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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

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    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

    7thbass

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

    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

    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
    Indiana
    For my vintage Fender head, I went with a '66 Dual Showman.
     
  7. bigtexashonk

    bigtexashonk Supporting Member

    Have had both and currently still have the B15. May not be as loud, but the tone is great.