Amplifiers: Fender 1962 Bassman-Amp
The '62 Bassman on TV (KENS-5 San Antonio CBS affiliate) May 2009 in preparation for our gig at Luminaria.
I had wanted one of these since 1985 when I played my friend Jeff Pitts '62 model. He got his in 1984 for $180 in an Idaho pawn shop. I passed on several throughout the years, but I just HAD to get this one. Turns out that I am the second owner of this unit. Unbeknownst to me, the seller had his "tech" fix it before putting it up for sale.
Original Tolex and fairly clean.
Well, when I finally disassembled her in 2005, I realized that the "tech" shotgunned (replaced) ALL OF THE RESISTORS AND COUPLING CAPS in the amp. He neglected to replace any of the electrolytics. Very odd. Well, I first replaced the 1-watt carbon film resistors with correct carbon comps, and installed some Sprague, Mallory and Sozo Coupling caps. I eventually went back through it and replaced most of those with original Fender Blue Molded caps.
I also added an adjustable bias mod, recapped her with Sprague Atoms, and added a set of GE 6L6 blackplates. Once that was done, I did some "Top Secret" guitar mods to the bass channel. Now the head is more useable for guitar, but still sounds good running the bass through the normal channel.
I spruced up the cabinet in 2006 with a pair of Jensen Silver Bell 12" speakers from a 1958 Fender Twin.
The cabinet now has Scumback H55 Celestion 100-watt clones that I added in 2009. The old Jensens were great, but I wanted to use the cab for bass in smaller clubs. This upgrade allows for some decent bottom-end for both bass and guitar.
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