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1960-ftdr-04252010 Build Profile:

Serial #: 4252010 | Assembled by Rondo (Cayocosta) | Series: Vintage

Status: Complete

Price: SOLD

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NOS (New Old Stock):

Allen-Bradley Resistors
9 Pin Sockets and Shields
Amphenol Octal Sockets
Knobs and Fuse Assembly
Mica Bright Capacitor

New Production:

Mercury Magnetics Power Transformer
'50s Vintage Output Transformer
Sozo BlueMolded Signal Capacitors
Sprague Electrolytic Capacitors
Ohmite Wirewound Cathode Resistor
CTS Potentiometers
Switchcraft Jacks
Carling Switches

Vintage Detail:

Cotton Cloth Wire
Ground Straps
Shockmounted and Threadlocked Sockets
Brass Ground Buss

Warranty: All chassis are guaranteed against defects in workmanship and materials for a period of 1 year, parts and labor, with return shipping costs the responsibility of the owner. This warranty is voided in the event of abuse, misuse, or any modifications to the circuit performed by third parties or otherwise unauthorized personnel.

Description: Sounded great right away and gets better with every hour played, does Eagles type guitar stuff very well. Very loud and punchy with a Celestion Blue. Nice midrange frequency response and strong fundamental tones. Great overdrive and crunch performance as well as clean. Super quiet. The video and mp3 demos below were recorded while auditioning a vintage '50s-era output transformer (with NOS Tung-Sol 6V6s installed) which sounds great and makes this a one-of-a-kind amplifier.

Update 05/21/10: Testing NOS Tung-Sol 5881s (6L6WGB) with an NOS Sylvania 5V4 rectifier and the amp is just fantastic, especially with humbuckers. Not much louder, but the sustain is wonderful while both the lows and highs have been rolled-off a bit yielding a rounder midrange response with less saturation. Pete Townshend's tone comes to mind. Not much need to increase the volume past 7 as everything is already there. Very inspiring; tracks faster, too.

Image Gallery (Click on any thumbnail to open a full-size image):
Studio Recording MP3 Demo:
Guitar: 1968 Gibson 335. Microphones: Sennheiser e906 (close) and AKG 414 (room). Speaker: Celestion Blue. Tubes: NOS Tung-Sol 6V6GT, NOS RCA 12AX7 and AY7, NOS JAN 5Y3. No pedals were used - guitar is straight into amp. No EQ or effects were used. Tunes: Neil Young Cinnamon Girl, Steely Dan (Larry Carlton) Don't Take Me Alive, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young Almost Cut My Hair, Eagles (Don Felder) Victim Of Love & Hotel California.
MP3 Audio Clip ftdr-04252010.mp3
Video Demo:
Amp setup: NOS JAN 5Y3, NOS Tung-Sol 6V6GT, NOS RCA 12AX7 and 12AY7 tubes, Celestion Alnico Blue speaker; guitar: 1960 Gibson Les Paul Jr. No effects: guitar is plugged straight into the amp. Tune: Joe Walsh Turn To Stone. (Sorry, the camera audio is a little wooly.)
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