Fender Blonde Tremolux

Model/Circuit Number: 6G9, 6G9-A, 6G9-B
Years of Production:
1961 – 1963
Era: Blonde
Configuration: Piggyback
Controls: Brown forward facing w/ white labels, controls numbered 1 – 10
Knobs: White round, unnumbered

Faceplate

  • Front: Bright: In, In, Vol, Treb, Bass – Normal: In, In, Vol, Treb, Bass – Speed, Intensity – Pilot Lamp
  • Rear: Ground Sw, Fuse (2A), Power Sw, Speaker Jack, Ex. Speaker Jack, Tremolo Jack

Cabinet

  • Dimensions: Head: 8 x 23 x 8 3/8, Cabinet: 17½ x 27 x 11½
  • Hardware: Medium Chassis Straps 4 5/8”
  • Handle: Brown plastic Strap
  • Feet: Glides
  • Corners: Corner Protectors

Covering Material

  • Tolex/Tweed: White Tolex
  • Grill Cloth: Maroon (61-62) or wheat (62-63) grill cloth

Logo: Grill mounted, flat, chrome & black, script
Weight:
Speaker

  • Size: 6G9, 6G9-A: ported tone ring, 1 x 10”/8 ohms 6G9-B: sealed, 2 x 10/4 ohms (8 ohms each in parallel)
  • Impedance: 8 ohms ; 4 ohms
  • Model: Jensen P10Q or Oxford 10K5(For more info, check out the Jensen Replacement Speakers)

Effects: Tremolo
~Watts: 30-35 watts
Tubes

  • Pre amp: 7025
  • Power: 6G9: 2 x 6BQ5 ; 6G9-A, 6G9-B: 2 x 6L6GC

Bias: Fixed Bias, Nonadjustable
Rectifier: GZ34

Comments: Some early Tremolux cabs were fitted with a 1 x 12″ baffle.

27 thoughts on “Fender Blonde Tremolux

  • July 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm
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    This is actually a blackface recovered in blond.
    No presence control.

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    • July 20, 2011 at 4:00 pm
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      Thanks for the comment! Would you happen to know where i could get a real photo of the blonde version?

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      • July 30, 2011 at 1:07 am
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        Barry.Will a pic of a brown face blonde tolex marron/oxblood grill export version do ? Fully stripped down at the mo pending a service.

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      • November 19, 2011 at 11:37 am
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        I’ll email you a photo of mine if you like. which detail are you looking for?

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        • November 28, 2011 at 7:06 am
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          Front / Back / Inside

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  • April 1, 2012 at 6:10 pm
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    Barry – sorry, but your mistaken. The photo is correct…a 1961 Tremolux. Easy mistake though… The picture here is a 1961 6G9, using two 6BQ5 tubes. Only made one year. Check your schematic. The 6BQ5 6G9 circuit did NOT have a presence control.

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  • June 13, 2013 at 7:11 am
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    How can I figure out which circuit number I have? And how can I verify that I have a ’62? Thanks, Ed.

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    • June 13, 2013 at 8:34 am
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      You can probably remove your chassis and find some information somewhere on the underside.

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  • October 22, 2014 at 2:03 pm
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    None of the Tremolux Piggy backs used a presence control. You are thinking of a Bassman.
    The 6G9 uses 2 – 6BQ5 power tubes, and does have a standby switch.
    The 6G9-B uses 2 – 6L6 tubes, and does not have a standby switch.
    Blackface uses 2 – 6L6, with standby.
    Fee free to call Lightning Music with questions; 614-746-8631

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    • December 1, 2014 at 8:44 pm
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      Mine has a standby switch, and 6L6’s, and a tone ring cabinet. There is no tube chart. But with vintage Fender, anything is possible.

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      • December 1, 2020 at 4:02 pm
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        The 6G9 has no tube chart, I have one and the reason for the lack of a tube chart I uncovered in my research is that as Fender only made 150-175 of these amps (starting with serial number 00175 the highest serial number recorded was 00325} consequently printing such a low volume of tube charts was a decision Fender chose against. What they did was mimeograph the required number of charts and paste them in with mucilage. Mimeographs fade to invisible within a year or so and mucilage dries out and whatever was pasted on with it falls off. As the amp is 60 years old finding a tube chart intact would be miraculous, if a 6G9 appears with a printed tube chart intact be suspicious.

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  • December 1, 2014 at 11:33 am
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    To Barry, none of the versions of the 6G9 Tremolux have a Presence control. I have owned a 6G9B and currently own a 6G9A with tone ring cab and neither of them had a presence control. Only the higher powered models during the 1960-63 6G type Fender Blond/Brown amps have a presence control(Bandmaster, Bassman, Pro, Super, Showman, Twin & Vibrasonic would be the models). Any Fender 6G era amp specified below 35 watts does not have a presence control. For those that care, the 6G9A Tremolux is the same amp as the 6G11 Vibrolux combo.

