‘69 Super Reverb with “upgrades”

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  1. Wally

    Wally Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Cool 4x10 Fender amp with Reverb? Cool is subjective. That said, the marketplace says the BF SR’s would be the ‘coolest’. Then, any SR before 1971 when they went to the glued in baffleboard is next ‘coolest’. The cool factor for some keeps declining from there on...with the ULSR’s being the least expensive....least coolness of the basic circuit.
    Some might think that the River era Concert II in the 4x10 format would be cool in that it has overdrive capabilities that the earlier Fenders don’t have...except for the Lead 75 in the 4x10 format.
    Or...since you don’t seem to be afraid of lifting the weight, how about a Quad Reverb, which basically a Twin Reverb in a 4x arrangement...albeit with 12” speakers instead of 10’s. Or...the Suoer Six Reverb, which is a TR with 6x10’s. The price per pound goes down as the weight goes up!
     
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  2. muchxs

    muchxs Doctor of Teleocity

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    When establishing value, I look at a few things aside from the amp.

    Question I always ask myself,

    "How low can you go?"

    We can all sit around and argue whether that's a good price or not.

    What's the least expensive '69 Super Reverb you're likely to find?

    What sort of compromises are you going to have to accept, same amp, costs less?

    Ultimately, what is it going to cost to get what you want? Are you o.k. with a '69 (great amp!) with replaced speakers and a replaced baffle?

    I wouldn't throw that one outta bed for eatin' crackers...

    :)


    I also look at what I could get out of the amp and how quick I can get out of it. What is it worth if I need to sell it?

    $1000 '60s Super Reverbs are relatively common here.

    $750 Super Reverbs are less common.

    Least expensive Super Reverb I've had recently was my "Found In A Ditch" '67. I didn't find it in a ditch. I found it in a Boston basement. It looked like I found it in a ditch.

    Paid $250 for that one.

    Least expensive Super Reverb I've had was the very early '64 I found on top of a scrap heap. I paid the junk man five bucks for that one.

    My five buck Super Reverb makes Found In A Ditch look pristine by comparison.
     
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  3. Neener

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    Well put. Essentially I am looking for a cool “older” 4x10 with reverb and nice clean.

    The two Amps in question are somewhat local. There is a hot rod deville 4x10 but I’ve got the 2x12 so want something different.

    I guess I should’ve just asked the question “which amp would you (the general TDPRI population) prefer?”

    The non-originalish 69 or the 80s beast.

    All the feedback has been awesome. I always learn so much from you guys. I understand Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But it’s nice to hear the opinions of those with more experience.
     
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  4. teletimetx

    teletimetx Doctor of Teleocity

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    You need to plug your own guitar(s) into each one and listen - maybe drag along your own pedal board, if pedals are part of your playing, again, and listen, listen, listen. You like what you hear with single coils? You like what you hear with humbuckers?

    I had a very fine condition SF Super Reverb offered - it was pristine. But to my ears, no thanks. The price was ok, but for me, it would cost a minimum $200 extra to find out if it could be improved.

    But if you really, really like what you hear, that $200 for some good tech time is worth it. Find out what's what, etc.

    Don't buy with your eyes or on speaker recommendations - use your guitar(s) and your ears.

    My 2 cents.
     
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  5. Neener

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    Btw here are the altecs
     
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  6. Neener

    Neener Tele-Meister

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    Yes always use your guitar(s)
    Lol
     
  7. schmee

    schmee Poster Extraordinaire

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    A quad of original speakers may sell for about $300. So I would say not an upgrade... more a detriment.
    The baffle.. is hard to say. I like the particle board baffles used in the BF amps. But SR baffles did have a tendency to warp or crack sometimes due to there being very little wood actually left after the 4 ten inch holes are cut!
    Bottom line is everyone wants those original speakers.
    My next question is does the "baffle change"mean it's still a BF style cabinet with the screw in baffle? That's a plus for sure.
    I think if it's clean and works fine, it can be a great amp for $750. In today's world that ain't much for a wonderful amp. I would put 4 Emi GA SC64-10 in it! (paper voice coil formers, like the originals and light weight!)
     
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  8. avspecialist

    avspecialist TDPRI Member

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    In my opinion for $650/$700, you can’t go wrong. You could always sell it later probably for more money. If it sounds good to you with your guitar, i’d buy the t if you are not concerned about the money. I believe it’s not too hard to partially blackface. I forgot, does anyone know it the OT, has non UL taps unused?
     
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    Also, I bet you can get $400.00 for the speakers.
     
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