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".
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.
The cabinet was in pretty good shape...minimal tolex damage. Unfortunately the grill cloth could not be saved.
Fortunately the wring was in decent shape, and had not been damaged or modified.
The caps were all bad, but the transformers were original and in good condition.
It's amazing what a little TLC can do....
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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