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Post by MandoSquirrel on Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:24 pm

I bought a used Fender Blues Junior. Gasp!

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Post by Omegaman on Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:24 pm

How is it? I bet it's fun, eh?Got a pic of her?

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Post by MandoSquirrel on Thu Nov 24, 2011 8:46 pm

Fun? I've always been intimidated plugged in to amps. Yeah, it may be a bit fun, I'll have to see what I can do about pics. Got an old Shure mic from the '60's I thought might be good for harmonica; felt real heavy when I unpacked it, but it seemed to work good with the harp. Also got an old Kay Swingmaster, semi hollow, one pickup, guitar. It had close to an acoustic feel to play, & a spruce top, that makes an enjoyable, though not loud, unplugged sound. I think it needs a neck reset, though.
Curse those Traveling Wilburys, see what they've done to me!
Now for the electric mando!

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Blurry pics

Post by MandoSquirrel on Fri Nov 25, 2011 5:47 pm

I should have taken pics outside before dark, but I didn't. Here are the new arrivals:
Late 1950's? early 60's? Kay Swingmaster, model 6090, serial #? L3515






I was hoping to show the flame of the maple back & the grain of the spruce top, but instead you can see my reflection in the mirror someone replaced the pickguard with.
Seller threw in an old hard case that almost fits and an 18 foot cord.


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Re: Amplification

Post by MandoSquirrel on Fri Nov 25, 2011 5:55 pm

Mic is a Shure model 51S, has paper info dated 1967, on-off switch, impedance 3 way switch, & weighs one & three fourths pounds!
Fender Blues Junior amp, don't know the age:



I'll probably flip the amp, they're good amps, but I don't think it's what I want, & I found an old Kalamazoo Epiphone on ebay that Looks like I might like it. Ten inch speaker instead of the twelve on the Fender, though.

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Re: Amplification

Post by MandoSquirrel on Fri Nov 25, 2011 6:34 pm

I wanted to post a page from a PDF of the 1960 Kay catalog, that confirms the model for the guitar, but can't seem to load it.

Okay, I converted the page to a PDF & stored at Yuku, but I don't know if you can see the detail.

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Re: Amplification

Post by gtrbill on Mon Nov 28, 2011 9:35 am

MS, it looks like your back in the game! Electrified! Does the guitar have a bluesy tone or is it more jazzy? From my limited experience with the arch tops they always leaned toward jazz.

The guitar looks to be in really good shape. Enjoy!!
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Post by MandoSquirrel on Mon Nov 28, 2011 7:42 pm

I think the answer is yes! Probably more jazzy, I suppose. Still not used to plugging in.

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Re: Amplification

Post by gtrbill on Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:43 am

MandoSquirrel wrote:I think the answer is yes! Probably more jazzy, I suppose. Still not used to plugging in.

I know what you mean. I have pickups in all my guitars and rarely plug in. I do have an Epiphone dot that I run through a Line 6 pod, which generates some great sounds. The problem with the pod is that I usually run it through headphones! There's something wrong with that picture when you have to put on headphones so your electric guitar doesn't make too much noise!! And that's probaly why my hearing is so good; it's tp the point where i like to watch TV with the subtitles on. Rolling Eyes
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Post by MandoSquirrel on Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:47 pm

I have an excuse for subtitles; I watch a fair bit of BBC America! Very Happy

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Re: Amplification

Post by Tele on Wed Nov 30, 2011 9:37 am

Mando goes electric! darn! Thats a pretty cool mic.

The 51 came in 2 versions, 51 and 51S, the only difference being that the 51S had an on-off switch. Although it was advertised for music and public address applications, it found its main market in houses of worship.
Like all Shure mics of the period, it had an Amphenol connector, so I hope yours comes with a cable. Note that the capsule was supported by foam blocks, which have generally turned to dust or rock by this time. The red screen you see is silk. It was red in the original 55 series, and changed to blue with 55S. Usually by this time, the silk has faded at the least, or even turned black from mildew, etc. This does affect the sound. The 51, called the Sonodyne, was an omnidirectional dynamic with low, middle, and high impedence settings. Here is the spec sheet for that mic.

http://www.shure.com/stellent/groups..._pro_51_ug.pdf

If you do flip that amp let me know. I may be interested.

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Post by MandoSquirrel on Wed Nov 30, 2011 5:08 pm

The mic came with a foldout, from Shure for the 51/51S. It came with a cable with 1/4 inch plug, and it sounds okay through the amp with a harmonica, though I didn't turn it up very high. I'm pleased with the mic. And yes, it has the on/off switch, and an indented switch for low, medium,or high impedance.
The link came up not found.
There's nothing wrong with the Blues Junior, I just think I may be happier with the 1965 Epiphone Galaxie EA33RVT I found, that's supposedly been refurbished. A similar one on ebay just sold for $399 plus $85 for shipping, after I paid $315, including shipping, for the one I'm awaiting. It's the same as the Gibson GA17 RVT SCout, made in USA. It has two inputs, where the Fender has one, and tremolo, which may not be necessary, but it's cool! Ten inch speaker instead of the twelve in the Fender, and much older; maybe I won't like it better, but I'm eager to find out.


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Re: Amplification

Post by MandoSquirrel on Wed Nov 30, 2011 10:54 pm

Among the features I like on the Epi:
It has 3 controls and an 'on-off' switch

The controls are:

volume

reverb

and tremelo!

Very simple and easy to use!! ... Best of all>the features of this amp are all controlled with one knob each! This, if anything , is WHY I am impressed with this amp! SIMPLICITY! Just like the 50's tweeds were >thats just my .02 cents about this amp!!...

Also says,
New:

capacitors,

speaker,{out of a fender amp}

wiring going to the speaker from the output transformer,

and installed a grounded 3 prong plug for safety!



Cleaned and refurbished:

most of the soldiering joints,

the potentiometers,

and the input jacks!
It's on it's way.

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Re: Amplification

Post by MandoSquirrel on Mon Dec 05, 2011 8:41 pm

Well, the Epiphone Galaxie EA33RVT was waiting when I got home today. I had such high hopes...















I LOVE IT!!!!

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Re: Amplification

Post by gtrbill on Tue Dec 06, 2011 4:03 pm

Congratulations! Now all you have to do is crank it up loud enough so we can hear you up hear in the Windy City.
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Post by MandoSquirrel on Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:18 pm

Very Happy Very Happy cheers

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