Your favorite vintage amp

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  1. JRapp

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    Hiwatt 50 Bulldog combo
    5F8A high power tweed Twin
    5E5A tweed Pro
    top loader VT40
    JTM 45
     
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    What to build?

    One of each.

    I reccomend a tweed or something brownface with a tremelo in it. Those seem fun.
     
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    My black 64 Bassman piggyback. I miss the sound a lot.
     
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    This 64 Epiphone Pathfinder is the only vintage amp I ever had the pleasure to play and own.
    Still want a Princeton someday but not a vintage one because money...

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  5. wadeeinkauf

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    I see my future in your past!!!!!
     
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    My next will be in tweed box for sure.
     
  7. wadeeinkauf

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    I have to look for the first Marshall amps. I have read in many places that the first Marshall was based on the Bassman circuit.
     
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    #1) 5F6-A Bassman, accept no substitute. #2, AB763 Super Reverb
     
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    Sound X505R
     
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    If I had to pick just one..............

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    My one and only vintage amp (the rest are faux vintage). A ‘59 Supro Super. She’s lots of fun and holding up very well.

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  12. wadeeinkauf

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    These amps have a great history. Your amp looks like it was produced in 1964/65 due to the slanted front panel. This amp was made at the Kalamazoo plant on the same production line as the Gibson GA-19RVT. The same amp just branded different and at a higher price. This is a great amp, 15 watts with a 12 inch speaker. It only has one channel and screams for a mod of a second overdrive channel. If you are not a purest you can pull the rectifier tube, put in SS diodes and use that power for another 12AX7 preamp/overdrive circuit. These were very well made amps of their time…proven by the fact it is still in service. The tremolo is really strong in this amp. I don’t think you would gain a thing with a Princeton, and the vintage Princetons only have a 10 inch speaker.

     
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    Is this only 5 watts. This amp has a beautiful clean tones. Two preamp stages with the single 12ax7 and one 6v6 power tube…..no tone controls to muddy the tone.


     
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    I will check out the Hiwatt...I am not familiar with it.
    Actually, the valve standard had most of the same controls. I wired the 18 watt amp controls to the already labeled locations. The only controls not labeled is the clean channel Gain and Tone. I am planning a scratch build doing as much a possible including the chassis. I am thinking of using electroform stickers like I use for my guitar logos.
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    I did not know about this amp...thanks for posting. Does the foot switch throw it into the overdrive channel. It would be a pain to have to do that at the amp if you were switching back and forth.
     
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    Yep. That’s the one. The one in the video has a pilot light, which mine doesn’t have. Must be the deluxe version! ;)
     
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    I've only had one vintage amp, and that was a stock, speaker reconed, 74' Fender PR. It had the same malaise that all of those PR amps had, the speaker could not hold the bass together. I'm not sure what brand of speaker was in there as the label had fallen off.

    Fast forward to today, and I have a Fender 64' Custom Hand Wired PR, that I put a Alessandro GA10-SC64 speaker in and 57' Custom Deluxe (stock). The circuitry in both is vintage, as is the build and cabinet. Those are my two favourite sounds. I call them Jekyll and Hyde.
     
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    Were the transformers upgraded? What is the wattage output on it now? 40?
     
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    Yes, the footswitch pues it into overdrive, and also enables the reverb
     
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    My dad used to have a Old Super Reverb he said was from the mid to late 60’s, I remember loving the tones from that amp. He gigged that amp for many years before downsizing in the mid eighties. So for me that would be it.
     
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