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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: Vintage (before 1985) / Help identify my Silverface Bandmaster??


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Feb 6th, 2018 05:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have acquired recently a vintage Band-master. I believe it is 68 (maybe drip edge was removed), or 70-72. Hoping I may have the blackface circuit. The tube chart does not have any identifying numbers aside from a picture of the tubes.

It is the non-reverb model, has black lines on the face plate and I am curious as to which model and circuitry I have. The only identifying features I have with the naked eye are..




Thank you in advance!!


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Feb 6th, 2018 09:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

Maybe a '68 but that tube chart looks like a much later one to me. Check the transformer numbers and pot codes.

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So. Cal. USA

Feb 6th, 2018 09:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

Well, the face plate is late '67 or early '68, what they call a black line. This may be a later amp with a changed faceplate or what it seems to be in a later cabinet. There seems to be no external signs of drip edge removal. This could be a later amp with a left over faceplate if it is all original.

To really tell what it is you will have to pull the chassis out of the cab and send a couple of photos. Photos of the entire main board and also of the power tube and transformer area.

Transformer codes and pot codes predate actual build dates so that must be figured into the equation.

There will also/may be an ink stamp inside the chassis next to the power transformer. The last two digits would be the year. I have a silverface black line Dual Showman dated 1967.

If the amp is wired with cloth covered wire and the tone and coupling caps are blue molded with white stickers the amp is a black face circuit.

If the wiring is PVC (plastic) the amp is silverface and one of many different circuit designs.



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Feb 6th, 2018 11:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

Not that it defines assembly date, but the chassis stamp (your second photo) dates that part to '70. I'd be inclined to agree with the above - that the black line faceplate was earlier production surplus.

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