66 Bassman + 2x12 cab

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Killed_by_Death, Oct 4, 2016.

  1. $1,000+

  2. $900-$999

  3. $800-$899

  4. $700-$799

  5. less than $700

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  1. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    I've been offered first shot at 1966 Bassman Blackface including a newish 2x12 cabinet that goes with it

    what is a fair price?

    seller doesn't remember what drivers are in the cabinet, but they're not stock
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2016
  2. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    Value will be greatly affected by condition, missing or changed parts, condition of tubes etc. An unknown cab with unknown speakers does not have much affect at this point. :)
  3. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    I assume it's in good shape, but I'm not going to know jack about the condition other than the looks of it
    obviously if it looks beat up there's no deal or if I plug in and it just sputters nonsense out
    it's a 2 hour drive for me, but at least it's a drive that passes right by the RIC/G&L dealer
  4. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    With that in mind, I'll vote.
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  5. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    @Killed_by_Death — Why would you want it? Really?

    IMHO, it is useless except in a recording studio, where, IMHO, it is easily surpassed by so many things, I can't count them all.
  6. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    mainly because guitar players have used them & I play guitar & bass
  7. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    it's cool and all, but for guitar blackface fenders with no reverb or tremolo are like BBQ with no hot sauce, and for bass it would at best be a neat studio recording amp, maybe with a different cab.
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  8. It's a nice guitar amp.
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  9. Foz


    Jul 26, 2008
    Jax FL USA
  10. beans-on-toast


    Aug 7, 2008
    I have a blackface Fender guitar amp and the tone is very special. People love it. It's a nice amp to own.

    I don't know what a good price is, condition, any modifications, and location factor in. The cabinet wouldn't be worth a lot since it isn't matching or a Fender cab. Otherwise, add $50 to the value of the head. Retail asking prices can be found at gbase.com but private sale prices are a lot lower. Reverb.com is a better measure.
  11. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    I'm pretty sure it is a Fender cabinet, just a new one, not the vintage one that would have come with it
    Although I don't have a photo yet, but I'm probably going to pass
    I'm seeing used ones listed on GC.com & the prices are not as high as in my poll
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  12. beans-on-toast


    Aug 7, 2008
    If the price is affordable, for guitar use, how can you go wrong.

    Not too many years ago, a bassman head from that era would sell for around $250. Prices have gone through the roof because blackface amps are highly desirable.
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  13. Agreed that it is better for guitar. Very bland for bass......it works,but not all that well.
    If memory serves,the cab is really thin...
  14. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing.

    Agreed on the reverb part, that's what makes a Fender a Fender IMHO. I think they sound better with the Vibrato circuit removed (unless you actually use that feature), but vive la difference.
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  15. loveandbass

    loveandbass Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2004
    Love the sound of a bass through a bassman
  16. beans-on-toast


    Aug 7, 2008
    I much prefer the Fender standalone reverbs, they have a nice depth over the build in ones. Granted, they are a bit expensive. Makes a good project.

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  17. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing.

    They're fantastic sounding if you are down with inline effect devices in front of your tube amp, which is something I prefer to avoid. It's funny, I never use passive basses, but really prefer that dynamic of passive instrument-->cable-->amp for guitar.

    In any case, 500 bucks tops for that head, plus whatever the cab might be worth.
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  18. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Shaker Heights, OH
    big fender bassman fan here, beware of the ampeg and modern amp fanboys they were try and tell you this isn't a bass amp, it's only 5 watts, they're terrible at bass, etc. none of it is true. fantastic warm bass tones. i prefer them with a 1x15 or 2x15 but they sound good with the 2x12 as well. i gigged regularly for a year in a bar with one, so yes 50 tube watts is fine.

    head alone 66 all original is worth 700-800, newish cab around 200-400 depending on what it is. so 1000+
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  19. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Inactive

    I wouldn’t give $100 for the amp together with the cabinet. It’s a terrible bass amp. :(
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  20. beans-on-toast


    Aug 7, 2008
    I never use effects loops. When I use effects, it is always infront and into the amp. All pickups are passive.

    The '63 Fender reverb is DIY popular. But while your at it, add a tremolo and have them both in the same box. Weber sells (or at least used to) a tweed style chassis for them, called a revibe.

    But what I'd really like to build is a DeArmond tremolo. They sound so smooth, work well for bass as well as guitar. Building one takes a bit of machine shop work.

    Premier Guitar article / DeArmond tremolo | Dan Formosa

    I have an article somewhere where something similar is done with a spinning CD with holes drilled into it. Another take on the same idea.
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