"II" series (Rivera-era) Fender amps
Solid State Range
Schematics, Wiring Diagrams and Owners' Manuals

December 2013 - new email addressstratopastor (at) hotmail (dot...) com.
 
updated Sep 2013; footswitch info for London/ Montreux / Showman

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Showman
Montreux
Harvard Reverb II
Yale Reverb II - manual and - Schematic
Stage Lead - plus manual and footswitch info
Studio Lead - plus manual and footswitch info 
London Reverb
Montreux, London Reverb and Showman footswitches

Here's .pdf file of the 1983 Fender amp catalogue - (14Mb) - which gives you specifications for each amp.
Thanks to Ulrich Z and Soren of the Super Champ website.


A small sample of the amps in this range.... 

amp group photo

l-r front row; Champ II, Super Champ; middle row, Yale Reverb, Harvard Reverb II, Princeton Reverb II;
back row, Studio Lead, Stage Lead, Deluxe Reverb II
(Red indicates valve/tube amps). 


As I look after the website which concentrates on the Princeton Reverb II I occasionally get requests for schematics for other amps in the Rivera-era Fender range. For two years I couldn't help. But Mark Carson on the FDP, a splendidly helpful chap, sent me several. Others came from other places. So here you are.

This series of guitar amplifiers was built from 1982 to 1986 and are variously referred to as the II series and the Rivera-Era Fenders. I only own a Princeton Reverb II so please don't ask me questions which involve actual hands-on experience of the other amps in the range. I recommend another single-amp site for the Super Champ.

Sep 2013 - still looking for serial numbers!
I am trying to track how many of these amps were made
. If you have one, please email me with the serial number (Fxxxxxx, stamped into a bright-metal area on the rear of the chassis) and the loudspeaker codes, if any? Thanks very much. In return I will tell you at least the year the amps was made, and maybe a more accurate date. The speaker codes are in white ink on the black-painted metal near the rim of the speaker. Your privacy will be respected and no commercial use will be made of the information. If your amp is being dismantled, please look for a 4-digit code written or printed on the chassis metalwork - that's a code the actual week the amp was built and would really help me a lot. (Remove the capital letters in the email address)

  NOSPAMstratopastor@hotmail.com

Extra note about the London Reverb, Showman and Montreux - these 3 amps have a lot in common; Fender only produced one owner's manual for all three. As I understand it, they all have the same preamp. The Montreux and the London have the same power stage, but the London also has a 5-band graphic which is assignable to either channel and switchable in/out on the 4-button footswitch. Since the Showman does not have this feature, its footswitch has 3 buttons (reverb, channel, effects loop in/out). The London and the Showman share everything, including the chassis metalwork and the cab size (when same speaker setup is used) except the power stage. which is 200W on the Showman.

I have a London Reverb - it was sold to me with the Montreux footswitch and each button works fine. It won't switch the graphic in/out because there isn't a button for that!. I guess I could rewire it so that the effects loop button activated the graphic instead. I have worked out the schematic for these footswitches (not exactly rocket science). I note also that VoodooMan make the 3-and 4-button footswitches.



So - without more ado - here are the schematics....


London Reverb
This
pdf file
was kindly passed to me by "Willie",  a hugely experienced amp tech in Lawrenceville, GA, USA (www.musicmenders.com) and one of the most helpful guys on the Fender Discussion Page.  It contains the schematic, the parts list and the pcb layouts. please Email me (top of this page) with your amp's serial number for my research! I'll tell you when your amp was made!

Owner's Manual for London Reverb (and Montreux and Showman, 8Mb)

This pdf kindly supplied by the most excellent Fender Customer Service department in Scottsdale, AZ, USA.


