All Tube 1956 Bassman

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by PinkFloydDan, Jul 10, 2005.

  1. Musicians Friend sells it for I think 1300...Anyone use this amp for bass?

    I Am curious what is sounds like.

  2. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Welcome to the forum!

    Maybe you'll get more responses in the 'amps' section?
  3. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
  4. 62bass


    Apr 3, 2005
    I used one with a P bass back in the 60s. Great sound but only very low volume music. i was using it with jazz combos and dance bands. it did great for that and also recorded well. I liked it better than the revered Ampeg flip top.

    Not too practical for today's music however. Guitar players love them.
  5. AGCurry


    Jun 29, 2005
    Kansas City
    It's very inadequate for bass, unless you're playing at very low volume in the studio. Any open-back speaker arrangement is going to blow for bass. Guitar players like 'em.
  6. elros


    Apr 24, 2004
    Proprietor, Helland Musikk Teknologi
    I used a blackface bassman 50 for a couple of years - it was my first amp.
    The sound was fantastic, as I remember it.
    But it didn't have a lot of volume for rock... at least not with the speaker cab I had. I imagine it'd be sweet with, say, a horn loaded 15" or something along those lines.
    Also it was stinking heavy - most tube amps are, mostly because they've got two big iron-core transformers in them, and a heavy-duty steel chassi to hold'em.
    But $1300 is a bit steep, innit? Or perhaps I gave mine away much to cheap....?

    Oh - BTW - is it a reissue model perhaps? Not vintage?