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More cool stuff always rolling through. Can't give enough thanks to all the people for bringing me their gear to work on. This is a Fender Band-Master I think from the year 1967. It is the AB763 circuit which was introduced in July, 1963 and replaced the original Bandmaster circuit, the 6G7-A (blonde era). One of the coolest features of this amp, which I don't have a picture of, is that on the underside of the chassis there is a little groove routed out right in the middle of the bottom panel. It's subtle to notice because the tolex covers it, and the routed portion is not too deep. I eventually realized it's routed out so if you stack two heads, the top one isn't all wobbly, bobbling around as it straddles the rubber strap handle on the amp below it. Really cool. Gotta acknowledge the designers on that one. Imagine how many more millions of people would have been happy over the years if this had become standard feature.

More cool stuff always rolling through. Can’t give enough thanks to all the people for bringing me their gear to work on.
This is a Fender Band-Master I think from the year 1967. It is the AB763 circuit which was introduced in July, 1963 and replaced the original Bandmaster circuit, the 6G7-A (blonde era).
One of the coolest features of this amp, which I don’t have a picture of, is that on the underside of the chassis there is a little groove routed out right in the middle of the bottom panel. It’s subtle to notice because the tolex covers it, and the routed portion is not too deep. I eventually realized it’s routed out so if you stack two heads, the top one isn’t all wobbly, bobbling around as it straddles the rubber strap handle on the amp below it. Really cool. Gotta acknowledge the designers on that one. Imagine how many more millions of people would have been happy over the years if this had been standard feature.

Pretty standard chassis shot and this amp actually works great because it has been totally recapped sometime in the recent past with all Sprague electrolytics. All the coupling caps and the vast majority of resistors is original. It just had some nagging extraneous noise issues and a poor bias setting. Some of the jacks were corroded and and making poor connection. I replaced a few of the 100K plate load resistors in V1 and V2 and it took the sizzle out of the noise floor. Input jack #2 on the vibrato channel wasn't working and needed to be retensioned. Various tiny problems. I believe this is considered a 40W amp and per my measurements it was doing 47W at clipping into 4 ohms.

Pretty standard chassis shot and this amp actually works great because it has been totally recapped sometime in the recent past with all Sprague electrolytics. All the coupling caps and the vast majority of resistors is original. It just had some nagging extraneous noise issues and a poor bias setting. Some of the jacks were corroded and and making poor connection. I replaced a few of the 100K plate load resistors in V1 and V2 and it took the sizzle out of the noise floor. Input jack #2 on the vibrato channel wasn’t working and needed to be retensioned. Various tiny problems. I believe this is considered a 40W amp and per my measurements it was doing 47W at clipping into 4 ohms.

There is a lot that could be said about this blackface era of Fender amps. It's got to be one of the favorite topics among guitar amp tone hounds worldwide. Luckily I can just refer to their ponderings and save my typing. http://fenderguru.com/amps/bandmaster http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fender_Bandmaster http://acruhl.freeshell.org/mga/main/bf_vs_sf.html http://www.unclespot.com/AA763vsAB763.htm

There is a lot that could be said about this blackface era of Fender amps. It’s got to be one of the favorite topics among guitar amp tone hounds worldwide. Luckily I can just refer to their ponderings and save my typing.
http://fenderguru.com/amps/bandmaster
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fender_Bandmaster
http://acruhl.freeshell.org/mga/main/bf_vs_sf.html
http://www.unclespot.com/AA763vsAB763.htm

Fender Bandmaster AB763 layout

Fender Bandmaster AB763 layout

Fender Bandmaster AB763 schematic

Fender Bandmaster AB763 schematic