Dating silverface deluxe reverb
Most changes generally made a louder, cleaner sounding amp, with more headroom.Of course, during this time, rock musicians were seeking more and more distortion.
Though, hopefully no one will bid on those that are that high. But, they are still available at killer prices, if for no other reason, there are many of them still available..a silverfaced amp was passed over in the 80's and 90's by someone that HAD to have a tweed or blackfaced one.This is intended to be an informative article for the uninformed, and is purposely not terribly specific.I'm also not going to get too deeply into technical details of circuitry.If you are not familiar with working on vacuum tube equipment, you should consult an experienced technician before opening any equipment containing vacuum tubes. The Free Information Society will not be responsible for any injury or damage caused to you or your equipment.*** Early Silverface Logo on Standard Silverface Grillcloth So, you've heard all of your guitar playing life, whether it be for 2 years or 25, that you don't want a Silverface Fender amp.I can't say today that they are the "best kept secret", because over the past few years, the prices on them are steadily climbing..obviously, the secret has gotten out.It is a pretty cool little amp, and I really liked it. I don't think it has been plugged in since..Champ was louder, and sounded MUCH better. I still think it is a great little amp, especially for the price...
I think that Gibson made a mistake discontinuing it..just needed a little improvement) I mentioned that the Champ is hand wired.
If you need to see them, Google the Fender Field Guide. Quite simply, a Silverface Fender Amp is an amplifier made by the Fender Musical Instruments Company from late 1967 to 1983. I suppose that if you compare Silverface equipment to its earlier tweed and blackface brethren, the silverface amps are in many cases not that great, and that is the justification that has been used for a couple of decades by Silverface critics.
They are called "silverface" due to the brushed aluminum look of the faceplate. Do a quick look on ebay, eliminate the ridiculously high opening bids that no one else has bid on, (which in case of the search I just did is well over half of them) and you'll find that in most cases you can expect to pay about twice as much for a Blackface than a Silverface, and at least three or four times as much for a tweed.
Actually, it is pretty incredible, if you really think about it, that Fender was still hand wiring all of their tube amps in 1982. The cases are heavy pine plank and/or marine plywood, with dovetailed corners, the transformers are huge, everything is overkill.
For that matter, you can often pick up Bassman or Bandmaster heads for under $300...where are you going to find a hand wired 50 watt head for that? 1971 Twin Reverb Some background information Leo Fender, who was in poor health due to overwork, along with his partner, Don Randall, sold his beloved "Fender Electric Instrument Company" to the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) in late 1964, with CBS taking over in early 1965, and changing the name of the company to "Fender Musical Instruments".
I recently purchased a 1972 Silverface Champ for 40 bucks.