Fender | Bandmaster Head Black 1964-1967
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- Bandmaster Head Brown (1961-1963)
- Bandmaster Head Silverface (1968-1974)
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1964 - 1967
The Fender Bandmaster was a musical instrument amplifier made by Fender. It was introduced in 1953 and discontinued in 1974. Some early models had both a microphone input and instrument inputs. Beginning in 1960, Bandmaster amps were equipped with a vibrato effect. In the 2000s, vintage Bandmaster amps remain in use by blues, Americana and rock and roll bands.
The AA763 (July 1963) and improved AB763 (March 1964) (“blackface”) circuit is arguably considered the “best” circuit version produced for this amp by collectors and aficionados. The complex brownface “harmonic vibrato”, however, was replaced by a simpler electro-optic oscillator. Power tubes were the even beefier 6L6GC. Some 1964 blackface Showmen were still covered in blonde Tolex rather than the usual black. Later “silverface” amps retrofitted to this circuitry are described as having been “blackfaced,” a reference to the black faceplate used on these amps during much of this era.
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