Fender 68 Bassman Head
Offered here as a kit is a vintage 1965 (Sept.) post-CBS Fender Bassman 50 Model AA165 Blackface Amp Head and Fender 2 x 12” Spkr Cab both in near mint condition and together since purchased individually by myself (2nd owner) in late 60’s-early 70’s – truly one of the cleanest kits you’ll find anywhere. Caveat Emptor - detractors to this otherwise near perfect kit is that the speakers (Scorpion) are not original and one has a little scratchiness at lower db’s (orig. Jensen spec speakers ‘C12N’ are easily found at many sources online i.e. US Speakers, mojotone, etc. for about $80 a pop). Also Note: piggyback clip bars were installed on this amp head when I purchased – apparently because of variations in guitar/bass amp box dimensions and/or location of thumbscrew on cab, not all Fender amp heads are compatible with various spkr box thumbscrew sets for use with these clip bars including items offered.
This set was climate-control stored for 20+ years and has been extremely well cared for in & out of use. Professionally semi-rebuilt head to AA165 specs in 2002 (only components replaced were capacitors, resistors, 6L6 tubes & 3-prong cord). All tubes were replaced again in 2003 with best quality/performance ones available – otherwise unit is all original components and performs beautifully . Grill cloth on both units are perfect (no snags/tears) with raised Fender logos in near perfect condition/finish. Tolex & blackface silk screen on amp head are near perfect (sm blem on Tolex at lower back L corner & sm scratch on silkscreen near "Fender Musical Instruments") – Tolex on spkr cab has very minor scuffs/wear & small discoloration from tilt bar on one side (see in pics) - the corner guard plates have some scuffing/abrasion also. This unit did about 6 prof. gigs before being stored and was used very little (for practice) since re-build. The sound is as you would expect from this classic tube amp – incredible!…rich and mellow. You won’t be disappointed with this package. Prefer local delivery, but can arrange professional packing/shipping/insurance at buyer’s expense.
Have complete wiring schematic and will send with unit. If you have any questions or need additional pics or info please let me know.
Fender Bassman 50
Model: AA165 (chart code OI) = Sept. 1965
Chassis Serial #: A 09159
Transformer Codes: Left (behind 6L6 tubes) to Right
124P7D 125C1A 125A13A
606527 -606-5-12 606327
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