INSTRUCTION STRINGS ACCESSORIES MUSIC LINKS
 Visit Our Catalog at SteelGuitarShopper.com for Steel Guitars, Strings, Instruction, Music and Accessories 
Forum Index
where steel players meet online
The Steel Guitar Forum

Post new topic 68 Dual Showman
Reply to topic
Author Topic:  68 Dual Showman
Paul Sutherland


From:
Placerville, California
Post Posted 30 Sep 2017 2:06 am     Reply with quote

I just picked up this amp off Craigslist. It's a 68 Dual Showman, drip edge, non-reverb head. It has cloth wiring on the interior components. All the transformer codes are consistent with production in 1968. It appears to be all original.

From the attached photos does it look like it still has the original capacitors? The amp has a few quirks, but it works and sounds pretty good. I'm trying to determine what servicing it needs.






_________________
"I learned long ago, never wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it." George Bernard Shaw
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
William Rasch


From:
Vermont, USA
Post Posted 30 Sep 2017 4:15 am     Reply with quote

Electrolytics are original. I'd definitely replace them for peace of mind
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Tony Prior


From:
Charlotte NC..
Post Posted 30 Sep 2017 7:48 am     Reply with quote

For certain those are original. A quality tech would change all those E caps plus the E cap on the bias circuit, plus inspect the screen/grid resistors under those 6L6's which are hotter than... Devil

Also check each of the tube sockets for connectivity and corrosion.

4x new 6L6's are not out of the question . Personally I would not grab matched sets as after this thing is on for a bunch of hours they probably won't be matched anymore anyway ! Front end tubes can be selected as required.


Great amp. Twin Reverb in it's own little contained world ! Very Happy

Do remember that the only difference between a Dual Showman and a Showman (single) is the Dual uses a 4 ohm output trans , like a Twin Reverb. The Showman as in "NOT DUAL", uses an 8 ohm output trans for the single 1x15.

great amp,enjoy it !
_________________
<b>Steel Guitar music here >>> http://www.tprior.com/five.htm</b>

Emmons Steels, Fender Telecasters
Pro Tools 8 and Pro Tools 12
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Paul Sutherland


From:
Placerville, California
Post Posted 30 Sep 2017 9:57 am     Reply with quote

To the shop it is. Thanks for the input William and Tony.
_________________
"I learned long ago, never wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it." George Bernard Shaw
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Dale Rottacker


From:
Tacoma Washington, USA
Post Posted 30 Sep 2017 10:38 am     Reply with quote

Thinking about selling this Pristine 1964 Dual Showman amp... just had ALL the Tubes/Cap replaced a few months ago










_________________
Dale Rottacker, Steelinatune

*2016 MSA Legend XL Signature 9x6
*1990 Jim Lindsey Special, Quad Original Bill Lawrence 705 PUP’s, 8x8 Gary Hogue Clone
*Black n Gray, Mullen D-10 8x7/ *Blue Sho-Bud Pro 3 Custom 8x6/ *Black Sho-Bud Pro 3 Custom 8x4
*Sho-Bud Maverick 3x1/ *Fender 400
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Jack Hanson


From:
San Luis Valley, USA
Post Posted 30 Sep 2017 11:08 am     Reply with quote

Back in the day, in my area the Dual Showman was the hot bass amp, and ruled the roost until the big Ampegs and later the Acoustics took over.

Anyone notice that bass amps often make excellent steel amps?
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Dale Rottacker


From:
Tacoma Washington, USA
Post Posted 30 Sep 2017 11:17 am     Reply with quote

Jack Hanson wrote:
Back in the day, in my area the Dual Showman was the hot bass amp, and ruled the roost until the big Ampegs and later the Acoustics took over.

Anyone notice that bass amps often make excellent steel amps?


I’ve used mine on steel and yes it sounds very good for steel... those D-130’s are such a nice speaker... I do mainly use it for bass though for practice before I play in church
_________________
Dale Rottacker, Steelinatune

*2016 MSA Legend XL Signature 9x6
*1990 Jim Lindsey Special, Quad Original Bill Lawrence 705 PUP’s, 8x8 Gary Hogue Clone
*Black n Gray, Mullen D-10 8x7/ *Blue Sho-Bud Pro 3 Custom 8x6/ *Black Sho-Bud Pro 3 Custom 8x4
*Sho-Bud Maverick 3x1/ *Fender 400
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Warren Tavernia


From:
Pennsylvania, USA
Post Posted 1 Oct 2017 7:43 pm     dualshowman amplifier Reply with quote

with all do respect this amp is just a showman, as fender always idicated what the amps were on the front by the pilot light . as in Dual showman. Don`t believe me google it . I had a dual showman in 1964.Just saying.
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
John Neff


From:
Athens, GA
Post Posted 2 Oct 2017 6:21 pm     Reply with quote

Great amp! I just had my Dual Showman head serviced and it sounds killer through 2x12" Jupiter speakers.
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Chris Boyd


From:
Leonia,N.J./Charlestown,R.I.
Post Posted 3 Oct 2017 5:00 am     Reply with quote

