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Fender "Blonde" Bandmaster 6G7-A head and cabinet, 1962

Fender Bandmaster 6G7-A head and cabinet, 1962

This is the first Fender amp I ever purchased in 2005: a blonde tolex Fender Bandmaster 6G7-A head from 1962. Two years later I found a matching 2x12" closed-back cabinet. The cabinet came with Jensen Concert Vibranto LMI 122 speakers, a more-or-less common factory-replacement for blown-up speakers in the 60's. Although wonderful sounding (and actually nowadays sought-after, I've been told), they weren't exactly the speakers intended to be used with this amp. Years went by and I almost gave up the hope of finding original Jensens - actually I almost forgot the whole thing. As luck would have it, finally in late 2012 I found a pair of period-correct Jensen C12N speakers in excellent condition to complete the package.

This amplifier sounds absolutely phenomenal and the vibrato channel is like no other on this planet. It is the famous Fender "harmonic vibrato" that uses three preamp tubes alone. As stated before, the head and cabinet were purchased separately: the head was found from Finland whereas the cabinet came all the way from the USA. The C12N speakers came from an englishman who also sold me a '60 Narrow Panel Tweed Deluxe Amp. Ok, the speakers are from 1963 and the amp is a 1962, but I guess you could do worse. The output tube sockets have been replaced at some point. The spring-type tube retainers have probably been added at the same time.The amp has been fully serviced (including new electrolytic capacitors) in April 2012.

Both the head and the cabinet are from the same year, 1962, but some cosmetic changes took place the very same year: the rough blonde tolex was replaced with a smoother one - and both versions are represented here as the head has a rough covering while the cabinet is covered with the smoother tolex. Also the handle changed from a tall "dogbone" one to a flat black plastic one the same year. And probably the most obvious change was the front grille: the earlier ones had a dark maroon grille while the newer ones have a wheat grille. Quite a bit of changes for one year!

The tube chart has some green handwritten text: "-A" after the model number (6G7) This was a common practice: Leo Fender never threw old parts away and the same held true also for tube charts: a 6G7 tube chart could be easily "upgraded" to a 6G7-A one in a second. There's also a word that I believe is "EXPORT" written on the top edge of the chart. What's left of it is actually just "PORT", but since this amp accepts 230V mains voltage, I doubt it would be anything else.

Head specifications

Tube configuration

Cabinet specifications

Serial numbers:

Chassis: 56170
Mains transformer: J022822, 003 0372 7, CSA TEST
Output transformer: 022848 606-2-03
Choke: 125C1A 606-2-41
Speaker 1: 220350 (week 50, 1963) / A513 024924 / D513 025643 / C12N C6998-3 / 3012B14-H2 (cone)
Speaker 2: 220351 (week 51, 1963) / A513 024924 / D513 025643 / C12N C6998-3 / 3012B14-H2 (cone)

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