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Permalink Why Fender Should Re-Issue Some Brownface Piggybacks

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SixStringSurfer wrote:

This is a great thread, I would love to see these amps reissued. What if they only made them with a modern circuit board, would you guys still want to buy one?

I don't want to hijack this thread, but since neo speakers were brought up, I do have a question. I am about to buy an Eminence EPS-12C neo guitar speaker, but the connectors are round instead of having the normal prong style ends.

Could someone please PM me and let me know if there is a way to make this work? Anyway, continue on with the brownface talk. Smile

My beloved Vaporizers all have PCB's, so sure - as long as the PCB was heavy-copper for maintenance, and the price reflected the cheaper build quality. For a PCB Showman 6G14 reissue, with a big transformer? No more than a Bassman 100T head at the outside (the Bassman has all sorts of weird, complex stuff inside that would more than offset the cost of the extra three tubes in a Showman). If they tried to price a PCB Showman head aligned against handwired reissues? No.

As for your speaker, I've never seen a 'pedal-steel-specific' speaker before so that's novel. I'm assuming this is for a combo? The easiest way to link it to your amp is to pop into your electrical store and get some spade connectors (same as the normal terminal on your amp) and some rubber shrouds to insulate them - and make a pair of 'adapter cables'.

When I've finished my Showman build, the plan was to buy a decent 210 - probably an Aguilar. At this point, I'm more considering having a custom cab made for it (though I'll buy the cheapest bass cab I can to start with, so as not to risk blowing up anything nice).

I'm thinking Deltalites, possibly two 2515's in a Fender-aesthetic cabinet for a nice quiet 600W Showman cab with a total speaker weight of 5.2kg. ;)

They who die with the fewest control knobs, win.

Thanks for the responses, synchro and Tqi. It’s nice to see you guys’ input on the amps having a PCB. Why don’t we all sign and send a petition to Fender?! Big Grin Tqi, the speaker is for a 1x12 cabinet for my ‘65 Bandmaster. I finally found a 4ohm speaker rated over 100 dB. However, I am not really sure I understand your suggestion. I am not great when it comes to this type of stuff.

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If this is for a 1x12 cabinet, then it's easy. Buy another Tip-Sleeve Switchcraft skeleton jacket and some nice chunky speaker wire (mains wire actually works quite well for this).

Solder one end to the new jack and bolt it to your cabinet's socket mounting plate.

Wrap the other end round the terminals and tighten them. Just don't use a pre-made harness.

Or just cut the spade connectors off your existing wiring and wrap/tighten them directly. Easy enough.

They who die with the fewest control knobs, win.

Hi Tqi, thanks for trying to help, but all of that is over my head. I am sorry for hijacking this thread. Back on track, does anyone from Fender ever read this forum? I would really love to see these reissues become a reality...

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https://www.driptones.com/

SixStringSurfer wrote:

Hi Tqi, thanks for trying to help, but all of that is over my head. I am sorry for hijacking this thread. Back on track, does anyone from Fender ever read this forum? I would really love to see these reissues become a reality...

Haha, no, they don't. I did tweet them, though!

They who die with the fewest control knobs, win.

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