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Help w/SWR Workingman's 12

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by bassjam99, Apr 21, 2010.

  1. bassjam99


    Apr 21, 2010
    Los Angeles
    Hi, I am a newbie and a beginning bass player and I was looking to pick up a SWR Workingman's 12 Combo amp. As I was doing my research, I came upon the comments from sellers regarding pre and post-fender models. My question is what is the difference between a pre-fender and a post fender WM 12? And which would be better assuming condition and price were the same. :bassist:
  2. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    San Diego, Ca.
    Dealer Nordstrand Pickups.
    Probably insignificant
  3. JOME77


    Aug 18, 2002

    It's just another example of the typical attitude that when a small company gets bought out by a larger company the quality always goes downhill.
    I doubt that you would notice any difference in the quality of a SWR WM12 combo. It is what it is. Just try to find one that's been cared for.
  4. bassjam99


    Apr 21, 2010
    Los Angeles
    Thanks for the input! :)
  5. Frankie Fender

    Frankie Fender Supporting Member

    actually the older ones were 100 watts with a celestion speaker (I owned one) The newer ones do 120 watts and have a more generic speaker, not sure what it is.

    Like the others said, no real big difference.


    Apr 16, 2010
    In my humble opinion...
    Save a couple more dollars and get the SWR Workingsman's 15.
    Why? Sooner than you might expect, you are going to get oppertunities to play in a band or "open mic" jams.
    The 15 @ 120 watts will push enough air in the room to make you happy. The 12 won't.
    The WM 15 is a great combo. The aural enhancer and transparency functions make it a good sounding unit.
  7. bobcruz


    Mar 10, 2004
    The only reason I can think of to prefer the older WM12's is that they used 8-ohm internal speakers and had a jack for an 8-ohm extension speaker. With an efficient extension cab, they're usable for moderate volume gigs (I use one with an extension cab in a jazz ensemble). I recently checked the specs on the new Working Pro model and it uses a 4-ohm internal speaker so you're maxed out with the combo and can't add an extension.
  8. bassjam99


    Apr 21, 2010
    Los Angeles
    Thank you!! That's exactly what I did, I picked up the SWR Workingsman 15 from JumboJack and it's great. I have the equipment...now I just need to learn how to play! :bassist: Hopefully, soon I'll be able to fill in at my church.


    Aug 30, 2001
    Pittsburgh, PA
    My 2004 version has 160 watts with internal speaker and 200 watts with exteral 8ohm speaker. When did they increase from 120 watts to 160 watts? Does this coincide with Fender's purchase of SWR? Mine doesn't have the front "shelve" and the carpeting is a very dark blue.
  10. Frankie Fender

    Frankie Fender Supporting Member

    Congrats! That WM15 is nice. Should be plenty.


    Apr 16, 2010
    You are set man! You won't need nuttin' but a whole lot of
    practice, practice and .... practice.

    Whenever you split the impedance (ohms) in half you double the current (amps). The voltage (fixed at 120 volts) is inversely proportional with the amps. If an amp says "120/160 watts" they are stating that you will get more power out of the amp by cutting the resistance in half by adding another
    speaker (ohm load) to the unit. When you read " 1 million watts at 2 ohms" don't buy it. Something has to give with the
    voltage being constant (120 volts). The current which is heat.
    Heat burns things up.
  12. Lync


    Apr 13, 2004
    IMO SWR decreased in quality control when they went from SWR Engineering to SWR Sound (went to Fender after this). Being bought out by Fender seemed to help the company.
  13. I don't know when the Fender buyout was (2002?) but I'm going to guess the Workingman's 15 combo wattage increase was around 1999 when the Workingman's 2004 head with the same ratings was introduced. I can't speak for quality control of the later stuff, but I have a WM 160 that was submerged in brackish water for a few days and it still works. I always thought the SWR Engineering stuff looked cleaner and classier, anyway.


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