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Two different colors of grillclothes were featured on the blondes, oxblood and wheat.There are several experimental Fender Tweed amps in blonde.Fender began using silicon rectifiers to reduce heat and voltage sag caused by tube rectifiers, and introduced an all-new, very complex vibrato circuit.The shift from the tweed design to tolex occurred in limited production in 1960.While the majority of the piggybacks were produced in blonde tolex, there are a few examples of the brown tolex Bassman amplifiers.There were many notable accomplishments for the company's amplifier division during these years.
Toward the end, despite keeping such construction, Fender utilized tolex to cover its amps.
These were considered a step above the student models (Champ, Harvard, Princeton) which remained tweed-covered in 1960.
Grillclothes were initially the same as those used in the previous tweed era (i.e.: maroon with gold stripe).
The twill was first used in 1946 on the Dual Professional a twin 10" 6L6 powered model of which only 400 were made before being renamed "the Super Amp" in 1948.
These early models are commonly referred to as "TV-Fronts" due to the shape of the cabinet when viewed from above.