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This example is all original with linen grille cloth and vertical wooden slats hidden underneath the grille cloth to protect the speaker.

My first Fender amp was a 1965 blackface Deluxe, purchased new for $119 at The Music Manor in Ft. I couldn’t scrape together the extra $30 to get the Deluxe Reverb upgrade, but I figured I didn’t need reverb anyway.

The Deluxe was pretty loud for a small amp, but it wasn’t as loud as the Bandmaster our lead player used.

This amp has its original 15” Jensen P15N Bluebell speaker and its original 6SC7 preamp tubes. The speaker is a 6” Jensen P6V Special Design Alnico. This amp came with a P10R speaker and a small footswitch for tremolo activation. 1960 was the last year for tweed amps, and this example was among the very last, dated October 1960, made even as Fender was rolling out its new line of brown tolex-covered amps earlier in 1960.

The “TV” front was altered to “wide-screen” shape, with the grille extending horizontally all the way across the front of the amp and equal-sized panels on front top and bottom. A volume pot that went to “12” also served as the power switch. This is my one tweed amp with the “presence” control, introduced on some of the larger narrow panel tweed amps in the late ‘50s. The Vibrolux is essentially a Harvard amp with tremolo.

The capacitors are original and the preamp tubes are the old metal 6SC7 tubes, which would be replaced in the early ‘50s by the glass 12AX7 – type vacuum tubes. This amp is constructed much the same as the Pro, with TV front and a single 12” Jensen Alnico bluebell speaker.

The mohair grille cloth is less worn than the linen cloth of the Pro. This amp has been recovered in tweed and fitted with a later-era woven grille.

Many years later, in the ‘80s, I was back into playing and recording and looked in the want ads for a Fender tube amp. That amp turned out to be an early-production 1960 Pro-Amp.