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.
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. CALL or EMAIL
Early 1960 5F6-A Fender Bassman. All original tweed and grill. Original Jensen P10Rs (3 original cones, one possible re-cone). All date coded 42nd week of 59. All electronics are original except filter and bias caps and on-off and standby switches. Cleanest, shiniest most complete control panel I’ve ever seen on any tweed amp. $12000
**SOLD**One of the rarest of the Fender amps. And one of the best. 15″ speakers for guitar are awesome. This has a factory JBL D130F. All original except for filter caps. Theres a small hole in the grill cloth but otherwise excellent. $4800
Near mint early blackface Pro. Single 15″ JBL. Just like a $5000 Vibroverb without the reverb. $3200
Very nice mostly original Brown Fender Deluxe. Pretty sure it’s a 61 from the tranny date codes (and the leather handle which is a replacement). All original except the power cord (3 prong added) and the filter caps (they have the old paper covers over new ones) and the tubes. Oxford speaker appears original. Has a nice padded cover. These amps are very distinctive sounding. As you would expect they are somewhere between a tweed and a Blackface. The tremolo is swampy and lush. Gets pretty loud before breakup but is useful in smaller venues when you need dirt but you need clean too.
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
The brown Concert amp comes in a few configurations. Most have those really awful Oxford speakers that Fender put in after their contract with Jensen ran out. If you’re lucky, you can find the one with the 4 Jensen P10Q’s. That’s this one. Oh, and it’s mint. Had one cap changed and some of the tubes. Great tone. This is a museum grade amp. $3600
I have two original 59 Bassmans. Both have original tweed, original caps and trannies. This one has its original speakers (just re-coned). The preamp tube sockets have been replaced. Other than that, no changed parts. Even the filter caps are original and its quiet. $11000
Here’s the other 59. Tweed is a little less worn but not as clean. All four Jensen P10R’s date from 59 but two are from another Bassman. All are re-coned recently. All original electronics. Super clean panel. Original dogbone handle. $10500
I’m a big fan of all of the tweed bassman amps. The 57 has two rectifiers and if you take one out it drops the headroom a bit and gets the amps to break up a little earlier. These are loud amps. And about as good as an amp gets. Four 1957 silverback P10R’s $4400
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. $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
Ampeg amps were known for clean tones. Distortion was the enemy at Ampeg and it shows in the amps. This is the 12″ version of the more popular (and bigger B-15 Flip Top). Probably 25 watts. $1000
Seems that everybody pays big bucks for the narrow panel tweeds which makes the wide panel tweeds a really great deal. This 54 Deluxe sounds awesome and won’t break the bank. $2800.
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
There were a few versions of the white Tremolux. The first is that rare EL-84 version with the 10″ Tone Ring cabinet. The second is the 6L6 version with the same cabinet. Still rare but not as pricey as the EL-84 one. This is a January 62. I changed the speaker to a vintage Altec since the photo was taken. $2600
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203 858 0098.