Dating a silverface amp

07 May

The later silverface circuits were changed further by CBS to become cleaner, harder and thinner sounding, specially if one compares amps at the same volume and EQ setting.

If you’re into sparkling clean tones, a silverface can do the job just as well as a blackface amp.

The nature of the 4×10″ speaker configuration is a directional tone with screaming treble right forwards and backwards and unfortunately little spread.

A lot of deep bass is produced by the bigt cabinet while the important mids are fairly low, a scooped tone.

The days of the single tone knob long gone, the amplifiers of the period started sporting on-board reverb chambers as well as the new vibrato circuit (sometimes since described as the “poor man’s chorus effect”).

Then as now, Fender sold many more units of its lower-end and student model equipment. In 1964 it lost its tweed appointments in favor of black tolex and a black faceplate.

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But what really distinguished the blackfaces was their new sparkley sound.The height also makes it difficult to carry, making you sweat when hauling it between gigs.It’s a big sounding amp with a potential for being very loud and bassy given the right (wrong) speakers.Summary The AB763 Super Reverb is a very popular Fender amp due to the huge tone, robustness and the pure tone from the traditional blackface AB763 amp design.The AB763 design is also to be found in some silverface amps between 19.