The Fender Electric Instrument Co was established in 1946 immediately after Doc Kaufman left the K&F brand. The first run of amplifiers for this new company consisted of three models: the Princeton, the Model 26 “Deluxe”, and the Professional. Their lacquered wood cabinets and combination metal strip and cloth grills made them easy targets for the collector nick name of “Woodies”.
This Model 26 Deluxe amplifier bears the speaker manufacturing date of the 22nd week of 1946 and serial number 395. Somehow it made it through life without losing its original canvas cover! We were thrilled to have it for a short time before it moved on to bigger and better things.
The cabinet is very oddly constructed with crude stubby slot head screws and a right angle plate. The chassis has no circuit board but instead is truly point to point wired. There were very few employees at Fender during this time so it’s possible this one was wired by Leo himself. That’s just hearsay though.
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