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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: Vintage (before 1985) / 1980s solid-state Showman, London Reverb, Montreux club



all your tone are belong to us
Oct 13th, 2016 01:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

I really like my London Reverb... great big authentic Fender clean, lots of eq options, 2 in/out loops...even the overdrive in channel 2 is usable.

Any other users of these 3 fine amps on this forum?

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The floor is getting farther away...
Oct 31st, 2016 09:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a 1969 Super Showman XL1000. It's not working and the Oxford 12" speakers need to be reconed. When it works it is a good sounding thumper. I need to get it going again. It was from the Seth Lover Fender history chapter and their first foray into SS amps. It has never been a trustworthy amp. It was a very short chapter.

(This message was last edited by Bigfoot at 11:23 PM, Oct 31st, 2016)



all your tone are belong to us
Nov 2nd, 2016 05:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah... I think that first foray is why this later, Rivera-era range, 13 years later, might have been mistrusted and therefore didn't sell well.

Hal G.
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Hi, I'm an ampoholic. Hi Hal!
Nov 5th, 2016 11:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

I was in a band with a guy who used a Montreux. Good sounding amp. I don't remember him having any problems with it.



all your tone are belong to us
Nov 26th, 2016 04:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

this fella has three solid-state Showmans (Showmen?) and a London Reverb

Lester Hambone Brown



all your tone are belong to us
Dec 12th, 2016 11:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

This guy's selling some original footswitches. (I have no commercial link with him)

eBay seller


The Netherlands

Jan 11th, 2018 04:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Super Showman was a great amp, albeit somewhat of an oddball: powered cabs that could be daisy-chained to suit the occasion, enough highs to scare away every dog within a three-mile radius and a preamp with fuzz, reverb, tremolo and an E-tuner. Mine had a huge 8x10 cab.
These guys had walls of them:

Focus with Jan Akkerman on guitar


The Netherlands

Jan 11th, 2018 04:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Oh yeah, and I'm forgetting that great onboard
Leslie-effect called Dimension IV, which consisted of an oil-filled can mounted inside the preamp head cab. This could also be bought as an outboard device:

DImension IV Sound Expander

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Whitehorse Canada

I don't get out much
Jan 11th, 2018 07:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

Fun Focus clip.
Way up tempo and a mod.

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American Patriot

About as ordinary as you can get.
Jan 11th, 2018 08:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

All I have from the solid state era is an old 4 channel PA head and 1 speaker column. The PA head still works great.



now even awesomer
Jan 17th, 2018 01:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

I was referring only to the guitar amps from 1982-84, but this is interesting stuff too... thanks for the Dimension IV clip, it never crossed my mind that someone would show one on YouTube.

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