Up for sale, a 1960 Fender Pro in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order. One of the very first Brown Panel amps to leave the Fender factory, this Pro was produced in a brief window of time when the larger combos were receiving the very first tolex coverings offered by Fender, and the smaller combos were still covered in tweed! Early Brown Panel design elements of this Pro include the same oxblood grillcloth with gold stripe seen on the Tweed era amps, lighter colored (and slightly rougher textured) tolex than later brown offerings, an RCA speaker jack, and a dark green frame alnico magnet Jensen P15N speaker.
This amp delivered 40 powerful, articulate all-tube watts via a brand new matched Tung Sol 5881 (6L6GC) power tube pair. The Pro boasts Fender's unique "Harmonic Vibrato" circuit, and this complex design was Fender's only true pitch-shifting vibrato offered in an amp. Swampy, thick, and very Leslie-esque, it's a three-dimensional, full-bodied tone unlike any other Fender. The perfect middle ground between the dynamic, saturated tones of the earlier Tweed era amps and the shimmering cleans of the later Black Panel line, this Pro has a very warm and nuanced sound, with plenty of clean headroom before pushing into saturated overdrive. The circuit offers EQ controls that have a very wide sweep for everything from classic hollow twang to warm, sweet sounds that will delight any Jazz player.
The circuit is extremely original, serviced sparingly only to ensure optimal functionality. The preamp retains a bevy of the original yellow molded Astron caps which have a sweet, musical quality central to the sound of Fender's early '60s circuits. New components in the preamp are limited to a number of tubular Mallory caps in the vibrato section and smaller Sprague electrolytics. The transformers are a combination of Triads and Schumachers (Triad being Fender's primary Tweed era transformer supplier, and Schumacher supplying most of the transformers in the Brown Panel era). While the Triads don't have date stamps on the transformer bells, the Schumacher-made choke dates to the 50th week of 1959. Visible date codes on the CTS pots are from the 10th week of 1960. The main filter caps have been professionally replaced with Tube Doctor-branded caps to keep the amp operating within original factory spec. A new three-prong power cable has been installed.
The tube chart is clean and intact with crisp corners, and the "JF" date stamp translates to May of 1960. The speaker is the original Jensen P15N alnico magnet driver with a clean dark green frame, blue foil Jensen label on the magnet cover, and date stamp from the 18th week of '60.
Cosmetically, this Pro is a very clean example retaining the original rough brown tolex and oxblood grillcloth with gold stripe. The faceplate is also in remarkable condition, complete with the full set of original brown barrel knobs. The original flat Fender logo, sphinx glides (feet), and nickel corners are present, along with the original, very well-preserved and unbroken dogbone handle.