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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: Vintage (before 1985) / What's wrong with this picture?


USA / Sesame St.

Apr 13th, 2017 04:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

Opened up a 68 Bandmaster for the usual servicing and this is just one of the many surprises I found.

Fender Grid Resistors???

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So. Cal. USA

Apr 13th, 2017 04:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

All kinds of strange things started showing up in late '67-'68 when the AB763 circuits were phased out. Can't say I've seen a resistor of that type however.


USA / Sesame St.

Apr 13th, 2017 10:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

How about the colored bands, 47 ohms?



Apr 14th, 2017 06:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

Not original as far as I can tell. Yeah, 47 ohms. Are they on both sockets?


USA / Sesame St.

Apr 14th, 2017 10:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yes they were on both sockets. Changed them out last night.

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American Patriot

About as ordinary as you can get.
Apr 14th, 2017 08:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

470 ohms is the correct one, isn't it?

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American Patriot

About as ordinary as you can get.
Apr 15th, 2017 08:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

Even the hole for the tube socket looks like it was cut with a chisel. At least to me it does.


USA / Sesame St.

Apr 15th, 2017 10:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yah thats my point, 47 is not even close to 470 ohms. The original socket was replaced and it looks like the hole was enlarged using a flat file. I think whoever did the repair work had a stash of used parts and used whatever they had available. Aparantly the original grid resistor burned and damaged the socket, singed some wires. Theres evidence all over the courtesy outlet. One of the transformer wires was spliced going to the socket. It was soldered together but only wrapped with electrical tape. Resistors look like something from the 50's, no idea what they are. Probably lost the one power tube. New JJ 6L6GC installed but weren't even close to being biased correctly. The Tremolo was repaired, one new looking ceramic disk. One of the bypass caps were replaced with some brand I've never seen before. Probably came out of some old electronic gear. The two prong cord was still on the amp along with the death cap still intact. I replaced all the plate load and slope resisters. Theres still a few resistors out of spec I'll have to order some replacements I'm out of those. I cannot beleive the number of resistors that are out of spec. By the time I get done there wont be many originals left. It should be in better shape now. Still have to test it today.


Cincinnati, USA

Apr 17th, 2017 06:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

Maybe this was built during the era of the bad Jamaican resistors.

Yeah, I know that sound like BS (and maybe it is). I read that story in the Fender Amp Book by John Morrish.


USA / Sesame St.

Apr 17th, 2017 02:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

I never got around to checking the amp yesterday but did today. Its dead quite at idle, I only hear some slight noise when turned all the way up. I dont think any old tube electronics from the 50's or 60's was totaly silent when the volume was turned up. I remember the old tube TV and am radios made a lot of noise on higher volumes.

Anyway all seems good, only thing that got my attention was the vibrato channel isn't as loud as the normal channel when they are set on the same volume. I know the normal channel always sounds much fuller than the vibrato channel but it just seems to be more of a volume spread on this amp. If I turn it up to 4 or just a smidge higher on the vibrato channel its about the same level as the normal side on 3.

Maybe its the taper of the pot.

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