Blackface mod kits for your silverface Fender amplifier
all heard the term “blackfacing”. To
put it simply, “blackfacing” means that you convert the circuit of a silverface
Fender amp back to blackface specs.
These blackface specs were the designs used by Fender from 1963 – 1967,
and are widely considered to be the best sounding amps ever made. The term “blackface” comes from the
amp’s black control panel with white lettering.
few years after CBS bought Fender in the 60’s, they started changing the
circuits in an attempt to give them more clean headroom and make the amps
cheaper to produce. Unfortunately,
these changes were not for the better.
is a relatively simple procedure, requiring the removal of some parts, the
replacement of others, and the relocation of a few wires. This can be done by any competent tech
or do-it-yourselfer. These little
changes make a HUGE difference in the tone of your amp. This is a recommended procedure on most
will truly be amazed at how much better your silverface Fender will sound after
completing the blackface mod. It
will have more depth, touch sensitivity, & a full, rich sound loaded with
beautiful harmonic overtones.
kit includes all of the electrical components, diagrams & written
directions you need to perform a full blackface conversion on your silverface
Fender amplifier. (Sorry! Tools,
solder & wire NOT included).
detailed, easy to follow instructions with “before & after” diagrams are
Copies of the original blackface Fender schematic & layout diagram for your amp are included! These are invaluable tools for reference & learning about your amp!
Complete instructions for removing the master volume & push/pull gain boost are included.
Only the highest quality Sprague Atom electrolytic capacitors are included in this kit.
the highest quality carbon comp resistors are used in the signal path. Flameproof 1W metal oxide resistors are
used for the high voltage applications in the power supply & bias
for reading color codes on resistors included.
BONUS: Certain resistors, vital to optimum performance of the driver & phase inverter have been measured & matched by tolerance percentage!! You are getting a completely matched set for your output section! This ensures maximum efficiency,
optimum performance and the best possible tone from your Fender!
tolerance normally associated with resistors makes it almost impossible to find
matched sets unless you have hundreds & hundreds to choose from, & the
time to sort through them all.
have taken readings on literally thousands of resistors and spent countless
hours putting these matched sets together. Why? Because
matched sets sound SO MUCH better than unmatched! Most kits on the market today do not take the time to
provide this important service.
bonus, the necessary resistors & detailed instructions on how to properly
set the bias of your newly blackfaced amp (using only a multimeter &
calculator) are included.
CHECK MY FEEDBACK!!! These are the best blackface mod kits available on the market today. Instructions & diagrams are very thorough. Only the highest quality parts are used. You will be amazed with the results!!
***THIS KIT IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH THE 70W PRO REVERB***
Check out Vintage Fender Amp Repair on the web for more repairs, mods & upgrades not available on eBay.
Please note that the above main photo of blackface circuitry is just a representative photo of blackface circuitry! The circuit and pictured vintage comopnents are NOT included in the kit.
OTHER AVAILABLE UPGRADES (SOLD SEPERATELY):
your power tube performance with matched resistor sets
resistors on the power tubes of vintage Fender amps take some serious
abuse. They handle a lot of juice
and are subject to physical abuse from the heat of the power tubes. This causes them to burn & drift
is important to match the resistors on your power tubes if you want the best
tone possible. This is
especially important if you shell out the big bucks for matched sets of power
tubes or vintage NOS matched sets.
What’s the point of matched tubes if they are all being fed different
tube resistor upgrade includes one matched set of resistors for the output
tubes of your vintage Fender amplifier.
The 1K5 1/2w are high quality carbon comps. The 470W screen resistors are flameproof 1W metal oxide for
stability and reliability. Please see my other auctions for all available upgrade kits.
enhance your tone with capacitor upgrade kits
you are looking to get the most out of your silverface Fender, it’s a good idea
to upgrade the coupling caps throughout the circuit. Doing this will greatly enhance the clarity, richness &
sustain of your amp. Capacitor
upgrade kits are available. Please
specify Sprague Orange Drop, Mallory 150 series, or a combination of both
(Mallory preamp, Sprague output – a very tasty combo)!! These kits also include silver mica
replacements for the ceramic disc caps in the signal path. Please see my other auctions for
all available upgrade kits.
***I GLADLY COMBINE SHIPPING CHARGES!!!***
*International buyers are welcome.* If you buy more than one upgrade kit & you live overseas, please wait for me to send you an invoice with reduced shipping charges.