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Amps & Parts

Amps are at least half of the vintage tone equation. If you have a killer guitar, you need a killer amp. I am partial to Fender tweeds, especially narrow panels and early Marshalls if you have the space and no neighbors. I also like most of the blackface and some early silver face Fenders. If you want something in between, I sometimes a brown face Fender or two as well. Other makers like Marshall, Gibson, and Vox show up from time to time as well. No returns on amps.

Very clean 1966 Marshall JTM 45. No mods. All original except for a few caps. Just the head, not the cabinet it’s sitting on. The logo is, I believe, a repro. $12000

Clean and original 5E6 tweed Bassman. This is the dual rectifier version (two hole) doesn’t get the love it deserves. Loaded with 4 1957 original smooth cone P10Q’s. These were organ speakers and are more durable than the ribbed cone Jensens that were stock. Original tweed, trannies and most of the caps. The baffle board was replaced but the grill cloth is original. $11000

Cleanest low power Twin (5E8) I’ve ever seen. This is a 1957. These amps went to gigs and usually got beat up pretty badly. This one looks like it never left the house. A few caps have been replaced, speakers re-coned and a has new handle. Call.

This 59 tweed Super (6L6) belonged to the great Walter Becker of Steely Dan and was allegedly one of his favorite amps. It is beat up and ratty but mostly original. Speakers are original cone P10Qs dated 59. A few caps are changed. The tweed, grill and trannies are original. $11000

Museum grade early 1955 Fender 5E3 Deluxe small box. Serial number 00040. All original (including the handle) and super clean. $11,000

Super clean original tweed Tremolux from 1958. It has had some caps replaced and the output transformer is from the early 60’s. Handle is replaced, speaker is a 50’s P12Q but is not original. Great sounding amp. $8000

This retweeded 58 Super (6L6) is one of my personal amps. It already had a PT from a 62 Bassman so I decided to put in a bigger OT to gain some headroom. It now has a BF Tremolux OT and breaks up a lot later than a stock Super. This is a player grade amp and not for the collector. The speakers are Kendrick black frame and the price is less than half what you would pay for a stock tweed Super. $5750

1960 High Power Twin. The amp has its original transformers and most of its caps. The speakers are P12Ns from 1960 and possibly original but re-coned. Cabinet is aftermarket Mojotone. $18,000

Every savvy guitar shop has a “closer” amp. This is the amp that makes every guitar sound good so when a customer comes in to check out a guitar, you steer him to your closer amp and the amp sells the guitar. You hope. This was my closer amp back when my shop was open. It’s a stock black line 68 drip edge Deluxe Reverb with an early 60’s P12N alnico Jensen in it replacing the horrible Oxford that came with it. It’s a killer amp. $2800

I am no longer listing parts individually. I have tons-nearly everything you could need for 50’s and 60’s ES models and some arch top parts as well. If you need something just email me and ask if I have it. Keep in mind that real vintage parts can be stupid money. I don’t set the market prices-the market does. There are lots of great repro parts out there, so check those out before you spend $350 on a switch tip (or $1500 on a pick guard). I almost always have 50’s and 60’s tuners, bridges and PAFs available. Some pick guards, truss covers and knobs.

If you need something, just send me an email at okguitars@gmail.com or call 203 858 0098.

34 Responses to “Amps & Parts”

  1. I just like the valuable info you supply in your articles. I’ll bookmark your blog and test again here regularly. I am fairly certain I’ll learn lots of new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!

  2. RAB says:

    Wow, I’ll bet that Tremolux sounded great…the blonde and brown era Fenders are wonderful and under appreciated, overshadowed by the blackfaces.

  3. OK Guitars says:

    It sounded great but it didn’t sound much like a Fender. Brighter, chimier and more touch sensitive than the usual blonde. I’m sure the EL-84 tubes had everything to do with that. It’s the only Fender amp ever to use them -and not for long. It also wasn’t very loud. Perhaps 15-18 watts. That’s all you get out of a pair of EL-84s. The stock speaker was a piece of crap (Oxford) but it sounded a lot better with a vintage Jensen P10Q.

  4. rob says:

    Years ago I had a Deluxe that sort of looked like the one you sold handed down to me by my father after he bought a new Twin Reverb. I flew and drove from coast to coast several times with that amp and finally sold it in the late ’80’s. While living in San Diego in ’73, the original handle broke and a friend who was a veteran tuna boat fisherman made a special seaman’s rope work handle that was on it when I sold it. Hopefully, its still on there so if anyone sees it, tell it “Hi” and that I miss it.

