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The Fender Bassman 100T thread

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by Tim1, Apr 6, 2012.


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  1. Tim1

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    I reckon this amp deseves its own thread as I have had quite a few PMs form various TB'ers about it. Since there are now a few more of us out there owning one it could be handy to pass on hints and tips to each other as the amp is still very new.
    Personally I am very impressed with mine, the weight versus features factor is huge and when you factor in all the features the price is not too bad. I am running mine into a Bergantino NV215, as the importers down here would not/could not get one of the new Fender Pro 115 neo cabs for me.
    As one who has never been a fan of overdrive I am actually finding the overdrive chammel very useful and natural to add a touch of tube dirt, and the vintage channel does just what it says.
    Has anyone played around with different bias settings yet?
    Anyway, this thread will either end up on page nine by tomorrow or might have some use - let the forum decide.
     
  2. RCCollins

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    Y'know what will help this thread thrive? A pic of your amp on top of that Bergantino!
     
  3. dustinfennessey

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    Awesome idea man! I'm running mine through the Fender Bassman 410 Neo and its freaking great. I run mine on the overdrive channel with the gain and blend at 9 and the distortion/crunch is great.

    I haven't messed with tube bias and have been running it on "normal". Still haven't decided if I should run it at 25 watts at high volume or 100 watts at super low volume.

    Ideas?
     
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  6. TC.65

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    All this thread is going to do is give me a bad case of GAS. Although i'm happy with the rig I have the more I hear about the 100T the more I want one.
     
  7. Tim1

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    Here ya go:
     

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  8. dustinfennessey

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    nice man! looks like 212 but what is that tiny speaker?
     
  9. Tim1

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    The small speaker is a 6.5" for upper mids and highs. Works a treat. This might be a better pic:
     

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  10. TC.65

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    You all are killing me. Now all you need to do is post some sound clips.
     
  11. dustinfennessey

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    how you digging it compared to the orange? i used to have one of those puppies too
     
  12. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

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    Wow, that's a great collection of rigs! Do you prefer the 100T through the NV610 (which I have) or the 215? I also chuckled at the Dusty Rhodes poster in the background, didn't know he was famous in NZ.:D
     
  13. Tim1

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    I was originally going to sell the Orange when I got the Bassman, but pulled it from sale as it is so good at what it does, and also quite different tonally to the Fender with its real low end emphasis. They are both great at what they do so I made a few financial sacrifices to keep them both (read "I had the house redecorated for SWMBO" :D).
    I prefer the Bassman through the 215 to the 610, but then I prefer the 215 anyway. I think its more extended range with the midrange speaker suits the Bassman better. Yeah, the Dusty Rhodes poster is from my band Dusty Rhodes and the Bluesmobile - after 25 plus years of gigging I think we might have coined the name before your American Dusty Rhodes the wrestler and his bluesmobile but I wouldn't like to argue copyright with him :bag:
     
  14. adivin

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    This will be my first all tube amp. I can't wait to compare it to my Genz Benz Streamliner 900 which has three tubes in the preamp. It's going to be interesting to see how the Streamliner compares to the all tube power of the 100T. I am also curious about the volume level of a 100 watt tube amp.
     
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    Ya, the volume thing is an interesting one and really depends on how loud your band plays on stage (obviously :) ). I kind of wish Fender had made it 150 or 200 watts but she still goes pretty loud. The 300 watter didn't tempt me at all, parly because of weight and I already have an SVT VR, plus I don't need a full 300 tube watts behind me in many of the gigs I do these days.
     
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    Ha! Well, Dusty the wrestler's been using that name since the mid-70s, so he might have you beat.:D

    I tried an NV215 briefly once 4 years ago, and preferred the mid-punch of the 610 a bit more. Great cab, though, I'd love to try it again.

    I have an Ampeg V-4B, and while I love the sound, I wish I had a bit more headroom. I might wind up with the 300-watter, or some other brand's 200-watter.
     
  17. chrisan2

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    hi tim1 im also in nz and im gonna get a new bassman pro head, i tried out my guitarists "80s bassman 135 silverface recently and felt it was not clean enough at the volume i need, had gain on 7 and master 0n 7 to get the right volume, in the clean channel , and it was starting to distort, though a ashdown abm 810 cab, so will the new bassman 100t be louder than the old 135, or should i go the super bassman 300? Playing the road worn p bass. your thoughts
     
  18. loveboatcaptain

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    Ah man!!! You guys are killing me! Especially you Dustin.


    I have My new 410 bassman neo cab sitting in my kitchen but the heads aren't going to arrive in the UK til about September :( so I'm sooo jealous. I ordered the two months ago but the heads are taking ages to get here.

    Can't wait to get it though!
     
  19. Tim1

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    Hi chrisan, to be honest I never really liked the Bassman 135. Tonally I think the 100T is a far superior head, but 100 tube watts is still 100 tube watts so you may run into the same issues with the 100T. If you were running the old bassman on 7 and 7 and still not enough clean grunt I woudl say go for the 300, after all it is only 500 bucks more out here. Give Richie at Music Machine in Napier (they still have a 300Pro in stock, only one in NZ) a ring and say Tim told you he would cut you a good deal on the 300 and I guarantee you will be surprised at the deal he will offer you.
     
  20. John D

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    In what way(s) is the tone of the 100T different from the Bassman 135?
     
  21. Tim1

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    The difference is that the vintage channel captures the tone/vibe of the original Bassman perfectly, but the "overdrive" channel does far more than just overdrive. The tone stack in this channel is described by Fender as "active" and it is certainly more versatile in a modern tubey way. It also has the ability to dial in and blend overdrive/gain in a useable/practical/friendly on the ear way. I have never used overdrive before, but I do with this head. It is foot-switchable between the two channels - Fender really have thought of everything to make the head as user friendly as possible. Personally I think it is important not to think of this amp as an update of the old Fender Bassman - it is a new amp in its own right and should be judged as such. It is way, way more versatile than the old Bassman 135.
     

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