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Fender Bassman Pro 100T Amplifier Head Review

Heavy Weight Tubes are the El Dorado for all people who think that bass amps were better before. Nostalgics can take their bell-bottoms out of the closet and grow their hair long because all-tube technology is back! read more…

Bassman TV Twelve Review

Fender Bassman TV : Old-School Amp The 50's saw the birth of the first electric bass guitars by Leo Fender with the famous Precision Bass model. Inevitably, the first Bassman amps with their tweed covering quickly appeared on the market. To celebrate its non-birthday, Fender introduces a new amp series based on these pioneer models. read more…

User reviews on Fender Bassman products

Fender Bassman 250/210 (Fender - Bassman 250 Combo 2x10)

By MGR/Anonymous, 17/03/2007
I've been playing bass for the past 15 years. I'm currently finishing what will be our 4th song for our demo that hopefully will come out soon. My tastes are generally metal and hard rock but I also like to listen to blues and jazz (quite the opposite in styles...)

I bought this amp at ''la référence musicale'' for 780$ cad. I was always a Fender freak for as long as I can remember. I bought because it has a nice tight mid punch and a low growl to it. I needed power and control over my sound and this amp covered it all. I play with a Jazz bass and a Jackson C20 concert bass also.

As mentioned, tight mid punch and a good low growl to it. You can push this baby way up and it won't distort on you (the cliping shows).Lots of fine tuning with the controls that are on there: contour, bass, treble, low mid with level, high mid also with it's own level and soforth. What is also cool about it is that you have a headphones output in the rear (usually over 50w you don't) and you can plug a cabinet too. The XLR out has it's own volume and it's very quiet. Oh and I almost forgot the important part of it: U.S made Eminence speakers!

The only issue about it but it doesn't affect anything is that the carpet covering tends to become all fuzzy over time... Other than that, perfecto!

Very solid and reliable... like a 60's chevy...

If you're looking for a good, solid and reliable amp with a huge punch, than look no further! This amp's for you! It gives so much back to ya when you crank it up it's unbelievable.In my many years of playing, I found (in my opinion) the holy grail of bass amps. Coming up next, the bassman 115 cabinet... Enjoy!

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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Fender Bassman 150 (Fender - Bassman 150)

By MGR/Lawdawg, 13/08/2007
Played guitar professionally 20+ years ago. Currently a bass player in a local mid life crises blues/rock band.


I wanted to get rid of my Behringer BX1200 Ultrabass combo amp. So I was researching combo amps for rehearsal and small bar gigs on Musicians Friend when I came across this amp. I tried it out at a local music store and liked what I heard. I bought it on the spot after 30 minutes of playing.

It has a very nice Eminence 12inch speaker with an adjustable horn. 4band EQ in addition to standard bass and treble controls, tuner input, balanced direct out, tilt back design (nice touch),ground lift switch, effects send/return, +/- 6db switch, line compressor. All things that contribute to the versatility of the unit. You will get a good usable tone from this amp. Oh, and it's only about 39 pounds!

During very long sets this unit will protest by getting a little "farty sounding" not on every note, but it can be annoying. take 10 and its fine. I'll be upgrading soon because my band will be playing larger venues but I'll keep this a a rehearsal amp.

Contruction is solid, durable corners lightwieght but strongsurvived a 3ft drop with no known problems. Knobs are nice, controls are responsive.

IMHO This is a much better product than the comparable Behringers.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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Fender Bassman 10 (Fender - Bassman Ten)

By MGR/Laklander, 09/02/2010
The Bassman 10, made in the 1970s, is a 50-watt tube combo amp with 4 10' speakers (probably Jensens or Celestions) in a sealed cabinet. Standard black Tolex covering, silver control plate with standard Fender-style knobs. Two channels, one 'Normal,' one 'Studio.' Normal channel has two inputs, a bright switch and Volume, Bass and Treble. Studio channel has two inputs, a Deep switch, and Volume, Bass, Mid and Treble controls. Master volume controls both channels. Fender jewel pilot light. Rear panel ON/OFF, Standby and Ground toggles plus speaker out and fuse cap. Powered by two 6L6s, two 7025's and one 12AT7. Weight: ~75 pounds. Comes with casters. Silver grillecloth. I've been playing bass professionally for 45 years.

