This amp started life in 1968 as a Bandmaster Reverb. I’ve owned it around 20 years and it’s been housed in various cabinets, including one that looked like a flight case, causing a friend of mine to dub it the “Bandmonster”.
A decade or so ago, when it first became popular to convert Bandmaster Reverb amp heads to “Vibroclones” (The Vibroverb was a Fender amp often used by Stevie Ray Vaughan) I noticed the Bandmaster chassis was exactly the same as a Fender Super Reverb, except fot the output transformer.
I got the bright idea that you could convert Bandmaster Reverb amps (then selling on E-bay for about $200) into replicas of Super Reverb amps (Then selling for $800) and then sell them. I was semi-retired at the time, and living in Mesa Arizona.
I managed to find a cabinet supplier and cheap sources for speakers, replica faceplates and transformers, then built a couple of amps. One of them used the amp chassis that is in the above photo, and the other a chassis that I bought off E-bay. They sounded very close to the “real” Super Reverb amp that I owned at the time and I advertised them as “Fauxsupers” in the local alternative press.
There were several flaws in this as a business plan:
- People weren’t exactly eager to buy them.
- It took a couple hundred words to explain the concept: guitarists have the attention span of rabbits.
- Fender had just come out with the Super Reverb Re-issue
- The amps were too labor intensive and low profit, I was working for about $4 an hour.
- I was living in a travel trailer at the time, and had no room to move around with all the amps in the way.
FAUXSUPER WORLD HEADQUARTERS 2006
The “fauxsuper” name I used for my E-mail address lives on as does the amp in the photo at the top of the page. It now lives in a Pete Newell cabinet with a 15″ Weber Blue Dog Speaker. It was totally re-built by local San Diego amp guru Chill Boy a couple of years ago and actually fits in the front seat of my Miata.