London Reverb schematics, parts list, pcb layouts (pdf file); please let me know your amp's serial number

When you get it, you will find this extra info useful... paste this into a notepad now...


page 1 - parts list
page 2 - power amp and eq schematics
(eq also for Showman)
page 3 - preamp schematic (also for Montreux)
page 4 - logic schematic (also for Montreux and Showman)
page 5 - PCB and parts list for unknown section, please work it out and tell me!
page 6 - low voltage rectifier board PCB and parts list (also for Montreux and Showman)
page 7 - front panel (preamp and graphic eq) parts list
page 8 - front panel (preamp and graphic eq) PCB
page 9 -
low voltage and high voltage rectifier schematic inc. power transformer (also for Montreux)
page 10 - PCB and parts list for unknown section, please work it out and tell me!
page 11 - power amp PCB
page 12 - blank


Footswitch info for this amp



Montreux ( spelled Montreaux in the actual document... thank you, some office worker in Feander Faullerton....)
please let me know your amp's serial number and I'll tell you when it was made

Owner's Manual for  Montreux ( London Reverb and Showman, 8Mb)

This pdf kindly supplied by the most excellent Fender Customer Service department in Scottsdale, AZ, USA.

Montreux schematics, parts list, pcb layouts (pdf file); please let me know your amp's serial number

Footswitch info for this amp



Showman
please let me know your amp's serial number and I'll tell you when it was made

Owner's Manual for Showman (and London Reverb and Montreux, 8Mb)

This pdf kindly supplied by the most excellent Fender Customer Service department in Scottsdale, AZ, USA.

here's one pdf for all 5 parts of the Showman, big thanks to b24warbaby on the Fender Discussion Page.

Showman Power amp, 5 band eq, preamp, logic switching, low voltage power supply, AC power supply (pdf file)

Footswitch info for this amp



Harvard Reverb II
please let me know your amp's serial number and I'll tell you when it was made

Parts List
Schematic
Manual (also for Yale Reverb)  pdf file



Yale Reverb
please let me know your amp's serial number and I'll tell you when it was made  

Schematic   Big thanks to Kris R for sending this to me.
Manual (also for Harvard Reverb II)  pdf file



Studio Lead
please let me know your amp's serial number and I'll tell you when it was made  

Schematic, parts list and pcb layout (pdf) 

Studio Lead and Stage Lead Owner's Manual (pdf)    Big thanks to Philippe P for sending me this! (August 2010)

Wiring diagram for Studio Lead Footswitch (jpg)

The original Fender part number for the footswitch was 021470. This jpg is a rough sketch drawn by me when trying to help a Studio Lead owner. It is a simple setup. The footswitch socket on the back panel is a 1/4" (6.35mm) stereo jack, with the body of the jack acting as ground. If the ring terminal is grounded, the reverb cuts out. If the tip terminal is grounded, the channel changes. There is no provision for LEDs. So a simple 2-button footswitch, the cable 2 cores plus shield, and a stereo 1/4" jack plug is needed. This has been verified by a Studio Lead owner, who also says the Laney FS2 footswitch works (thanks Philippe!). Thomann sell it for about 21GBP (Sep 2010). Please do not ask me if some other footswitch will work - I don't know - your local music shop should be able to check it for you with a multi-meter - but if you find that some footswitch works from Marshall or Peavey or whoever, let me know - thanks.



Stage Lead
This pdf file kindly supplied July 08 by R.Roberts via the Fender Discussion Page!
Problem; this file opens OK from my hard disk but when I test this web page, Adobe says the file's damaged. It seems uploading it here changes it in some way. Email me (top of this page) with your amp's serial number and I will gladly email you this .pdf, which contains the schematic, the parts list and the pcb layout.

There is another 'Stage Lead' amp with a different design and no "F" in the serial number. The info on offer above is for the made-in-USA amp, not made-in-Japan. Actually I've got the made-in-Japan schematic too. Email me for it; I don't need the serial number.

Studio Lead and Stage Lead Owner's Manual (pdf)    Big thanks to Philippe P for sending me this! (August 2010)

Wiring diagram for Stage Lead Footswitch (jpg)
The owner's manual says the same footswitch (Fender p/n 021470) works for both Stage Lead AND Studio Lead. See my notes above on the Studio Lead. 





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