Fender 75

Model/Circuit Number: 75
Years of Production:
1980 – 1982
Era: Rivera
Configuration: Head, 1×12 Combo, 1×15 Combo
Controls: Black face plate with white letters
Knobs: Black skirted with chrome center
Faceplate

  • Front: Bright Switch, Volume (clean), Treble with pull-knob boost, Middle with pull-knob boost, Bass with pull-knob boost, Lead Drive, Reverb, Lead Level, and Master Volume.
  • Rear:

Cabinet

  • Dimensions: Head: 11” x 22¼” x 10”, 1×12 Combo: 18” x 10” x 22”, 1×15 Combo: 21”x 10” x 22”
  • Hardware:
  • Handle: Black Strap
  • Feet: Glides
  • Corners: Black Plastic Corner Protectors

 

Covering Material

  • Tolex/Tweed: Black Tolex
  • Grill Cloth: Black Grill with White Trim

Logo: Grill Mounted, Raised, Chrome and Black Script Fender without tail
Weight: 1×12 and 1×15 Combo: 65-70 lbs (depending on the speaker)
Speaker

  • Size: Ext Cabinet options were 1×12, 1×15, 4×10 and 2×12
  • Impedance: Combo: 1 x 12” -8 ohms or 1 x 15” -8 ohms
  • Model: Electro Voice and Blue Label Fender (Eminence)(For more info, check out the Jensen Replacement Speakers)

Effects: Reverb
~Watts: 15 (Lo) or 75 (Hi) Watts
Tubes

  • Pre amp: 3x12ax7 2x12at7
  • Power: 2 x 6L6GC

Bias: Fixed
Rectifier: Solid State

Comments: This amp came as a combo mainly..a head was available but combos were with either a 12″ or 15″ speaker. although it says 8 ohms, schematic says 4 ohms minimum.

Schematic/Layout:

fender_75.pdf

Model/Circuit Number: 75
Years of Production: 1980 – 1982
Era: Rivera
Configuration: Head, 1×12 Combo, 1×15 Combo
Controls: Black face plate with white letters
Knobs: Black skirted with chrome center
Faceplate

Front: Bright Switch, Volume (clean), Treble with pull-knob boost, Middle with pull-knob boost, Bass with pull-knob boost, Lead Drive, Reverb, Lead Level, and Master Volume.
Rear:

Cabinet

Dimensions: Head: 11” x 22¼” x 10”, 1×12 Combo: 18” x 10” x 22”, 1×15 Combo: 21”x 10” x 22”
Hardware:
Handle: Black Strap
Feet: Glides
Corners: Black Plastic Corner Protectors

Covering Material

Tolex/Tweed: Black Tolex
Grill Cloth: Black Grill with White Trim

Logo: Grill Mounted, Raised, Chrome and Black Script Fender without tail
Weight: 1×12 and 1×15 Combo: 65-70 lbs (depending on the speaker)
Speaker

Size: Ext Cabinet options were 1×12, 1×15, 4×10 and 2×12
Impedance: Combo: 1 x 12” -8 ohms or 1 x 15” -8 ohms
Model: Electro Voice and Blue Label Fender (Eminence)(For more info, check out the Jensen Replacement Speakers)

Effects: Reverb
~Watts: 15 (Lo) or 75 (Hi) Watts
Tubes

Pre amp: 3x12ax7 2x12at7
Power: 2 x 6L6GC

Bias: Fixed
Rectifier: Solid State

Comments: This amp came as a combo mainly..a head was available but combos were with either a 12″ or 15″ speaker. although it says 8 ohms, schematic says 4 ohms minimum.

44 thoughts on “Fender 75

  • July 12, 2011 at 7:14 am
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    That’s my amp in the pic. It is NOT a Rivera amp. Neither is the super champ. Both were Ed Jahns amps. Look it up. Very well documented. Rivera came aboard after it was designed and being sold. Please fix your page. Super champ too. Actually Rivera didn’t even design many of the II series either.
    Jim Keeley

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    • July 12, 2011 at 3:30 pm
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      I have removed the Rivera tag. Let me know any more details to correct via the comments section on the other amps. 

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      • January 4, 2012 at 5:48 am
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        “Rivera Era” tag still there bud.

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    • December 6, 2017 at 8:33 am
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      75 isn’t Rivera, Super Champ IS. Rivera designed the Super Champ – he brought it as a home-brew design into Fender, but, yes, the others were designed by Ed Jahns according to Rivera’s specs.

