Fender Wide Panel Tweed Bandmaster

Model/Circuit Number: 5C7, 5D7
Years of Production:
1953 – 1955
Era: Wide Panel
Configuration: Combo
Controls: Chrome top facing w/ white screened labels, controls numbered 1-12
Knobs: Black Chicken Head

  • Front: Fuse, Power Sw, Standby Sw, Pilot Lamp, Vol, Mic Vol, Treb, Bass, In, In, Mic In
  • Rear: None



Grill Cloth:

Logo: Cabinet Mounted, block letter

Effects: None
Watts: 25 watts

  • Pre amp: 2 x 6SC7 (5C7) or 12AY7 (5D7)
  • Phase Inverter: 6SC7 (5C7) or 12AX7 (5D7) (paraphase)
  • Power: 2 x 6L6G
  • Bias: Cathode
  • Rectifier: 5U4

Some early Wide Panel Bandmaster’s had a bottom mounted chassis and a top-mounted control panel. All features of it’s predecessor, the TV front Bassman amp.

2 thoughts on “Fender Wide Panel Tweed Bandmaster

  • August 25, 2014 at 5:42 pm


    I have a ’55 wide panel Bandmaster (5D7, March of ’55) that is stock and original and I intend to do a schematic of it for the benefit of the many who may follow me. I am an engineer, and have 45 years of working on amps (fender/mesa). I will start with the wide-panel Pro schematic you have and discover any differences which must be very minor (tone control for example). I will need a mail-to address for the results of this. If you know of a more appropriate site to publish this schematic then please send it.

    thank you,

    -Doug Austin

  • September 17, 2014 at 5:30 am

    Hello Doug, thank you very much for sharing information about your 5D7 Band-Master. I own a 5C3 Band-Master that has been “modded” by some previous owner. I could not find a schematic for the 5C3 but I think I could figure out the schematic by looking at other C3 circuits. Still I am not absolutely sure. Would be great if you had a schematic for the 5D7 – this would help a lot. Thank you very much, best regards, max


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