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FDP Forum / All Other Fender Guitars and Instruments / 1972 quad reverb issues



Fender player since 87
Jan 11th, 2019 08:29 AM   Edit   Profile  


First off, hello, and thank you for welcoming me to your site. I signed up for fenders forums and they clearly dont allow questions for the early stuff anymore, as the last three topics i started were quickly scrubbed, despite being placed right, etc etc.

So i bought a bunch of equipment from a roadie who's dad passed on, and prior to that, i assume most of this stuff just collected dust.

Long story short; one of the items, a quad reverb, is not like anything else i have seen on any historical sites. Regardless, i am determined to find out what exactly sets this one apart.

A couple things;
*What is either a)a way to upload images to the site, or b)is there a safe site that users use so that i may upload pics for the community at large?

*the facing, on the cab itself, is not silver, black, or brownface. Its almost like a chipboard but clearly isnt and looks like the original speaker face for the amp. The fender logo, i have no clue. This thing could be a frankenamp.

I look forward to discovering what exactly this piece of history is, and i would love to answer any qs about it you may have!

Thank you all!

Edit- grammar

Also, she has a master vol. Knob

(This message was last edited by Tvsd1337 at 10:31 AM, Jan 11th, 2019)

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Just beyond Mars

there's a world of fools
Jan 11th, 2019 12:32 PM   Edit   Profile  


You must be a contributing member here to attach pics to your profile.

But you can upload pics to photo hosting sites like imgbb.com; there's no membership required. Upload a pic and make sure to copy the URL for it so you can paste it into the Link Address (URL) box below.

Hard to say what you have there; does sound like a home-brew cabinet. Pictures will reveal a lot.

Like this



Fender player since 87
Jan 12th, 2019 10:22 PM   Edit   Profile  




Fender player since 87
Jan 12th, 2019 10:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

I hope that is detailed enough.

I am completely buggered at what this is.

Any help is helpful! ;)

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Just beyond Mars

there's a world of fools
Jan 12th, 2019 10:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

Looks like an early-70s Quad Reverb with the original face plate and cabinet.

However, a previous owner installed a stamped/perforated aluminum panel on the front, probably after the original silver-with-blue-thread speaker cloth became damaged. It was quite common in the late 70s and through the 80s to have a metal grill on an amp to protect the speakers; in fact, many of the big-name amp makers were doing it as a factory thing.

But in your case, the metal panel on there is what was used as a diffuser on industrial overhead fluorescent light troffers (the 48" pan lights with four tubes) installed in drop-ceiling grids. You can still buy these panels at Home Depot, Lowes, etc.

The person that did the mod also moved the Fender badge from the original upper left location to the center of the grill.

If you want to return the grill to its previous glory, you can get replacement cloth from Antique Electronics (see link above in the Sponsors section) and do it yourself. The drawback to that is now you'll have a gleaming new speaker grill on a chewed-up Tolex (black vinyl covering) cabinet, and it will look weird.

You can remove the old Tolex the and replace it with new, but this is not so simple to do; there are a few tricks to the trade when making cuts to fit around the corners and have a professional-looking result.

Also, many of Fender's cabinets from this period are made from composition board (sort of like a flaky MDF material) that gets really crumbly like a graham cracker, especially around the bottom corners. Peeling off the old Tolex often releases the comp board material in chunks and crumbs because the Tolex is what's holding it together. You may discover you need to make a new cabinet. If you're handy with wood and a table saw and router, that's fairly easy to do.

Bottom line: the amp is not necessarily collectable, so making a replacement cabinet and fixing the speaker grill won't reduce its value.

It all comes down to what you want to do with the amp. You can play the thing and enjoy it as it is, or you can restore it.

You may be able to find a replacement faceplate for the control panel by contacting Steve at Angela Instruments (look 'em up online). He may have some--or he may know where you can get one.


Fender Quad Reverb: what it originally looked like

FDP Data Goon

She hath it all,

& hath no need of thee.
Jan 12th, 2019 11:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's a fairly thrashed silverface Quad Reverb.

Somebody replaced the grille cloth/cover with whatever that is, found a Fender Logo from somewhere, and bolted it to the front.

It's missing the chassis screws/straps on the top, so if the chassis is in there by anything other than gravity and luck, it's not apparent.

Keep in mind that while these amps sound good, the weight has kept them from getting any real value accumulation, and that condition is....fairly bad.

Ones in much better shape I'm seeing for less than a Twin Reverb reissue goes for, so....

That said, I'd also have the electronics gone over by a qualified tech of an amp of that age in *good* shape. For that one, I'd insist on it as it wasn't taken care of at all.

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