The Fender Super Bassman 300 thread

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Tim1, Nov 25, 2012.


  1. husky123

    husky123 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 6, 2006
    Leesburg, VA
    Product Specialist and Artist Relations for Bergantino Audio Systems
    You know that moment of panic...new gear....super excited....

    I went through everything, changed basses, batteries in basses and then it dawned on me......LET ME CHECK THIS BRAND NEW SPEAKER CABLE THEY SENT ME. Bingo.

    Anywho's, holy cow, honeymoon is officially on. This thing is a beast. That overdrive channel and it's growl is a thing of beauty for this guy. Vintage channel pumps out clean fatness too. Unreal. And I have a 1973 SVT.
     
  2. Tim1

    Tim1

    Sep 9, 2005
    New Zealand
    Disappointing that you had to go through all that initial trauma, husky, but pleased that you are enjoying the amp. The more I use mine the more great tones I find on it, versatility seems to be its middle name.
     
  3. husky123

    husky123 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 6, 2006
    Leesburg, VA
    Product Specialist and Artist Relations for Bergantino Audio Systems
    Here's another question especially for you guys that have had your SB's for awhile. How are you running your tubes (normal, warm or cool)? I know the manual says running them warmer will decrease tube life but I'm wondering if it is dramatic? Are you noticing much difference between the tube temperatures?
     
  4. Running them normal myself. I got what I need that way!
     
  5. Tim1

    Tim1

    Sep 9, 2005
    New Zealand
    Yep, same here. I have never bothered to experiment with different bias settings. Happy as it is.
     
  6. DerekP

    DerekP

    Jul 24, 2005
    Toronto, On
    I run mine 2 clicks up on the warm side. I find it to be slightly quicker with a tiny bit more midrange and treble (on the passive channel) I don't notice much of a difference on the drive channel because I run it pretty filthy.
     
  7. i run mine as warm as it goes ..., cause if i try and adjust it down it just jumps straight back to the red now, sounds pretty nice though. ....waiting for the tech to get back from vacation..
     
  8. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Checked out Tom Lees' technical review for the upcoming issue #10, and 1-10-1 is indeed very flat on the Vintage channel. The Overdrive channel is a very different story, but he shows the "optimally flat" settings for this channel, as well, in his review.

    Amp performed great on the bench, btw! :cool:
     
  9. Tim1

    Tim1

    Sep 9, 2005
    New Zealand
    Tom, you are a legend. You do us all a great favour with Bass Gear Mag, keep it up.
     
  10. +++++++++++++1
     
  11. husky123

    husky123 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 6, 2006
    Leesburg, VA
    Product Specialist and Artist Relations for Bergantino Audio Systems
    Can't wait Tom! When does Issue #10 come out?
     
  12. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Right before NAMM (Jan 23).

    Thanks for the kind words, folks! :cool:
     
  13. husky123

    husky123 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 6, 2006
    Leesburg, VA
    Product Specialist and Artist Relations for Bergantino Audio Systems
    Getting some more time on mine and I'm still super impressed. I can't believe the split personality this thing has. It can go from just that deep, rich, fat and round tube tone to face melting grind and growl with the flick of a switch (or push of a button). It's literally like having about 5 amps in one without any pedals or outside influence. Wow, just wow.
     
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  14. husky123

    husky123 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 6, 2006
    Leesburg, VA
    Product Specialist and Artist Relations for Bergantino Audio Systems
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  15. ericg3

    ericg3

    Jan 14, 2013
    certainly easy to spend $ isn't it. Keep talking myself up product line / price list. I'm about 95% sure i would never need anything more than the 100T. But i always hate buying something and i had spent the extra $400. Other than the extra weight (i dont personally think an extra 15lbs is going to bother me) is there some reason i would NOT be happier with a sb300 instead of a 100T. I like clean sound so i don't have to worry about pushing the volume up to get some "dirt"
    And then, i know some of you are using 410Neo's with your SB. But i figured i'd go to the 610 (just to be sure again and i don't think the extra 25lbs is going to bother me).
    Then i start thinking - maybe go for 2-410's instead. only another $200 and i can just use the 1 when i don't need as much sound. What do you guys think about 410's vs 610's vs 2-410's. I guess that 1 810 is a little less coin than 2 410's but a little harder to lug around and less versatility. Is there any advantage to an 810 compared to 2 410's.
    Lots of questions huh ?
    And i started looking online and i'm not even sure any of this product is available in canada. Long and Mcquade doesn't have many in stock at this time.
     
  16. mattwear

    mattwear

    Aug 7, 2006
    Wellington, NZ
    One advantage the 100T may have for some over the SB300 is that, as with all other amps I've come across, the SB300's DI output is taken from the preamp. Whereas the 100T's DI 'post' signal is taken from the power section. So when you're recording via the DI of the 100T you get some tube power amp character.

    For me though it's the SB300 that ticks all the boxes. I'm gassing big time!
     
  17. bkbass2000

    bkbass2000 Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2011
    Asheville NC
    I have never owned a "real" tube amp. Is this thing overkill for 200-400 capacity venues? That's what I play the most. I am very interested but I don't want to get it and not be able to use all of its goodness. I have other amps for smaller places, and if I spend the money on this, I want to be sure that I can really take advantage of it without having to be at an outdoor festival or big indoor venue.
     
  18. Go ahead and treat yourself. The tube goodness really shines at all levels with that beast !!! The drive channel especially !!! No worries there !
     
  19. husky123

    husky123 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 6, 2006
    Leesburg, VA
    Product Specialist and Artist Relations for Bergantino Audio Systems
    Yeah I agree. I was a little worried about this too but after a few weeks with the amp I'm getting nice tube growl at fairly low master settings. Of course when the master is raised....even better.
     
  20. Just rehearsed this evening with the beast. I still discover the amp every time I tweak it. On the overdrive channel, I turned the volume knob a bit more tonight and it made the Rickenbacker shine even more and this without adding too much loudness to the Tone. Again, the grit was there! Enjoy!
     
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