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1975 Musicman 212-65 Vintage Electric Guitar Amplifier Combo Sixty Five Fender

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Listed:6 years ago
Sold By
Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar
Seattle, WA, United States
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Up for sale, a 1975 Musicman 212-65 in excellent, original condition and perfect working order. Launched in 1975, Musicman was founded by former Fender Plant Manager Forrest White, former Fender Sales Rep Tom Walker, and Leo Fender himself, with their very first product being an amplifier known as the "Sixty Five", which is what we have here. Being a hybrid affair, this amp matches a solid state preamp to an all tube power section, in this case EL-34's, providing plenty of headroom, with the warmth and fullness of a tube power section that can get as gritty as you want when you get the tubes cooking! Making that easier, the amp features a Hi/Lo power switch, which actually works differently than most in that it's not a 1/2 power switch, but rather a control for how much plate voltage the power tubes see, giving you control over the clean headroom where "Lo" is similar to a typical amp, and "Hi" sends a colder bias to the tubes. Tonally, this amp is very much in Fender territory with bold, sparkley cleans and dynamic grit, and reminds us very much of a Pro Reverb with a brighter reverb, and very unique tremolo, both of which are footswitchable.
What sets this earlier model apart from later iterations is the inclusion of a 12AX7 phase inverter tube, which adds dimension and warmth to the signal that later models lack. A two channel amp, the 212-65 offers plenty of options for tone sculpting with both channels including Volume, Treble, Middle and Bass knobs as well as a Deep switch for filtering the low-end when needed. The second channel boasts a Reverb knob, and Intensity and Speed knobs for the tremolo, as well as a Master volume which governs both channels for getting saturation at an appropriate volume for any given gig or studio situation. The 212-65 sports a pair of Eminence built, Musicman branded, square alnico magnet speakers that have a natural compression and chime that are right at home in a Fender style amp.
The circuit is clean and essentially untouched, with original tone caps in the preamp and Schumacher transformers that date to '75. The main filter caps have been replaced, so as to guarantee that the amp's power section is working as it should. The original CTS pots date to the 40th week of 1975. The tubes are a pair of properly biased Svetlana EL-34s that have plenty of life left, and are arguably some of the best EL-34 tubes currently available.
Cosmetically, this amp has a few minor bumps and dings in the tolex, particularly along the rear bottom edge. While they blend in well with the rest of the amp, there are a few "bald spots" through the tolex along the lower edges, and in these small areas, the wood has been painted black so the amp has a clean appearance. A previous owner has also etched their ID info into the back panel, but of course this was a fairly common way to mark your stuff in the era!  This amp has never been abused, is in fabulous, original shape and wears its four decades incredibly well.
The original two button Reverb/Tremolo footswitch is included, as well as a Fender branded slip cover (not pictured).

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