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True Vintage: Bassman Head vs. Ampeg B-15???

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by jokerjkny, Sep 7, 2005.

  1. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    FIGHT! :D

    thinking about adding one of these to satisfy my old sckoo jones.

    which would you choose? should i go w/ the ol' Fender Bassman w/ the 2x15 cab? or should i go w/ the ol' tried and true Jimmie James B-15?
  2. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    For recording? B-15 hands down, it's still a prized studio amp 25 years after Ampeg stopped making them

    For live gigs? The Bassman is louder though it's a pig to move around.
  3. 7thbass


    Nov 21, 2003
    Houston, Tx
    Both great, but the Bassman can really breathe when cranked.
  4. AGCurry


    Jun 29, 2005
    Kansas City
    The Bassman may be louder but it doesn't sound so good.

    IMO, though, a lot of the problem with those old Fender Bassmans was that the speakers (excepting JBL) - and cabinets - were so poor.
  5. BassGreaser


    Aug 22, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I say go for the bassman!!! I've been using a Bassman 135 with matching 2x15 for two years now, and LOVE the tones I get from her :D
  6. todd 4ta

    todd 4ta

    Apr 3, 2003
    For my vintage Fender head, I went with a '66 Dual Showman.
  7. Have had both and currently still have the B15. May not be as loud, but the tone is great.