Vintage Bassman discussion request -

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by ZSavage, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. ZSavage

    ZSavage GrooveBopDeluxe

    I have a circa 1970s ('69-'73) Bassman that is pictured here.

    I am trying to match a cab with it. Any discussion about suitable pairing?
  2. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Anything but a vintage Fender bass cab ;) Vintage Fender bass cabs can sound good, but they're designed very poorly for anything but low volume work IMHO.
  3. Tim1


    Sep 9, 2005
    New Zealand
    +1 Jimmy. I would suggest an efficient 215 cab.
  4. ZSavage

    ZSavage GrooveBopDeluxe

    I've got the 2X15 cab that is the mate for the head - but your right - it doesn't handle higher volumes (5.5+) well
  5. hennessybass

    hennessybass Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2008
    North East Texas
    I have a bassman 100, and I use an aguilar DB212 cab with it.

    The aesthetics match.
    The DB cabs are sensitive (loud) which is nice with a low power tube amp.
    The DB cabs (DB212, 410) come in 4 ohms
    The DB cabs have a nice mid voice, which pairs nice with fender amps that are a little scooped in the mids.
  6. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
  7. shoot-r


    May 26, 2007
    Avatar bass cabinets might be worth a look for you.
    Great componets, great built cabinets, inexpensive, and they can be ordered with the black tolex and fender style grill cloth.
  8. They seem very efficient too. Real loud guys these. Sound great with a Fender Tube head.
  9. ZSavage

    ZSavage GrooveBopDeluxe

    When the word 'efficient' is used here -
    what is the definition?
  10. hennessybass

    hennessybass Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2008
    North East Texas
    Basically, how much bang for your buck you are getting... or how much volume for your speaker you are getting.

    With a low watt head, like your fender, you want an efficient cab to make the most out of the watts you have.
  11. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    One of these would work ...

  12. Marton


    Sep 20, 2005
    My cabinet would works great. Just send the amp my amp !

    More seriously, I use a Ashdown VS-212-200. Mine works great with my pretty low wattage head (400RB). It should work great, and the vintage look of the cab is a plus.
  13. pgk


    Aug 19, 2007
    anything by Bag End or one or two EV TL-606 style cabs loaded with EV 15B's or eminence 3015 neo's. fwiw i've been gigging with bassman heads since 1987