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    Default New Amph Day! Early 60's Fender Concert, Brown

    I have a line on a 1961 Fender Brown Concert, to take in part payment of a bill I am owed, maybe along with an American strat. Setting the strat aside, what can any of you tell me with regard to this amph, presuming of course good working condition? I do have the ability to go over and check it out if I get serious about it.

    Based on some quick research I found that some consider this to be a sleeper that is the next best thing to a 59 Bassman, and that it has a nice vibrato/tremelo in it. This is a 4x10.

    I did find this one vid that makes it look pretty nice!


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xatlYBqp7cY
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    I did find this article, that also makes them sound like nice amphs. Anyone have any thoughts?

    http://www.premierguitar.com/Magazin...4x10_Amps.aspx
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    Evening bump for the late shift. Curious if anyone has played or heard one, or has any thoughts about this "transitional" series of amphs between the tweeds and the black faces.
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    Well, it is now at my office. Had a brief chance to mess around with it. Has a very nice sound. It is brown tolex, with a darker brown/burgandy speaker cloth. It's speakers are Eminence from 1967 (now it appears that the 67 is the code for Eminence, and that the speakers may be from 1969), it has a Mercury output transformer, and the power filter caps have been changed to Sprague, and Mallory 150 for the tone caps. I will spend some time going through it with my guitar instructor/gear specialist Chip, who helped me go through my Martin, to make sure it is in good order all the way through, but it appears and sounds like a good functioning unit. It has a foot switch for the vibrato, which sounds very cool. Kind of a SRV Lenny/Riviera Paradise sound.

    I may very well sell this at some point, as I am receiving it as part payment for a bill, but it will be fun to explore for a while.

    It looks like the one in the first picture in this thread.

    http://www.thegearpage.net/board/sho...d.php?t=330053
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    Nice catch Steve... Its a good investment, keep her!

    Did you get the strat as well?
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    Steve, like SS says, keep it as an investment, but also those have a fantastic sound when you turn them up "just enough" (loud).
    Congrats on finding a gem someone's willing to part with.
    Oh, yeah, did you get the Strat?
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    Thanks guys. Nah, he kept the strat for now. It is a red American that he "hand distressed".
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    Keep playing it,yea you'll sell it sure right!Your gunna get a backache lugging that pup around cause you dig the tone so much.Sumi
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    Steve,

    Which version of the amp is it? 5 preamp tube? 6 preamp tube?

    No matter what, that is a very cool amp. A lot of collectors won't like that the OT has been replaced, but a Mercury Magnetics OT is a good upgrade, IMHO.

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    Hi Tung, I was hoping you would chime in. It is the 6G12-A version with the 6 pre-amp tubes, which is the author of the PG article's favorite (Jeff Bober). Sounds nice to me so far at the very low volume we were able to test with yesterday, and I hope to have some more time with it later to learn more. I will also get some cell phone pics up at least so I can show it a bit.

    I agree that the collectors may not like the change of the OT, but have heard already that the Mercury Mag upgrade makes for a good player. It also has had a three prong cord attached. As with my old Alfa that I drive, I like to keep things stock enough, but my Alfa is a driver, not a trailer queen useful only for sitting on lawns on sundays. If I keep it, that is how I would view the amph too. I suppose it may have some effect on resale value, but it seems most have had cap work done, a lot have had the cords replaced and as you say, the OT is really an upgrade for most players I would think.
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    Brownface amps are cool, no doubt about it. I know of a pro amp builder who thinks the Brownface Princeton (2 x 6V6) is one of the best rock 'n roll machines ever.

    Congrats, you're amp is the most desirable Brownface Concerts. I bet it sounds great, but you might have to open it up a bit and that means loud

    Also, a vintage amp like that deserves NOS tubes. The schematic shows real Tung-sol 5881 tubes, which are high dollar these days. The 5881 was the stock tube that came with the legendary Fender Bassman amp. The schematic shows about 450v on the 5881, which was okay back in '61 as the 5881 was cheap and plentiful. These days, you'd want to run a pair of 6L6GC tubes in it. 6L6GC tubes are cleaner sounding and have a slightly scooped midrange and they'll take more voltage. The 5881 has a pronounced midrange and sound great when pushed into distortion but the downside is that they won't take as much voltage as a 6L6GC. Some tubes like the 7581A and Sylvania STR-387 are even cleaner sounding of you're leaning that way.

    Great score, and a great amp.

    Quote Originally Posted by sunvalleylaw
    Hi Tung, I was hoping you would chime in. It is the 6G12-A version with the 6 pre-amp tubes, which is the author of the PG article's favorite (Jeff Bober). Sounds nice to me so far at the very low volume we were able to test with yesterday, and I hope to have some more time with it later to learn more. I will also get some cell phone pics up at least so I can show it a bit.

    I agree that the collectors may not like the change of the OT, but have heard already that the Mercury Mag upgrade makes for a good player. It also has had a three prong cord attached. As with my old Alfa that I drive, I like to keep things stock enough, but my Alfa is a driver, not a trailer queen useful only for sitting on lawns on sundays. If I keep it, that is how I would view the amph too. I suppose it may have some effect on resale value, but it seems most have had cap work done, a lot have had the cords replaced and as you say, the OT is really an upgrade for most players I would think.

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    It has a pair of Tung Sol 6L6WGB tubes in it now, that were reportedly old stock, (not in a box) that were in good shape. The pre-amp tubes are tung sol as well, but I need to pull the cover off of one to tell you the details. Other than reading a bit about replacement JJ tubes for my C-30, this will be my first foray into real tube knowledge, as I basically know nuthingk! LOL!