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      • April 30, 2018 at 9:35 pm
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        The 75 was designed before Paul Rivera’s relationship with Fender. The model was made in 1980 and 1981 only. I was one of the first artists to use the 75 starting with the prototype and still have an early production model I got from Fender in 1980.

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  • July 14, 2011 at 4:32 am
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    The new layout is not very good.
    make it simple and put everything on one page so
    users can scroll up and down the entire page and
    look at every amp, all the clicking and navigating
    will just lag the server and make the site slow.

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    • July 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm
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      I hope this is what you were aiming for: http://ampwares.com/amps/.

      Also, we are about to upgrade servers with our host in order to decrease lag time.

      Thanks for the feedback!

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    • July 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm
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      I hope this is what you were aiming for: http://ampwares.com/amps/.

      Also, we are about to upgrade servers with our host in order to decrease lag time.

      Thanks for the feedback!

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    • July 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm
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      I hope this is what you were aiming for: http://ampwares.com/amps/.

      Also, we are about to upgrade servers with our host in order to decrease lag time.

      Thanks for the feedback!

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  • August 23, 2011 at 9:43 pm
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    Where can I find a cover for it. Or which Fender amp cover is compatible with it.

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    • June 22, 2012 at 12:34 am
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      I use a fender bassman cover

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      • April 2, 2016 at 10:44 am
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        Thanks!
        My 75 is now covered in black leather (real leather)

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  • December 9, 2011 at 2:57 pm
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    Your listed dimensions of cabs are not consistent between head and combo cabs as to what  is length x width x height. If the chassis is the same in all, then the width of all should be the same. Only the depth and height would change. According to my 1980 75 combo with the 15″, the width is 22 1/4. My other head only 75 is also 22 1/4.

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  • December 23, 2011 at 10:14 pm
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    This was pre-Rivera.  Paul thought of it as a Boogie copy and  hated that Fender was following, not leading. 
    I used (and fried) a pre-production model, bought 2 in 1980 and have one still. 

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  • January 24, 2012 at 1:05 pm
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    Why not a pic of an original 75? The grill-cloth is wrong.

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    • January 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm
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      I will change the image if you have one that is original spec.

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    • February 18, 2012 at 10:12 am
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       came in both black mesh and silver,,,i owned the all blike(like the super twin) ;my by has the silver grille***possible the 12″ were silver/the 15′ were black

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  • March 3, 2012 at 1:49 pm
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    I own two 75s; 75/15″ (at now EV 12″) and 75/12″; different grill colour. It lasts from ’80 and still perfecly works- Definitely I prefere the second ore because the 75/15 is much “regular” sounding. Awesome all purpose sound, reverb, vibrato but too loud in power & weight !!! Cesare Bianco 

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    • March 25, 2012 at 6:00 pm
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      I wanted a nice tube amp that I could leave at The band rehearsal space so purchased a Fender 75 (fairly mint cond) sounds killer for $ 275. Love the amp as it is a nice clean sounding tube fender with balls to boot. Did I get a good deal? thoughts..

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  • March 10, 2013 at 7:51 am
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    i have a fender 75 that i bought recently. it is a 75 watt tube head with a 4/10 cab. i love the way 10s sound they have alot of punch and this thing is LOUD. it cuts off but if you flip the standby switch it comes right back on. i’m not that well versed in these amps got any ideas? switch impedence? mz

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    • March 11, 2013 at 5:29 am
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      Hi Michael, I am not sure what you mean about the cutoff problem with your amp. Does it cut off while you are playing it? Does the pilot light go out, or do you just lose sound? You want to pull the chassis out and just look at the general wiring around the switches, is there a broken solder joint, or loose wiring?

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  • March 11, 2013 at 11:52 am
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    hey thanks for writing back. the amp loses sound when you are playing. the pilot light stays on i don,
    ‘ lose power
    i was thinking speaker impedence because the guy i got the amp from wired the cab it is series parallel with 4 i think 50w 10s i love the amp i have a 60w fender concert from the same year and i use them together split through a stereo chorus and it’s the best tone i’ve ever gotten mz

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  • April 3, 2013 at 3:24 am
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    Hello,
    My Fender 75 outpout traformator is dead! Do you know where i can find one please?

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  • August 22, 2013 at 8:20 am
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    Anyone know how much one of these is worth please?

