A while back (April I believe) I had posted a thread looking for info and sites on Blackface Fenders, because at the time I had won one on eBay. It didn't come to fruition for a while - I pretty much figured the deal was dead, and I hadn't paid any money yet, so didn't fret too much about it. The other day the guy finally got the amp back from it's 3rd shop (after lots of geting the runaround, and rouge techs, and a whole host of badness) and he contacted me to say I could still have it if I wanted it. Nice guy - Aaron Hutto (on the gear page, and DIY stompboxes, and probably somewhere else).
I picked it up yesterday, and had a chance to crank into it today. Good Lord, this is what I've been missing. It's a 1965 Tremolux head and a 1/12 Traynor cabinet with an alnico speaker of some sort. Faceplate says 'Fender Electric Instrument Co.", and the tube chart says "Fender Musical Instruments". It's the AB763 circuit, according to the tube chart.
Anyway, THIS is what I hoped a BF Fender would be. Yeah a Tremolux doesn't have the infamous Fender reverb, but it does have the Tremolo (so sweet) and the ability to jump channels, and just the great quality 6L6 sound. It's punchy, clear, breaks up smoothly while retaining definition, sensitive to touch, not overly compressed even at high volumes (at least to my ears)... The tone controls (treble and bass) are actually effective. The bright switch I don't quite get, but the two inputs (high and low) for each channel do make quite the difference. I'm not sure which I would choose at this point. It takes pedals rather well. My Rt 66 overdrive has never sounded so good! I've heard people play BF Fenders before, and know people search them out and pay big bucks for them (especially Deluxe Reverbs), but ya know - the people who I've heard play them are a lot better than me and could plug their guitar into a toaster and sound better. It's one thing to hear one, and another to play one. I've always blamed my Peavey Classic 30's weaknesses on my own playing. Turns out it's just the amp. I'm still going to mod the C30, and change the speaker out from the trash that's in it right now (not sure if it's even the blue marvel - it's unlabeled), and make it sound as good as I can before selling it. But it's going to have to get sold to make room for the Tremolux head and the cabinet - they're here forever.
I'm like a little kid at Christmas over here. And I haven't even played a Strat through it yet - just humbuckers!!
Anyway, if you like the Fender sound, and don't know how to get it - get your hands on a blackface. Tremoluxes can be had for a deal compared with the rest of the BF line (except Champs and maybe Princetons), and are so worth it. Though, maybe I shouldn't say that too loud so everyone doesn't go get one and run up the prices
Clean inside, dirty outside is how like i like 'em!