Vintage 1946 Fender Model 26 woody guitar amplifier Red grill cloth Walnut cabinet

John Shults

Posted on March 28 2020

Vintage 1946 Fender Model 26 guitar amp Red grill cloth Walnut cabinet

The Fender Model 26 DeLuxe guitar amplifier was the middle size of the first three production amplifiers for the newly established Fender Electric Instrument Company after Doc Kaufman left K&F in 1946. The first run of the Deluxe featured finished natural wood cabinets with no covering, grill cloth in red, gold, or blue, and usually three metal strips adorning the front.

This Model 26 Deluxe was just unearthed during a house clean out in Texas and it appears to be completely original. The rare Black Walnut cabinet wears its age proudly along with the tired red grill cloth. The interior electronics appear to be original as well including the tubes. We were a bit surprised to see a pair of 6K6GT/G power tubes instead of 6V6 tubes.

The good folks who unearthed this gem said they turned it on and could hear sound out of the speaker. I gently recommended against any further testing until it could be fully serviced. Since the amp appears to be unmolested, we are selling it as a collectible item and not a useful tool. (edit: Sold!)

1946 Fender Model 26 Red grill cloth Walnut cabinet

\1946 Fender Model 26 Red grill cloth Walnut cabinet

Vintage 1946 Fender Model 26 guitar amplifier

1946 Fender Model 26 Red grill cloth Walnut cabinet

Jensen 10" speaker, 1946 Fender Model 26 Red grill cloth Walnut cabinet

Tubes, Transformers, 1946 Fender Model 26 Red grill cloth Walnut cabinet

Chassis, circuit, 1946 Fender Model 26 Red grill cloth Walnut cabinet

Circuit, chassis, 1946 Fender Model 26 Red grill cloth Walnut cabinet

Tubes, 1946 Fender Model 26 Red grill cloth Walnut cabinet

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