The Most Ubiquitous Vintage Fender Amp?

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  1. andrewRneumann

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    Which vintage Fender amp (or clone) is the most commonly owned, gigged, and/or recorded? I’m not asking what is the most desirable or valuable. I’m asking what amp is the most ubiquitous. Obviously no way to know for sure and it’s a moving target, but I’d like to hear your opinions. Certainly some amps gained a popular staying power that others didn’t.

    Maybe after I get some nominations I will create a poll!
     
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    5e3 Tweed Deluxe or a blackface Princeton
     
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    DR?
     
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    Original or clone?

    Lotta twin reverbs out there.
     
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    I think there's no good answer as "owned, gigged, and/or recorded" is a problem, because recording amps are often small non gigged amps and not adequate for gigging.

    I would probably pick the BFDR forced to a decision.
    That may have become Princeton reverb in the last couple years though.
     
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    Then and now, the vintage Fender amp I've seen the most of is the Super Reverb-Amp.
     
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    Nominate something that is so common you'll see it at a gig AND in every reputable studio.
     
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    I'd say that's the one overall through the years.
     
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    I'd say 4X10 Bassman but it's probably the Deluxe Reverb.
     
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    Yeah, I did.
     
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    Original or faithful clone. Assume they are the same. We could talk circuits instead of model names, but I like model names better.
     
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    For genuine vintage Fenders I'd say either the Silverface Twin or DR. Fender made a ton of them in the 70s, and they're still all over the place (including my basement!)

    For clones, I'd say the blackface deluxe/twin or maybe a tweed deluxe are most common.
     
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    Lotta 5E3 clones out there but I doubt they all add up to as much as Fender's production for one week.
     
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    5f6a or better still 5f8a!

    I chose those circuits because during the guitar heyday, stadium pop rock had walls of Marshalls, which were really at the core Brutish copies of those two final Tweeds, and heard on more top selling/ touring hits than any of Leos better mid scoop clean reverb ideas.
    Sure Country and bar bands used the later cleaner Fender amps, and the little Tweeds are big, but in terms of the amps that really dominated music during the now gone guitar band era, it was Marshalls.

    We don't credit the 5f8a as being a basis for the 100w Super Lead that really did lead guitar amplification in the biggest way, but I see that four 6L6 version of what Jim copied as main DNA in the Super lead that was the supreme leader of louder guitar.
     
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    There is no data of any sort that will ever answer this question.

    OTOH someone somewhere knows the *production* numbers of the different Fender models, and as noted I think we can discount clones as insignificant compared to factory numbers.

    Likewise the most-produced might just still be the most ubiquitous. Fender didn't produce amps in huge numbers for long periods if they were unpopular, and what was *most* popular then is likely still popular.
     
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    Definitely the one I see the most of up for sale. Might be that people get them and don't hold onto them though.
     
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    Without looking it up, I remember Fender saying the Hot Rod Deluxe (or maybe the HR series) was their biggest seller of all time. But before reading that I would've thought the Twin or Deluxe Reverb...so many years.
     
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    The Fender Deluxe Reverb.
     
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    Every studio I have been inside has had a BF or SF DR.
     
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