Fender 1965 Bandmaster Blackface

Model: Vintage Fender 1965 Bandmaster Blackface / Used Great Condition

AA763/AB763 Blackface Bandmaster (Seen from behind, V1 is to the right side):

1 12ax7 = Preamp normal channel

V2 12ax7 = Preamp vibrato channel

V3 12ax7 = Vibrato

V4 12at7 = Phase inverter

V5 6L6 = Power tube #1

V6 6L6 = Power tube #2

V9 GZ34/5U4GB = Rectifier tube

Vintage JBL 2 x 12s AWSOME!!!

Full set of Vintage Covers included.

Shipping is not included and must be calculated separately.





The Bandmaster came with many different circuits during the blackface and silverface eras. The blackface head had a diode recifier, one normal channel and a vibrato channel with no reverb. The silverface Bandmaster amps got a 5U4GB tube rectifier and the vibrato channel got reverb. Hence, the name “Bandmaster Reverb”. Due to this the silverface Bandmaster Reverb is less powerful, has less attack and breaks up earlier than the blackface Bandmaster. As usual the later silverface models were modified to become cleaner and more powerful. The 70W model from 1978 with master volume and push/pull boost had a huge power transformer and big filter caps. It reminds us more of a classic 80w Twin Reverb than a Bandmaster Reverb, and it shared its circuit design with the Pro Reverb and Super Reverb at that time.

The blackface Bandmaster AB763 and blackface Bassman AA864. They are similar in the way that both are clean sounding with just one 12ax7 tube in the preamp stage (vibrato ch in bandmaster and normal channel in bassman). The vibrato channel in the Bandmaster is even more clean than the Bassman because of the vibrato circuitry loading the signal chain and reducing the gain level in the premp section. Hence, the AA864 Bassman normal channel has more preamp “juice” and reaches the sweet spot at an earlier volume knob setting. The Bassman has a slightly bigger output transformer resulting in a firmer tone and more attack. A smaller output transformer will introduce sag and compression in the power amp section. The blackface Bandmaster is therefore ideal for those who look for a pure Fender clean sound without making ones ears bleed.

The amp was recently overhauled and Sounds perfect!

The blackface and silverface Bandmasters are medium/big sounding amps with a flexible speaker impedance of 4 ohm, allowing anything between one and four speakers (8 ohm each) to be connected via the main and/or external speaker jack. This makes it possible to adapt to small and big stages and gigs just by configuring the speakers.

The 2 x 12 cabinet is a Fender clone made by Mojo and houses 2 vintage JBLs.  The thing is extremely accurate to it’s vintage voicing.  It has a HUFGE sound and can do all the mid 60’s surf stuff as well as

Hendrix, SRV and everything else you want to throw at it.  Full set of Vintage Covers included.


Shipping is not included and must be calculated separately.