Up for sale, a 1958 Fender Harvard in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order with a virtually untouched circuit, original Jensen P10R speaker, and a complete vintage tube set. This one family amp comes with the original receipt and is 100% original save for one electrolytic cap, sleeved in its original Minimite wrapper.
The Harvard is a unique model, sitting just below the Deluxe in terms of output with two 6V6 power tubes, pushing 10 glorious all-tube watts through a 10" speaker. The Harvard also has the distinction of being the only Tweed era Fender model name to not make the transition to subsequent Brown and Black Panel amp series.
Offering a similar tone stack to the Tweed-era 5E3 Deluxe, yet with a single-triode 6AT6 powering the initial gain stage and a class AB fixed bias design unique among Fender's Tweeds, the Harvard delivers on the promise of sweet tube saturation and the extremely dynamic, harmonic-rich tones which are a hallmark of the narrow panel tweed Fender amps. Outfitted with simple Volume and Tone controls, the amp has quite a bit of muscle, surprising headroom, and a bold bass register that belies its size, pushing into lightly compressed overdrive with plenty of sizzle and grit beyond 5 on the Volume dial. The cabinet size (noticeably bigger than the Champ and Princeton) adds a certain low end fullness to the tone as well, with great bloom to the notes and a richness that's particularly evident when played with a humbucker-equipped guitar or P-90.
The 5F10 circuit is untouched (save for one electrolytic cap as noted), and even the original Minimite filter caps are still viable. The circuit retains the yellow Astron caps central to the sweet, musical character of the Tweed-era preamps, and original Stackpole pots date to the 20th week of 1958. Even the original gray two-prong cable is intact. The chrome-plated chassis is in great shape with only very minor pitting on the face and all of the original white silkscreen lettering intact.
The original Jensen P10R speaker has a very clean teal frame, stock foil label on the alnico magnet, original cone, and date code on the edge of the frame from the 21st week of '58. The tube chart is fully intact as well with an "HJ" stamp which dates to October, 1958.
The original lacquered tweed is intact and lightly ambered, with only very minor wear on the enclosure edges. The original leather handle is intact and unbroken, and the Harvard badge is intact on the amp's face. The original large badge from the original Fender dealer, Parlier's Music in Bakersfield, CA, is also present.
The original receipt is included, and this amp was purchased brand-new with a 1957 Fender Musicmaster, also available via a separate listing.