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1965 Fender Bassman

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Alexander, Jun 24, 2019.


  1. Alexander

    Alexander

    Aug 13, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    I bought a 65 Bassman yesterday that will be available for local pickup tomorrow. I wanted an amp that I could have in my living room that can pull double duty as a low volume practice amp for bass and practice/gig amp for guitar (not that I do a lot of guitar work these days). Glad to have gotten the "piggyback" style, given every tube combo amp I've had rattled like nobody's business. Pretty close to all original and clean too.

    I don't see a lot of these on Talkbass - wonder if anyone out there has love for an old amp like this...

    Bassman.
     
  2. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
  3. hennessybass

    hennessybass Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2008
    Houston, TX
    Great looking amp.
    I gigged a 100w Bassman for many years.
    I know quite a few guitar players who use them too.

    Congrats on your new rig.
     
  4. As a bass amp they are a load of garbage. I had a new blonde Blackface one in the late sixties. I returned it after a weekend. The thing distorted and I could get nothing clean out of it at any sort of a gig volume.
     
  5. salcott

    salcott Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    NYC, Inwood.
    "I wanted an amp that I could have in my living room that can pull double duty as a low volume practice amp for bass and practice/gig amp for guitar."

    It'll do fine for these uses. Good for recording, too.
     
  6. Alexander

    Alexander

    Aug 13, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    Yeah - I used one that was provided in a rehearsal space (but never really paid much attention to exactly what it was) - I had it cranked and it was distorting like crazy (from what I could hear of it). Again, though - it would be my living room bass amp
     
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  7. As a practice amp. the same way I use my B15N, it should do just fine so enjoy the thing.
     
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  8. Paulabass

    Paulabass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2017
    Legendary guitar amp. Bass- not so much.
     
  9. hennessybass

    hennessybass Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2008
    Houston, TX
    Of course speakers play a huge part in the equation...
     
  10. I agree fully but the amplifier I bought was amp and cabinet. To reiterate, the package was brand new. When I returned the amp my trade in, an Epiphone Constellation, had been sold - I left the amp anyway.
     
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  11. salcott

    salcott Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    NYC, Inwood.
    I use an Ampeg SB12 for practice; I wouldn't dream of taking it on a gig. Awareness of an amp's limitations and using it accordingly is always a good thing to do.
     
  12. Alexander

    Alexander

    Aug 13, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    Yeah - this one has the Utah speakers in it and I'm not sure what kind of shape they're in. I may end up keeping my eyes open for a cab with a good set of old Jensens or maybe just put some re-issue Jensens into this one and store the Utahs.
     
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  13. BassFishingInAmerica

    BassFishingInAmerica

    Jul 24, 2014
    Is that a 2x15 cab? I’ve got one with 2 JBL’s. Best sounding cab with the JBL’s, depending what head is on it.
     
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  14. DavidEdenAria

    DavidEdenAria

    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    Great score!

    IMO, forget old Jensens, they have paper voice coil formers unless reconed with kapton coils....i have many old Fender amps and i use other cabs, for example my 63 Tremolux goes thru a variety of 4 ohm cabinets and each is different...be aware your Bassman is limited to how much power it will deliver down low...use an EQ and roll off the bottom end with a very efficient 4 ohm cabinet and it should be fine.

    These MUST be recapped, same as any other old amp, bias supply rebuilt etc and i personally would use 7581 which are bit higher power 6L6GC industrial tubes.

    These 65 Bassmans are cool amps, some folks mod them slightly for guitar as well as bass but i would be careful and not do anything invasive.

    These are old school amps that can deliver cool bass tone but not clean powerful bottom end....old school can rule imo!
     
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  15. ELG60

    ELG60 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Mid-Florida
    20170821_002215.
     
  16. AGCurry

    AGCurry Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2005
    St. Louis
    The amps themselves are passable bass amps for lower-volume situations. I used one on the road in the 1970s, BUT: the speakers and the cabinet they inhabit are no good for bass. I plugged mine into a Peavey 2-15" cab and that combination served me well.

    Contrary to intuition, the "Normal" channel is usually better for bass than the "Bass" channel.
     
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  17. fabubass

    fabubass

    Jan 13, 2006
    Even back in the late 60's when I was playing guitar through a twin reverb, the Jensen Speakers were crap and would blow if you played past 5 ( which we OFTEN did back then. No P.A. support, back then, you were lucky to have a decent enough P.A ( Shure Vocal Master....Yes, I'm Old!!!) for the vocals. I ended up with J.B. Lansing in my twin (too clean) or, friend of mine, put SRO's in his
     
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  18. Ampslut

    Ampslut

    May 15, 2017
    One of my 1st amps was a black face Bassman with a small 2x12 cab. I used it mostly with my college stage band and it was perfect for that. I would love to have it now as my bedroom practice amp. Congrats on a great find.
     
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  19. Alexander

    Alexander

    Aug 13, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    Just curious - why?
     
  20. Alexander

    Alexander

    Aug 13, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    I figured I would see how the existing speakers sound and what kind of condition they’re in. It has all modern tubes too so need to see if I want to go the NOS route or what. I have a bunch of old RCA preamp tubes laying around
     

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