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11-Oct-2019 08:51

Mid-1968 Super Reverb export model modified by Hagstrm for the Swedish market.

Note the removal of the voltage selector switch and hard-wiring. I just discovered that the silverface Bandmaster speaker cabinet (the big, tall one without tilt-back legs) is ported (see photo). I guess this is what the 1969 catalog refers to as “large, individual specially designed baffles.” And all along I thought the big n’ tall silverface cabs were just a macho thing to compete against the awesome looks of a Marshall half stack or full stack.

There is some debate about how to interpret the production code information on late ‘50s to mid-1967 tube charts and Greg Huntington is still working with those.

One thing we know for sure is that production codes can help date an amp to a particular month within a given model run.

Also note the vertical black lines on the control panel (found on earliest silverface amps) and the large ceramic power resistors coming off the power tube sockets which indicates the AB568 circuit. But really, these cabs were large because they were of a “special design” that “greatly improves tone and volume without distortion, and permits optimum performance of the speakers.” At least that’s the reason according to the ’69 catalog.

Also, another thing I’ve never seen before is a what appears to be a shipping tag of some sort (see photo).

They were something to behold, all chatting away while soldering so quickly, it didn't hardly seem like they were looking at the amps.

Well, this universal “truth” was debunked when we found a bunch of amps with transformers made by the Better Coil and Transformers company.

I promise the tables will still be there after you finish reading.

Okay, I know you’re all just dying to skip ahead to the serial number tables but try to contain your excitement and read through the article first.

Not only that, but to meet Swedish safety codes, Hagstrm removed the external voltage selector switch (fitted to all blackface and silverface export models) and hardwired it internally (see photos).

Notice that the original Fender back panel was removed and replaced with a Hagstrm panel.

These units look, and apparently sound, just like the Schumacher-made units so it’s easy to overlook that “831” code.