White Tube Amplifier, made by Fender (1960)

White Tube Amplifier, made by Fender (1960)
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White Model Tube Amplifier, made by Fender (1960), made in Fullerton, California, serial # AS-00471, grey speckled fabric covering finish.
Height is 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm.), 17 in. (43.2 cm.) width, and 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm.) deep.

This great-sounding and rather rare little White-brand amp is one of the most obscure Fender products of the 1950s and early 60s, intended as a secondary product line to sell to teaching studios. This was still a big market for Fender products at the time, especially the student grade guitars and amps. So as not to undercut franchised Fender dealers in the same town, a special studio-only line (consisting of one steel guitar and amp model) was offered wholesale to studios only. The story goes that Fender plant manager Forrest White was not even aware that Leo had named this line for him until the nameplates arrived at the factory!

The White amp is generally similar to the period Princeton, with a tone and volume control and 12AX7/6V6/5Y3 circuit. It carries a single 8" speaker and has enough differences in layout to give it a unique tonal character of its own. This particular amp was wired up in 1960 by Lupe, and her masking-tape name tag is still present on the chassis pan. Both Triad transformers are original: #107 and #66079B. The original speaker is long gone and has been replaced with one of our favorite modern alternatives: a Weber CV-8, carrying a little more muscle than the fairly low-end stock speaker, allowing for a smoother breakup. This example carries a fairly low serial number and remains in nice condition overall, and is a great sounding amp that starts out crisp and quickly slides into growly overdrive.

It is externally somewhat worn but internally generally original, with typical recent service including a standard recap, added 3-prong power cord, cleaning of all pots and tube sockets and bias to spec. The tubes are original or at least period and still perform very well. There is some general wear to the "frogskin" covering, most obviously cigarette burns along the top edges. One previous owner at least was a heavy smoker! The unique blue grill cloth is relatively well preserved; the leather handle on the amp is period but may not be original. The control plate has some minor wear and old gunk accumulated but corrosion is minimal and the graphics are nicely intact. The White "Higher Fidelity" Model 80 is a fascinating and mostly forgotten part of the Fender story-amaze your friends with one of the coolest and most offbeat amps of the era that most players have never seen or heard before! Very Good + Condition.