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PostPosted: Tue, Mar 27, 2018 9:48pm 
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Howdy folks. I find myself in a quandary here, and I am at your mercy for opinions.
I happened to end up with a pretty jacked up bassman head. AB165 circuit, (Drip edge model)
Original iron, but the rest of the circuit has been tampered with, and according to the dude I bought it from, restored to original spec.
All of the blue caps are gone, and replaced with orange drops, and lots of other modern components. I traced the circuit out, and it indeed appears to be AB165 to the T. It was motorboating like crazy when I got it, but I have sorted that out, and it works wonderfully.

Here's the thing though. It is missing the front cover, the rear cover, and the headshell has been peeled like a grape. So no vintage original value here. Awesome sounding amp, but it's not a keeper for me cuz it's not really my thing. I'm more of a high gain amp enthusiast, but I like working on amps. I'm wondering what would be the most desirable thing to do with this diamond in the rough. I've got a few ideas outlined below.

1. Mod the bass channel into a marshall 2204/plexi preamp circuit, leave the AB165 normal channel, and redo the headshell.

2. Mod the bass channel into a marshall 2204/plexi preamp circuit, leave the AB165 normal channel, and build a sweet combo. (I have access to CNC equipment, a spare v30 speaker, a crap ton of spare parts, and mad skillz.)

3. Leave both channels OG, and redo the headshell.

4. Leave both channels OG, and convert to combo.


The faceplate is pretty trashed as well, so I have no issues drilling holes for mids and MV. I'm planning on making/printing a new one anyways. I'm thinking grey bronco tolex, with walnut veneer or brass faceplate, and black piping.

Any other ideas are welcome. This thing has been sitting awhile, and I'm ready to make something of it. It has also been completely defiled already, so nothing is off limits.

Let me know what yall come up with.


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