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1967 Fender Bandmaster Vintage Black Panel Piggyback Tube Amp 2x12


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Up for sale, a 1967 Fender Bandmaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order. The head is one of the very last Black Panel amps ever produced (having already transitioned to the turquoise stripe grillcloth seen on the "Drip Edge" amps), paired with a slightly earlier Bandmaster cab that dates to 1966.

This 40 watt Black Panel Fender powerhouse has the rich, balanced cleans and smooth tube overdrive at high volumes that you expect from a vintage Fender from this era. The cleans are warm and articulate, with Fender's sparkly top end and the ability to dial in just the right amount of grit and light tube compression.

The circuit is extremely original, retaining the stock Schumacher-made transformers that date between the 35th week of 1966 and the 26th week of '67  The preamp retains all of the famed blue molded Ajax tone caps, essential to the sweet, musical sound of the Black Panel circuits, and the original CTS pots have visible date codes from the 28th week of '66. The main filter caps and smaller electrolytic caps in the preamp have been upgraded with modern components from the likes of F&T and Sprague, ensuring the circuit functions optimally, and a modern three-prong power cable has also been installed. The tube complement includes a pair of matched Sovtek 5881 (6l6GC) power tubes, a vintage Westinghouse 12AT7 phase inverter, and modern valves in the preamp.

The head cab retains the original clean tube chart, lacking a date stamp as it was produced so closely to the Drip Edge/Silverface amps where a date stamp on the chart was omitted. The speaker cabinet is stocked with a vintage (circa mid-1970s) pair of heavy duty ceramic magnet speakers with original, near mint foil Fender stickers on the magnets. These speakers have excellent wattage handling and plenty of power for pristine cleans and rich drive.

The head and speaker cabinet both retain their original smooth black tolex and silver sparkle grillcloth, and one will note that the grillcloth represents two variants, with the head being one of the earliest examples to feature the turquoise stripe on the cloth, while the cab has the more conventional (and notably darkened) silver sparkle cloth used from 1964-67 on the Black Panel line. Both the head and cabinet retain their original raised "Fender" logos, and the hardware includes original nickel corners, handle caps, chassis straps, and chrome tilt-back legs. New sphinx glides (feet) on the speaker cabinet and new piggyback clip bars on the head have also been installed.