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You’re Super Not Gonna Believe This…..

If you’ve lost faith that all the good deals are gone…that you’ll never find that old lady with a ’59 Burst in her attic…that you’ll never find a MINIMOOG at a yard sale for $20 (we actually witnessed this)….that you’ll never find a 1961 Fender Super amp at Goodwill for $20…oh wait. That just happened.

A very lucky gentleman was looked upon favorably by the Gear Gods and picked up this Fender Super Amp for $20. $20!!?! All original everything; tubes, speakers, all components. To top it off, it’s production #17 – one of the earlier Supers to be built that year.

We gave him two options: Don’t touch it and sell it right away for all the dollars, or, have us update the high voltage components and rock forever. He chose the second option. We replaced some components, added a 3-prong, A/B’d tubes (settled on the OG power tubes – there’s a touch more top end and punch with new JJ’s vs. the old RCA’s, but that’s a swap for another day). The same can be said for the speakers; a new pair could potentially have more bottom and punch but there’s just something special about those old Jensens….

It’s a little beat up cosmetically, but that doesn’t spoil it one bit. The moral of the story is: keep searching because the deals are out there and you can find them!!

 

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This is right before we started replacing the failing high-voltage poly caps, (“Oh no, not the yellow Astrons“) – if they’re leaking voltage they’re not doing their job and need to go. IMG 7988 zpsafb2dd43 Youre Super Not Gonna Believe This.....

You’re Not Seeing Double….

But if you’re seeing four, you should maybe get that checked out.

We’ve ended up with a sweet selection of pairs – some identical, others are cousins – so we thought we should share before they’re adopted and split up.

 

We’ll get started with the more rare pairs:

 

  • 1954 National Deluxe + Mid 50s National “Chicago 51″ nationals zps1d0c9ce6 Youre Not Seeing Double....
  • 1959 + 1960 Maestro GA-45Tmaestro zps6bba5089 Youre Not Seeing Double....

Probably the least known of all these:

  • 1960s Premier 71 premiers zpsc93440bd Youre Not Seeing Double....

Can’t forget the classics:

  • 1964 Fender Deluxe Amp + 1965 Fender Deluxe Reverbdeluxes zps4a1c2ccd Youre Not Seeing Double....
  • 1978 Vox AC-30 + 90s Vox AC-30/6 TBvoxs zps3bb47410 Youre Not Seeing Double....

A pair not often seen together:

  • 1970s MusicMan Sabre II + Stingray IIMM zps4c959791 Youre Not Seeing Double....

Okay so these are more like cousins, but, Pre-CBS:

  • 1960 Fender Musicmaster + 1964 Fender Duo Sonic IIfenders zps02229411 Youre Not Seeing Double....

 

If you have the heart to split these guys up, or want to take the pair home together, please call us at 828.254.0402 or email info@sherwoodsmusic.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Souping up a Fender Super 60

*Editor’s Note* We’re going to go ahead and apologize for some of these pictures being a little blurry, they were taken under the influence of large amounts of coffee.

We were recently commissioned for a fun, special project and wanted to share.

 

A gentleman came in with his Fender Super 60 (it looked like this….)

 Souping up a Fender Super 60

 

and a funky, fuzzy, brown-70s-couch covered cabinet. He had a problem. He’s carrying the two around because it makes him feel all warm and fuzzy inside (much like the cabinet), but, he was tired of carrying the two around separately – multiple trips from the van and slowing set-up/breakdown were getting old. After some discussions with Brian, the two decided the best course of action would be to chop up the Super 60 and put it into a larger cab with the speaker from the original. And so it began….

If you’ve never picked up a Super 60 it’s not the lightest thing – the transformers don’t help but there’s a lot of excess metal plating that really adds up.

Here’s a shot pulling out the PCB from the body:

 Souping up a Fender Super 60

And it’s out! Look at all that extra space – it’ll come in handy later.

 Souping up a Fender Super 60

Always use the right tool for the job. Or what you have.

 Souping up a Fender Super 60

So after some time, it starts to shape up….

 Souping up a Fender Super 60

 

See? Look at all that extra room

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now it’s starting to come together

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*There’s a few steps that got skipped here towards the end, but you can just use your imagination.*

Installed!

 Souping up a Fender Super 60

 Souping up a Fender Super 60

You’re missing the baffle construction, grill cloth-ing, and installation. And some filing, and some drilling, and more filing, and more drilling. And then troubleshooting because “…it totally worked a second ago before I put this in here, so what just broke…”

Then Brian waved his hands over the amp, blessing it with his magic, and determined it to be finished. And so it was.

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And it looks so, so fresh.

Gear for Ears @ BIG EARS FESTIVAL – March 28-29, Knoxville, TN.

We’re going to be hanging out in Knoxville next weekend at GEAR for EARS during the BIG EARS FESTIVAL. It’s a FREE guitar show INSIDE the Pilot Light Club!! There’s gonna be all kinds of cool stuff and it’s just a FIVE MINUTE walk from downtown! If you’d like to arrange to display gear, call 865-789-8679. Visit www.thepilotlight.com for more club info.

