OLD IRONSIDES PRO


Model #: 1570570035
OLD IRONSIDES PRO 120V

More about OLD IRONSIDES PRO

The Fender Custom Shop Old Ironsides Pro and Old Ironsides Champ feature cabinets fashioned from a rare stash of live Oak, the same type of wood which was used to manufacture warships of that era, including famed USS Constitution.

For repairs, these massive warships required a specific type of oak that was in scarce supply until construction crews building a new hospital in Boston’s former Charlestown Naval Yard unearthed an enormous stockpile of unused beams. Buried by the Navy before the Civil War and long forgotten, the wood was submerged in water and mud, keeping it in surprisingly good condition. While the Navy kept most of it, a small amount was sold to wood dealers. Enter Shawn Greene.

As he does nearly every day, the master builder was scouring the Internet for antique woods and came across the Constitution story. Diving deeper, he was able to acquire some for the Custom Shop with amps on his mind.

“Instantly, I thought this would be great to make an amp out of,” he said. “It’s a great story, and the wood looked great, too.”

Each piece was still bearing the inventory number stamped on it, and the age-old oak was sealed and stabilized with epoxy to prevent warping and cracking, making it more easily workable when fashioning the amps.

“The wood had been underground for 200 years, so it didn’t like air,” Greene said. “Start to finish, it was about a five-month process.”

Greene and Jim Dolmage, the Custom Shop’s senior model maker, gave the Old Ironsides Pro and Champ a nautical theme. The Champ features a distinct handle consisting of a large brass dock cleat, while the Pro boasts a pair of dock cleats connected by a custom ship’s-bell rope. The Pro also has a special compass graphic.

The result is a set of dense and heavy guitar amps that impart pronounced sharpness and clarity to their sound. “We wanted to let the wood speak for itself,” said Greene. “It took a lot of work, but these are truly one-of-a-kind.”

Specs

General

General
Model Name: OLD IRONSIDES PRO 120V
Model Number: 1570570035
Series: Masterbuilt Amplifiers
Amplifier Type: Tube
Color: Natural

Electronics

Electronics
Controls: Volume Normal, Volume Bright, Treble, Bass, Presence
Inputs: Four - (1/4", Two MIC and Two INST)
Channels: Two - (Instrument and Microphone)
Voltage: 120V
Wattage: 26 Watts

Hardware

Hardware
Cabinet Material: Aged Live OAK
Handle: Nautical rope and brass handle
Control Knobs: Knurled Brass

Tubes

Tubes
Pre Amp Tubes: 3 x 12AX7
Power Tubes: 2 x 6L6

Accessories

Accessories
FootSwitch: NA