Dating fender vt bassman cabinet
I still think it’s hard to beat Fender amps; they’re astonishing.
album:] I said, ‘Oh, Pete, it sounds fantastic,’ and he told me exactly what he used on it: two Rickenbackers — a 6-string and a 12-string — and a blonde Bassman head with a Marshall 4×12 cab.
The code follows the format: = a number from 1 - 52 indicating the week of manufacture.
These units look, and apparently sound, just like the Schumacher-made units so it’s easy to overlook that “831” code.
Working at FMI – I was able to interview a fellow (who wishes to remain anonymous) who worked at Fender in 1972-73 in the amp department.
Pete Townshend’s ’64 blonde Fender Bassman amplifier head (with gold weave grille). Rather than the traditional 2×12 Fender Bassman extension cabinet to which the top was traditionally paired, Pete drove, first, one, then, two Marshall 4×12 cabinets, creating the first “stack.” He also used a 1962 or 1963 Fender Tremolux head in the same manner, as pictured below.
In addition, he also daisy-chained the Bassman or Tremolux heads with a Fender Vibrasonic or Fender Pro “head,” also driving the Marshall 4×12 cabinets.