Aims 4x10 guitar speaker Cabinet 1974 -spring reverb and tremolo

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Nutley, NJ, United States
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This I’m red only rare holy grail guitar combo is about as vibey and cool as they come. Fender aficionados, eat your heart out:

This amp yields 4x10’s, 100 watt rms hand wired by legendary Fender amp builders. Aims is one of American craftsmanship’s best kept secrets, a little research reveals these were some of the very best Amps ever made in the old tradition of “money is no object” approach - massive trannys and tons of glass in every stag
e. Very rare and cool guitar cab from the 70's. tolex has a custom grill cloth from the 1940’s-1950's with famous faces from that era. (can be removed of course). Te Eli and reverb tank drip with classic fender tone but in a wider, more open and punchy way that can only come for 10’s. Many guitarists and engineer feel the 4x10 is the golden ratio of to al balance.

I heard this was a pet project for Leo Fender but can't confirm the origin. All I know is the 4x10s sound absolutely amazing and the spring verb and trem are just oozes powerfully clean vintage tone. Reminds me of a vintage blackface fender twin delux but with a wider, richer soundstage.

Everything works at is should. all original. I loved this amp so much I traded a 1960’s Gibson ES335 for this thing in the 90’s and have had it ever since. Here’s some helpful specs from another recent listing of the same amp

USA IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA - PLYWOOD CABINET CONSTRUCTION - The VTG 105’s design is similar to other Fender
combos of the era. The preamp has a 12AT7 long-tail-pair phase inverter
that delivers accurate signal balance and gain to the power tubes, and
there’s also an optical tremolo circuit and tube-driven reverb. But there’s one major difference between the Aims and most Fenders you’ll encounter—this 4x10 combo uses 6550 power tubes in a push-pull
(class-AB) output section! This single change alone means the VTG yields lots of pronounced volume and
crushing low end. And the solid-state rectifier and heavy filtering in the power section ensure the sound is tight and focused, with a very immediate feel in terms of responsiveness. Given the VTG’s pedigree, features, and 4x10 configuration, it’s only natural to wonder how it compares to a Fender Super Reverb. But the fixed-bias 6550s keep it clean at much higher volumes than a Super and give it a gain structure more akin to a Twin Reverb, of which I own both the 70’s Blackface and 70’s silverface (feel free to swing by the studio if you’re near NYC!). In fact, any breakup that’s apparent with this amp seems to stem from the speakers and closed-back cabinet design. Further, although the EQ sections are passive, they have a surprisingly active sound. The bass knob offers deep, deep lows, the treble can go really chimey, and the middle control seems to dynamically affect how the other two EQ controls respond.

And while, circuit-wise, the amp’s sine-wave tremolo and spring reverb are similar in almost every way to what you’d find in a Fender from the same period, the reverb pan is mounted rather intriguingly: The tank is uncovered and the springs are visible, but the pan itself has been rigged with small springs at the points where it attaches to the chassis. This is to prevent mechanical vibrations from, say, a bumped cabinet from transferring to the reverb springs themselves. The sonic results are outstanding. The reverb is lush and warm, and more than capable of defining a small space or instilling surf-y saturation. This was a unique design by Leo Fender and a fascinating peak behind the curtain of what OTHER ideas were swimming around in his head while he was “dealing” with Fender.

Everything is original and the original grill cloth is still there too, it’s just been covered by the cloth you see if famous 20’s-40’s actors. Unique is cool, right? If you want it to be 100% original, this cloth comes right off very easily exposing silver fender type grill cloth.

- Local pickup in Nutley NJ at JML STUDIOS, 15-25 minutes from Manhattans Lincoln tunnel (meadowlands area). Trades welcome. Check out all my other unique gear in my shop too!

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