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Fender Super bassman vs. Orange AD 200 B MK3

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by tinman 1967, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. tinman 1967

    tinman 1967

    Mar 6, 2010
    Alright, suppose you had the Orange ad The Super Bassman right in front of you, and we're told you could have either amp to choose., Free of charge! Brand new, which one do you choose and why? I'm welcome to any and all comments!
  2. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
    Mommy, I want the Orange one, it's pretty......:)
  3. negativefx

    negativefx complete hack

    Feb 18, 2013
    Fort Collins
    I sold my AD200B and bought a Super Bassman. Haven't regretted it for even a second.
  4. Fender Super Bassman Please! :)
  5. I would take the orange as I really like the tone they put out when pushed through a big cab, but wouldn't want to shell out the cash to get that single tone.
  6. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    Between those two the super bassman hands down. Much more versatile with the classic fender eq and the "modern" channels, channel switching, higher powered, silent recording, 2/4/8 ohm switching.

    The bassman has autobias though with the failures being reported I'm not sure if I'd list that as a feature in the "pro" or "con" column.
  7. Tim1


    Sep 9, 2005
    New Zealand
    I own both and am sitting in front of them right now. I sold my AD200 when I bought the Super Bassman 300 a couple of years ago, then missed it so much that I recently shelled out and bought another (while still keeping the SB300)!
    The AD200 has a superb tone which the SB300, being so versatile, can almost cop. I really, really missed that tone and just had to replace it, even though I initially thought that close enough with the SB300 was good enough. The AD200 has some very special magic synergy going on with my Bergantino NV215 that I simply cannot live without. I just had to have both.
    That said, if I was in the position where I had to live with only one it would be the SB300 for its versatility and extra clean grunt over the Orange. And by the way, having owned two AD200s, I have never had the problem of running out of clean headroom - it does go incredibly loud and clean if you use a reasonably efficient cabinet, dime the master and use a passive bass IME.
  8. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I'd get the Orange since you could get more money for it, then I'd sell it and buy an SVT ;)
  9. I've had SVT'S and got a Super Bassman 300 and I love it. It'll do everything the SVT does and Heaps more. And being 15lbs lighter isn't a bad thing neither. 😆
    I love SVT's but the SB300 is at least as good tonally but add the modern channel and it's a whole nother world added.
    Have played the Orange n liked it a lot too.
    Given s choice like you ask.
    The Super Bassman hands down.
    It's a classic amp.
  10. tinman 1967

    tinman 1967

    Mar 6, 2010
    Jimmy M..... I knew that was comming eventually:)
  11. Alexander

    Alexander Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    Yeah, I love SVTs, but am really digging the Super. Only gigged it once so far, but the SB killed it! Never tried the Orange, so can't compare, but the Fender won't be going anywhere anytime soon!
  12. nysbob


    Sep 14, 2003
    Cincinnati OH
  13. tinman 1967

    tinman 1967

    Mar 6, 2010
    Thanks folks, kind of leaning toward the super bassman (blonde) setting on top of my 2 orange OBC 115s . I guess it will kind of look like a big old orange cream sickle .... The only thing that concerns me is all the talk about this auto biasing failure... I'm thinking that it may be worth taking a chance.
  14. negativefx

    negativefx complete hack

    Feb 18, 2013
    Fort Collins
    Worst case, Fender has to repair the auto-bias. It's not that big of a deal IMO. I talked to a few of the local Fender authorized repair shops and they all said they've had to do zero repairs on the auto-bias. Now, I personally had two DOA amps but that could have been shipping, a bad batch, or coincidence. The third ones a charm though and has been kicking arse for almost a year without any problems whatsoever.
  15. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
    Fender, hands down. Fantastic amp.
  16. I haven't had a single problem with the auto bias on my SB300. I've also not heard of any with the 300. But, sure, a few probs with the 100T.

    The SB300 is just a smokin amp. Will become a classic I think. Certainly sounds classic! !
  17. Tim1


    Sep 9, 2005
    New Zealand
    I have had no problems with my autobias either. I do know a couple of people who did have autobias issues early on but these were solved quickly. Certainly there appeared to be nowhere near the number of issues with the sb300 than the 100t. You can buy with confidence and as Rod says, this amp is a keeper.
  18. Back to Bassics

    Back to Bassics

    Feb 16, 2014
    Could I have a Bassman 10 instead please?
  19. Tanner5382

    Tanner5382 Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2010
    Canton, GA
    I own the Orange, and I love it. I bought it along with an Ampeg SVT 810 (Vietnamese made Ampeg) cab for a fantastic price. I have tried the Fender at a store and I liked it too. Given the choice, I'd stick with the Orange. Both are good.
  20. P-oddz

    P-oddz Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2009
    Milwaukee, WI
    If you've already got the OBC115's - you should go Orange.
    Says the guy with Orange cabs and an AD200B :ninja:

    Personally - I thought the Super Bassmans were a nice amp (I was on the verge of a purchase before I came across the Orange), but the Orange made me laugh out loud at how fun it was to play.