"I eventually got into a band with a guy who had a stack made by Lafayette, which was an electronics shop, like Radio Shack, on the East Coast. I believe his was tube. And our bass player had a Heathkit amp, where you buy the parts and build it yourself. Eventually, I wound up with a Fender Bandmaster."more
"D. Boon’s penchant for low-cost, ad-hoc gear applied to his amps as well. “He had an old blackface Fender Bandmaster head,” Spot says. “At that time, it was considered the low version of a Fender piggyback.” He also had a 2x12 cabinet with mismatched speakers, which were wired out of phase. “I recorded it in stereo. I had each speaker miked separately. When I was mixing the stuff down, I tried to see how everything sounded in mono and the guitar disappeared."more
I owned a mid 60s bandmaster with the matching small box 2x12 cab. This was without a doubt the best sounding piggyback fender I've owned for Americana type music. It had THAT SOUND from so many 60s recordings of every style... wonderful edge of breakup tones. You can bridge the channels on these because both channels are in-phase with the trem disengaged... the amp had what one friend called 'cowboy crunch' when bridged and pushed hard. I sadly was forced to sell this amp on short notice to sam ash because my wife needed a couple grand in emergency dental work :-( I got great money for it versus the $800 I paid for the whole rig, but I've enver seen one this clean that sounded this good since... even the beaters don't sound like mine. Last I checked it was still owned by sam ash, so if I ever have a couple grand burning a hole in my pocket I'll meet their asking price. A lot of people are down on this amp versus the bassman because the smaller output transformer gives it a weaker sound and less headroom (by their standards) but I found it to have just the right amount of grit to the tone and the tightest bass of any large fender I've played aside from the tremolux heads. No boominess at all. Very much a giant deluxe reverb without reverb... not all blackface bandmasters are created equal though. mine sounded really good.