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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: Vintage (before 1985) / 63 bandmaster, how soon should it distort?



Feb 19th, 2016 06:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I picked up a 63 bandmaster head which I'm running through a 2 x12 loaded with vintage c12n speakers. My question is how much headroom should I expect from this amp? It seems like as soon as the amp gets loud enough for me to really hear the guitar, it starts distorting. I was expecting a bit more headroom. Also, one last tidbit, it seems like the preamp tubes get unreasonably hot quickly. I switched out a 5751 out of the v1 after playing for about ten minutes and the tube was read hot. Does anyone thing that this amp may have been messed with in order to make it distort sooner?
thanx for your help!

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Feb 20th, 2016 09:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

5751? I would think this amp should have 12AX7 or 12AT7 preamp tubes.
Distorted sound= you amp may need a tune up. Cap job and check the tubes. Look at the big electrolytics under the "dog house" and see what they look like. Some original electrolytics may be yellow in color or maybe orange. Can you post some pics of inside the chassis (both sides).

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Feb 20th, 2016 01:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There are potentially lethal voltages stored in the caps...so take precautions to not get zapped when you have the chassis out and the doghouse door open!

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