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Fender 5a3 deluxe

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Maybe the 6L6 tweeds are less midrangy... I have a 6G6B and think it has more mids and more compressed than the pro

– eCastro

That might be possible. Pro, Super and Bandmaster are basically the same amp with minor differences (apart from cab size and speakers), aren't they?

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That might be possible. Pro, Super and Bandmaster are basically the same amp with minor differences (apart from cab size and speakers), aren't they?

– sascha

Yes. This pro is a different circuit to narrow panel era 5e7 and 5e5a amps. It’s cathode bias and has octal tubes amongst other things.

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Sounds like a cool amp Sascha.

The midrange differences you're hearing are more likely to be attributable to the tonestack. With the bass/treble/presence tweeds, there's more of a default mid scoop - much like the blackface amps.

You don't get that with the volume/tone tweeds.

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Sounds like a cool amp Sascha.

The midrange differences you're hearing are more likely to be attributable to the tonestack. With the bass/treble/presence tweeds, there's more of a default mid scoop - much like the blackface amps.

You don't get that with the volume/tone tweeds.

– Shuggie

Sounds like a cool amp Sascha.

Oh, it is!

I have my Deluxe Reverb sitting next to it and everytime I switch back to this I notice how airy and... wide (?) the Bandmaster sounds. It has a got a so much quicker response, too. Great feature is a switch to take out one 10" speaker to make it more like a Super.

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Is that switching in a high power resistor to replace the speaker? My Tone Twins buddy Ed has a box like that in his tweed Bassman so he can run 4, 3, or 2 speakers. Works brilliantly.

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Is that switching in a high power resistor to replace the speaker? My Tone Twins buddy Ed has a box like that in his tweed Bassman so he can run 4, 3, or 2 speakers. Works brilliantly.

– Shuggie

I think it's much more simple and just a switch that takes one speaker out. IIRC the original Bandmaster design is mismatched anyway, ending up at ~2.66 Ohms with three 8 Ohm speakers where it should be 4 Ohms. So two speakers would give the correct impedance. Could that be right?

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It could indeed Sascha. 3 x 10" Tweed Bandmasters are notorious for blowing output transformers.

So yes, in effect your Bandmaster becomes a Super.


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