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1968 Fender Bassman head

Discussion in 'For Sale: Amps, Preamps, and Cabinets' started by Chef, Nov 9, 2005.


  1. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
  2. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    bump for a great Christmas present for yourself;)
     
  3. Hey Chef- a quick question from a pretty-much tire-kicker: How useful(loud)are these things(50 watt Bassman)as genuine(used w/a bass guitar)bass amps? I'm considering splitting my signal & running the highs through a small tube guitar amp, & lows(or perhaps a full-range signal)through a good-sized bass rig. I'd also leave the 'bass' side unaffected, w/efx on the 'guitar' side. Knowing that the Bassman is prized as a guitar amp has me wondering...
     
  4. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    As a guitar amp, with 12ax7's in the pre slots, it's loud as heck;)
    As a bass amp, set up as I have it with 12au7's in the pre slots, it acceptable for small to medium jobs when paired with an efficient cab (like a schroder) and "responsible players," (read no guitar players with marshall stacks), and excellent for studio work.
    It's a strong ~40 watts:)
     
  5. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Trades anyone?
     
  6. UtBDan

    UtBDan Supporting Member

    Oct 29, 2004
    Connecticut
    could it stand up to a loooud drummer?
     
  7. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    UtBDan, I doubt it...

    Pics added....
     
  8. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I use an amp very much like this (mine's a '67) for my main gigging amp for small clubs in a relatively quiet band. It sounds like a million bucks with my Eden D210T cabinet. It's not loud enough for big gigs, I need to get something else for larger shows, but for smaller gigs the tone is incomparable.
     
  9. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Philbiker, that's pretty much how I feel about it, thanks for chiming in:)
    I use it with a Schroeder 1210 for both DB and electric in smaller/medium rooms.

    chef
     
  10. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Smash asked this, so maybe someone else is curious too:

    The answer is "yes!"
    It's got metal capped rubber isolator feet at all four corners. It also has left and right slide out clamps iwth slots milled in them that attach to thumbscrews on an appropriately vintage fender cab if you have one. They used this arrangement well into the 70's...I had a bassman 100 and 412 cab like this. If you're really gettin' after it, the sliders can rattle-you'll find many heads missing them cause folks took them off and lost them...One can just tape them, or put foam under them in the studio if run that hard, but taking it off the cab will solve that problem just as easy...

    chef

     
  11. justBrian

    justBrian

    Apr 19, 2002
    Kansas City, MO
    You are soooo killing me with this. I've been after one for a couple of years now. I never seem to have the $$ or anything cool to trade when one comes up. :crying:
     
  12. Passinwind

    Passinwind I Know Nothing Supporting Member

    If anyone's wondering, you can get the mating hardware for the cabinet part through Fender with no problem, should you want to.

    Bump for a cool amp. I've been restoring one for a buddy, and it'll run more than Alan's asking price when it's finished.
     
  13. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    I have a '66 and it's a very cool if not very loud amp. I'm not settled on the correct speaker choice for it yet but it sounds amazing through a repro Bandmaster 2x12 loaded with Altec 417's. The 417's themselves are a little tired for bass. They scream for guitar though... So I think a 4 ohm 1x15 will be in the works soon.

    Also potentially a DI that taps off after the pre & before the power section, which might make it the worlds heaviest/largest/mono F2B ...

    oh yeah, bump?
     
  14. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    You know you want to spend that Christmas Cash/Bonus on this;)

    chef
     
  15. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile

    no I don't have Christmas cash/Bonus :spit: I really wish someone would buy this! It hurts to see such a cool head sit at a killer price and not be able to justify the purchase with the boss :meh:

    Seriously Chef, if I hit the lottery or similar... I'd snag the from you in a heart beat. (it's from the year I was born even).
     
  16. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Thanks mate! I've had this head an enjoyed the heck out of it since ~ 1980? I'll probably hate myself for letting it go, but I wanna try an Ampeg B15, and I need the loot.
     
  17. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    small worlds and such...

    I started in 1980 with an Ampeg B15 :D


    If I didn't ditch it ages ago, I'd trade you
     
  18. jspellman

    jspellman

    Dec 5, 2006
    Hi, im new here..I stumbled upon this thread while searching furiously for a bassman head. Though I am a guitar player, I just love the tone the bassman gives. Anyways, is it still available? and if so, do you have any pictures you could post or email to me? ( jesse@regulationblue.com ) because for some reason no pictures show up in this thread...??
    thank you VERY much!! -Jesse
     
  19. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Pictures don't show 'cause it sold a year ago chief;)
    G'luck...there's scads of these on ebay right now.