Fender Bassman

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Description Tweed Blues Heaven
Posted By Paul Del Vecchio (42)
Directory Equipment: Amplifiers
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Overall Rating: 4.8 (of 5)
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On 1/5/2003, Timothy Goode (25) posted:
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I would buy this amp if I lost it or it was stolen! However, it would be nice to have a little less noise in the sound. My favorite aspect of this amp is that it is loud, really loud, for only a 50-watt. The thing I like least about it is that it tends to be noisy, especially at lower volumes.
Model Year: 1972
Where Obtained: Dad
Features:
This amp has two regular guitar channels, and two bass channels. It also has a "Bright" boost switch, which adds a lot of gain. This particular one doesn't play well when below 2 on the volume knob, but it progressively destroys your eardrums when cranked above that... It has tube electronics, 4 tone controls (treble and bass for guitar/bass inputs), and 2 volume controls (1 for both guitar/bass).
Sound Quality:
I play a Rogue Sr-4 throught this thing, and its pretty much good for any musical style. It has a bit of a mean streak right around the "2" position on the volume knob. It is noisy all the time, but I like it that way. It is very clean at high volumes, and with the "Bright" switch activated it adds a good distortion to it.
Ease of Use:
It does take a good amount of fiddling to get the sound I want, but usually I make up for it with my Zoom 505-II. I definitely like this amp better than some of the Crate combos I've played.
Durability:
I have never had any problems from it when playing live; I have never had to repair/re-tube this amp. It takes quite a beating, considering how old it is.
On 11/29/2002, Calvin Johnston (3695) posted:
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This amp was given to me, but I would choose it over many other amps without question. I would definitely try to replace it if it were stolen, however they are very hard to find. This particular was only made for 3 months in 1963, so I am told by techinicians who have checked it out. The only way this amp could be better would be if I had 2 of them. It has the old Fender sound of the 50s.
Model Year: 1963
Price: $0.00
Where Obtained: Friend
Features:
It has 2 channels with 2 jacks in each. It is rated at 50 watts. Plenty of power for me. It has treble, bass and presence knobs that control both channels. Does not have an effects loop. Not stereo. Is tube type.
Sound Quality:
I play Fender Strat and Fender Teles. I use Ibanez Digital Delay (SoundTank), Boss Blues Driver BD-2, and Boss Compression Sustain CS-3. I play country, some Blues, some rock, Southern Rock and old Rock and Roll and finger style (Chet Atkins-Merle Travis). It sounds as well as any other amp that I have for playing with the band, but I like my Peavy better for finger style. Not noisy. It is clean at high volumes and distorts with the Blues Driver very nicely.
Ease of Use:
This amp is very simple to use with the presence knob.
Durability:
It is very reliable, very durable and very low maintenance.
On 10/10/2002, MIke Avery (17) posted:
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I had searched for many years to find the classic fender sound, in its most pristine. This thing oozes vintage tubeness.

I would run into my house while it was on fire to save this amp. I am not kidding.
Model Year: 1966
Price: $500.00 CDN
Where Obtained: Collector
Features:
A Standard 1966 Bassman Blackface Head. I play this head through my Showman 2x15 cabinet. Controls Bass, Treble, Mid adjustments. Bright switch. individual and master volume. Tubes! This is a bre bones amplifier. No bells, no whistles. The compelling feature is the use of tubes.
Sound Quality:
I use this head with a 1965 Showman 2x15 cabinet. With this cabinet, I get absolutely massive sound. Pure tonal bliss. I've searched high and low for the ultimate Fender amplifier, and I am satisfied to end my search with this one. It doesn't have any bells or whistles at all, but that's not the point. Anyone reading this review while looking for an amp is looking for the Fender real deal. I've had many amps in my 18 years of playing, and several of them were of very good lineage and vintage. For me, this is it baby, this is it!! I mostly play my 68 reissue strat through this, and a 90's strat plus deluxe. I play mostly blues, and some blues-rock. This amp is a perfect dream for these styles. It has wonderfuly warm and sparkly clean sounds, and like all good tube amps should, it begins to overdrive when you crank it up. For when I need heavier distortions, I use a Tubeworks Realtube. These work really well together, and I appreciate that the Realtube doesn't color my tone at all. I get anything from the lightest fuzz, to the screaming strat from hell with this combination, and it sounds wonderful. This unit has no reverb! For verbs, I recently picked up a TC Electronic M300. What a great purchase. The M300 does not color or shape my tone in any way, just beautiful verbs. Couple this unit the with the bassman, and a good strat, and you have Fender bliss. THIS is how Fender setups are supposed to sound! This amp has a lot of punch, and can easily push my 2x15 cabinet to near window shattering volumes. I have played large venues with thousands of people (even outdoors) and I have NEVER needed to have my amp miked, or play through a board or PA. I have also never really needed to crank the volume above 4 or 5. Yes, the sound is that big. This amp, playing live with a strat plugged into it, makes me want to cry. I cannot recommend this amp highly enough. It is not for everyone. You will need to supply your own "everything". reverb, distortions, effects, everything except the raw amplifier. I have closely matches Sovtek tubes (ordered from Russia). It sounds wonderful Mesa tubes also sound great in this amp.
Ease of Use:
Very easy to use, since there's not much to the controls.
Durability:
I have gigged, and hauled this thing around for a long time. Some cabinet dings are to be expected. Very durable unit.
On 1/25/2000, Paul Del Vecchio (42) posted:
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This is blues heaven in a box!
Price: $675.00 (new)
Where Obtained: west music
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