The 5D6 was a major departure from the earlier 5B6 Fender Bassman model.
Designed by Freddie Tavares, longtime R&D man at Fender, Instead of the single 15" speaker, four 10" Jensen Alnico P10R speakers were used.
Initially intended to amplify bass guitars, the 5B6 Bassman was used by musicians for other instrument amplification, including the electric guitar, harmonica, and pedal steel guitars.
Besides being a popular and important amplifier in its own right, the Bassman also became the foundation on which Marshall and other companies built their high-gain tube amplifiers.
Amp just thoroughly serviced, grounded cord added.... A rare find as these higher watt 50's Fenders were expensive in the day.
This one has that high power twin tone like Keith's.
Serial number 3648, original Jensen P12R alnico magnet speaker, just reconed.
It makes sense that the amps that were not selling as well were the last to receive the new look, as they were the models for which the old black-face parts lasted the longest, and inversely the most popular models were the first to get the update, as their black-face parts ran out the earliest. It means that you may see a drip-edge Deluxe Reverb with a build date as early as mid-1967, and a black-face non-reverb bandmaster or Vibrolux as late as February of 1968. Once again, the most popular models were the first to lose the aluminum trim in mid 1969 and the least popular were the last to lose it in late 1969, with the Bandmaster Reverb (TFL5005D) as the very last.
By January of 1970 all fender amps being produced were the more common non-drip edge silverface models, those cosmetics continued on unchanged through the entire decade. Good, now let’s talk specifically about the earliest of the drip edge amps, the “black line” models.
Here we have a vintage 1962 Fender brown tolex Princeton, in very good original condition. Here we have a 1964 Fender Bandmaster head and matching 2x12" cabinet.
Original transformers, original Oxford speaker dates to the 19th week of 1962. Pre-CBS, Fender Electric Instruments, about 40 watts from two 6L6s, great tremolo.
These amps can really be “sleepers” as most are in every way a blackface amp with silverface cosmetics.