#18091 Fender ’59 Bassman Reissue – USA 2004
The ’50s Fender Bassman was the pro bassist’s answer to amplifying a great new invention: the Fender Precision Bass® guitar. This powerful 50-watt rig could easily compete with the common instrumentation of the day: horns, piano, four-piece drum kit with calfskin heads, and maybe even an electric guitar through a nice, new 10-watt amp! By the ’60s and ’70s, the original all-tube “Tweed” 4×10 Bassman was popular with rock, country and blues guitarists as a reliable, great-sounding and easy-to-use guitar amp. Some emerging British amp designers of the day actually copied its circuitry for use in their most celebrated designs.
In the 1990s, Fender released an affordable reissue of the now-collectible ’59 Bassman amplifier to massive acclaim. Many guitarists, tired of experimenting with preamps, equalizers, and effects racks, rediscovered the simple pleasure of plugging into a Fender tube amp. The Bassman’s wide stage coverage, touch-sensitive dynamics and full-frequency “swirl” make it the perfect vehicle for building a great tone with almost any guitar or effect. The reissue Bassman continues to be a staple of the Fender guitar amp line to this day.
- Genuine lacquered Tweed covering
- Chrome Control Panel
- Finger-joined pine cabinet for woody, resonant tone
- Original spec 5AR4 rectifier tube for natural compression when playing hard
- Internal bias pot (makes it easier to experiment with various output tubes)
- Controls That Go to 12
- 4 inputs (2 per Channel)
- Standby Switch
- Type: All tube amp
- Output: 45W into 2 ohms
- Speakers: 4 x 10″ Jensen P-10R, 8 ohm speakers withAlNiCo magnets
- Channels: Dual channels (normal & bright)
- Controls: Presence, Middle, Bass, Treble, Volume (Bright Channel), Volume(Normal Channel)
- Covering: Genuine lacquered tweed with stripedoxblood grille cloth
- Weight: 53 lbs
- Dimensions (H x W x D): 22.37″ x 23.5″ x 10.5″
- Tube Component: 3 x 12AX7, 2 x GT 6L6, 1 x 5AR4 Rectifier Tube
This Fender Bassman reissue is in used but good condition. It shows a little tarnishing of the metal here and there, and some general signs of use, but nothing offensive. It is in perfect working order – a big sound, with complex harmonic overtones, and lots of subtlety available in the tone settings. It will stay nice and clean down low if required, or break up in a sweet way at just the right volume setting.
An updated edition of one of the greatest amps ever made – the mighty 4×10″ Bassman that began life as a bass amp, before guitar players discovered its sonic wonders and adopted it as their own. Prized by guitarists everywhere for more than half a century now, it lives on as a must-have guitar amp treasured for its pure sound, workhorse reliability, classic style and uncluttered ease of use.
A modern classic – looks good, sounds great.