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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: Vintage (before 1985) / Headphone use on a Fender Concert?


United States

Nov 20th, 2017 08:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hi! Really glad I found this site, it's been hard to find info on my amp.

Anyways, I own a '83-'84 Fender Concert, and wanted to see if there was any way to use headphones on it? Reason being is that I live in an apartment and I like to play at night sometimes.

I've tried plugging in headphones straight to the outputs, but it didn't work. Not sure if maybe theres something I need to add in between my amp and headphones to make it work? Any workaround ideas?

Thanks kindly for your time!

Output on amp

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So. Cal. USA

Nov 21st, 2017 10:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

Try plugging a regular guitar cable into the FX loop "send" jack and see if the speakers(power section) are cut off. Do not plug the other end of the cable into the "return" for this test. If yes, you can run that output into a headphone amp that will accept a mono input (usually switchable) and power a pair of stereophones. Again, nothing plugged into the return.

This should allow you to use the preamp section of the amp and allow the power section (tubes)to idle with out having to remove the power tubes.

Another inexpensive solution would also be to buy a practice type amp with a headphone jack. I use a Roland Micro-Cube for this when I can't make noise, say when I'm traveling and want to practice in a hotel room. Used they are $50-75. They also can run on batteries so you can take it just about anywhere. This may cost less that a decent headphone amp and is more versatile.


United States

Nov 21st, 2017 10:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hi Hammond,

Thanks for the help! It looks like the speaker is cut off when I plug a cable into the FX loop "send" jack.

I'll look into a headphone amp.

Thanks again for your help,


United States

Nov 21st, 2017 10:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

Actually, I take it back.

It did not cut off. (I think I got confused in the excitement) Looks like I will just have to stick to using a practice amp with headphones.

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So. Cal. USA

Nov 22nd, 2017 10:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, dang it. It has those mix controls on the back, it may not be able to be X'd.

I suppose you could pull the power tubes but that is a lot of hassle.

I find if I don't have an amp just sitting somewhere plugged in and ready to go I don't practice my electrics much.

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