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msgdman

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Jul 11th, 2018 12:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

First post, looking forward to jumping in, recently found a closet classic on Craigs List and bought it. Really great condition, and sounds great. The link below shows some photos, and gut shots, any info you can give would be great, does it look modded etc?

66 Bassman

Hammond101
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Jul 11th, 2018 12:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

You have one of the cleanest BF Bassman amps I have ever seen.

I would suggest having it serviced. It has the original bias cap in it so I'd expect the original filter caps as well. Get this stuff replace if you plan to play it. These parts are well past their life expectancy. It will sound even better.

No mods detected.

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Ooo that sandwich

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Jul 11th, 2018 12:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

The only detectable mod I see is the three-wire AC cord replacing the original two-wire cord on the 864 and 165 Bassman models issued in 1966.

The 864 is the more "pure" vintage Fender circuit, resembling earlier amp topologies. The 165 was the newer design, incorporating changes that were to come to most Fender amps as the silverface era approached.

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Ooo that sandwich

is gonna get et
Jul 11th, 2018 12:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Welcome to the FDP!

msgdman

North Carolina

Jul 11th, 2018 12:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

Awesome, thanks for the info, I suspected it may have some very old parts needing to be replaced.

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About as ordinary as you can get.
Jul 12th, 2018 09:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

Very clean and original amp. All it might need is a cap job. Those old caps are probably out of tolerance by now.

Foggy1
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So, so you think you can tell?
Jul 12th, 2018 02:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

Beautiful looking amp msgdman!


socal

California/USA

Jul 14th, 2018 05:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

Welcome msgdman! Just joined myself. Although read FDP for quite awhile. Beautiful Bassman! Chassis must have been opened up for the 3 prong ac cord. Also, what tubes are they? Great find! I found a '66 Princeton Reverb on CL. Mint, original (2 prong ac), Jensen c10n, etc. Get this: got it for $1150. Unbelievable! Well, welcome again!

(This message was last edited by socal at 07:04 AM, Jul 14th, 2018)

msgdman

North Carolina

Jul 16th, 2018 07:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

Had it checked out by Darrin Riley in Raleigh NC, and he said all the caps still checked out fine, so he would not change them, but the tubes were needing to be replaced (Sovtek 5881), so I am having him do that this week.

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Ooo that sandwich

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Jul 16th, 2018 08:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

The original caps may test in spec, but they are a liability. If this is a play-at-home amp, fine.

But if you're gigging with it, it may walk off the job halfway through a set.

msgdman

North Carolina

Jul 16th, 2018 08:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

Peegoo - I agree, and we talked about that. I am only going to play this at home for fun, so it should not be an issue. I use a HELIX LT through a Friedman Powered Amp when I play out.

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Jul 16th, 2018 10:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

Beautiful! My 66 Bandmaster has a piece of masking tape on the chassis that says it was wired by "Josie". Don't see one on yours. Maybe mine was a fluke and they left the tape in. Anyone else seen such a thing?

socal
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California

Jul 17th, 2018 02:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

How bout a pic of the "Josie" wiring, RDR? It would be interesting to see. Have never seen a signed masking tape before in a chassis. Does the masking tape look like Fullerton vintage? Maybe "Josie" is noted in the Fender archives somewhere. Thx

Hammond101
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Jul 17th, 2018 03:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Josie is mentioned in "The first 50 Years" book I believe. I've seen it somewhere.

Charlie Macon
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Yeeeehaaaa!
Jul 17th, 2018 05:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

Welcome aboard, and what an excellent amp. I test drove a 1967 Bassman with Telecaster once, and it COOKED!

Have you or anyone else here run the blackface Bassman through a 1-12 open-back cabinet? I would think that would be a dream set-up.

Charlie Macon
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Yeeeehaaaa!
Jul 17th, 2018 05:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Fender Supersonic 60 watt open-back 1-12 combo had me spellbound, but the Twin Reverb demanded to be purchased....so I continue without a mid-range Fender combo amp.

msgdman

North Carolina

Jul 18th, 2018 08:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

They talk a little about Josie at this link.

External link

Hammond101
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Jul 18th, 2018 09:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Have you or anyone else here run the blackface Bassman through a 1-12 open-back cabinet?"

A customer brought me one to be resto-modded. Someone had once modded the amp then someone else had attempted to return it to stock. Both attempts were major fails. I made it stock and reliable again and since the amp now had a grounded power cord I used the unused ground switch to control a negative feedback mod.

This amp had some real spank. Blues tones for days through my 1-12 cab with an EV-SRO-12L.

RDR
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Jul 18th, 2018 12:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

"How bout a pic of the "Josie" wiring, RDR?"

I might be opening it up soon and will provide a pic. It looks like it's been there since 1966!

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Jul 18th, 2018 12:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

"They talk a little about Josie at this link." Thanks for that!

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