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1961 Fender Tremolux Blonde Piggyback Tube Amp Head 6G9 Circuit w/ EL84 (6BQ5)


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Up for sale, a 1961 Fender Tremolux in exceptional condition, boasting a 6G9 circuit and factory EL84 (6BQ5) power tube configuration. Only a few hundred 6G9 Tremolux amps were ever produced, and given the high plate voltages of the EL84 power tubes, far fewer have survived, especially with their original full transformer complement intact like the one seen here.

A stunningly well-kept, collector-grade example of the 6G9 Tremolux, this amp boasts the sweetness, tonal range, and harmonic clarity that characterizes the Fender Brown Panel circuits. The tone is pure, dynamic Fender clean sparkle until around 4 on the Volume dial where the amp begins to get just a touch of overdrive on the notes before cascading into full tube saturation when you dime it out. The bias based tremolo circuit has an incredibly deep pulse which operates on both channels, and the EQ controls have a positively huge sweep.

The EL84-driven 6G9 circuit is extremely original, only serviced strictly as needed to maintain optimal functionality with new smaller electrolytic caps in the preamp and a recap of the power supply, with all new caps sleeved in the original Minimite wrappers (original unsleeved electrolytics are also included). All of the original yellow Astron and blue molded Ajax caps are intact in the preamp, and all of the original Stackpole pots are present as well. The original Schumacher-made transformers are present, dating between the 13th and 17th weeks of '61. The chassis itself is very clean and the power tubes have their distinctive brackets only used on this model. Even the original gray two-prong power cable is present, fitted with a new end. The tubes are all vintage valves, with a pair of matched Mullard-made and General Electric-branded 6BQ5s (EL84s), as well as all General Electric valves in the preamp and an RCA rectifier.

The head features original rough blonde tolex and oxblood grillcloth that shows sparingly little wear save for a few spots where sap from knots in the pine cabinet has stained the tolex from the underside. There is no tube chart inside the head cabinet (common for this model). The stock hardware includes the nickel corners, tilt-back legs, flat Fender logos, and the original dogbone handle.

A modern one-button footswitch for engaging the Tremolo is included.