Would you buy a Fender Showman for bass?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by krall, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. A near mint '64 Fender Showman blackface head (blonde tolex) w/ matching 1x15" EV-loaded (vintage EV SRO 15- no cooling fins) cab for sale locally..I can't keep my eyes off of it. Would that speaker be suitable for bass? I know that these heads are around 85 watts and probably not suitable for a loud rock band or on stage (unless miked or paired with bigger 2x15 cab with modern high wattage efficient speakers)..But man, that amp looks great..Anybody here play these as their main amp? Testimonials? Should I buy it?
  2. Here's a pic from the ad:

  3. Would I? No- but I'd love one for gtr or a two-channel Tom Petersson-type rig.
    Speaker's suitability for bass- I'm guessing no, except at lower volumes.
    Main amp- no.
    Testimonial- no experience; used a 50 watt bassman w/a 15" once, found it lacking big-time(for bass).
    Buy it? Sure- stimulate the economy.
    Edit: That is lovely.
  4. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Inactive

    When I was a kid my dream amps were the Ampeg B15 (got one now) and the Fender Dual Showman in Blonde. I owned a blonde 2x12 Bassman for all of one gig. It was a terrible bass amp!

    If you wish to gig with this amp it won't go too far but as a practice amp it'd be perfect. If you have the money buy it if not pass.

  5. billfitzmaurice

    billfitzmaurice Commercial User

    Sep 15, 2004
    New Hampshire
    Owner, Bill Fitzmaurice Loudspeaker Design
    The EV SRO was a guitar speaker. It worked as well as most 60s 15s for bass, but that's not saying all that much. It's a nice head, and with an Eminence Deltalite 2515 in the cab would be OK for moderate volume gigs. With the SRO it would fart out at even moderate levels.
    The Tolex color and size of the speaker cab doesn't work as a '64, and the vibrato channel is short one control. Most odd. Could be a fake, it happens Details on the '64 and prices shown at http://www.ampwares.com/amp.asp?id=85
  6. neatobassman


    Jul 16, 2005
    Antelope CA
    I would buy for guitar for sure. Get a 2x12 to go with that and you would have an awesome sounding rig.
  7. It's not a "blonde era" amp(brownface w/ presence control)..It's an early transitional "Blackface" with blonde tolex..The cab is a repro.
  8. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Inactive

    Now you didn't tell us that!

    I'd pass.

  9. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    For a bass amp, that's a great guitar amp.
  10. cadduc


    Mar 4, 2006
    i have used a showman for many years for bass guitar

    it held its own in a two guitar/keyboard bands
    bigger gigs/ svt's

    i agree with bill determine if it is a real showman, i have seen many fake fenders, usually out of the philippines, with less than the normal number of tubes, and an aluminum chassis
  11. billfitzmaurice

    billfitzmaurice Commercial User

    Sep 15, 2004
    New Hampshire
    Owner, Bill Fitzmaurice Loudspeaker Design
    Blackfaces were either white or black, not blonde. Both Blackfaces and Blondes, and Silverfaces for that matter, had six knobs on the vibrato channel. This one has no middle control. It looks like a Bandmaster with an altered face plate. Or a flawed copy of a Showman. :eyebrow:
  12. Good eye! I just contacted the seller to let him know (in case he didn't)..I'm obviously not getting it. I already have a '66 Bandmaster (along with my '65 Bassman)