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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: Vintage (before 1985) / Fender 5E6-A Bassman Restoration

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It's got to be CAR!
Jan 27th, 2012 10:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm very pleased with this :-


Briefly :-

As found, the amp had already been recovered (very, very badly) with the covering finished in what looked like some kind of varnish. The two back panels (found to be made out of marked packing case plywood) were the wrong shapes. The front speaker baffle was covered (again, very badly) with some incorrect material. The electrics had been messed about with, & a number of the smaller components used were incorrect (& badly / wrongly fitted as well) A 240v/110v transformer has been screwed to the inside base of the cabinet & was actually touching one of the speakers. The speakers had been rewired incorrectly & with plastic covered wire.

On the plus side, the actual wooden cabinet was a genuine Fender 57 Fender manufacture (& reusable) & the original valve chart was still attached (but a little damaged) All the four speakers were the correct Jensen type, albeit not original to the amp, with 58 &59 manufacturing dates. The larger amp electrical components were all correct Fender items, & the amp serial number confirmed that the chassis was a correct 1957 5E6-A type, as also did the pot dates. A correct Fender replacement leather lifting strap was fitted & the front badge appeared to be original.

The result, ............ a poorly presented / looking amp that didn’t sound at all like an old Bassman should, but it did work!

After dismantling the amp & speakers (the plywood baffle was found to be rotten & had to be completely remade) all the covering was stripped off, & the cabinet was sanded externally. Two new (correct shape / size) rear panels were made up. Everything was recovered with correct Fender material as per the original. All the incorrect electrical components were removed & replaced with nos correct items, & the speakers were rewired with correct type wire to the jack plug - as original. Everything was reassembled, & an external 300VA 240v/110v transformer purchased (from Maplins) to run the amp from the UK power supply.

The end result? A fully restored, fine / original looking amp, that sounds just like an old Bassman should i.e. wonderful!

(This message was last edited by Maulden7 at 10:17 AM, Jan 27th, 2012)

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We had the hit but Van got the money
Jan 27th, 2012 11:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I wanted to reply sooner but there was so much drool on the keyboard I had to stop & wipe it down.

Nice Job!!!!!

Wonderful to see a great old Fender amp brought back to life. I found one like that in NYC back in the 60s. One of my all time favorite amps that I of course wish had never been sold.

(This message was last edited by SoK66 at 11:48 AM, Jan 27th, 2012)

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So. Cal. USA

Jan 27th, 2012 01:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A very nice job for sure. Your attention to original details is admirable.

My gig amp is a 5D6A clone. The 4-10 Bassmans are to much fun. It's hard to leave a '67 Super Reverb at home but I'm really bonding with the definition the Bassman circuit provides.

Again, wonderful restoration.



Feb 15th, 2012 06:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

SoK66- are/were you known as 'Hawkeye'? I was looking at the History of SD Curlee and saw that a Hawkeye from SoK worked there.

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We had the hit but Van got the money
Feb 15th, 2012 08:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No, that's probably Hawkeye Daniels. He came along a few years after my time with the SoK.



Feb 16th, 2012 02:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks- I didn't know who he was because they didn't include a last name.

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