Fender Bandmaster 5E7 Tweed 3x10 1955

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The Fender 5E7 3x10" Bandmaster is one of the most important amps in rock n roll history.  It is fitting that one has hit our shop to sit amidst our extensive tweed Fender offering.

If there is a fault in the design of the 5E7, it is the output transformer.  Shopping for a Tweed Bandmaster is a difficult task.  There never seems to be more than a couple available across the market.  Most have a replaced output transformer as it wasn't originally specified to handle the speaker load.  Such is the case for this example.  A vintage, paper wound replacement lives in this amp.  I am not sure of the origin of said transformer, but it is a great match in that the classic and amazing tone is there.

The power transformer is the original Triad.  The choke is original as well.

Speakers have been replaced with Eminence MP10-PR Alnicos, another good choice in lieu of the original Jensens.

Filter caps have been replaced, and the circuit has seen work as well, with caps updated.  As I've noted, detailed in Fender Harvard amps that have come and gone, I've directly compared amps with updated caps, you'd be surprised how little difference there is in an amp with replaced Astron caps.  In one case in particular, a fully updated Harvard actually sounded better than one that was fully original.  In the end, all of these amps will eventually require full updates of original parts to be functional - old caps and resistors will only last so long and keeping a vintage amp all-original but out-of-spec is just a bad idea, however nostalgic the idea might be.

A grounded power cable and replacement handle round out the changes to the amp.

As for the tone - it is just amazing.  Comparisons to other amps are moot - the effort is futile.  If you're looking for a Bandmaster you know what to expect, and you get it all here.

The amp will ship in two boxes - one for the chassis and the other for the cab.  Assembly will be required on delivery.  This is for the sake of the chassis, which can be damaged in transit should the box be handled roughly.  I have found that the weight of transformers can impact and distort the chassis in shipment and this is easily avoided with this practice.  Assembly isn't all that hard to do, but it does take three hands, so you'll need a little help.  We can guide you on the phone.

  • Case/Cover?: No
  • Color: Tweed
  • Dimensions: H21" x W22.5" x D10.25"
  • Weight: 33lbs 5.3oz
  • Watts: 26 Watts
  • Date: 1955
  • Where date is noted: Pots, Transformers, Serial#
  • Speaker 1 - 3 Brand/Model: MP10-R
  • Speaker Size: 10"
  • Speaker Code: 10662
  • Speaker Cone: Original, 45105?2
  • Power Transformer brand and/or codes: Triad 8087
  • Output Transformer brand and/or codes: 1848
  • Choke Transformer brand and/or codes: ?
  • Extension Speaker Out? Yes
  • Reverb or other effects?: No
  • Rectifier Tube: 5U4G
  • Rectifier Tube Brand: Mesa
  • Power tubes: 2 x 5881 tested
  • Power Tube Brand: ?
  • Preamp Tubes: 3 x 12AX7
  • Preamp Tube Brand: Fender, etc
  • Filter Caps: Replaced
  • Pedal?: No
  • Pots, codes: 3 Original 304443, 2 Replaced
  • Grille: Original
  • Knobs: Original
  • Handle: Original
  • Power cord: Replaced with 3 Prong
  • Notes:

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