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Fender ‘57 Custom Champ rectifier tube issues..

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by G-52, Oct 31, 2020.

  1. G-52

    G-52 Tele-Meister

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    I’ve had this amp since 12/2018 (new) and am on my 3rd rectifier tube. Volume is always set at 8 to 9 (12 is max). I adjust down the guitar volume and sit approx 4 feet from the amp. I play the amp almost daily 60-90 minutes. Curious re whether frequency of tube replacement is normal; and whether my amp volume setting is contributing factor. Love the amp.

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    Rectifier tubes will normally last for many, many years provided that the amp does not have a standby switch. Standby switches can be a cause of rectifier tube failure in certain amps. New production rectifier tubes are not as robust as their older counterparts and spending a few extra dollars on an NOS tube or lightly used tube would be money well spent.
     
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    I’ll look into that, thank you:)
     
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    This is one case where a NOS rectifier tube is worth its weight in gold. Even a tested pull is worth it. Have have a couple from the fifties. They just last and last.
     
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    You can find good NOS 5y3 rectifier tubes on ebay for under $20 ( I like the old RCA ones myself). I just got a pair of 50's RCA NOS tubes for $30 shipped.
     
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    Good to know, thank you!
     
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    Another vote for "the one old tube I use consistently is rectifiers"
     
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    Jared Purdy Friend of Leo's

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    I'm thinking of taking the plunge on this amp. Also looking at the 57' Deluxe. I love the size of the Champ though.
     
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    NOS is great if you can find them. The RCA 5Y3's are awesome. For new production I really like the JJ Electronic 5Y3.
     
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    I’ve ordered a couple of NOS RCA’s on eBay; I appreciate everyone’s comments/assistance:)
     
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