This is a vintage 100% ALL ORIGINAL 1965 Fender Tremolux-Amp AB763 guitar amplifier head and matching 2×10″ cabinet. This particular example, serial number A04118, is in very fine cosmetic condition and would be considered near mint by most. The Tremolux is the smallest Fender piggyback amplifier and when released was the first Fender amp to feature a built-in effect. While this amp was finished in mid-1965, it features mostly pre-CBS components, including the earlier “Fender Elect. Inst. Co.” black control panel and a duo of 1964 Oxford 10L5-1 speakers.
Serial Number: A04118 (head) & S8447 (cabinet)
Transformer Codes: 606438, -606-5-13, -606-5-13
Speaker Codes: 465-440, 465-445 (Oxford)
Tube Chart Date Stamp: OF (June 1965)
Assembly Line/Inspection Stamp: F02465
The Fender Tremolux amp utilizes: (1) GZ34, (2) 6L6, (1) 12AT7, (1) 12AX7, and (2) 7025 original tubes through 2 x 10″ original Oxford speakers.
Cosmetically, this amp is in very excellent condition and is quite impressive. The black vinyl tolex is clean and void of normal scuffs, dents, tears and discoloration. In fact, it’s difficult to find anything wrong with the condition of the tolex! The silver grill cloth on both the head and cabinet is in pristine structural shape, and has slightly, yet evenly, faded to a more attractive earth-tone tan color. Although not quite distressed or reliced in any sense, the amp gives off a very understated vintage vibe and appearance, and is really quite cool looking, even more so than your typical black face piggyback amp. All of the hardware is pristine including the original metal tilt-back legs. While the slider feet were removed by the previous collector for studio purposes, they are included in the auction.
This amp was thoroughly tested and it works perfectly and sounds incredible. The piggyback Tremolux has always been the underdog, and it really does compete with the best Bassmans. This Tremolux is loud, efficient and pleasant. It performs well at both low and high volumes, and has a particular high-end sweetness other piggybacks lack. With less gain than a concurrent Bassman, the Tremolux offers a more universal tone palette with a less aggressive approach. Great sounding with most guitars, it is a really amazing amp for the money.
Whether you are interested in buying this particular amp or not, take my advice and look into buying a great Tremolux while they’re still selling for half of what they’re worth!