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Fender Dual Showman

Fender Dual Showman
Jimmy Page, Dazed And Confused, ca. 1968
General Specs
Watts: 85 watts RMS
Speakers: (2) 15-inch JBL D-130F
Inputs: 4 total (2 for each channel)
Features: Front Panel: Normal channel- Bright switch, Volume, Treble, Bass Controls. Vibrato channel- Bright switch, Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass, Speed, Intensity - Rear Panel: AC Outlet, Ground switch, Power and Standby switches, Speaker Output Jacks, Vibrato and reverb pedal jacks, Reverb output and input jacks
Dimensions & Weight: Amp: 11"H x 26"W x 8"D, Speaker Cabinet: 45"H x 30"W x 11.5"D, 154 lbs.
Tubes: Power: 4 x 6L6, Pre-Amp: 2 x 7025
Years in use: ca. 1968
The Fender Dual Showman rigs were used by Jimmy Page and Chris Dreja in the last few months of the Yardbirds, beginning on March 28, 1968 in Schenectady, New York.

After the Yarbirds broke up, the Fender Showman rigs were stored at Jimmy Page's Thames Boathouse in Pangbourne, West Berkshire, England. Allegedly, before the second United States Tour began in late April 1969, Jimmy Page instructed roadie Clive Coulson to swap the Fender speakers from the Dual Showman cabinet and replace it with the speakers from the Rickenbacker Transonic cabinets and then sell the Fender Dual Showman rigs to Sound City near Piccadilly Circus for some Marshall PA equipment. And thus, the monkier "Led Wallet" was born.


Fender Dual Showman
Jimmy Page, Dazed And Confused, ca. 1967
Fender Dual Showman
Jimmy Page, April 8, 1968, Thee Image Club, Miami Beach, Florida
Fender Dual Showman

Resources and Information:

The Amp Guide:
Cole, Richard (1992). Stairway to Heaven: Led Zeppelin Uncensored. New York City, NY: HarperCollins.

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Led Zeppelin History

February 7, 1962 - Deborah Bonham, sister to John, was born in Redditch, Worcestershire, England
February 23, 1966 - Warren Grant, son of Peter, was born.
February xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin enters the Billboard Top 40
February 16, 1969 - Led Zeppelin wrap up their first American tour in Baltimore, MD.
February 07, 1970 - Edinburgh gig cancelled after Plant receives facial injuries in a car accident
February 28, 1970 - The band performs as "The Nobs" in Copenhagen after threat of legal action from Countess Von Zeppelin
February xx, 1971 - John Paul Jones involved in legal issues regarding a musician who shares the same name
February xx, 1971 - Overdubs for the fourth album are recorded at Island Studios
February 14, 1972 - The band is refused admission into Singapore due to their long hair
February 16, 1972 - The Australian tour begins in Perth
February 21, 1972 - Led Zeppelin: Rock and Roll b/w Four Sticks (Atlantic 45-2865) 45 single is released in the US.
February xx, 1973 - The band makes final preparations for the European tour
February 16, 1973 - The release date for Houses Of The Holy is pushed back due to some sleeve problems
February xx, 1974 - Sessions for Physical Graffiti continue
February 14, 1974 - Page, Plant and Bonham attend a Roy Harper concert
February 04, 1975 - Zeppelin perform a last minute show at Nassau Coliseum to accomodate fans after being banned in Boston
February 24, 1975 - Physical Graffiti finally issued worldwide to phenomenal sales
February xx, 1976 - Media reports that Zeppelin are due to release an album entitled Obelisk
February xx, 1977 - Robert contracts a bout of tonsillitis postponing the American tour
February xx, 1978 - Robert Plant helps produce a record for punk band Dansette Damage
February 16, 1978 - The cases against Bonham, Cole & Grant stemming from the Oakland incident are heard and all receive suspended prison sentences and fines
February xx, 1979 - Although absent from the US stage or market, Led Zeppelin rank best in many music magazine categories
February xx, 1979 - Mixing sessions for In Through The Out Door take place at Polar Studios. Rumors fly of a European tour
February 03, 1980 - Robert joins Dave Edmund’s Rockpile at the Birmingham Top Rank
February 13, 2005 - Led Zeppelin receives a Grammy for Lifetime Achievment.
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