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Older Fender bassman 135 or Mesa Boogie Prodigy

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by S.fasciani, Dec 21, 2013.

  1. S.fasciani


    May 27, 2005
    Im thinking of purchasing an all tube amp.
    Which would be the better decision taking into account the quality, sound, price etc. i play mostly finger-style jazz, funk, pop.
    Volume is not a huge factor for me. Im not doing any hug venue gigs.
  2. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
    Both amps have merit for sure. As much as I think the old Bassman amps have a lot charm and dare I say, vibe, I'd go for the Prodigy, no question
  3. Dmwphoto

    Dmwphoto what does this light/\ do?

    Nov 27, 2013
    Richmond va
    The prodigy is a fantastic amp in every way. Pretty hard to beat IMO.
  4. Bassmec


    May 9, 2008
    Ipswich UK
    Proprietor Springvale Studios
    The 135 is not my favourite fender amp as unlike its 100 brother, it's not very nice on breakup at full power, as it's got a very stiff power supply and an ultra linear output transformer, Just to try to wring the last few clean watts out of four 6L6 output tubes.
    Not saying ultra linear mode is bad in fact it's very good but this particular Fender 135 amp got it a bit wrong in comparison with a Marshall Major 200 or a Simms Watts AP 200 or a Matamp 300.
    It just seems to work better with KT 88 tubes for some obscure reason.
    The Prodigy is a great sounding amp:):bassist:
  5. Hi.

    No personal experience about the Mesa, but...

    I can wholeheartedly concur with that observation.

    One of the reasons why I sold mine (135) back in the day, was the fact that it didn't sound very good.
    IMO the break-up is actually worse sounding than on some transistor amps :bag: ;).

    So, out of those two, Mesa would be my choice.

  6. Love my Prodigy but have no experience with older Fender gear.
  7. S.fasciani


    May 27, 2005
    Thanks for the responses.