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BrentD
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Sep 24th, 2018 01:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

Any owners? One came up locally and the seller didn't bite at my first offer. I'm curious about experiences with them and what a "too good to refuse" price might be.

It's a '63 if that matters, with the cab. All original.

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Sep 24th, 2018 08:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

I like all of the blonde models. I'd like to have one but the Tremolux just doesn't seem to have the pull the other blondes do.
I have a black '65 Tremolux speaker cab but not head.

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Sep 25th, 2018 08:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hi Brent!

To me the Tremolux is the most intriguing of all the Fender-heads - especially the blonde one!
I like Deluxes (of all kinds) and the Tremolux seems like the next "logical" step up ;-)

I think anything under 2 grand would be "too good to refuse" for the whole set.

I was offered a blackface-set a while back for around $1500, and kind-of regret that I didn't bite...

cheers - C.

BrentD
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Sep 25th, 2018 10:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

OK, thanks! I don't need another amp, but it might justify selling off the DRRI.



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Oct 2nd, 2018 02:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

They are great amps to use with pedals; they tend to stay pretty clean all the way up the dial. I put my black face Tremolux into a 2 X 10 combo cab, stored the piggyback cabs and it works great. We did change one cap value to bring in a little more bass. The closed back cabs tend to have more bass response and Fender used a cap value to compensate. We went with the same value as is in the Vibrolux. They're very cool amps and manageable compared to a Bassman, for example.

Silverface

Lawndale CA

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Oct 14th, 2018 05:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

A fair price range for a blonde on in excellent condition is $2-3k.

And add another $150-300 to your budget. Whether it sounds good or not it will likely need normal service - electrolytic filter caps and bias cap replaced (absolutely before even turning it on again if they are original, unless you want to take a chance at an expensive repair and hundreds in lost value), voltages checked, bias checked/reset (along with power tube replacement if necessary), pots and jacks cleaned and lubed and tube socket pin tension checked and re-tensioned if any are loose.

It'll also need a properly-wired 3-prong cord installed. About 1/3 of the ones I see have the hot and neutral reversed, which can cause hum and other issues when used with other equipment.

Filter and bias caps have a service life of about 15 years and are the most neglected items on vintage tube amps. A blown cap can fry the power transformer - that's the potentially expensive repair that will also lose hundreds in value.

With amps that old I don't turn them on. There's no reason to - they go directly to the bench and are properly serviced before use.

BrentD
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Oct 15th, 2018 08:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

I eventually got into the amp and it had a full cap job (done well). However, it had a non-original PT and some other things. Mostly it came down to the store not being forthcoming with the details.

I'm going to wait it out and see if the price drops.

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Oct 15th, 2018 01:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

Oh, I forgot this one I have. It came out of a shop fire. It was pretty roasted but the power transformer is still good. Pots were gone and well as the cabinet. I built all new cab, new handle, brown face and knobs. Pretty close to getting it to work but not quite yet.

'63 Bandmaster

(This message was last edited by BbendFender at 10:35 PM, Oct 15th, 2018)

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Oct 15th, 2018 11:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

Very nice restoration!

Back to the Tremolux, I played in a band with a guy who used one of those for a while, he had an old Firebird as well, great sounding combo.

Paulsy

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Oct 15th, 2018 11:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've owned and gigged with a '64 Blonde Tremolux since the mid-80s. As rpctrane noted it stays clean all the way up the dial, because as a non-reverb Fender there is one less gain stage. It is not a loud amp, but loud enough. One tech said they are rated at 35 watts, but scope-out to about 28 watts. This puts it between a Deluxe and a Vibrolux. Because of the 2x10, closed back cabinet you don't get flabby bass but instead punchy low-mids. It takes pedals very well and sits well in the mix. I get a lot of compliments on both the tone and the looks. It's a work-horse, never breaks down. I really love this amp.
I had "lusted" after one since I saw John Hammond, Jr. With a Gold-top, P-90 Les Paul, use one when opening a show at the Fillmore for Fleetwood Mac (with my Idol, Peter Green) and The Byrds top-billed, Ah, the 60's (sorry). I eventually found it in a Mom & Pop music store for $250 out the door. I've recently got a R4 Les Paul and I' m in sonic Heaven.

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Oct 21st, 2018 12:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

My blonde '62 Tremolux is on the practice floor all of the time. I think Paulsy summed it up well.

Bigfoot

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Mar 24th, 2019 07:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a '62 Blonde Tremolux head (6G9-A) and a replica 2-10" cabinet with 2 ceramic Webers. Mine does not stay clean all the way up and never has over the 46 yrs I've owned it. It is clean up to about 3 then gets more dirt and compression from there. I also have a Supersonic 22 and there is a lot of similarity in volume and headroom (comparing it to the "vintage" channel of course, and allowing for a 12" open back vs 2-10" closed back cabinets). The blondies have a tube rectifier that provides natural compression when pushed. Its a nice amp indeed.

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Mar 28th, 2019 05:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have an all original '63 6G9-B. I love that the channels can be jumped and that the sweet bias vary tremolo is available to both channels. It stays clean up to around 5-6 with plenty of volume.

The Oxford speakers lack just a tiny bit on the bass side (my '60 5G4 Super with Jensen P10Rs has more low end timbre) but I won't change them out because it is an overall great sounding amp and I have a 2x10 cab with Celestion Golds standing by if needed. The closed back cab helps out so I would not even make a big deal of this.

My Blonde Tremolux is always out and I play it a lot.

(This message was last edited by Doc Sarvis at 07:52 PM, Mar 28th, 2019)

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Mar 28th, 2019 05:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

Oh I forgot to comment on the price. I inherited this Tremolux from a good friend who paid $1,200 for it about fifteen years ago. I wouldn't hesitate to drop $2-2.25k for a decent one.

Tremovibe

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Mar 31st, 2019 09:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

Doing gritty blues in the 70's, I used to play mine full up, both channels bridged. With a strat it was heaven. It would break up around 5 or 6, but even full up it was a nice distortion without sounding like a fuzz box. Punchy. Good club volume. If I was too loud I'd put my guitar case slightly in front of the cab. Still got it. With a Paul it was too dirty.

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