Ran into this amp in a studio. No longer made, they sell for around $500 on Ebay.

Simply put, the amp sounds great, especially with a passive bass. Controls are boost only, typical of the era. It's clean and quiet, as it should be for studio use. With a standrad four-string bass like a Fender Precision or Jazz, it delivers a very Motown sound with minimal adjustment.

Doesn't handle a low B string well, but when these were made, basses with B strings didn't exist or were very rare. Despite this, I used a Lakland Joe Osborn 5 with Fralin pickups and, at studio volume, the amp didn't break up even on a low C.

Built solidly as are all Fender products of this era.

For the studio, the Bassman 10 is does a great job. Sound is clean and clear, especially with Passive basses like the Fender Precision or Jazz, With flatwound strings on either of these basses, it's pure Motown. This would be a good amp for small groups that play at low volume and provide PA support, but you're not going to compete with today's modern amps for volume or massive low end.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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Excellent reissue with modern construction techniques (Fender - Vintage Reissue '59 Bassman LTD)

By Eroachguitar, 03/10/2012
Although the Bassman series dates back to 1952, The 5F6 Bassman circuit, introduced by Leo Fender in 1959 in 4x10 combo format, is widely considered to be the beginning of guitar amplification as we know it. As its name suggests, it was originally designed with the bass player in mind, but it caught on with guitar players to the extent that it's scarcely even considered a bass amplifier. It was so popular that even Marshall copied the circuit into what became the very first Marshall amplifier, known as the JTM-45.

In 1991 Fender saw fit to reissue the Bassman as the Fender Vintage Reissue '59 Bassman LTD. This 50 Watt reissue features a lacquered tweed covered, finger-jointed pine cabinet, 4 Jensen special design speakers, and internal bias pot to adjust bias on the two 6L6GC Power tubes.

In keeping with the original, the '59 Bassman features 12AX7 preamp valves, a 5AR4 rectifier tube, and the true 5F6 circuit. There is no effects loop or built-in reverb.

UTILIZATION

The '59 Bassman sounds excellent right out of the box. It has controls for volume, Treble, Mid, Bass, and Presence. Four inputs give you normal and bright inputs at two different gain levels. This is where the infamous "jumpering" mod was born, by running a short patch cable from one input to another, to loop two gain stages together.



SOUNDS

Unlike most Fenders that succeeded it, the Bassman uses a cathode-follower driven tonestack, which adds a certain compression to the preamp tone that is part of the Bassman charm. The Bassman is clean without being spanky, and smooth without being overdriven. The touch-sensitivity and dynamics are almost unparalleled.

With the stock speakers, its rather easy for the Bassman to get harsh, so keeping the Presence control at a moderate level is a good idea.

The Bassman adores pedals. A tubescreamer pushes the Bassman into a woody, organic roar that is neither forced nor aggressive, while a hard pick-hand attack evokes the natural compression the amp encounters from the slow tube rectifier.

There is plenty of volume on tap with the Bassman, and most will not need to crank the amp past 4 (it goes to 12. Take that, Nigel!) even in most outdoor venues.

OVERALL OPINION

Construction of the '59 Bassman LTD is rock-solid, and a worthy of respect in a world where tube amps are now done on automated assembly lines with machines.

All of the amp's guts are easily accessible, thanks to the rear cabinet panel over the chassis. This may or may not be a good thing, especially for those who are uneducated, as it makes poking around in a high-voltage circuit ridiculously easy.
Most guitar players who are familiar with tube amps know better, however.

The speakers are easily upgradable, and one will find a wealth of info online about different aftermarket speaker models that could enhance the Bassman's tone or help reproduce the nuances of the original. To that end, the defining difference between the '59 Bassman Reissue and the original '59 bassman are the speakers, transformers, and circuit construction, as the original used tag-board construction and the reissue uses the now-common PCB. But whatever "mojo" is held off from the reissue due to these differences is rather negligible. The '59 Bassman Reissue is a worthy and faithful reproduction that many, including myself, are and will be proud to own.

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