Fender Concert

Reverb Amp II!

Enough already. Let’s just stop the madness, Fender.

It’s time to move on. Why do you reuse names so often?

It just creates confusion for players, collectors, researchers and everyone else, really.

Here’s a prime example: Fender's Concert amp is starting to be confused with a cuckoo.

Like the little bird that pops out of its clock every few minutes, the Fender Concert keeps coming out again.

It’s hard to keep count, but experts agree that the Concert name has made three appearances so far.

Fender Concert

Fender's original Concert was a true tube amplifier made by Fender from 1960 until 1965.

This is a vacuum tube amplifier, that comes up used on ebay at fairly steep prices.

Simply put, the original Concert was a Fender Super Reverb amp without the reverb.

It also featured a solid-state rectifier. Other than that, there’s nothing very special about it for today’s players and collectors.

The Concert’s second appearance was from 1982 until 1987.

It was part of a collection of amps designed at Fender in association with renowned maker Paul Rivera.

Reviewers often pan this model, however, because questionable technical ideas make this amp a bit dull on the clean side and muddy and buzzy on the dirty side.

One problem, apparently, is in how the components are assembled.

Because the high gain comes after the EQ, the distortion isn’t well equalized.

Perhaps the most troubling thing about the 1980s Concert amp is that it doesn’t share very much in common with its 1960s namesake.

It’s still a Fender and it’s still a tube amp, so the sound isn’t all bad.

Just as troubling, Fender's 1990s Concert is a completely different animal, too.

A final try at bringing back this amp happened in the mid-1990s.

It appeared on the market, then disappeared a couple of model years later when most tweed amp reissues faded from the Fender line.

If find yourself wondering why you’ve seen Fender's Concert amps from two or three different eras but can’t see what they all have in common, don’t worry. You’re not alone.

It’s easy to think the Concert evolved naturally along with Fender technology and buyer preferences through the years like so many other amp models did, but that’s not the case.

Like a nervous shopkeeper looking for some customers to make the day go by a little faster, Fender's Concert just keeps coming out.

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