Fender 57 Custom series & Bassman amp range: They’re re-issuing old amps again
Fender tweed amps have a rich history. Think along the lines of Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Neil Young & Tom Petty.
Fender have a massive legacy and it is not all just guitars. Leo Fender started by building amps before he entered the world of guitar building. Their many different amps throughout the decades have graced many stages and appeared on album recordings throughout the company’s history.
Well they do have plenty to draw upon in that catalogue of classics. So they have taken some of the favourites and re-issued them again as the ’57 Custom series, which are all tweed amps, plus there is a Bassman head as well.
All the ’57 models are based upon Fender’s 1950s tweed era range of amps. The looks are certainly very vintage in their styling all clad in that vintage tweed cloth, with chicken pointer knobs and leather handles. The actual amps are based upon those old favourites, with modern hardware plus features that we have come to expect that were missing from the originals .
Fender 57 Custom Pro-Amp
This is a hand wired 28 watt amp with 12AY7 preamp tube. Based around the 5E5A circuit with newly sourced coupling capacitors with Schumacher transformers. It features single 15” 8-ohm Eminence Special Design speaker.
RRP GBP £1,999 includes dust cover
Fender 57 Custom Twin-Amp
This 57 Custom Twin is 40 watts, with two inputs and has of the two 12A77 preamp tubes. This time its the 5E8A circuit and uses Mercury transformers. Mercury Magnetics make great transformers and so its nice to see Fender using them in this model. You get two 12” Eminence Special Design alnico speakers loaded in the cab.
RRP GBP £2,419 includes dust cover
Fender 57 Custom Deluxe
This 12 watt model has a 12AY7 preamp tube with the 5E3 circuit. The 57 Custom Deluxe has been updated with premium coupling capacitors and Mercury Magnetics transformers as well. This time you get a 12” 8-ohm Eminence Special Design alnico speaker loaded in the cab.
RRP GBP £1,639 includes dust cover
Fender 57 Custom Champ
The mighty Champ, these dinky models have always been a favourite for many players in the studio. Fender have updated the original 5F1 circuit to give the amp a ‘heightened dynamic response and sweet sounding tube overdrive’ and has two inputs. You get a 12AY7 preamp tube feeding 6V6 power amp. Loaded with a single 8” 4-ohm Weber Special Design alnico speaker.
RRP GBP £939 includes dust cover
Fender Bassman 800 Amp
Coming in August the Bassman is the odd one out as it is not a tweed model and it is just a head rather than a combo. Its a two channel model with 12AX7 preamp tubes. Its a hybrid 800-watt amp bass amp which has a Vintage and an Overdrive channel. You also get XLR line output,plus a tuner output and effects loop. The channels are foot switchable.
Price GBP £899