  5. OK Guitars says:

    Nothing like a tweed Deluxe. I’ve had my “beater” 55 small box for years (and I don’t keep anything that long). I’m sure yours is still out there somewhere. The only thing my father ever handed down to me was a humongous Mercury Marquis that got about 6 miles to the gallon.

  6. Tim Joyce says:

    Hello

    How do I purchase some of your items? Do you have an email or phone #?

    Thanks Tim

  7. cgelber says:

    Phone 203 858 0098. Email is okguitars@gmail.com

  8. rod says:

    do you have the complete electrics for a 335 moog Gibson artist? and how much
    Regards Rod

  9. cgelber says:

    I don’t but you see them on Ebay once in a while.

  10. Dave says:

    Do you know the month when the 65 cts wire harness was
    made, and the price for it. Thanks dg

  11. cgelber says:

    I will check it and get back to you.

  12. Bob Bottomnley says:

    What is the cost of one of your Bigsby B7 Aluminum 1960-1969 Vibratos.
    Do any of them have a 3 hole hinge plate.? Wanted for a 1968 Les Paul Gold top.
    Love your site.
    Thanks.
    Bob.

  13. cgelber says:

    email sent

  14. Don Butler says:

    Hi! How much are you asking for the `63 335 Wiring harness?
    Thanks!
    Regards; Don Butler

  15. P.Smits says:

    ES-335 pickguards 1961-1964 (3 available)
    i’m interrested.
    I have a 1980 ES335TD
    what’s the price?

  16. cgelber says:

    You wouldn’t put a 61-64 guard on an 80. It most likely won’t fit and they are different than the later ones (bevel edge is different). You can get a vintage correct one for your ’80 for around $75. Why spend $300+ for one that’s wrong?

  17. frankm says:

    I know it’s small but I need the closed (on one side) hex nut for the pickguard on my 335. Any idea where I can get one? Thanks

  18. frankm says:

    I know it’s small but I need the closed (on one side) hex nut for the pickguard on my ES-335. Any idea where I can get one? Thanks

  19. frankm says:

    Sorry for duplicate comment. I didn’t think the first one got posted.

  20. cgelber says:

    Tough part to get. I don’t have any. There is a guy on Ebay with repros but he wants a lot for them and won’t sell just the nut.I’ve used the nut from a trapeze tailpiece as a substitute.

  21. Frankm says:

    Thanks.

  22. Andrew says:

    Hi. Your 61 nickel paf cover pair, is it just a pair of covers of a pair of nickel covered pafs? Secondly,if you still have them (assuming its two pafs) whats the price and will you ship to the Uk? Thanks

  23. cgelber says:

    I have a pair of sealed nickel cover PAFs. Price is $5500. I can ship to UK.

  24. Paul says:

    Hi Charlie.

    Do you still have the 355 pickguard for sale?
    Thanks
    Paul.

  25. Eddie says:

    Looking for a pair of ’63 Nickel Pat # covers for my 1963 Block Inlay 335, would you happen to have a pair? Evidently it had a PAF originally in the neck position because when I bought it someone had installed a T-Top (I can only assume that’s what happened)

    Thanks!

  26. cgelber says:

    I have no covers at all available. I have one PAF with a nickel cover (never unsoldered). email me if you’re interested. okguitars@gmail.com

  27. RAB says:

    Eddie, yes, my early 1963 335 is stock with a PAF in the neck and early patent# in the bridge…fairly common to see that on ’63 humbucker-equipped Gibsons…

  28. Bernard Parent says:

    Hi Charles,
    I’m looking for a tailpiece that would fit an ES 125 T, same type as es 330 TP I guess. How much should I spend ?
    Thanks for taking Care ,Bernard.

  29. cgelber says:

    Probably $110-$130. I don’t have one at the moment

  30. Bernard Parent says:

    Thanx for the info Charles, hope your site will last as long as me!!!!

  31. Brnard Parent says:

    Hello Charles,

    Do you have by any chance a late 40’s early 50’s wiring harness ,for archtop or ES150 type of guitar. An original capacitor would be appreciatd but I can do without it.
    Best regards , Bernard

  32. cgelber says:

    I’m sorry, I do not. Earliest harness I have is a 59.

  33. Jason Stewart says:

    Hi Charles,

    I am looking for some period correct tuners for my 66 ES-335. To replace the crappy repo’s I have on there now.

    Do you have any? Or, suggestions of where I can find some?

    Thanks, Jason

  34. okguitars says:

    email sent

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