Imperial Guitar & Soundworks

Offered for sale;

Used 1968 Fender Bandmaster Piggyback Head and Speaker Cabinet, the serial number for the amp head is A29489 and P29306 for the cabinet. This “piggyback” is in very good condition, fully functional. Cosmetically showing some scuffs and marks. The tolex is lifting in a few spots, the brightwork on the corners and handles show some corrosion. Normal patina for its age, overall, quite good shape. Both speakers are 1967 Jensen C12NA period correct but not original.

The tube chart states it’s an AB763 circuit however as most know, these labels were used even after the circuit changed. When this amp was built it was one of the early AA568 models (silverface). It has now been converted to the more desirable AB763 (blackface). The label is now accurate!

The original Fender Bandmaster was introduced in 1953 as a 1x15" tweed combo. It then evolved to a 3x10" 26-watt tweed combo. But it really came into its own in the famous 45-watt 2x12" piggyback configuration (ultimately discontinued in 1974). In August 1967, Fender changed the cosmetics from the “blackface” to the “silverface” style.

The AA763 (July 1963) and improved AB763 (March 1964) ("blackface") circuit is arguably the best circuit version produced for this amp by collectors and aficionados. The complex brownface "harmonic vibrato", however, was replaced by a simpler electro-optic oscillator. Power tubes remained the beefy 6L6. Some 1964 blackface Bandmasters were still covered in blonde Tolex rather than the usual black. Later "silverface" amps retrofitted to this circuitry are described as having been "blackfaced," a reference to the black faceplate used on these amps during much of this era.

This “piggyback” is considered by many to be the “Holy Grail” of vintage Fender amps.

Don’t miss an opportunity to own this piece of history!

Local pickup only.

“We test every used amp and pedal when we buy it and bring it up to our standards before we offer it for sale. Then we burn it in for an hour or so before we ship so that there are no surprises.”


Weight lbs.: 97.8 (head and cab)

Width in.: (head: 24) (cab: 29)

Depth in.: (head: 9.5) (cab: 11.5)

Height in.: (head: 8) (cab: 39)


Rectifier: SS

Preamp: 2 x 12AT7, 4 x 12AX7

Power: 6L6, 6L6

Speaker Codes: Upper - non original 1965 Jensen C12PS 220518
Lower – Fender Utah 328750


Power: 606742

Choke: 606-7-44

Output: 606740

Footswitch: none
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Very Good
23 Years
Imperial Guitar & Soundworks
Bill, Dianne
New Paltz, NY
10:14 PM
10:00 am - 6:00 pm Tues. - Sat. Mondays by appointment only

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