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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: Vintage (before 1985) / Fender Dual Showman

Warren Pederson


Feb 22nd, 2017 08:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

How come we don't hear much about these amplifiers these days. They were very popular back in the late 60's, no? I lugged a few of them into stadiums back then. The cabs were not only heavy they were awkward as well even with 2 guys (kids).

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Feb 23rd, 2017 08:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

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So. Cal. USA

Feb 23rd, 2017 04:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

The trend is for small combos these days. These amps are big, heavy, clean and loud. Still very popular with the surf crowd but most club musicians haul lighter smaller combos these days.

I have a '67 Dual Showman. After I put it all together it has never left the house. It's been at least 7-8 years.

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Feb 24th, 2017 08:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

Mine doesn't leave the house either.



Feb 25th, 2017 10:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

I take my '67 DUAL (in block letters_) Showman to practically all my gigs these days. I run it through a 2x12 cabinet with EVM12L speakers and ALWAYS get compliments on how it sounds.

The speaker cab is heavier than my '66 Super Reverb but I tend to leave the Super at home unless I know the venue...I bought it new in '66 and have had more than one occasion where an audience member hung around at break time and was suspiciously in between the Super and an exit near the stage...true story.

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Vacaville CA

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Feb 28th, 2017 09:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

I still use my Showmans. I have a '66 single Showman head and a '67 Dual Showman head.

I have lighter, more modern amps but always seem to go back the old stuff. I just like the their sound. I don't however like the weight of the cabinets. Especially the 2-15 D140 cab. The tone-ring (D140)is just about as heavy. Oh my back!!

I play a P-bass with flatwounds thru them.

(This message was last edited by kart24 at 12:34 AM, Feb 12th, 2018)

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USA / Virginia

Mar 1st, 2017 07:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

I had a '67 Showman until last year. I sold it because it's just too big, heavy, and loud.

Back when I bought it (circa 1968) you needed those things because, as a general rule, the PA systems couldn't handle what they can today. So you needed to generate stage volume from your amp.

But now the sound reinforcement systems are so powerful you don't even really need a stage amp unless you just want one.

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American Patriot

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Mar 1st, 2017 02:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have owned 2 silver face Dual Showman Reverbs and one blackface Showman amp. All were outstanding amps. Just too big and loud for what I do.

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olde New England

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Apr 16th, 2017 09:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm working my way up to one. I use a Bandmaster VM for larger gigs to keep up with my buddy's Marshall half stack and run into the VMs limits, tonewise. I've looked into a Bandmaster Reverb, but I'm afraid I'll be beyond what a 40 watt head will yield, clean headroom -wise.

So I'm about to pull the trigger on an early 70s Showman Reverb. Im sure a Twin would do, but i dont want to haul around a 70 pound combo and I already own the 2-12 cabinet, so why not go for outrageous headroom, right?

(This message was last edited by swampyankee at 11:38 PM, Apr 16th, 2017)


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Jul 17th, 2017 09:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had a blackface Showman amp too. It was great but I had to give it up



Dec 19th, 2017 01:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

I rotate my '66 DUAL Showman and 2x12 EVM12L rig with my '66 Super Reverb. Indoor gigs almost always get the Super Reverb. The amps have distinct characteristics and each one never fails to get comments..."Wow, what is THAT amp"...etc. Are they heavy...? Yeah, but I have yet to find a 30 lb amp rig that sounds like the Showman or the Super.




Feb 8th, 2018 09:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

I just picked up an early '69 DUAL Showman Reverb, with the factory matching JBL cab w/ original cones D130Fs.

It's basically in mint condition, with only the 3-prong cord and tubes changed. It's about as clean as it can get. I was lucky to find it.

It has an unreal 3D sound, and gets a nice bit of fur on the sound around 5-6 on the dial. I really love it, I use it mostly for steel guitar. The bass strings really come out sounding like a bell, and the top end is sweet as heck too.

148 lbs of heaven.

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Feb 8th, 2018 02:22 PM   Edit   Profile  


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