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Fender Bandmaster Silverface

The Bandmasters, like most of the classic Fender amp models have existed for decades, and have went through several metamorphoses in their lengthy lifespan. From very early tweed models with a single 15 or a trio of 10’s, the short lived (1960 only) brown combo, the fabled blond, brown, and blackface “piggy-back” heads of the 1960’s, and finally the silver-face models that began in 1967 and ran through the early 1970’s.

Make and model Fender - Bandmaster (Silverface)
Power (Watt) 50 W
Type Combo
Channels 2
Footswitchable channels No
Lamps
Power lamps 2 x 6L6
Preamp lamps 1 x 12AX7, 2 x 7025, 1 x 12AT7
Rectifier Tube
Tube type 5AR4
Effect loop No
Effects Yes
Tremolo
Reverb Yes
Impedance 4
Size
Weight

Fender-Bandmaster-Silverface

Model/Circuit Number: AA763, AB763, AC568, TFC-5005
Years of Production: 1968 – 1975
Era: Silverface
Configuration: Piggyback
Controls: Silver forward facing w/ blue labels
Knobs: Black skirted w/ chrome center, numbered 1 – 10

Faceplate:
Front: Normal: In, In, Bright Sw, Vol, Treb, Bass – Vibrato: In, In, Bright Sw, Vol, Treb, Bass, Speed, Intensity – Pilot Lamp
Rear:

Cabinet:
Dimensions: Head: 9 1/2” x 7 7/8” x 24”, Cabinet: 11 3/8” x 28 7/8” x 38 7/8”
Hardware: Large Chassis Straps 5 5/8”, Side Bar Clips, 16” Tilt-Back Legs, Thumb screws, Thumb screw receptacles
Handle: Black strap handle with Chrome ends(x2)
Feet: Chrome Glides
Corners: Chrome Corners with Lip

Weight: Head: 30lbs
Speakers:
Size: 2 x 12
Impedance: 4 ohms
Model: Oxford 12T6 or Utah 12(For more info, check out the Jensen Replacement Speakers)

 

In August 1967, Fender changed the cosmetics once again, this time to the silverface style. The earliest of these (Aug. ’67 to July ’68) had aluminum grill trim, black vertical lines on the control panel, and a highly textured version of the famous silver/blue sparkle grill cloth.

In addition, the speaker cabinet was enlarged and ported. In June 1968, the Bandmaster was given the infamous AC568 silverface circuit. The amp shown here is one of the very last silverface Bandmasters produced with the blackface AB763 circuit.


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