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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: Vintage (before 1985) / Glorious experience test driving a 1954 Pro this morning

Charlie Macon
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Austin, Texas

Jul 20th, 2018 12:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

This convinced me that if I ever actually buy a real 1950s Fender, it'll be a Pro Amp. The 15-speaker is 'embracing' in its presentation. I ran a Telecaster and a Les Paul through it. The Les Paul had epic power on that ol' amp. This was at Austin Vintage Guitars....asking $3495.....sigh.....I wanna do it, but feel like I should wait for a TV-Front era version.

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Jul 20th, 2018 01:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

Wave $2800 at them.

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So. Cal. USA

Jul 20th, 2018 02:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

a bit over three years ago a gentleman brought me a '53 Pro for electronic restoration. A very early wide panel amp. It had been blown up twice, catastrophic failures each time. The 1st botched repair actually caused the second failure. Ugly stuff.

This was a down to bare eyelet board and chassis job. It required new all transformers as well.

When completed this amp was just a wonderful sounding piece. A very complex and warm sound to this thing. One of the customer amps I will always remember.

I see it from time to time. The owner plays his Taylor 414ce through it in a country band. Interesting choice for an acoustic amp.

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San Francisco, CA

Oct 5th, 2018 02:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

I’ve had the honor of playing Norman Petty's 1952 Pro that resides in his original Clovis, NM studio. It KILLS!!!




Nov 2nd, 2018 11:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a Weber clone of a 5E5A Tweed.

I threw it together, not sure I ever checked the bias, I played it a but and went back to my real Fenders. Gave it to a friend for years.

It came back, malfunctioning. The tubes seemed shot. I re-tubed it with some older GE 6L6GCs, biased it up, and ... holy smokes.

The sound that comes out of it now is incredible. Very 3D, and it thumps the floor without being overly bassy. Fantastic amps!

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