    After folks left the office last night, I progressively turned it up some, ending on a hair past 7. The bass is unreal, and it was still fairly clean, but just starting to break up maybe, with my strat going straight in with no pedals. It seemed that if I dimed the guitar volume, it would get to break up range, but if I dialed back to 7 or 8 it would clean right up. Oh, and it was vibrating a couple of greeting cards I had on a long two drawer filing cabinet next to it all over the top of the filing cabinet, when I played bassy chords like a E or a barre G. LOL!
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    The 6L6WGB is similar to a 5881. It might even be the same tube, just relabeled. That is great news, no need to swap them out unless they go south.

    From your description, it sounds like Leo Fender was moving more towards the Blackface sound and away from the tweed sound. Leo always was trying to remove distortion from his amps

    The downside is that you'll have to crank it to earbleed-levels to get natural distortion out of it. Good thing you have pedals, they'll save your hearing.

    Quote Originally Posted by sunvalleylaw
    It has a pair of Tung Sol 6l6GWB tubes in it now, that were reportedly old stock, (not in a box) that that were in good shape. The pre-amp tubes are tung sol as well, but I need to pull the cover off of one to tell you the details. Other than reading a bit about replacement JJ tubes for my C-30, this will be my first foray into real tube knowledge, as I basically know nuthingk! LOL!

    After folks left the office last night, I progressively turned it up some, ending on a hair past 7. The bass is unreal, and it was still fairly clean, but just starting to break up maybe, with my strat going straight in with no pedals. It seemed that if I dimed the guitar volume, it would get to break up range, but if I dialed back to 7 or 8 it would clean right up. Oh, and it was vibrating a couple of greeting cards I had on a long two drawer filing cabinet next to it all over the top of the filing cabinet, when I played bassy chords like a E or a barre G. LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tunghaichuan
    The 6L6WGB is similar to a 5881. It might even be the same tube, just relabeled. That is great news, no need to swap them out unless they go south.

    From your description, it sounds like Leo Fender was moving more towards the Blackface sound and away from the tweed sound. Leo always was trying to remove distortion from his amps

    The downside is that you'll have to crank it to earbleed-levels to get natural distortion out of it. Good thing you have pedals, they'll save your hearing.
    Good to know. I wondered what the tube designation meant. Your description of moving toward BF sound is accurate from what I have read. As I understand it, the brown amphs of the early 60s are in between the tweeds and BFs in terms of tone and headroom. It seems to have lots of warmth to my ear, and to me, that gives a bit more character than the squeaky clean BF sound. But that is based on models I have listened to and played through (Line 6 Gearbox models, etc.), not really experience with the real thing. It seems to have enough tweed in it to make it enjoyable to me.
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    Sun you are going to enjoy that amph! What I am doing with my BF Bandmaster is redoing it Caps,res,ect. and using a quality OT trans in the 25-30 watt area so it will breakup earlier.Sumi That amph sounds like it's in good condition so enjoy.
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    I have a Blues Junior in that Brown Tolex with a Wheat front. I like it because it isn't your every day black tolex BJ. It was a special edition with a Jensen speaker. I really like the look of that concert.
    Interesting that it has a tremelo and no reverb. A little delay would be cool with that amp.
    I once owned one of the early blackface Super reverbs, It has a 4/10, and was a wonderful amp. Not easy to move around but amazing tone.
    I sold it in the about 1970, but wish I still had it of course.
    I think that concert is a great score. I have heard that they go for around 800+ in good shape, so it depends on how much the guy owed you if it was a good deal.
    The Blues is alright!

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    Plug in a Strat and it's a match made in............well, if not heaven, then at least Fullerton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldguy
    Plug in a Strat and it's a match made in............well, if not heaven, then at least Fullerton.
    You bet, that is what I plugged in. Nice!

    I really like the sounds. And it does sound really good opened up a bit. I thought it sounded good at low volume, and it does, but after playing it opened up and going back down to low volume, you certainly miss that extra ooomph.

    The 4x10 speaker set up on the Concert gives a nice tightness that I noticed, and I think it is clearer in the high end than the Peavey. Lots of mid range warmth too. You can tell it is an "in between" transitional design between the Tweeds and the BF amphs. That nice tight bottom end can spank and move some air.

    My instructor Chip, who owns a Vibrolux, and owns a Bassman head, and has owned a number of vintage Fender amphs states the following, has the tight bottom like the BFs, not as much chime, and a good chunk of Tweed growl, though not all the way dialed up on the growl dial like a tweed. I like the sound, and he tends to as well. Nice and quiet, without many of the hisses, pops, snarls and other various noises he is used to from his vintage Fenders. Condition seems amazingly well preserved. He says the tone reminds him of his vibrolux when his amph tech has tightened things up a bit for him.

    The Vibrato is very reminiscent of a roto vibe to his ear, and we both think it is darned cool. The thing to think about is whether it is practical as my main amph. I don't have to decide now, and can just play with it a while. So that is as far as I am thinking on it tonight. But if it stays, the Peavey might have to go. Hmm. The Peavey is a lot of amph in small, more modern box. Ok, not gonna worry about that now.
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    If it's anything like some of the old blackface amps you might be able to get some more drive and grit without the volume. With my '67 Super Reverb tone controls down at 0 and the volume up to 7 or so, the amp is almost silent. Then starting with the bass, I turn it up to 2 or 2 1/2 and you can hear the amp start to come to life. Adding mid and treb to about 3 and I have a nice driven kind of tone that cleans up with the guitar volume, but it's not crazy loud ~ I find the lower powered #2 input really useful too
    In any case, looks like a keeper to me ! Enjoy it

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