I'm using a '69 Dual Showman Reverb for steel and love it..It also needs to be recapped..
_________________
https://www.reverbnation.com/bigredandtheresonators
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Steven Paris


From:
Los Angeles
Post Posted 3 Oct 2017 5:37 pm     Reply with quote

Dale Rottacker wrote:
Thinking about selling this Pristine 1964 Dual Showman amp... just had ALL the Tubes/Cap replaced a few months ago

Are those 16-ohm speakers in parallel, making for an 8-ohm load, or.... ??
_________________
Emmons & Peavey
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Rick Johnson


From:
Wheelwright, Ky USA
Post Posted 4 Oct 2017 5:23 am     Reply with quote

Dales amp is a early Dual Showman.
With dual 8ohm speakers.
The Dual Showman and Showman 15: Starting 1963 (Two 15" JBL D130F speakers for Dual Showman and one 15" JBL D130 speaker for Showman 15, also referred to as Single Showman).

The use of the script "DUAL" started in '67

Rick

www.rickjohnsoncabinets.com
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Dale Rottacker


From:
Tacoma Washington, USA
Post Posted 4 Oct 2017 5:49 am     Reply with quote

Rick Johnson wrote:
Dales amp is a early Dual Showman.
With dual 8ohm speakers.
The Dual Showman and Showman 15: Starting 1963 (Two 15" JBL D130F speakers for Dual Showman and one 15" JBL D130 speaker for Showman 15, also referred to as Single Showman).

The use of the script "DUAL" started in '67

Rick

www.rickjohnsoncabinets.com


Thanks Rick... I was about to ask you that myself, but you must have read my mind and beat me to the punch... The information about the adding of the DUAL was what I’d found as well, but I wasn’t sure about the ohm’s... I think the only time the back was off was when I took the back off when I was a kid cause I was curious... But the only thing I remember about that was I got in trouble for taking the back off... LOL... My Dad bought it BRAND NEW along with a Fender Jaguar at the same time in 64, and I only EVER heard it referred to as a Dual Showman.... Thanks again Rick
_________________
Dale Rottacker, Steelinatune

*2016 MSA Legend XL Signature 9x6
*1990 Jim Lindsey Special, Quad Original Bill Lawrence 705 PUP’s, 8x8 Gary Hogue Clone
*Black n Gray, Mullen D-10 8x7/ *Blue Sho-Bud Pro 3 Custom 8x6/ *Black Sho-Bud Pro 3 Custom 8x4
*Sho-Bud Maverick 3x1/ *Fender 400
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Paul Sutherland


From:
Placerville, California
Post Posted 19 Oct 2017 9:14 pm     Reply with quote

I just picked up the Dual Showman from Skip Simmons Amp Repair, outside of Marysville, CA. This thing sounds wonderful. New power filter caps, new power cord, and general servicing. Skip said the preamp tubes appear to be original, still going strong after 49 years.
_________________
"I learned long ago, never wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it." George Bernard Shaw
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Dale Rottacker


From:
Tacoma Washington, USA
Post Posted 20 Oct 2017 5:50 am     Reply with quote

Paul Sutherland wrote:
I just picked up the Dual Showman from Skip Simmons Amp Repair, outside of Marysville, CA. This thing sounds wonderful. New power filter caps, new power cord, and general servicing. Skip said the preamp tubes appear to be original, still going strong after 49 years.


Happy for you Paul... I put 600 bucks in my head with new everything and sounds incredible... Fabulous amps.
_________________
Dale Rottacker, Steelinatune

*2016 MSA Legend XL Signature 9x6
*1990 Jim Lindsey Special, Quad Original Bill Lawrence 705 PUP’s, 8x8 Gary Hogue Clone
*Black n Gray, Mullen D-10 8x7/ *Blue Sho-Bud Pro 3 Custom 8x6/ *Black Sho-Bud Pro 3 Custom 8x4
*Sho-Bud Maverick 3x1/ *Fender 400
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Lefty


From:
Grayson, Ga.
Post Posted 20 Oct 2017 8:22 am     Reply with quote

I believe the white amp to be a "Double Showman"
This looks like my 1963, same cabinet. They were rated at 100 watts. The showman was available with a 1-15 cabinet or a 1-12 cabinet. I have the 63, 66 and a 68. All sound wonderful. Never a better amp created IMO
Lefty

http://www.thevintagesound.com/ffg/showman_blonde.html
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail

All times are GMT - 8 Hours
Jump to:  

Our Online Catalog
Strings, CDs, instruction,
steel guitars & accessories

www.SteelGuitarShopper.com

Steel Guitar Music
Instrumental steel guitar CDs for your permanent collection
www.SteelGuitarMusic.com

Please review our Forum Rules and Policies

The Steel Guitar Forum
148 South Cloverdale Blvd.
Cloverdale, CA 95425 USA

Support This Forum


BIAB Styles
Ray Price Shuffles for Band-in-a-Box
by Jim Baron
HTTP