I’m really sorry for the duplicate posts. This is my first time using the forum and I don’t know how to make my post go to the proper section.
Can someone tell me if there is yet a profile of a “Brownface” (or “Blonde”) era 6L6 Fender amp?
This would be the “6G” series of amps from 1959-1964, just after the tweed era and just before the blackface era.
It could be the Pro, Super, Showman, Vibroverb, Vibrosonic etc, (anything using 6L6) although I would really prefer the solid state rectifier with a “presence” control, which would be either the “Pro” or the “Showman.”
I think it depends on what someone like Dick Dale used. I have both an FM9 and an AF3. All the amps are the same. But to be honest that sound is more about echo, reverb than the specific type of fender amp. I would try a super or deluxe - maybe stay away from a twin. Most of the sound with AF lies with the IR. As I mentioned I may be able to get to making a preset for it.
He used a 6G14 Showman amp with a 125A4A transformer.
Yes, reverb is crucial to the sound, but the tone stack of the “6G” series of amps (aka Brownfaces or Blondes) is also crucial to the sound.
Note that the Brownface/Blonde 6G8 Twin is actually identical to the Brownface/Blonde 6G14 Showman, internally.
When people say “Twin,” they usually mean Blackface AB763, which is identical to the Brownface/Blonde 6G14 except for the tone stack.
It’s the tone controls that differentiate the Brownface and Blackface amps.
Anyways, in conclusion, you need a Brownface or Blonde (6G series) amp to get the true “surf sound” because the fatness of the mids depends on the tone stack of these amps. Any of the 6G Brownface/Blonde amps that use 6L6 tubes will suffice, though. If you look carefully at the schematics you’ll see that most of Leo Fender’s designs were very close to each other. So that 1963 6G6-B Bassman profile by WT should work fine.