Dating fender tweed amplifiers
The '59 Bassman, '65 Super Reverb, and Custom series Vibro-King utilize the P10R for its snappy vintage bite.Over the last decade, we have also equipped many Limited Edition amps with various Jensen speakers.When most people think of a Fender amplifier, these are the first that come to mind.The iconic '65 Twin and '65 Deluxe Reverb reissues utilize the C12K for its versatile headroom and clarity.We have been using the "modern" Jensen speakers for almost 20 years now.They compliment the voice of our Vintage Reissue series amps, the staple product family in our line.These limited-quantity amps often feature a differently colored vinyl covering, or a finished wood cabinet.In these amps we've occasionally used the P12R, P12N, C12Q, and some others.
However, the Vibrolux circuit is much closer to a tremolo’d tweed Harvard.
Fortunately, though, the original nameplate and handle were still present, so Ed sent the cabinet to Mark Phillips at AF Custom Cabinets in South Wales for a more sympathetic restoration.
While this was being done, Ed wanted the Vibrolux restored electronically, too.
It is equipped with the Jensen C12N, which is nice and bright, complimenting the midrange punch of the Blues Junior platform. Our latest addition to the family is the GB Twin Reverb, which we developed with jazz/R&B great George Benson.
The new Jensen Jet Tornado speakers handle the immediacy of George's soloing style, and offer a somewhat neutral tonal voice, which is great for jazz.
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At trade shows, I've actually met guitarists who collect multiple Fender Limited Edition amps, and they love discussing the merits of various speaker types.