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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: Vintage (before 1985) / Tweed or Brownface ?



May 23rd, 2018 07:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

I used to have a narrow panel Tweed Super.
Foolishly let it get away.
I am now ready to get another but also have an interest in a first year Brownface Super.
The vibrato is killer on those, but I have never owned one.
I am asking for advice.

Doc Sarvis
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USA/Salt Lake City

Tuned Strings and Tight Lines
May 23rd, 2018 08:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a 5G4 Super that rocks. Yes, the vibrato is killer. I have Princetons and Deluxes in both versions. If pressed, I'd keep the Brown Princeton and the Tweed Deluxe. I guess it boils down to individual amp and owner. Having said that my life would be seemingly complete with a '57-'59 Super.

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on the rhine

May 24th, 2018 08:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hi Ezra!

From my (rather limited) experience, I´d rather go with Tweed over brown face.
I used to own a ´63 Super for a couple of years, and while I liked it very much, it turned out not to be "a keeper" - as did my brown Deluxe and Princeton ;-)

To my ears the browns had a certain kind of "middiness" (is that a word?) that I could never dial out.
Not the case with Tweeds and/or blackface-amps...

I´d be settled with a Tweed and blackface Deluxe - oh wait, i AM settled with those two amps ;-)

The Tweed Deluxe is just a "clone", but the bf Deluxe is one of the very last - from January ´67!

cheers - C.

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After 30 years, I should play better.
May 26th, 2018 07:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

I recently acquired a tweed Champ.

I have played with browns. They're nice.

This amp makes me very happy.



May 26th, 2018 08:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

Today I tried a real 59 Bassman, a 60 Brownface Concert and a 60 Brownface Super.
After much comparison I bought the Super.
They all sounded good but the Super had a little something extra.
Still want a nice Tweed too.

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on the rhine

May 27th, 2018 03:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hi ezra1!

Congrats on your new/old amp!

Must have been fun to play these vintage beauties side-by-side ;-)

cheers - C.



May 27th, 2018 10:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

Played some blues today.
Amp volume at 7.
Heritage 535 w WCR Filmores volume at 5-6 on chords and 8 on solos.
Nice harmonic breakup.

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Poured Volume
May 31st, 2018 05:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

Does it have the harmonic tremolo?

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So. Cal. USA

May 31st, 2018 09:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a '61 Concert and a '57 low power tweed Twin (clone, I built it). They are my two favorite amps period.

If I could keep only one it would be a tough choice of which one had to go. I'd have to offer them both for sale and let the one go that sold first.

Naked Clarke


May 31st, 2018 01:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hello ezra1. Just wondered if you have seen a narrow panel Tweed Super for sale? Can't imagine that there are a lot of them around.

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