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Fender Bassman 100T Chapter 3

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Chef, Aug 27, 2013.


  1. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
  2. Tim1

    Tim1

    Sep 9, 2005
    New Zealand
    Chapter 3 - a tribute to a great amp which has already become a legend in only its first year of production :).
     
  3. NOLA Bass

    NOLA Bass Mr. Worst Case Scenario Man Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2005
    New Orleans LA
    In!

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  4. idoru

    idoru

    Dec 18, 2005
    Brisbane, Australia
    With a few wee bumps along the way, of course ;)
     
  5. cloclo

    cloclo

    Dec 13, 2009
    Antwerp, Belgium
    I just ordered mine (100T) ...
    Now for the wait :meh:
     
  6. soxhats

    soxhats Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2011
    Raleigh, NC
    On the handle issue.... the funny thing is I find it easier to just carry it by the side handles anyway. Feels even lighter that way.
     
  7. NOLA Bass

    NOLA Bass Mr. Worst Case Scenario Man Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2005
    New Orleans LA
    Same here, I always carry with the side handles. I definitely will now!
     
  8. Freight Train

    Freight Train Earth-based Alternative Scientist, Sex Researcher Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2012
    Dallas, Texas
    I always use the side handles, except a couple of times in rush load outs I've had to carry it by the top handle with something else in the other hand. Gives me the heebie-jeebies thinking of that now. If my baby had hit the ground i would've gone insane.
     
  9. 60bass

    60bass Supporting Member

    Apr 24, 2005
    Charlotte, NC
    Yep that top handle is an accident waiting to happen. Why didn't Fender just use the metal cap strap handles that they've been using on their amps for years?
     
  10. husky123

    husky123 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 6, 2006
    Leesburg, VA
    Product Development Specialist for Bergantino Audio Systems
    Hey Bassman 100T owners in "loud" rock bands....are you guys finding that the 100W is enough in this setting? I had a SB300 and sent it back a few months ago because it was having biasing issues. Thinking about coming back in with the 100T and hoping to get more grind at sane volumes. Thanks for any input.
     
  11. NOLA Bass

    NOLA Bass Mr. Worst Case Scenario Man Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2005
    New Orleans LA
    It is for me. We haven't gigged but my guitarists are loud at rehearsal w Marshall and Mess half stacks.

    Size of the cab will matter and how much clean headroom you want.
     
  12. Freight Train

    Freight Train Earth-based Alternative Scientist, Sex Researcher Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2012
    Dallas, Texas
    I play in a power trio with a powerhouse drummer. The 100T with the 410 Neo in this group has been exactly what I had hoped it would be. When we're playing with no FOH support, and matching levels with the drums, the 100T sits right in that sweet spot of power tube distortion where it's generating all of those glorious harmonics, but just below actual breakup, and with the self-compression of the tubes tightening up the sound up better than any compressor. But notice I'm saying when we "match levels with the drums". Which means we have a guitarist who actually listens and adjusts his level where it's proper in the mix. If you're dealing with guitarists who don't listen, who don't grasp the concept of playing in ensemble, and insist on cranking a stack where a 2x12 combo would suffice, then no, I don't think you'll be happy with the 100T at all, unless all you want is all-out fuzz and no headroom. I guess what I'm saying is the 100T is a fine tool, it's not a sledgehammer. If your group blares to the point of not being able to hear any nuance or quality of tone, why go to the expense of something like the 100T? Seems like Peavey would be a perfect choice in that case. But for playing with seasoned players who listen, and who realize that you don't have to be excessively loud to sound powerful, I think the 100T is a perfect choice. It has been for me anyway.
     
  13. Tim1

    Tim1

    Sep 9, 2005
    New Zealand
    FreightTrain is on the right track there but, without being quite as judgmental ;), it does depend on the style of music you want to play, the venue and the support. As he says, the 100T is not a sledgehammer but it will do well for most gigs. I still tend to go to my Super Bassman 300 first as I do like a super clean tone and for me, at some gigs, the 100T simply won't quite stay clean enough. That said, I am very excited about taking out my 100T this weekend with the Bergantino NV115 which has just arrived - first impressions are that this match up is heaven inspired and may just give the 100T a little more work.
    BTW, Husky, you should be aware that the bias issue has affected the 100T as much as the Super Bassman, although to their credit Fender seem to have responded promptly to it and hopefully all is sorted now.
     
  14. 60bass

    60bass Supporting Member

    Apr 24, 2005
    Charlotte, NC
    This ^

    Playing with seasoned players who are aware of stage volume and can get tone without ear shattering volume makes all the difference when it comes to amp choices.
     
  15. husky123

    husky123 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 6, 2006
    Leesburg, VA
    Product Development Specialist for Bergantino Audio Systems
    Thank you fella's. I should have mentioned it would be paired with a Dually 215 so I'll have some good speakers it will be going through for sure and yes, I'm lucky to play with seasoned guys. Thanks again for the input.
     
  16. hdracer

    hdracer

    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Are you getting that with 3015's or the fatal pro's?
    I use my 100T with 2 TL-606's with 3015's

    It really depends on how clean you want your tone too.
    If you want it to be perfectly clean it may not cut it for you,
    If you like a little hair on your tone and want to push the tubes to get some real tube overdrive the 100T will get real loud.
     
  17. Dan55

    Dan55

    Apr 26, 2006
    Atlanta
  18. husky123

    husky123 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 6, 2006
    Leesburg, VA
    Product Development Specialist for Bergantino Audio Systems
    I've had my 3015 equipped Dually for a little over a year now. It has cured my cab GAS. I definitely don't want uber clean. I like breakup and hair on the notes and that harmonic richness that you get from all tube heads. My SB300 was flat awesome but I really had to crank it to get the power tubes to do their thing. I just couldn't take the biasing issues so I sent it back.

    I just bought the new Ashdown CTM 100 to give a run through but I might give the 100T a shot too. Loved the Fender aesthetic and the 2 channel system.
     
  19. hdracer

    hdracer

    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    You'll love the 100T then.
    For rock I use my NS-2A or 'Ray on the OD channel,
    Pure Rock!
     
  20. husky123

    husky123 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 6, 2006
    Leesburg, VA
    Product Development Specialist for Bergantino Audio Systems
    Awesome, no doubt. Thanks man.
     

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