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  • February 18, 2014 at 5:19 am
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    Custom Amp Covers, 248 650 2509

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  • March 7, 2014 at 9:40 am
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    To whom it may concern, Hi all i have the head 75version, its a great amp but like so many i have been less happy with the lead channel especially as it was suppose to compete with Mesa. Well i have found a non evasive work around thet you may want to try if you desire a switchable screaming lead tone. Replace the V3 and v5 with the best 12ax7/ecc83 you can afford and find ( i use Valvo’s) disconnect your reverb out/in and place a single lead to bridge and bypass the spring reverb in your combo or head. Now for the good part switch the amp on and use the reverb control to dial in whatever amount of gain you need to my ears it sound great. if you dont like it reverse the procedure and you ve lost nothing. You can still utilise the effect sen/return for an analog reverb panel or even a fender reverb unit if you can afford it. alternatively you could A/B box the reverb in out and still have the extra gain for lead at a tap of the foot.footnote for those hardnosed Fender fans,….Carlos santana appearantly is quoted regarding Mesa engineering when he tried a souped up Fender princeton as ” hey man this amp boogies” hence the name of the company that follod, just remember that amp was a Fender!!! designed by Ed Jahns who worked for NASA before he joined Fender, blessed be he,….he ‘s left some great amps behind.

    p.s KT66 tubes are just a drop in affair and compress/tidy up the massive gain achieved, dont forget to tweak the little pot meter at the back for output balancing, just listen for hum with no volume and fix at quietest point.

    happy play & practice

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    • March 19, 2014 at 9:07 pm
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      Richard- I just bought one of the Fender 75 head only models from GC Langhorne for $150. They thought it was screwed because when using reverb at all they got the loud buzzing sound. I cleaned the oxide off the RCA conns on the spring unit and it now sounds great, no buzz at all. But the lead master has no effect at all when turned. Is this shot or do I need to plug in two instruments for this feature to work? Or do you need the foot switch to work this feature? I just got it and have not tried these since cleaning it up. Its cosmetically great though. Thinking about getting a Celestion G12 75w 8 ohm single cabinet for it but maybe I should get a dual cabinet because it really barks and it may blow out a single. What do you think?

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      • April 19, 2014 at 3:54 am
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        Hey Rick,
        Sounds you got a very good deal on the amp!, you must be delighted, yes you will need to have the footswitch which unfortunately a bespoke one for the amp, You can get them from TAD or check this link for a work around to disable the lead channel , otherwise both lead and clean channel are on.http://www.stratopastor.org.uk/strato/amps/prii/footswitch/footswitch.html
        Consider this amp a keeper it took me ages to get good sounds but when you do,ooooooh man sheer bliss!!
        try this after you have disabled the lead channel as per link sent. starting from left: bright switch on, volume 6, trebel 6, middle 3, bass 2, reverb 2.5 or nearly 3. master 4 or 5.
        sqeeky clean i say.
        good luck rick!

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    • November 16, 2017 at 5:25 am
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      I bought this amp brand new in 1982, its the silver grillcloth combo with the 15″ speaker. Can you elaborate on what you said here–disconnect your reverb out/in and place a single lead to bridge and bypass the spring reverb in your combo or head. I would like to try this but unsure how to do it. Also, i would like to swap out the original speaker but not sure what to replace it with, any ideas? Thanks

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  • March 7, 2014 at 9:43 am
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    CORRECTION

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  • April 2, 2016 at 10:29 am
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    Well … I got my 75 with a 15″ around 1980 … so I must have been around 18
    It is the only amp I have ever used live & well … here is the story … I loaned it to a friend and he fried the transformer … the problem with that model was that electricity could jump out of the transformer … so I had mine rewired and moved the transformer … which ruined the quality of the “Lead” tone … since then, that channel has been kind of bluesy and ratty and not often used by me

    These days I run that amp into a Mesa Boogie CabClone & from there to the desk

    I have never had ANY trouble getting a wide range of super cool sounds out of it

    It is a versatile amp

    Best of all, it can sound like a Fender amp from the 60s

    When used live, I don’t use the Lead channel much. Instead I put a Boogie v-Twin Pedal in the line

    1976 Fender Telecaster Custom >>> Morley Power Wah >>> EHX Memory Man Deluxe >>> Boovie v2 Preamp >>> Fender 75

    You will find you can get all the Santana tones with that kind of set up & a lot more!!!

