24. Paul says:

    Hi Charlie.

    Do you still have the 355 pickguard for sale?
    Thanks
    Paul.

  25. Eddie says:

    Looking for a pair of ’63 Nickel Pat # covers for my 1963 Block Inlay 335, would you happen to have a pair? Evidently it had a PAF originally in the neck position because when I bought it someone had installed a T-Top (I can only assume that’s what happened)

    Thanks!

  26. cgelber says:

    I have no covers at all available. I have one PAF with a nickel cover (never unsoldered). email me if you’re interested. okguitars@gmail.com

  27. RAB says:

    Eddie, yes, my early 1963 335 is stock with a PAF in the neck and early patent# in the bridge…fairly common to see that on ’63 humbucker-equipped Gibsons…

  28. Bernard Parent says:

    Hi Charles,
    I’m looking for a tailpiece that would fit an ES 125 T, same type as es 330 TP I guess. How much should I spend ?
    Thanks for taking Care ,Bernard.

  29. cgelber says:

    Probably $110-$130. I don’t have one at the moment

  30. Bernard Parent says:

    Thanx for the info Charles, hope your site will last as long as me!!!!

  31. Brnard Parent says:

    Hello Charles,

    Do you have by any chance a late 40’s early 50’s wiring harness ,for archtop or ES150 type of guitar. An original capacitor would be appreciatd but I can do without it.
    Best regards , Bernard

  32. cgelber says:

    I’m sorry, I do not. Earliest harness I have is a 59.

  33. Jason Stewart says:

    Hi Charles,

    I am looking for some period correct tuners for my 66 ES-335. To replace the crappy repo’s I have on there now.

    Do you have any? Or, suggestions of where I can find some?

    Thanks, Jason

  34. okguitars says:

    email sent

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