FENDER '73 BASSMAN 10 RESTORATION PROJECT

Awhile back I picked up this distressed Bassman 10. At first glance it looked pretty bad but all I could see were possibilities! Was I ever right! After replacing the caps, installing N.O.S. tubes and  speakers and doing some other cosmetic work this baby "sings the blues".

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There were no speakers when I got it. My choice was to use a mix of (2) vintage CTS alnicos and (2) new C10R Jensen Reissue ceramics. I like mixing speakers this way because I prefer the tonal balance it creates. 

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The cabinet was in pretty good shape...minimal tolex damage. Unfortunately the grill cloth could not be saved.

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Fortunately the wring was in decent shape, and had not been damaged or modified.   

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The caps were all bad, but the transformers were original and in good condition.

It's amazing what a little TLC can do....

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Here's the completed project. It sounds as good as it looks. Like so many of my projects this amp has moved on and is now owned by a blues player in southern California. Oh well, ya can't keep 'em all

 

 

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