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Fender bassman 20

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by malone1980, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. malone1980


    Feb 17, 2008
    I just bought a fender bassman 20 for $200! the only made 500 of these and the guy who had it new nothing about it. He bought it new and only played on it a few times. Its in excellent condition and sounds great! any idea how much these are worth?
  2. LesS


    Mar 3, 2006
    no longer a member
  3. malone1980


    Feb 17, 2008
    what do you mean?
  4. tyrebyter


    Jan 20, 2010
    New Mexico
    To you? $200.
  5. Volume4


    Sep 15, 2009
    Long Island
    I owned one.

    I'd probably have bought another one for $200

    We're talking the 1x15 all tube Rivera designed model, right?

    Good amp, I bought new tubes and had it brought in to be rebiased for the new tubes.

    What I remember at the time, was the cost of the tubes and service turned out to be more than I bargained for and I just preferred my Ampeg B100R much more. Then I took a hit when I decided to sell it.

    But it was a good, warm amp.....I just preferred the other amp....and I was kind of hoping that an all tube 1x15" would be a poor mans B-15.....I later learned the circuit designs couldn't be more different and I already owned the closest thing to a poor mans B-15 ;)

    But right now, being in the market for an amp right away....I'd have probably been thrilled to grab one locally for $200 no shipping, no tax......yeah, I'd say you did very well.

    How do YOU like it? ;)
  6. Volume4


    Sep 15, 2009
    Long Island
  7. oggdawg


    Oct 25, 2009
    Cool amp, I've had one as well. I've heard the "only 500 made" thing and always took it with a grain of salt, as I've seen too many of them to believe that there were only 500 made. If you like the Fender tube sound, it's pretty much everything you'd want, although not super powerful (18 tube watts through a 15" can be surprising, though.) I think I paid around $300, and sold it for about the same.
  8. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Sounds like a great amp for practicing with a small group at reasonable levels! Enjoy.
  9. malone1980


    Feb 17, 2008
    it sounds good and is loud for 18 watts, im definately happy with it. It has a lot of bottom end.