Where “fauxsuper” comes from.

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:

  1. People weren’t exactly eager to buy them.
  2. It took a couple hundred words to explain the concept: guitarists have the attention span of rabbits.
  3. Fender had just come out with the Super Reverb Re-issue
  4. The amps were too labor intensive and low profit, I was working for about $4 an hour.
  5. I was living in a travel trailer at the time, and had no room to move around with all the amps in the way.

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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.

Author: fauxsuper

Guitarist since 1964, motorized vehicle enthusist all my life, Married with two step children. Born and rasied in Lebanon, Ore.

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