    & if you want to sound Metal, try a Seymour Duncan Twin Tube Mayhem preamp b4 the amp. You can get anything from Laney to Pexi no trouble

    p.s. this amp also has the best Reverb I have ever heard. Shame it has no Vibrato. To solve that problem, I have been putting a Strymon Flint in the FX Loop
    To use the FX loop you will need a 2x Mono to Stereo cable. Mine is Planet Waves 🙂

    The Fender 75 is also one of the only amps ever made which both Bells, Rings and Sings … these are terms concerning the way the cabinet affects the tubes … so it a great amp in many respects and much maligned by people who hate it because it is not a Twin Reverb LOL … I have no troubkle at all getting mine to sound like a Twin Reverb …

    This amp says pretty clean on the clean channel up till around Gain = 8

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  • April 2, 2016 at 10:31 am
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    O. pps. The soldering in mine was kind of brittle — too much flux

    I got somebody to fix that

    At this stage, they are all so old, they will need new tubes and caps

    I had mine done 2 years ago

    You’ll know because the volume will drop off

    g& yes, these amps are frigging LOUD

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  • April 2, 2016 at 10:48 am
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    pps. I love dummies
    I got my telecaster 2nd had from a dummie who liked the looks and then got it home and hated it because it did not sound like a strat

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  • August 29, 2016 at 4:39 am
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    Finally sonic breakthrough on my fender 75 Headversion. When low power is selected plate voltage to the 6l6gc power tubes is halved to 250Volt and grid voltage to -25 volt i believe, anyhow i stuck a matched pair of 6v6GT in place of the 6l6 sockets and slowly increased volume and lo behold a very pleasing ring on the first strum. Also my nady overdrive pushes the amp in nice distortion. Mine was build in 1981 so i am not sure if all fender 75 models can take this simple conversion. Mine seems very happy and so am i.
    Even the lead channel seems improved a little with less noise at least, i get a nice slightly broken sound, which to my ears and style is very usable.The amp has no other modifications and is 100% original.

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  • January 30, 2017 at 6:07 pm
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    Hey guys – I own this amp and was looking into effects looping (wanting to run Pinnacle distortion to the front and chorus / delay to the effects loop). There is only an “Effects IN/OUT” not one in and one out. Am I confused, or is there a work around for this? Thanks for any help or direction.

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  • May 2, 2017 at 1:54 am
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    You need to use a cable which has on one side a stereo jack and on the other side two mono jacks.

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  • June 6, 2017 at 11:46 am
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    Hi guys, I’ve heard the sound of this combo on you tube and I really like it.
    I might have a chance to get a Fender 75 Combo with 12″ speaker for about 400 euros (= approx 450 USD).
    The seller says the amp needs new tubes and new bias, but here I read that the Bias is Fixed on the Fender 75.
    1) So how do I get this Biased?
    2)Can I do it myself easily enough or do I need to bring it to a tech workshop?

    If I change the power tubes on my own it’s going to cost me additional 50 Eur (56 USD) but If need to get it biased professionally it’s going to be expensive, I don’t know how much but I guess more than 50 Eur only for biasing.

    3)Considering I haven’t seen or heard the amp live (it’s located 350 km away) Is this amp worth gambling more than 500 Eur (560 USD)?

    Thank you so much for you help

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  • July 29, 2017 at 8:07 am
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    Hey Edo,

    I would say buy that amp! I picked up a fender 75 1×15 combo a few years back as a quick replacement for an amp that blew. It was 300$ canadian. Ive never liked it with the 1×15 speaker, but i have plugged it into a 2×12 and a 1×12 (both different eminences) and it sounds just like a fender deluxe. To get it biased just take it to the shop. its not something you want to mess around with. I would say for your total cost esitmation, 560 US is not bad, and you will have a really great amp on your hands, that is plenty loud for shows.

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  • March 9, 2018 at 7:45 am
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    I have a cosmetic question re. the Fender 75’s grille cloth set up. The picture above shows a baffle mounted cloth but I have a picture of a Fender 75 with an early silverface era ‘drip edge’ style grille cloth. Did the amp ever come with a drip edge grille cloth arrangement?

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  • September 11, 2018 at 4:58 pm
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    It is my understanding that Paul Rivera had nothing to do with the design of the fender 75 amplifier and by the way the overdrive channel sounds on this amp I would say this is correct because I actually have one of these amps and it totally sucks, that is the overdrive channel now the clean channel sounds okay.

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