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  • August 7, 2015 at 12:14 pm
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    I have a vintage Tremolux 2×10″ cabinet that has been ‘reworked’. Were these cabinets totally sealed, or did they have porting holes in the baffle? Also, if sealed, did they originally have fill material, and what type?

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  • September 22, 2015 at 10:09 am
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    The 2-10 cabs are sealed the 1-10″ tone ring cab had the “floating Baffle” so it is ported around the edges.
    My 6G9 (no A or B) was 00845 KK on tube chart Factory installed 5881 and also a JBl D120 12″. Before whoever took over this site, my amp was the one posted here (since 1996) with the dusty rose colored wall behind it.

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  • November 9, 2015 at 6:11 pm
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    Does anyone know if any tremolux 6g9-a early 1961 were produced in brown tolex

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  • November 12, 2015 at 12:36 am
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    We’re there any tremolux produced in brown in 1961

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  • November 12, 2015 at 12:38 am
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    We’re there any 1961 tremolux produced in brown tolex

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  • January 19, 2016 at 10:57 am
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    I recently obtained a ’62 brown face Tremolux head. Some one had re-tolex black and silver grill cloth.
    The stamp is still in place and indicates year L (1962) and maybe an H or A for the month…
    When in 1962 did Fender begin to use cream/wheat combo instead of the Oxblood?
    Any experts out there? I realize it may be indeterminant.
    Thanks

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  • June 11, 2016 at 12:24 pm
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    No Piggy-back amp was made in a Brown Tolex version. Temoluxes were covered as follows:
    60-63 Rough Blonde Tolex, 64 Smooth Blonde Tolex or Black Tolex, 64-66 Black Tolex only.

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  • July 7, 2017 at 6:25 pm
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    Has anyone seen or heard of an early ’63 Brown face covered in Black telex? This amp looks really original, but it is a brown face w/ white knobs and black telex. It doesn’t appear to be a re-cover but thats hard to tell.

    Thanks.

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  • October 3, 2017 at 6:08 am
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    i have fender tremolux chassis#04488,pentened 005 tube chart6l6,stamp, (something), A,oxblood front, 2×10’s, ,could you tell me what year, it sold to me 1962 ?. lhave to sell, due to a deep stroke. anything info will be appreciate

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    • October 3, 2017 at 6:25 am
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      l just sent you e mail, wrong spelling my address zak37@sympatico. ca

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  • December 15, 2017 at 6:26 pm
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    Technicaly does it matter ?…….possibly the most fearless amp ever built ?

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  • August 17, 2018 at 7:16 pm
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    Thanks for all the comments, Gentlemen … All I know is, I would love to own an early ’60s Tremolux … I remember seeing and hearing them when they were brand new and have always wanted one. I guess I will be relegated to having a head built and adding a custom-built cabinet to, it as I am able. Any of you guys who have a Tremo are extra lucky people … actually, extra blessed of God. Good for you! Enjoy!

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  • February 4, 2021 at 9:12 pm
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    An overlooked fact that I have never seen addressed anywhere, and is what I have come to believe anyway, because of the 6G9 pictures and Fender’s own schematics and layouts is that the first ones had the Bright channel first and the Normal channel second and later the opposite when looking at the amp from the front.
    My 6G9-B model has the latter. I’m not sure about which models got what, but they definitely had both faceplates set up that way. Check them out. I didn’t notice it until I compared schematics and started looking at actual pictures of the amps closely.

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  • February 4, 2021 at 9:41 pm
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    Another thing is the layouts and schematics that are here on this page.

    There is no layout for the original 6G9 showing 6BQ5’s.
    Fender made them, I have one.
    Look closely at the 6G9 layout which is different from the 6G9 schematic, it has 6L6s and read what it says at the bottom left, *Revision for converting from 6BQ5s to 6L6s*.
    I accidentally ran across all of this confusion when I was working on my 6G9-B converting it to the first 6G9 years ago. I had the chassis only and it had burned transformers in it and I thought, what the heck, I’ll convert it back to the original. The voltages are too high today like they were back in ‘61 even with Mercury tone clone transformers, and I’m sure that is why they changed the circuit.
    It’s a very cool sounding amp but I don’t play it much and that’s probably the reason that it hasn’t smoked on me.
    I’ll probably convert it back to to its B model birth one of these days, Good Lord willing. I don’t want those expensive Mercury transformers to go up in smoke either.
    My ears can’t really appreciate much difference in it and my 66 blackface Tremolux, except being brighter, but that’s just me of course.

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