This section of the website it dedicated to the variety of projects I have for upcoming sales. If you see anything you are interested don't hesitate to contact me with questions. I'm more than happy to move it towards the front of the line to make it available.
A vintage Fender Blackface Bassman which appears to be from 1965 but I haven't checked transformer and pot codes to be sure. The AA165 was made briefly before the more well known AB165. It is all original with the exception of a different power cord.
This amp came to me quite by accident as I had been discussing a different amp which was for sale. This amp belonged to the father of the person I bought it from so essentially it is a one-owner amp. The circuit and all components are original but it does need some work. Time for new filter capacitors and possibly a few resistors. It will be on my repair bench soon.
Overall the amp is in good condition with a small dent in the cabinet edge above the face plate and a couple small dents in the actual face plate along the bottom edge. The grill cloth is in fairly good shape and the cabinet is still rock solid.
If you look closely you can see the small dents in the cabinet and face plate. Pretty nice condition considering the amp is fifty years old.
Here you can see the slightly odd power cable that was added at some point and yes, there's a loose wire so I will be installing a new 3-prong proper cable and probably disabling the 2-prong outlet on the back. Right now the amp powers on fine, no shorts in the electronics but it does need filter caps and possibly coupling caps. I also suspect a grid resistor needs to be replaced but haven't set aside time to work on it yet.
In this picture the back panel has been removed and you can see the original canisters covering the preamp tubes. The hardware to attach to piggy back to a cabinet is all intact.
The power (output) tubes have been removed in this photography to show details of the transformers. Some slight rust on the plates of power transformer but fortunately no one has tried sanding it or spraying it black. A very nice original Fender Bassman head from the 1960's. I will keep it as original as I possibly can by installing a new power cord, new Sprauge filter caps and tracking down what I suspect is a grid resistor problem. From there I'll check if any coupling capacitors are leaking and assess it from there.
A close up of the original factory label and you'll see the "AA165" designation. So far from what I've researched these are more rare than the AB165 most people are familiar with but there are some differences within the circuit.
This amp was intriguing as a vintage 2x8" tube amp with tremolo. I have yet to plug it in a check it over but it appears to be all original.
The overall condition of the amp is good but there is some damage to the back panel covering the chassis. The tolex is dirty and covering is coming off towards the bottom.
The white tolex needs to be cleaned and there appears to be some cigarette burns near the top left edge. It adds character and personality in my opinion.
The amp has two channels with volume and tone for each and tremolo controls.
A closer look at the tremolo controls: speed, intensity and a 1/4" jack for a tremolo on/off switch. I'll be doing more research on this amp and getting it on the bench in the (somewhat) near future.
Here the back panel is removed for a better look at the chassis and speakers. Everything in the circuit appears original at first glance but needs further inspection and powering up with a current limiter. THe power cord appears original with the exception of the newer style plug. The two 8" alnico speakers appear to be original as they match. The four digit code dates them to the 1960's made by Fisher.
It seems the chassis has been bent slightly and the two screw holes in the bottom of lip of the chassis didn't have the screws. The back panel has a crack so perhaps the amp tipped over backwards. There's no evidence it's been dropped. The back panel will be repaired but I'm not sure to what extent I'll try correcting the chassis.
This is a really fantastic mid-1980's E series Stratocaster. The guitar was purchased new by the father in law of the person who sold it. None of the finger wear is faked or "relic'ed". That is the real deal.
The guitar is quite clean for its age. The finish wear add a great character to this guitar.
Everything is original with this guitar and there is very little work that needs to be done. New strings, clean and minor adjustments will make this a fantastic playing guitar.
It is difficult to see what (if any) cosmetic damage there may be. The guitar was well cared for its entire life.
This wear is from playing and not something faked or recreated.
Close up of the headstock and everything is in very nice condition.
There are some light scratches and wear to the finish but it's difficult to photograph.
The full instrument from the back.
Modern style tuning machines.
This is a Fender Stratocaster from the mid-1980's. The guitar is in good condition and needs a set-up to get it back to top playing condition.
The pickups and pickguard are non-original and might be changed. Someone carved into the body near the neck heel.
The bridge is in good condition and will be cleaned and detailed. The pickups are non-original and might be swapped for American Standard pickups.
Headstock, tuning machines and nut are all in good condition.
Matching pearloid spring cover, finish is good condition but shows signs of wear.
The back of the headstock is clean and satin finish is in good condition.
This guitar was made in Japan in the mid-1980's. It is oozing with potential but hasn't had any work done to it in a long time.
Everything appears to be original but it hasn't been opened up yet. Bridge shows some rust and will be cleaned and detailed as part of a thorough set-up.
Some signs of rust on the pole pieces and bridge. A good thorough cleaning as part of a set-up will take care of that.
A close up look at the vintage style bridge shows some nice "patina". The bridge will be disassembled, cleaned and oiled to get everything working as it should.
There is some fret wear and they will either be dressed or the instrument will be re-fretted.
No major abuse or damage to the guitar but it shows it age. Notice the back of the headstock where someone had a "7" sticker protecting the wood in that area from UV light.
Notice the number etched into the finish? After a conversation with a colleague we suspect it might have belonged to a jail or prison at one time. No plans to do anything to this area (mojo).
Fairly normal wear for a guitar 30 years old. Tons of potential for this guitar to go another 30.
Fender E-Series Stratocaster made in the mid-1980's. The finish on this particular guitar shows the most wear of any in stock. The guitar will have a complete and detailed set-up before going up for sale.
Check out the close up pictures of the body. Dents and dings have been detailed. The guitar plays great but needs a complete set-up.
Notice the scratches under "Stratocaster". It seems someone just couldn't stomach "Made in Japan" on their guitar. During this era Fender was being sold by CBS to a private group of investors and for a brief period ceased production in the United States.
There's something special about Lake Placid Blue but you can see there are some dents and dings. The body will get a good polishing but no attempt to eliminate the damage to the finish is planned.
A variety of cosmetic scrapes and scratches. Check out the other pictures for a closer look.
Just another look at the back.
Here's a little better shot of various cosmetic issues. A very solid player instrument and no "Squier" logo. These 80's Strats are harder to find then their Squier counterparts.
Thirty years will leave us all with a few scrapes and character marks.
The back of the headstock has some dents as well. The tuning machines work perfectly.