I'd been looking for an authentic brownface Fender reverb for awhile to go with my brownface Fender Bandmaster. I didn't see any photos of the internals but the seller told me it was authentic and just repaired before it was offered for sale. Quite a surprise to me when I got it open and found that someone had completely rewired it with vinyl inslulated wire, sprague capacitors and metal film resistors. First thought was that I bought a reissue, but the chassis number and transformer numbers indicated 1962-63 vintage parts.
Why anyone would rewire this is beyond me. I don't think the seller mislead me and he had no clue it was redone and thought the repair shop may have done this. Well, it's just wire and some components, so I decided to rewire the reverb unit with period correct wire and components. I used carbon resistors and original tone capacitors when I could. Unfortunately, I didn't have any NOS coupling capacitors so I used contemporary electrically correct replacements.
See the below photos to show what I originally had and how it was "restored".
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|Here is shown the chassis after stripping all the components|
|Another view of the stripped chassis|
Completed restored circuit mounted in cabinet
|Top view showing the control panel|
|Front of reverb unit|
Fortunately, the reverb tank was original and still worked. Comparing to my 1964 vintage blackface reverb unit, it works as expected. Not exactly vintage but close enough!
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Created 03 January 2013
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