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Old January 9th, 2010, 02:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Fender Bandmaster

I don't see a Bandmaster thread so I'll start one.
I just purchased mine, a 1964. Head only for now and currently seeking out a matching cab. Sounds great! When I plugged in my Start for the first time and set it's toggle switch on second position...Instant sounds I have heard on many popular recordings. Sounded exactly like the guitar licks in Centerfield by John Fogerty.

Overdue maintenance has been performed as needed. A great sounding amp, I expect to keep for a long long time.

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Old January 10th, 2010, 06:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Just new to the forum, I purchased a bandmaster and 2X12 cab last week, its blonde and sounds marvellous, 62 Strat, 67 345, 65 330, L 7, Es 350P, G and L ASAT. It distinguishes between all of these old Birds and seems to break up just right for each guitar regardless of pu output. I shall post some pics very soon.
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Old January 10th, 2010, 06:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Looks to be in a nice condition too.
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I gigged with a head like that in the 70's with two of the small 2x12 cabs. That's a workhorse amp, and easy to get around with. Cranked up to 6 -7, it really sings!

Wish I still had mine! Congrats!
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Old January 13th, 2010, 01:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Proud owner of a '64 head. Curious, are those new caps? Mine amp has Mallory caps. Curious which ones are original to the amp.
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Old January 13th, 2010, 10:50 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Shouldn't the logo be on diagonally rather than straight?
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Old January 14th, 2010, 02:29 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Shouldn't the logo be on diagonally rather than straight?
Yes the Fender logo should be on an angle. I recently bought the amp, and this is how it arrived. I should change it back. However...There's something cool about owing a 46 year old amp and the stories it must hold. I wish I knew all the previous owners, and venues this amp played in. 46 years worth of music is a long time. Many changes in rock'n roll history happened in those 46 years. The grill cloth should be silver too, but it's yellow stain, most likely comes from years of cigaratte smoke. Did it spend lt's life in a smokey old tavern in small town USA? Who knows? It may have sat in a closet through all of the 80's when everyone thought old Fender amps sucked. Maybe the logo fell off and was replaced by someone who had no idea.

We'll never know. But holding and playing though a piece of Rock'n Roll history is pretty darn cool to a die hard guitarist, who can dream of a time when Leo Fender built the tools to change music forever.
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Proud owner of a '64 head. Curious, are those new caps? Mine amp has Mallory caps. Curious which ones are original to the amp.
The caps in keithb7's head are original. I have a 68' SFBM with the same caps.
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Old January 16th, 2010, 09:51 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Bandmaster '66 loggin in....

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I don't work for them but my wife and I have owned 3 cabs and been very happy with the quality, price, and options. Check out Avatar Cabs. They sell overstock stuff on Ebay for cheap as well. My wife had 2x10 and 2x12 bass cabs, and I've got a great 2x12 closed back cab to match her '71 Bassman head. It rips. THey have "special" cabs with lots of options for covering, grill cloth, speakers, open/closed back, ohm rating. GREAT guys.

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Old January 16th, 2010, 10:12 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Nice find,Keith.If that grillcloth is original and not aftermarket-aged (relic grillcloth????) the screw holes will show you where to put the logo if you want to relocate it.
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Nice find,Keith.If that grillcloth is original and not aftermarket-aged (relic grillcloth????) the screw holes will show you where to put the logo if you want to relocate it.
Thanks I will do that. I am thinking I may change out the Carvin cab speakers to some Weber's maybe so I get true 4 ohms. I could get some silver corners for the cab, some grill cloth and a fender logo and it should sound and look pretty decent.
It's a good size cab and easy to lug around when jammin outside the home.

Where do I find the correct Fender grill cloth for my 64 Bandmaster? I could dress up the cab, and maybe replace the head cloth so they match in color.
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Old January 16th, 2010, 10:44 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Mojotone has Fender-style grille cloth in a number of different styles including aged. Angela also has Fender grill cloth and I'm sure there are other suppliers.

By the way, I have a '64 Bandmaster head and small box bottom with reissue Jensens--sounds unreal. I didn't buy the head and cabinet at the same time so the grill cloth is slightly mismatched (the head looks more aged) but that actually looks kind of cool in its own right.
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Old January 21st, 2010, 07:36 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I've got a 1968 - sounds really great overdriven but muddy on the bass when played clean................thought the cap job and new speakers would fix this up but not really...............still I love it and have had it for about 20 years
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I recorded a sample track of my 64 Bandmaster today. Unfortunately it's not the amp's natural OD as I like where I live. I used a Tube Screamer and my American Series strat. No other FX. Someday when I can, I'll get the chance to crank it up and try recording.

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67 with piggy cab (removed oxfords and added mixed celestions)
has 66 outboard tank too-(makes a big difference in sparkle)

added a cathode pot using an original existing chassis hole to add some brown when i like

what an amp -and easier to lug in 3 sections than my twin

and celestions make it sound very nice if not classic blackface
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I recorded a sample track of my 64 Bandmaster today. Unfortunately it's not the amp's natural OD as I like where I live. I used a Tube Screamer and my American Series strat. No other FX. Someday when I can, I'll get the chance to crank it up and try recording.

http://soundclick.com/share?songid=8669340

Cool clip Keith!.. This is the type of tone I love
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My Bandmaster is about a `66 or so. The grill cloth had been replaced with some awful plastic type which ruined any collector value (I never cared much for collectors anyway unless they are players also). I replaced the grill cloth with a pretty good match to original and did a few mods. I killed the vibrato and used one of the pot holes for a presence control. The power tubes were cathode biased and the rectifier was converted to tube. This conversion meant adding a small transformer for the heater.
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I don't own this early '68 anymore, but it lived in a 3x10" Larry Rodgers cab while I had it.

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Does a '69 Bandmaster Reverb count?





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