Amps

"CROCODILE" - SELMER AMPLIFIERS 1963 TO 1965

 




Picture of Selmer Concord 8, courtesy of Dominic Blaazer, New Zealand





The famous croc-skin Selmers, probably the most sought-after models due to their exotic good looks. Imitation crocodile-skin (and snake-skin) finishes were commonly seen on British footwear and fashion accessories in the mid-sixties, and Selmer departed from their normally staid and traditional finishes by adopting a very striking two-tone croc-skin/black colour scheme - just in time for the September 1963 British Music Trade Fair. All fashions come round again, flared trousers and the fabulous croc-skins !

Selmer's changes to their range of amplifiers, which had been quite stable for some years, were more cosmetic than fundamental. The most significant were the novel "blinking-eye" which pulsated in time with the tremelo, the croc-skin coverings, enlarged Selmer logos and new model names. It seems that it was an attempt to update Selmer's image without investing in entirely new models of amplifier, and judging by the popularity of Selmer amplifiers from this era it was highly successful.

Again, descriptions of amplifiers which are simply modified versions of those previously described are abbreviated and cross-referenced back. We have made an exception for the Zodiac and Thunderbird which, although derivations of previous Selectortone models, are so popular in their own right that they deserve a full description.


THE CROCODILE SKIN PERIOD (Sept 1963 to Sept 65)

 

COMBOS




I have never seen a Twin Selectortone model featured in any catalogue during the Croc-Skin period, although several visitors to this website have claimed to own a "Transition Twin S/Tone" - i.e. a conventional TST with various black/grey covered cabinets. Up to now, I have always dismissed these as blue/greys that have been re-covered by previous owners. However, I have now received photos of one Twin Selectortone that could in my opinion be factory-covered in "croc-skin". Whether this was done when the amp was brand new, or whether it started life as a "bluey" which was later re-covered by Selmers, I wouldn't like to say. I'll leave that to the jury.........  However, please note that its Serial No of TS/1028 indicates a fairly early one produced during the blue/grey period. Oh, and apparently there isn't a cut-out for a magic-eye in the speaker baffle, so presumably this isn't simply an amp fitted into a Zodiac cabinet.

 


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Picture courtesy of Steve Rowley, Staffs, England.


 

"The Rattles" - Hamburg c1965

 

 




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