Fender Pro-Amp Tube Amplifier (1953)

Fender  Pro-Amp Tube Amplifier (1953)
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Item # 8789
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Fender Pro-Amp Model Tube Amplifier (1953), made in Fullerton, California, serial # 4214, tweed fabric covering finish.

This is a truly excellent example of a very early wide-panel "Pro-Amp", one of the most powerful amplifiers of the early 1950s. Just supplanted at this time at the top of the Fender line by the newly introduced "Twin-Amp", the Pro with its single 15" Jensen speaker was still a formidable piece of work putting out plenty of volume and a deep growl with both steel and standard guitar. This one was wired up by Julia in May 1953; her masking tape tag is still intact and the tube chart stamp is "CE". Visible pot dates are to the 24th week of 1952 and 4th week of 1953. The original Jensen P-15N speaker is dated to the 15th week of '54. The Pro's deep and lush tone is unlike any other amp from this period, and shades into a massive roar when pushed into overdrive.
Height is 20 1/4 in. (51.4 cm.), 22 in. (55.9 cm.) width, and 9 in. (22.9 cm.) deep.

This is a nicely original amp overall, with some typical maintenance repairs. Externally the tweed has some staining to the top area and scuffing, particularly at the lower corners where it has frayed a bit. The handle is an older repro (this is a heavy amp...the original leather handle is nearly always long gone!). The chrome control plate is relatively clean and the graphics nicely intact.

Internally the filter caps have all been replaced, and a few other small caps as well. There are no modifications to the circuit and all major components are original. The tubes are a mix of original period octal preamp tubes and later Phillips power tubes. The amp sounds great and in this era of small tweeds is quite an inspiration to play through! Excellent - Condition.