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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: Vintage (before 1985) / 1953? Fender Tweed Super Amp

bmrgold

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Dec 10th, 2018 10:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hello all, I recently came across an old amp my grandfather had in his basement that he gave to me. I know nothing about musical instruments but I did know that he used to play in a band back in the 50's and this was a fender so I knew this amp had to be worth something. I had to stop my mother from throwing this out when we were cleaning out his basement.

He hadn't played it since about the early 60's when my mother was born. She said she remembers seeing it but he never played it. I did some quick research and it looks like it might be a 53 or 54? My brother in-law dabbles in guitar so I had him bring over his and sure enough it works perfectly... this amp hadn't been turned on in 20-30 years and it fired right up and he played on it for about 30-45 minutes. Everything looks to be 100% original on it besides the handle, looks like it might have broke and he just electrical taped it. Even the plug is an old 2 prong.

I was hoping someone on here might be able to give me some more information on it and maybe a value? Looking around I see some from $3500 all the way up to $6500 in good condition. It would be cool to pass this along to someone that would really enjoy it and use.

Here are some pictures

https://ibb.co/fDs3Yj4
https://ibb.co/3MJPVsy
https://ibb.co/NCXjG4c
https://ibb.co/0rsWrRY
https://ibb.co/TvwCcfd
https://ibb.co/mb4b6vm
https://ibb.co/qMgLSr7
https://ibb.co/ZmHy4Wv

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Dec 10th, 2018 11:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

It's worth something, alright.



BrentD
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Dec 11th, 2018 09:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

Where are you located? Someone here might be able to help you locate a tech to check it out and maybe a shop that would help you with the value stuff.

I believe the original handle would have been leather, but everything else looks pretty original. That's a COOL amp!

BrentD
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Dec 11th, 2018 09:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

By the way, don't let it run for significant periods of time until it's checked out. Since you already tested it I might not even turn it on before it gets a look from a tech or gets sold. The capacitors in those old amps can dry out and if one fails it could take other parts with it.

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American Patriot

About as ordinary as you can get.
Dec 11th, 2018 09:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

It could be work a significant amount of $$$$.

BbendFender
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American Patriot

About as ordinary as you can get.
Dec 11th, 2018 09:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

Here's your first pic.

Tweed amp.

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American Patriot

About as ordinary as you can get.
Dec 11th, 2018 09:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

2nd pic.

2nd pic

BbendFender
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American Patriot

About as ordinary as you can get.
Dec 11th, 2018 09:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

I looked at all of the pic. That amp is one of the cleanest old tweed amps I've ever seen. Don't sell it without doing some research. My 4 year old price guide shows $5600. It may be worth more today.
If you ever think you might play guitar, I'd keep this amp. You'll never find another one this clean.

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Dec 11th, 2018 10:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

From what you posted I can tell you that the Jensen Speakers were manufactured the 35th week of 1953. Their code is 220335. I really can't tell what the date stamp on the tube chart says. that would give a more definite date. As you say, '53-'54 for a model year.

The advice about not running the amp above is good. If it turns into a player have it serviced and the filter caps replaced. If you plan to sell it to a collector don't touch it internally or make any changes.

The Wurlitzer badge is weird. Somebody added that.

bmrgold

United States

Dec 11th, 2018 01:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

I am located on the New HampshireMass border and yes I will not be turning it on again, I just wanted to check if it was in good working order. I would like to sell it to someone who knows what they are doing with it.

I believe the EU Wurlitzer badge is where it was purchased from. They were located in Boston up until the 80's or 90's before they closed. I imagine they placed it on the amps they sold back in the day kind of like advertising.

I think the stamp date on the tube chart says CJ... its kind of hard to see cause they are stamped so close together.

If anyone would be interested in purchasing it feel free to contact me by leaving a message here with some contact info. Would their be another forumwebsite that would be good to also post this on? Hoping this thing can find a good home.

Tube Chart

bmrgold

United States

Dec 11th, 2018 01:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

here is a close shot of the tube chart

https://ibb.co/NCXjG4c

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Dec 11th, 2018 03:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

Your best bet is to obtain a qualified appraisal and then put the amp on consignment for sale with a reputable vendor.

These are *very* collectable, and collectors pay goofy amounts of munny for them.

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Dec 11th, 2018 03:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

Wasn't Chris Greene in the market for a tweed Super? Or did he want a Pro?

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Dec 13th, 2018 02:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

I don't know anything about vintage amps, but that sure looks like a beauty bmrgold!

BrentD
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Dec 13th, 2018 07:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

Peegoo is right. A reputable vendor will take a cut (our local one would probably take 15-20% on this one), but they will deal with the advertising, shipping, and the tire kickers and weirdos as well. Small price to pay!

I also suspected the badge was from the retailer. You see them on guitar headstocks sometimes too.

(This message was last edited by BrentD at 09:13 AM, Dec 13th, 2018)

larryguitar19
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larryguitar
Dec 13th, 2018 12:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

I believe the "CJ" means it was assembled for shipment '53/october' which is consistent with the speaker date stamp.

I just got done educating myself on '65 to '66 Pro Reverbs which in average condition were north of $2k. Any tweed in the 50's is hot right now.

If the original tubes are still in there-which I doubt--and the chassis is intact and only needs a cap job that alone would make clearly worth more than $3k. A pair of 6L6's in the original box is about $600 alone.

There are companies that sell NOS components like grille cloth and handles which would sweeten up the deal.

I saw an original Champ from that era that was pretty beat up going for $2500. So I don't know about $6k but I'm seeing mid 4s no problem.




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