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1967 Fender Bassman Black Panel Vintage Tube Guitar Amp Head AB165, Serviced


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Up for sale, a 1967 Fender Bassman head in exceptional condition, freshly serviced with an AB165 circuit. This vintage Black Panel Fender amp features a well-maintained and very original circuit, with stock transformers and only a few new small electrolytic caps and metal film resistors installed in the preamp as needed to ensure optimal functionality. The AB165 circuit delivers clarity, warmth, and headroom, and this Bassman excels at sweet and articulate Fender clean tones. Once you reach about 5 on the volume dial, the circuit starts to overdrive smoothly and compress a bit, for a raw, thick sound that's perfect for guitar or bass. It's a simple and pure vintage Fender "piggyback" head that provides a perfect platform for effect pedals, and is ready for stage and studio use.

The AB165 circuit retains all of the original Schumacher transformers which date between the 17th and 30th weeks of '67. All of the CTS pots are original as well, with visible date codes from the 26th week of '66 while the chassis stamp also has a '67 code. The preamp retains the majority of the original blue molded Ajax caps, a central component of the sweet, musical character of the Black Panel-era preamps. There are new small electrolytic caps in the preamp, along with a few substituted low noise metal film resistors, and the power supply has been freshly recapped with high quality F&Ts. The power cable has been upgraded to a modern three-prong too. The tube complement includes a pair of matched and properly biased Electro Harmonix/Sovtek 6L6GC power tubes along with a combination of modern and vintage valves in the preamp. On the inside of the head cabinet, the original tube chart is present with a "QH" date stamp which translates to August of 1967.

Cosmetically, this Bassman features its original smooth black tolex and silver sparkle grillcloth, both of which are surprisingly well-kept. Hardware includes the stock handle, sphinx glides (feet), and Fender logo, and piggyback clip bars. There are a couple minor indentations on the top forward edge of the enclosure, and sparingly little additional wear to report. The faceplate is also quite clean and complete with original witch hat knobs.