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Any of you familiar with a Showman 212 (solid state) amp? Looks like it is from 1983. Any idea what one might be worth?

Description: Showman(r) 212
Part Number:
Series:
Type: Solid State
Output: 200 watts
Power Handling:
Speakers: 2 X 12" Speaker
Ohms:
Channels: 2 Channels
Features: New BlackfaceTM control; panel 12 Silver top numbered knobs
Controls: Channel 1: Volume, Treble, Bass,
Channel 2: Volume, Gain, Master, Treble, Mid 1, Mid 2, Bass, Reverb 1,
Reverb 2
Plus 5-Way Graphic EQ
Tube Compliment:
Covering: Black Tolex with Silver grille cloth
Dimensions:
Unit Weight:
Shipping Weight:
Cover:
Footswitch:
Accessories:
U.S. MSRP:
Source: U.S.
Specs:

It's one of those red knob models, right?

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No, it has black knobs. I would post a photo if I could remember how to do it.

http://surfguitar101.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=2408

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Hmmm, a Showman in a combo? I'll try to find my Fender Amp book.

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According to Teagle & Sprung, Fender's 2nd line of solid state amps was produced from 1982 to 1987 and included a 200 Watt Showman combo available in 1x12, 2x12, 2x10, or 1x15.

I've never seen such a Showman. I wouldn't think it would be worth that much, as '83 would still be CBS, but I haven't priced amps in a long time.

I've seen lots of the later "red knob" amps on ebay. They seem to have a respectable following of fans. Note that the red-knobs are tube powered, but I think have various solid state pre-amp sections.

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Last edited: Aug 24, 2010 18:50:34

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I had a buddy who had the 2x10 version--it wasn't a bad sounding amp. I could have sworn his had tremolo though. Maybe I'm remembering wrong.

--Crispy

I had a Showman 15" throughout the '80's. Although I also used a Twin Reverb, the Showman did a lot of gigs. It had an EV-15L speaker and could play extremely loudly without strain. The Riviera-designed channel switching worked really well, and it was quite versatile for that period in Fender's history.

I replaced it in '91 with a Mesa Boogie Mark IV.

Danny W.

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From Vintage Guitar 2009 Price Guide. made 1983-87 200 watts thru 2-12. exc. condition low= $425. exc. condition high= $500

Just picked up the 2x12 version for the EVs. Anybody have use for the rest of the amp?

Yeow! You're keepin the good parts!

"Webpage cannot be found" is what I got when I clicked on the url.
Brian wrote:

http://surfguitar101.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=2408

seafoam_johnny wrote:

"Webpage cannot be found" is what I got when I clicked
on the url.
Brian wrote:

http://surfguitar101.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=2408

That was a link on how to post photos in the forums. It was for SG101 1.0, so I probably deleted it in February since it was out of date. The new how to post photo thread is here:

http://surfguitar101.com/forums/topic/14960/

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That works. Thanx Brian.

gawfshot wrote:

Just picked up the 2x12 version for the EVs. Anybody
have use for the rest of the amp?

do you still have this amp??

telepicker83 wrote:

do you still have this amp??

just saw this. yes.

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