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Fun With Five Awesome Vintage Amps From 1958 - 1966 – That Pedal Show

Published on Dec 14, 2018

In this video we indulge ourselves in some cornerstones of guitar amplification history. It was made possible by one kind TPS viewer, who got in touch to tell us about his collection of vintage beauties… and made them available to borrow!
Johnny, we thank you on behalf of the whole TPS audience. And massive thanks for us too – this was a trip!

1958 Fender Bassman (5F6-A)
1962 Fender Princeton
1965 Marshall JTM45
1965 Fender Super Reverb
1966 Fender Princeton Reverb
1969 Fender Vibratone

Dan and I do our best to ask relevant questions and try different things, but to be honest, the whole thing was a bit of a blur. Questions you might have…

Q: Aaaarrgghhh! Why didn’t you try them against new examples?
A: We had too much to get through, but take it as read that these old amps don’t really sound like the modern reissues… plus the old ones can sound very different between examples.

Q: That amp doesn’t sound like mine – it must be broken?
A: Don’t think so… but old amps differ significantly. They’ve been around for decades, repaired and so on. They’re clearly not all the same.

Q: How were the amps mic’d?
A: Our usual combination of Royer/Sontronics ribbons and Neumann condensers on the amps, plus the mid-side pair of AKG C414 XLII in the room.

Q: Is the phasing of Super Reverb and Vibratone off?
A: Sounds like it, doesn’t it? Mick here. I checked it and checked it and checked it. The opposing phase choices were all worse. Something odd was happening – maybe somebody out there knows – but we just went with it anyway. Adding the Bassman in really helped.

Q: Why didn’t you try… //insert all the things we didn’t try here//
A: Sometimes you have to be happy with what you have, rather than sad at what you don’t.

Pedals in this episode…

• Boss TU-3S
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• Analogman Sun Face BC183 Fuzz

• Fulltone Octafuzz
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• Thorpy FX Warthog
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• Keeley D&M Drive
UK & Europe:

• Analog Man / Maxon OD9/808 Mods Classic, With Bad Bob Booster

• Tru-Fi Colordriver

• Boss DC-2w Dimension C
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• Analog Man ARDX 20 Dual Analog Delay & Amazeo

• Foxgear Echosex Baby
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• Fulltone Mini Deja Vibe CS-MDV2 MKII
UK & Europe:

• Neo Instruments Mini Vent II

• TheGigRig G2

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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
- Intro playing: 0:00
- What are we doing today? 1:59
- Today’s amps: 3:00
- A brief Fender amp history: 4:00
- 1962 Fender Princeton: 7:20 (8:15)
- Today’s pedalboard: 8:03
- Transformer ghosting and the 335: 10:25
- Princeton tremolo: 12:10
- …and Foxgear Echosex Baby: 13:35
- …and Maxon/Analog Man OD9: 13:50
- …and Analog Man BC183 Fuzz: 14:30
- 1966 Fender Princeton Reverb Amp: 16:58 (18:38)
- Strat, TS, Princeton Reverb: 23:20
- Both Princetons together: 26:23
- 1958 Fender Bassman & 1965 Super Reverb intro: 31:35
- Bassman sound: 32:58
- …Tele, 335 and Gretsch: 35:46
- …Collings 290 DC S: 37:15
- …Les Paul: 38:28
- 1965 Super Reverb sounds with Tele: 40:43 (41:34)
- …335: 43:20
- …Strat: 45:35
- Fender Vibratone: 48:40
- Bassman, Super Reverb and Vibratone: 50:42
- …and Sunface: 51:44
- What have we learned? 52:40
- 1965 Marshall JTM45: 56:00 (58:00)

Guitars in this episode:

• Gibson Memphis 1958 ES-335 (2017 model) No video yet
• Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster – Mick’s video at
• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster – Dan’s video at
• Gibson Custom 1958 Les Paul Standard – watch Dan’s video at
• Collings 290DC S – watch Mick’s video at
• Gretsch G6118T Anniversary - watch Dan’s video at

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