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anyone else using vintage Fender Bassman?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by BassGreaser, Sep 23, 2004.

  1. BassGreaser


    Aug 22, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I've been using my Bassman 135 with matching cab for a couple of months now and LOVE the tone I get, and just wondering if anyone else is using Bassmens, or any other low watt tube amp as thier main rig?
  2. andertone

    andertone Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Southwest USA
    No matter what I try, I always come back to my
    1965 Fender Showman driving a JBL D140F for my
    small rig. Big rig is Alembic F2B PLX2402 through
    Epi T212 and/or T112

    I've tried many small, Ashdown ABM300-C110, Nemesis 210,
    SWR baby blue (closest, but very low volume), Acme LowB1,
    you get the picture.

    There is just some sort of snappy freq hump on the
    D and G strings up the neck that solid state cannot
    duplicate. Ashdown came closest, followed by Baby blue.

    Once the Showman is allowed to get good and warmed
    up, there is a warmth there that is NOT felt with any
    of the others. I know the JBL is actually a mid bass speaker,
    but it mixes very well with drums and moderate volume groups.

    Phil Anderson
    Tucson, AZ
  3. bassplayer347

    bassplayer347 Guest

    Dec 24, 2003
    I've been practicing through our lead players Bassman 100 for a few yrs now ....love the tone! I just recently traded him for a 1963 Fender Deluxe I came across. I has the 412 cabinet with it, modified to a 215 212. Now I am looking for a small cabinet to use the head through for a smaller rig. I was thinking of maybe an Avatar 112, tolex covered, with fender grill cloth.....
    any other suggestions?
  4. andertone

    andertone Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Southwest USA

    My current fave right now is a Bag End S15D with
    a JBL D140F replacing the stock speaker. The stock
    speaker goes a little lower if that is what you want
    (as does the Avatar B15), but doesn't sing as well
    up the neck.

    If your volume requirements aren't too much, a 12"
    cabinet would work well, and Avatar would be the
    logical low cost choice. I also like the Mesa old style
    Diesel with the EV 400 watt 15" speaker with a tube amp

  5. jiant.


    Jul 3, 2004
    Fort Mill, SC
    I use a 50w head and a 2x15 cab(both are the "silver face") when my band practices, but not for shows. I do like it, but I'm not a huge fan of the tube distortion. That's just me though.
  6. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    I'm a 50 watt Bassman guy too. I use my 1965 AB-165 in the studio, with a pair of BagEnd S-12's. Also use my highly modified 1978 Twin Reverb, and my unmodified 1969 Marshall Major. The Major especially is really nice for bass, those 6550's kick some serious booty in the low registers. That one I usually use with four BagEnd S-15's. It's really interesting watching the speakers at full volume, they'll do their usual half inch excursion, but every now and then there'll be this additional breathing motion that causes the cone to come out another quarter inch or so. Gotta be really careful with that amp, it's already fried several lesser speakers. :D
  7. andertone

    andertone Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Southwest USA

    I have the same problem with my Musicman HD130,
    with an EV 15" speaker the cone excursion is at
    the limits of the speaker.

    Solution: a 50Hz filter (like on my QSC PLX2402) to
    tighten up the bottom and reduce low freq mud,
    or to plug up the ports in your cabinet.

  8. My "small gig rig" is a silver face Bassman 50 with a JBL loaded Sonic compact 1 X 15." With my P-Bass, it sounds like a chorus of angels singing!