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The hype is real. Tweed Bassman amps rule. There is just nothing else that can go from the rich, organic clean to searing overdrive that you get from these amps. It doesn't really matter what you plug into it!
It is all about the circuit and the transformers. This amp has been responsibly serviced. Original transformers remain. The filter caps were updated, the power cord changed to a grounded one, and some internal caps replaced. One potentiometer was also replaced.
The chassis is in excellent shape with light wear and strong screen printed labeling.
The amp was recently serviced by Skip Simmons and given a clean bill of health.
Furthermore, the amp appears to have been previously owned by Augie Garcia - "The Godfather of Minnesota Rock n' Roll". His name and phone number are written in the bottom of the cabinet.
"By the 1930s, Saint Paul's West Side - particularly the flats along the Mississippi River - was home to Minnesota's growing Latino population. Many of these were folks who migrated from the Southwest and Mexico in search of work in Minnesota's industrial plants and sugar beet fields, and decided to stay. While the flats are no longer residential, much of the West Side's Latino history remains there in places like the District del Sol.
One resident of the West side, a guy named Augie Garcia, grew up as much on rhythm and blues as the Spanish corridos and boleros of his parents' generation. Garcia made a name for himself, locally, with his band The Augie Garcia Quintet, playing now-defunct clubs like Duffy's in Minneapolis, and Mendota's River Road Club. The quintet became known for their raucous shows (and Augie for his uniform of a blazer and Bermuda shorts), playing an electrified shuffle that was part of the Twin Cities burgeoning rock and roll scene.
In 1955, Augie cut a single, "Hi Yo Silver," which many consider to be Minnesota's first rock and roll record. A year later, he opened for Elvis Presley, and was pulled from the stage by Presley's manager for whipping the crowd into a frenzy. (A clause in Presley's contract cited that the opener couldn't upstage the headliner.) Garcia released three more singles - 6 songs total - then returned to his day job as an iron-worker, occasionally playing around town into the 1990s. He died in 1999.
Despite having nearly upstaged Elvis, Garcia's music remains mostly unknown to later generations of Minnesotans. Finding information on him proved difficult, and locating actual copies of his records was even harder. I went sleuthing, along with my pal at MPR, producer John Miller. We scoured eBay for his music (and scored!), did some digging around at the Minnesota Historical Society, and visited with Garcia's widow, Nancy."
This example has been very professionally re-tweeded. The tweed was applied a number of years ago, so it is starting to get its own aged look to it. The grille cloth was also replaced. The handle is a repro.
One speaker is the original Jensen P10R. Three appear to be 1950s P10Qs. All four have been reconed. The original speaker wire was retained. The speakers match well with the amp for sure.
The amp will require assembly on delivery - we will ship the chassis separate from the cabinet. The transformers in these amps are heavy and can distort the chassis or cause issues with the cabinet. Buyers will need to re-assemble the amp. It isn't rocket surgery, but it does take a little time, and the mounting screw that supports the power transformer is a bit hard to reach.
Shipments will require signature on delivery, no exceptions. If there is damage, the buyer must retain all packing materials intact and picture them immediately and send them to email@example.com. Less than 1% of our shipments are damaged in transit, and we are committed to making sure your item arrives safely, but we are taking these additional measures to make sure you are happy with your purchase.
- Case/Cover?: No
- Color: Tweed (Re-Tweed)
- Dimensions: 23" x 22½" x 10½”
- Weight: Approx. 55lbs
- Watts: 40 Watts
- Date: 1959
- Where date is noted: Serial #, Pots
- Speaker 1 - 4 Brand/Model: Jensen P10R C58886, 1 Original 3 Replaced with P10Qs
- Speaker 1 - 4 Size: 10"
- Speaker 1 - 4 Code: 220938
- Speaker 1 - 4 Cone: Re-Coned
- Power Transformer brand and/or codes: 8087
- Output Transformer brand and/or codes:146?
- Choke Transformer brand and/or codes: Fender 45249
- Rectifier Tube: 5U4 GB Tested
- Rectifier Tube Brand: Phillips
- Power tubes: 2 x 5881 Tested
- Power Tube Brand: Tung Sol
- Preamp Tubes: 3 x 12AX7 Tested
- Preamp Tube Brand: Marshall / RCA / Mesa
- Filter Caps: Original
- Pots, codes: 1 Replaced, all others original
- Tweed: Re-Tweed
- Grille: RePro
- Knobs: Original
- Handle: RePro
- Power cord: 3 Prong upgrade