Jimi acquired new Fender Dual Showman amps in 1968. He would typically use three of these 100 watt amps with cabinets containing two 15-inch J.B.Lansing speakers. These amps were used in the studio, and on the 1968 Experience tour, together with Marshalls and Sunn. Source [*Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy* by Harry Shapiro](https://books.google.com/books?id=JB1W2dn31rwC&lpg=PP1&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false).more
Used on the *You Made Me Realise* EP, as mentioned in this May 2018 *Sound on Sound* article. > “When we did the You Made Me Realise EP, we didn’t really have many instruments,” he says. “I had a Fender Sidekick 65 that I used quite a lot. They were transistor Fender amps and my friend had lent me his [Fender] Dual Showman valve amp. But I actually preferred the hardness of the transistor amps."more
Andy Hummel used a Fender Dual Showman to record at least some of the bass parts on *Radio City* by Big Star. >"For “O My Soul” and “She’s A Mover”, we put that old Dual Showman out in the middle of the studio, turned it up until it distorted mightily, and recorded it through a Neumann set several feet away. All as opposed to running the bass direct. It’s my old Precision Bass for sure."-Andy Hummel, 2007more
'I got a Gretsch Country Gent, which is great to play - a really thick, nasty beast! If you hit it a bit too hard then the bridge moves about and it goes badly out of tune, but I got some great feedback out of it. We had loads of amps on the go at once, with all the mics in different positions; everything was thunderingly loud. I've got a Fender Dual Showman that gives a bonkers sound - it's a top with two 15" speakers, like Chuck Berry used to use.'more
From an interview by [Musical Mathematics](http://musicalmathematics.co.uk/dynamic-range-a-musicians-interview-with-tim-collis/); When asked about his current set up, Tim answers "I recently bought a vintage Fender Dual Showman amp (from Tristan – Pennines)." Three years after and Tim Collis continues to use this amplifier.more
In August of 2016, Explosions in the Sky had a Rig Tour with [MusicRadar](http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/rig-tour-explosions-in-the-sky-641876) to discuss their equipment. Regarding his amplifiers, Michael James had this to say: > "I play this through an Ampeg bass cabinet. I’ve honed the sound over the years so I can plug both bass and guitar in, and they both sound good."more
I owned a hacked (by a moron) and then restored (by me and my buddy) '63 Fender Electrical Instruments first-run Dual Showman. Didn't say Dual on it yet, guys, but it was 4 ohms to drive a 2x15 instead of a 1x12 or 1x15 with the 'tone ring'.... Mine was really similar to the ones Dick Dale still tours with. I know this because he and I were comparing notes one time at the Northstar in Philly. I'll say this for my Showman, it had a big, punchy clean tone. Almost too big and too punchy. A twin by any other name is just as stiff....
I own one of the late 80's, Rivera-designed, "red knob" Dual Showman heads. The clean channel is absolutely incredible, with headroom for days. The drive channel, with it's push-pull EQ knobs, is very difficult to dial in, but can yield decent tones with a bit of patience and effort. I like to run the drive channel just on the edge of breakup, then use overdrive and fuzz to gain stage.
The features on this amp are very advanced for the time period, with selectable impedance, effects loop, damping switch, and XLR out for recording (all on an amp from the 80's!). This amp is highly recommended for the guitarist with a gigantic pedalboard that wants a stage ready showstopper.