Dating fender musicmaster bass
If you need to see them, Google the Fender Field Guide. Quite simply, a Silverface Fender Amp is an amplifier made by the Fender Musical Instruments Company from late 1967 to 1983. I suppose that if you compare Silverface equipment to its earlier tweed and blackface brethren, the silverface amps are in many cases not that great, and that is the justification that has been used for a couple of decades by Silverface critics.
They are called "silverface" due to the brushed aluminum look of the faceplate. Do a quick look on ebay, eliminate the ridiculously high opening bids that no one else has bid on, (which in case of the search I just did is well over half of them) and you'll find that in most cases you can expect to pay about twice as much for a Blackface than a Silverface, and at least three or four times as much for a tweed.
Don Randall obviously didn't agree with what was going on, as he resigned his general manager position in mid-1969.
That Music Master Bass amp or Silverface Champ that you could have bought all day for 50 bucks as recently as 2 years ago can run as high as 350-400 on ebay now.
Though, hopefully no one will bid on those that are that high. But, they are still available at killer prices, if for no other reason, there are many of them still available..a silverfaced amp was passed over in the 80's and 90's by someone that HAD to have a tweed or blackfaced one.
It is a pretty cool little amp, and I really liked it. I don't think it has been plugged in since..Champ was louder, and sounded MUCH better. I still think it is a great little amp, especially for the price...
I think that Gibson made a mistake discontinuing it..just needed a little improvement) I mentioned that the Champ is hand wired.
Where else are you going to find a tube rectified, single ended, hand wired, 6 watt (and a very strong 6 watt) amp for $500, much less $200? I have an Epiphone Galaxie 10 that I was given for Christmas.