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” 4x10 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.
However, this is NOT one of those.
This is a straightforward bass combo which has everything you need and nothing you don’t.
It is a solid state 50 watt amp feeding a chunky Fender 15” speaker which delivers a ton of clean bass whallop. Built by Fender in its Fullerton facility for only a few years in the early to mid 1980s, this amp is in great condition for its age. One of the good things about solid state amps is that there’s not much that can go wrong – a lack of vacuum tubes can lead to a lack of problems it seems.
Control panel is nice & simple – two inputs, volume, bass, middle, treble, compressor, master. And it is the compressor that is this amp’s hidden jewel. This is a very handy and effective circuit which, with a little subtle dialling in, can deliver that extra bit of punch at any volume level. And it works – really well.
The 15” speaker delivers a rich and articulate sound at all levels with plenty of midrange and tasty treble if you want it. This amp could easily be used for keyboards too.
The black tolex is in good condition, and everything works as it should.
And it has that extra essential feature that all bass combos need – 4 wheels !