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Fender BXR Fifteen questions

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Krtalaz91, Apr 15, 2009.


  1. Krtalaz91

    Krtalaz91

    Apr 12, 2009
    Warren, MI
    Hello, I am a new bass player. I've been playing for about a month now, every day, and I'm just wondering about my amp. I have a Fender BXR Fifteen so I guess it is considered a 15 watt amp, but it says 45W on the back. Is this the power consumption and if so, why is it called a 15 watt amp? I know it's a pretty small amp and doesn't get extremely loud, but would it ever be possible to do a really small gig with it?
     
  2. RickenBoogie

    RickenBoogie

    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Is it called a fifteen because it has a 15" speaker. The BXR's are from the 80's, and not bad amps at all. Can you post a picture, front and back?
     
  3. Krtalaz91

    Krtalaz91

    Apr 12, 2009
    Warren, MI
    Oh, ok. So I guess it is a 45W then, which makes sense. Here's some pics of it. So do you think it would be possible to do some small gigs with it?
     

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  4. Rick Auricchio

    Rick Auricchio Registered Bass Offender

    That 45w marking is how much is used from the power line. Therefore the amp is probably a 15w amp.


    It depends what else is going on at your gig. You can do gigs without a drummer for sure. Add drums and electric guitars and probably not.

    But with PA support, you'd only need the amp as a personal monitor, so it could work.
     
  5. RickenBoogie

    RickenBoogie

    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Yeah, that's a practice amp. Not really enough oomph for live rock music. Even as a stage monitor, it would be very difficult to hear over pounding drums and blazing guitars. For a gig rig, you'll want alot more power, and much more speaker area, like a 4x10 or better.
     
  6. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    man. when i read the title to this thread i thought he had 15 questions about his amp!

    ..............................(and that's one question per watt!)
     
  7. Krtalaz91

    Krtalaz91

    Apr 12, 2009
    Warren, MI
    Ok, well thanks for the help. I'm still a little confused as to what the 15W means since 45W is the input.
     
  8. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    I've got a BXR 300 and it's pretty cool. Had it for like 25 years now, still works great, so if that's any indication you'll get good use from this one.
     
  9. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    45W at the input means that it draws 45 watts from the AC line in order to produce 15 watts of power at the output. ( no amp is 100% efficient).
     
  10. Krtalaz91

    Krtalaz91

    Apr 12, 2009
    Warren, MI
    Ok, that makes sense. Thanks for the help and other info. Much appreciated :)
     
  11. ...and according to online info I found you have an 8" speaker in there...
     

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