This is a vintage 1962 Fender Tremolux Amp. This second generation (1st generation is the impossibly rare 1 x 10″ with tone ring variety) Tremolux piggyback features; rough blonde tolex, dark red “Ox Blood” grill cloth, 2 x 10″ speakers, flat logos, and a dark brown control panel with white knobs. Made for a rather short period of time, this variety was quickly substituted for a similar aesthetic but with wheat-colored grill cloth. This particular example, serial number 02424, is in very excellent all original cosmetic condition and includes the original matching speaker cabinet (serial number S 2359).
Serial Number: 02424
Tube Chart Date Stamp: LF (June ’62)
Transformer Codes: 606122 (303), 606210, 606-210
As can be seen in the 120+ photos in the flash gallery to the left, this Tremolux is in 100% ALL ORIGINAL cosmetic condition, and it is in considerably excellent shape.
The amplifier head is in very excellent condition. The rough blonde tolex is very intact with no rips, tears, or modifications. There is normal discoloration in areas from knots in the cabinet. The grill cloth is in near perfect shape with no fraying, no tears, no rips, no nothing. All of the hardware is original and in very nice shape. The original brown face panel is nice with expected, albeit minimal, signs of use.
Approximately 12 years ago, the amp underwent a complete service, which included being entirely re-capped. Thankfully, all of the original components were saved, and are included with the amp. All transformers are original, however, the power transformer, which appears to be from 1961 has 303 written over the “122” (mid-1961) production date code. The power cable has been updated with a modern 3-prong version.
The matching speaker cabinet is in corresponding excellent shape. The grill cloth is in excellent shape: there are no rips, no holes, and no tears. There are a couple of very small scuffs, but the grill is surprisingly intact and very attractive. Although the original tube chart is present, half of it had dried and fallen to the bottom of the cabinet. It could easily be re-attached, but we will let the next owner decide how to proceed.
The speakers have been replaced with reissue Jensen C10Qs. While they are not original, they happen to sound particularly good with the amp head.
This amp works perfectly and sounds really really great. It is nice and tight with plenty of rich low-end and sweet non-harsh mids and highs. It really fills a room, and produces quintessential Fender piggyback tone.