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1965 Fender Showman Black Panel Piggyback Vintage Tube Amp Head, Serviced


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Up for sale, a 1965 Fender Showman Black Panel vintage tube amp head, recently serviced and in excellent condition. This amp is extremely clean cosmetically, featuring modern smooth black tolex and silver sparkle grillcloth that matches vintage spec.

The amp boasts a full complement of modern valves, including a quad of properly biased Groove Tubes 6L6R power tubes, and this Showman has a sound that is powerful, clear, and sparkling. As Fender's flagship "piggyback" amp head of the Black Panel era, the Showman delivers 85 watts of all-tube power. The Showman is a real powerhouse for guitar, bass, or your favorite Fender Rhodes or combo organ. The low end is ample, and the amp has plenty of headroom and efficient clean power until about 6-7 on the Volume knob, where things start to compress and overdrive. Fresh back from our techs and ready for another half century, this Showman is dialed in for stage and studio use.

The circuit has been thoroughly serviced and is very original, retaining all of the original Schumacher-made transformers which date to '65. The majority of the original blue molded Ajax caps are intact in the preamp, central to the sweet, musical tone that's a hallmark of the Black Panel sound. All original Stackpole pots are intact with visible date codes from '65, and the preamp features a few new capacitors and low-noise metal film resistors to ensure optimal performance. The power supply has also been professionally recapped, and the amp features a modern three-prong power cable. The tube chart is intact inside the head cabinet too, with an "OH" date stamp that translates to August of 1965.

This amp sports modern smooth black tolex and silver sparkle grillcloth, materials that match vintage spec and were professionally applied. All of the hardware is intact (with the exception of the piggyback clip bars on the bottom), including the handle, corners and raised metal Fender logo. The original faceplate also retains its stock complement of witch hat knobs.