No longer available Final days: Vintage Blackface Bass rig: ‘66 Fender Dual Showman, BF cab, upgraded,

Discussion in 'For Sale: Amps, Preamps, and Cabinets' started by OldSchool50, May 9, 2019.


  1. OldSchool50

    OldSchool50 OldSchool50 Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2013
    Connecticut
    Price:
    2200
    Location:
    Connecticut
    Selling my ‘66 Dual Showman blackface head, sitting atop a '66 Bandmaster 2x12 cab that has been slightly improved/modified for bass. The rig features 85 watts of tube goodness, pushing through a tight cabinet with extra bracing and poly fill (as recommended by the TB community) and two Eminence neo Basslite speakers with little play time. It's possible I'll come to my senses.
    THis vintage Fender rig suitable for bass has decent power for small and medium gigs, great bass tone and a movable cab under 50 lbs, unlike the original Dual Showman “Fridges. ” Grills and tolex on both are in great condition. The Showman is the same width as the original Bandmaster, so the metal brackets fit perfectly into the cabinet thumb screws. Like they were made for each other!
    Selling because I'm downsizing.

    If you are a guitar player or know one who'd be interested, I have two Fender Eminence guitar speakers that sound sweet and I could swap out.

    Now back to Bass-ics: The head is in very good-to-excellent cosmetic condition, no significant blems, just some slight wear for this 50+ years head. It was thoroughly checked a few years ago by one of the best amp techs in Eastern CT and it hasn’t been gigged or left my studio since. The bench test results in the pic shows work done, including replacement of resistors and the power/standby switches, tubes biased and new 3 way plug. Otherwise it checked out beautifully.
    The cabinet is in even better condition, and with the Basslites (8 ohms each for total 4 ohm cab) weighs under 50 lbs. The head has a nice padded custom cover and the cabinet comes with the original Fender cover, with some separation at the corner seams but still serviceable. The cabinet upgrades are suggested in this thread. NO porting or cutting, just extra bracing and screws, and a good amount of polyfill.All work done by me. Speakers are barely broken in.
    Blackface Bassman 2x12 Cabinet Upgrade
    I can take additional internal photos of the head and cab if there’s serious interest but I’ll also stand by my TB feedback rep that it is as described.
    Price is $2200. No shipping, local only from southeastern CT. Willing to drive an hour and discuss a place to try it. I have relatives around the region. Only trade considered is a Pedulla MVP 4.
    Paypal OK but cash preferred for local sale. I’ll try to answer any questions.

    1. Full front cropped .jpg 2. Head front.jpg 3. Full overhead.jpg 4.HEad back.jpg 5. Full back.jpg 6. HEAD back.jpg 6b. Test results.JPG 7. Cab top.jpg 8. Cover head.jpg 10. Cab Cover.jpg 11. Cover logo.jpg



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  2. SactoBass

    SactoBass A retired civil engineer who likes all-tube amps! Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Lake Havasu City, AZ
  3. gregbackstrom

    gregbackstrom Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2005
    Tacoma, Washington
    Absolutely beautiful, and similar to various fenders from that era that I played when I was MUCH younger!
    GLWTS!
    Greg
     
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  4. OldSchool50

    OldSchool50 OldSchool50 Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2013
    Connecticut
    Yeah, I always loved this look, which is why I put it together. A bassman with this size cab was my first amp. I first used a BF Bassman withthis cab but it didn't have enough power. The DS has sufficient and lovely power for small and med venues, or more with PA support. The cab is really quite good with the mods, tight with solid lows and little booming and not very heavy but 60s-70s standard. I won't be too disappointed to keep it longer. I do enjoy looking at it in my home studio.
     
  5. OldSchool50

    OldSchool50 OldSchool50 Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2013
    Connecticut
    J
     
  6. jumbodbassman

    jumbodbassman Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Stuck in traffic -NY & CT
    Born Again Tubey
    oh so tempting...............
     
  7. Looks great, I had the same top with a 2x15 bottom and it sounded wonderful! Very nice.
     
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  8. OldSchool50

    OldSchool50 OldSchool50 Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2013
    Connecticut
    For sure and the nice thing here is it's much smaller, lighter and easier to move. Those Eminence Basslites really do the job in that cab.
     
  9. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Yeesh. What a cool rig.
     
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  10. juancaminos

    juancaminos Supporting Member

    OMG that brings back some memories. I just had to stare at it for a while drinking my evening coffee.
     
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  11. jumbodbassman

    jumbodbassman Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Stuck in traffic -NY & CT
    Born Again Tubey
    85 watts or 60 watts??
     
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  12. OldSchool50

    OldSchool50 OldSchool50 Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2013
    Connecticut
    85 watts.
     
  13. jumbodbassman

    jumbodbassman Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Stuck in traffic -NY & CT
    Born Again Tubey
    killing me....
     
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