How Best To Dial A Fender Bassman 100?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by dhagler, Nov 18, 2005.

  1. I play a Silvertone SS-15B with EMG pickups (sorry, don't know what kind) and my amp is the old Fender Bassman 100 (the one with the 15" speaker). I play at church and I am plugged into our PA system. What are the best settings for my amp (all at 12 o'clock or something else)?

    Thanks in advance for your replies. This is my first posting.
  2. tourettes5139


    Nov 8, 2005
    It is hard to say because there are so many variables, such as the environment you are playing in, what type of music you are playing, and most importantly, how you play; i.e. your technique, how you strike the strings. That has a HUGE effect on the tone, I would say at least as much as how you set the amp, if not more. Plus, you didn't even give us any guidelines for what type of sound you are going for. Do you want a round, full sound, or a clicky metal sound? Give us some more information, and then we can help you out more effectively.
  3. Thanks for your response. As I said, my first posting. I play with my fingers and the style of music is contemporary gospel. I am not sure what kind of sound I am looking for. Please understand that I have only been playing a little less than a year. I would probably want my sound to be less treble-ish and hissy.

    Again, thanks. Hope this helps.
  4. AGCurry


    Jun 29, 2005
    Kansas City
    To me, the "old Fender Bassman 100" was a silverface tube amp [grin]. I'm assuming you're talking about one of the Bassman models made in the last 5 years. If so, to get rid of some "treble and hiss", you may just want to turn off the tweeter and go full-range into the woofer.

    There is no one correct EQ setting, especially if you play in different rooms. Otherwise, we could just tape the tone knobs down and forget about 'em. In general, I avoid extremes. Turn off the "enhance" setting, or whatever it's called - it's a tonesucker.