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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: Vintage (before 1985) / Tweed replicas

Tremovibe

usa

Jun 10th, 2018 09:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

Having a limited budget, and also concerned of buying something that may or may not be ready to blow...What are you're thoughts of buying a good replica bassman? Who are some of the good builders?
Personally, my heart sinks when I see these stamped out circuit boards. Some do sound good, but... I have this romantic notion that an amp should be built with sweat and a lead soldering iron. What are some of the problems or issues in a new build? I'm new here, so I'm sorry if I don't see a similar previous post. Thank you.

Pinetree
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NW Pennsylvania

Jun 10th, 2018 09:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

Allen Amps make some mighty fine amps and kits if you feel the need to solder.


A few of us here (myself included) have built them with great success.


External link

Hammond101
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Jun 12th, 2018 10:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have assembled dozens of kits over the years. Some for my own use and many for customers.

I'd have to say if you want a 5F6-A Bassman and want a hand wired eyelet board Mojotone is the way to go. Very authentic and they sound great. They sell the complete built amp for $1399 and the complete kit for $1025.

The options I like are a lacquered tweed cab and alnico speakers. This would add a bit to the price.

The Mojo 5E8-A low power tweed Twin is also very good and I prefer it to the Bassman tone wise. I use one with a few small personal mods as my #1 gig amp. This is basically the Clapton tweed Twin without all the UL and legal for US and EU sale changes.

Mojo tweed Bassman

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Ooo that sandwich

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Jun 12th, 2018 10:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

Like those goobers above, this goober has also built kits and done several scratch builds. If we can do this stuff, so can you.

Allen and Mojotone are great companies to work with. Start with a kit so you'll have all matching parts. If you're handy with a table saw and saber saw, you can save a few bucks and build your own cabinet. Covering the cabinet is easy too.

There is plenty of help and advice here, as well as a boatload of how-to videos on Yoobus Toobus.

Here's an example: scratch-built 5F1 tweed twin Champ

with a vintage International Harvester Farmall tractor badge

Hammond101
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Jun 12th, 2018 11:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

Goober 2 here again. Here is something completely different. A tweed Princeton built into an antique radio chassis & cabinet.

1935 Stromberg - Carlson

Hammond101
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So. Cal. USA

Jun 12th, 2018 11:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

And.....

The beauty shot

Peegoo
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Ooo that sandwich

is gonna get et
Jun 12th, 2018 01:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

oh MAN that's nice!

Hard to believe you can conjure De Debil with that beautificacious appliance.

Hammond101
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Jun 12th, 2018 04:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Peegoo, that thing sits proudly in my living room with a Fender tube reverb unit on top between the Hammond RT3 and a Leslie 147.

I play it almost daily. The thing is amazing with hot single coils, P90s or a HB. Unfortunately the Hammond is played not so much. It tends to loosen drywall screws and move expensive whisky glasses around in the hutch! My GF made me take down the bass traps!

I did a thread on the radio amp when I built it some time ago. I thought it might be a good time to revisit. More on it is in my profile.

Pinetree
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NW Pennsylvania

Jun 12th, 2018 05:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Rich, I thought your girlfriend was pretty cool up to now.



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Tremovibe

usa

Jun 24th, 2018 10:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

Andy, barney fife, and goober, I see the gangs all here. I'm nowhere near goober quality, but maybe someday. Thanks for the comments and recommends, and crackin' up on peegoo's pics too. Thanks.....Hammond101 you mentioned your RT3, I just sold mine, sadly. Though I'm a sad-ass keyboard player, I'd always get a chuckle doing the Mr. Moonlight solo on it. Just a memory now.

Silverface

Lawndale CA

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Sep 7th, 2018 10:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

Have you ever tried to use one in a gig situation? I know players with originals in their amp collections, but virtually nobody that uses one on a club gig these days. With so many volume concerns/limits and amps being mic'd they are usually "too much amp" for anything but outdoor gigs or big halls.

They have to hit a pretty high volume level before they open up to full frequency response. Great amps but I haven't seen one on a local gig in years.

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Sep 10th, 2018 10:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

Without any previous experience at all, I built a number of 5E3s, 5F8s, and a 5F6 using little more than the resources of the internet. In most cases, these amps are still being used as gigging amps after 12 years. You don't really need a kit and you can source your parts from multiple places focusing either on economy or quality. You can buy eyelet boards or you can get fancy with making your own turret boards like I did. 1/8" fiberglass makes for a super solid circuit board. For me, this wasn't rocket surgery. Despite how we feel about these amps today, they weren't conceived or manufactured as high end or high tech complicated devices when they were built. Everything about Fender as a company was and still is designed and built around profitability and economy of manufacturing. Its just that back then there was a different mindset about cutting corners and compromising the lifespan of products. Doing a scratch build teaches you a lot more about the fundamentals but not everyone is up to it and it may not be your thing. It depends on your goals. For me, it was about building amps that would last forever as long as parts were available.

Scratch

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Sep 10th, 2018 07:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

Wrnch,

Those are NICE!

Love that hog cab!

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