#SummerNAMM2016: Fender has revealed some new additions to its amplifier family, the ’57 Custom Tweed series and the Bassman 800. The ’57 Custom Tweed series features the ’57 Custom Pro-Amp, ’57 Custom Twin-Amp, ’57 Custom Deluxe and ’57 Custom Champ. If you’ve always wanted to get those killer tweed tones, these new amps offer a perfect opportunity…
The ’57 Custom Tweed series of guitar amps represent a range of eminently useful “tone machines” that complement almost any style of music, from studio to stage to arena. They appeal to both vintage connoisseurs and today’s guitarists because of their musical heritage, their rich tone and dynamic response, and their timeless simplicity. In addition, the Bassman 800 exudes a powerful sound designed for the ultimate bass-playing experience.
“The ’57 Custom amps represent the culmination of a 12-year journey, from our highly successful ’57 reissues and Eric Clapton Signature amps to the landscape of today,” says Jim Ninesling, Vice President Fender Amplifiers and Pro Audio. “They capture the essence of the highly-collectible originals, with a few thoughtful player-centric tweaks added. We are proud to add them, and the Bassman 800, to our expanding amplifier category.”
’57 Custom Tweed series: Launching June 2016
’57 Custom Pro-Amp
The 28-watt hand-wired ’57 Custom Pro-Amp replicates classic Fender tone. The combo guitar amplifier is built around a vintage all-tube circuit with rich clarity and smooth overdrive. The amp features a single 15” 8-ohm Eminence Special Design speaker, original 5E5A circuit with newly sourced coupling capacitors, 12AY7 preamp tube and Schumacher transformers. Other features include classic aesthetic appointments comprised of tweed coverings, chickenhead control knobs and a top-mounted control panel. The amplifier also includes a protective cover.
’57 Custom Twin-Amp
The ’57 Custom Twin-Amp is a responsive 40-watt, hand-wired, all-tube combo guitar amp that adds clear, expressive tone to a player’s sound. Two 12AY7 preamp tubes, are included in the original 5E8A circuit, along with Mercury transformers. Other features include two newly designed 12” Eminence Special Design alnico speakers, a pair of dual inputs that accommodates multiple instruments and varying output levels, as well as a protective amp cover.
’57 Custom Deluxe
The two-channel ’57 Custom Deluxe 12-watt combo amplifier was based off of the original highly sought-after collector’s piece. The classic all-tube 5E3 circuit is updated with premium coupling capacitors, a 12AY7 preamp tube and Mercury Magnetics transformers. Other features include a newly designed single 12” 8-ohm Eminence Special Design alnico speaker, improved volume pot tapers on both channels and a protective cover.
’57 Custom Champ
One of the most popular amplifiers lives again in the 5-watt, hand-wired, all-tube ’57 Custom Champ. The updated Fender 5F1 circuit gives the amp its heightened dynamic response and sweet sounding tube overdrive when pushed. A 12AY7 preamp tube matched to a 6V6 power amp tube generates this in-demand overdrive. Other features include a single 8” 4-ohm Weber Special Design alnico speaker, dual 1/4” inputs that accommodate a variety of instruments and a protective cover.
Bassman 800 Amp: Launching August 2016
Designed for the ultimate bass-playing experience, the Bassman 800 offers two versatile channels and extreme Fender tube tones, while mating perfectly with Fender Bassman Pro Neo speaker cabinets. The foundation of the Bassman 800’s tone is the two-channel tube preamp, which utilizes a pair of premium 12AX7 tubes. The lightweight (17-lb), 800-watt hybrid amp also includes Vintage and Overdrive preamp channels, XLR line output, tuner output, an effects loop and a footswitch for hands-free channel switching.