Anyone ever use a vintage Fender Concert amp for bass?

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by sunvalleylaw, Dec 28, 2013.


  1. sunvalleylaw

    sunvalleylaw

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    I just got my first bass, and am thinking about what to do about an amp. I have a 1961 Fender Concert 4x10 amp that is pretty similar to a Fender Bassman, that I have used a little bit to just check my new amp out. I am a complete and utter newb to bass playing, though I have played guitar for years.

    Anyone ever use one of these amps for bass? Should I worry about damaging my vintage amp if I play my bass through it?

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  2. neuro512

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    You wont damage the amp- you could damage the speakers.
  3. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

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    I'd worry about damaging those vintage speakers if you're playing bass at anything above bedroom levels, but otherwise it should be fine. How does it sound?
  4. sunvalleylaw

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    Thanks for the advice!

    Sounds good actually! I love the 4x10 openness. But I do worry about damaging the thing. I am currently looking at inexpensive options for my beginner needs. I got this bass because I joined a jam band and we have no bassist, and there are some cool bass parts on some of the songs we are covering. Mostly 90's rock type stuff.

    I will continue to read up and find a decent little amp for myself. Right now the candidates are an old Peavey TNT, (because they seem plentiful, and cheap) or a TC Electronics BG250.
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  6. Michedelic

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    Legendary LA session bassist('Wrecking Crew' member)Joe Osborn recorded hundreds of timeless pop classics with a Jazz Bass through a Concert. The epitome of this sound would be "Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In" by the Fifth Dimension", especially at the end. His cohort Carol Kaye was said to use the same amp. Obviously, in a controlled recording studio environment pushing the amp's volume would not be a issue, but yeah, in a live band context you need some sort of sealed back cab, and a head with more wattage.
  7. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBass - PlayBass! Supporting Member

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    These are great amps for bass, at reasonable volume, say for practicing or recording, and for low volume gigs (acoustic jams, for example). The amp run into a "real" bass cab sounds fabulous but it will only get so loud before distortion kicks in.

    Here is mine:

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  8. uglyrumor

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    You should probably just sell that old thing to me. I could even trade you something nice, like a Fender Studio Bass. And I'm half serious!!!
  9. sunvalleylaw

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    Nice amp! And I have a Martin too. (noticing your avatar pic). Mine is a SPD-16TR.

    Thanks for the tips! I think I will pick up a used Peavey TNT 1x15 which should keep up with my band needs and be cheap enough that I don't feel bad about buying it. They seem reputed to be pretty solid too.
  10. sunvalleylaw

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    HaHa! Sorry, this one isn't going anywhere. :D
  11. sunvalleylaw

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    Nice info! Thanks! I will go back and listen to some of that and listen for the bass to here it. I will continue to enjoy the Concert using both my guitars and my bass at home, but as I said above will probably get me a used Peavey TNT for band use. Heavy yes, but cheap and should do the job.
  12. TN WOODMAN

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    I love the tone of my basses through my Fender guitar amps but always worried about blowing speakers even @ lower volume .
  13. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBass - PlayBass! Supporting Member

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    :cool: I got mine used, here is a photo of it.

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  14. sunvalleylaw

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    That is a cool one! I got mine used too. A 1996 rosewood/spruce dreadnought.

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    (the tele and the strat don't look like that any more. The tele has a P90 in the neck, and a BWB guard, and the strat now has a tort guard).

    Here is my acoustic in action while I played with my Dad a couple years ago. [​IMG]
  15. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBass - PlayBass! Supporting Member

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    Cool, so your dad is a bassist, too! :cool:
  16. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBass - PlayBass! Supporting Member

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    My Martin is Adirondack spruce with Mahogany B&S. I love the Stauffer Pyramid bridge, there are very few photos of any Martins with one. The guitar is, essentially, an OM-18 with vintage appointments, Waverly oval button tuning keys, 1/4" scalloped Adi bracing, low profile neck, long diamond volute, all grade 8 wood, BW headplate; whoever ordered this guitar came up with the goods. :bassist: It is very lightweight, responsive, amazing sounding, and the double Venetian cutaways are way cool. It was made in '09.

    I bet the Tele sounds wonderful with the P90 in it.

    Oh oh!! Isn't this supposed to be a forum about bass! :D

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