*** Come check out some of the coolest musical gear in Knoxville during the Big Ears festival. FREE ADMISSION! Buy, sell, trade and demo guitars, amps, boutique effects pedals, synths, and more. Also, check in with one of the premier electronic techs (Moog authorized) in the Southeast. Presented by Knoxville’s The Pilot Light, Music Room Guitars, and Hot Horse. Also featuring area collectors, dealers, and musicians, and the public is welcome to bring their musical gear for sale or trade. For more info or to arrange to display gear, call 865-789-8679.
*** BIG EARS FESTIVAL musicians and attendees are welcome to take a 5 minute walk from downtown venues and hotels, to Knoxville’s Old City shops, clubs and restaurants for GEAR for EARS.
The event will be held at the Pilot Light Club, 106 E. Jackson, Knoxville, TN 37915 on Friday and Saturday, March 28-29 from 11-4:30 each day. Performances and film showing afterwards each evening. Visit www.thepilotlight.com for more club info.

Tube Amp Maintenance

As moody and high-maintenance as they can be, we looove tube amps, old and new. We’ve gotten in 60 year old amps whose original tubes still sound great (if you like a little crackle with your drive), and like-new amps whose tubes already need replacement. A bit of it is just luck– some are going to hold up better than others– but if you wish to maintain your beautiful tones, a little bit of attention and maintenance can take you a long way. Treat it like a small animal! No feeding or clean-up required. Here are some tips from our techs:

  • Don’t leave it in a car, whether it’s hot or cold out. (Also a proactive theft preventative.)
  • Don’t take it directly into the heat from your ice cold house, condensation can occur. And even though you melted everyone’s face off, it’s not the best idea to take it right outside into a blizzard either – make it the last thing you take off the stage to give the tubes a chance to cool down.
  • If you’re blowing tubes continuously, replacing them is not necessarily the answer– there is likely a deeper problem that needs to be addressed.
  • Much like a puppy, try to avoid dropping your precious vintage tube amp. And not just off tall buildings– don’t drop it from two inches high, either. Please.
  • And on that note: wheels on a combo amp are a dangerous convenience. Unless you’re wheeling your pride and joy on only the smoothest of freshy-Zambonied ice rinks, the slight ripples in the floor result in major quaking (and possible damage) in the upper components.

Don’t get overwhelmed– you and your tube amp can have a long, loving relationship without too much trouble. And once you find that tone you really love, how could you not strive to maintain it?

Any questions? Give us a call! We’re here to help.

 

Caroline Guitar Company Is Ready to Set Something on Fire

We new have brand new, boxed, Caroline Guitar Company pedals in shop, and, my, do they look fine in our glass case. Mmmmmhmmmm.

See how high you can fly before melting your face with their Icarus boost– we have the last few in this gorgeous gold finish. More words and demo here.

If you crave more fuzz than your momma will allow in the house, you’ve got to get on this Olympia. Clean, simple, fuzzzzzzzzzy. More words and demo here.

And if you’re feeling a little unhinged today and you just wanna get totally wild, the Wave Cannon is for you. Its an overdrive/distortion with four controls and one loose cannon: the Havoc Switch. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. More words and demo here.

Come demo them in store anytime!

Jerry Lee Lewis Loves You, Yes He Do

And he wants you to experience the incredible tone of his old 1962 Fender Pro Amp.

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Jerry Lee just doin' his thing

That’s right, we have it, and we have the paperwork to prove it.

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But as cool as that is, collector-wise, let’s get down to brass tacks: how does it sound?

Ridiculous. This amp has deep, reverberating, warmth, a very interesting tremolo that shifts the tone, and a loud, loud, voice to fill the room. It can get crunchy when you want it and the tone is super moldable.

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Hi, I'm cool

Check it out in the shop before it flies away, or get more specs here. We leave you with this great picture of “The Killer” doing what he does best (killin’ it).

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get 'em

Five New Year’s Resolutions for 2013

5.  Learn a new language

Like, Bluegrass.

We’ve got your banjo needs covered with this amazing 1925 Weymann or pre-war Kel Kroyden

4.  Add some sparkle to your life

Choose from this glamorous rainbow: a golden Gretch SparkleJet, seafoam Danelectro, or gold on black Silvertone Jupiter. Delicious!

3. Loose some bulk

With a Thinline Tele.

2. Get Motivated

Stay steady with your mantra and boost your dreams into overdrive.

1. Go Green

By buying local, and pre-owned. Less new materials = less landfill! We carry locally made pedals by Blackout Effectors, Endangered Audio Research and Saddest FX, and to take it truly next level, handmade guitar straps from recycled materials by Legalize Potbelly Pigs.

Happy New Year, Asheville and beyond! Keep in touch and let us know what we can do for you in 2013.