by Frank Stroupe ***WARNING-There are voltages inside of a tube guitar amp that can KILL you.
There are components in the amp that hold live current long after the amplifier is unplugged.
If you are not familiar with working on vacuum tube equipment, you should consult an experienced technician before opening any equipment containing vacuum tubes. The Free Information Society will not be responsible for any injury or damage caused to you or your equipment.*** Early Silverface Logo on Standard Silverface Grillcloth So, you've heard all of your guitar playing life, whether it be for 2 years or 25, that you don't want a Silverface Fender amp.
That Music Master Bass amp or Silverface Champ that you could have bought all day for 50 bucks as recently as 2 years ago can run as high as 350-400 on ebay now.
Though, hopefully no one will bid on those that are that high. But, they are still available at killer prices, if for no other reason, there are many of them still available..a silverfaced amp was passed over in the 80's and 90's by someone that HAD to have a tweed or blackfaced one.
I recently purchased a 1972 Silverface Champ for 40 bucks.
I am not an expert on amps, Fender amps, or Silverface Fender amps. I am merely someone that loves old gear, appreciates Silverface amps, loves to write, and loves history.
So, here I am, writing about the history of some old gear, the Silverface Fender.
I also have a small amount of knowledge of and experience in working on tube amps.
This is intended to be an informative article for the uninformed, and is purposely not terribly specific.
I'm also not going to get too deeply into technical details of circuitry.
I apologize in advance if I got a date wrong, a model wrong, etc.
Its pretty hard to get extremely accurate information on the history of Fender amps..several reasons..someone will always criticize the specifics.
I also apologize for not having a lot of photos of mint Silverface equipment.