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jwrooker

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« on: July 31, 2007, 08:30:48 AM »
Through the incredible generosity of a friend, I have a 59 Bassman Reissue to play though and evaluate.  I've spent about two hours with it so far and I've liked everything I've heard.  I've only played it clean because it can get loud, but clean is really what I was after.  There are any number of pedals I can use to make dirt and no pedals to make clean.  

Last night, I played my Fly Mojo through it, probably my darkest guitar and it didn't muddy up, wasn't boomy and gave me well defined upper register.  With 4-10's I had hoped for that.

This morning, I plugged my Southern NiteFly in to the bright channel and this guitar finally came alive.  That Tele twang was there in spades along with great definition.  Never did it feel too bright and edgy, but there was no mistaking that Tele sound.

This amp is ideal for an attenuator so it could be comfortably run at 5-6 and start to get some sag and compression from the tube rectifier.

If you are interested, I will post more as I live with this amp more, but so far, I really like it.  It looks very cool too.



John
Rochester, NY
* 96 Fly Standard * 98 Fly Classic w/Gen 1's
* 98 Fly Classic w/Gen 2's * 01 Fly Single 2
* 02 NiteFly M w/Virtual PAF's * 03 Fly Mojo W/Pearly Gates
* 05 Southern NiteFly
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Offline simonlock

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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2007, 08:37:55 AM »
This is how much I knew about tube amps last month. I thought the Fender Bassman was a bass amp. Ha ha! I guess it's hard to know with a name like bassman.

Simon
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Offline rt0412

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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2007, 08:52:19 AM »
It did start out as a bass amp, if I recall correctly, but a lot of guitarists discovered that it made a better guitar amp than a bass amp.

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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2007, 08:58:52 AM »
Shhhhh... don't tell anyone else, but the '60s Fender Bassman heads are great guitar amps.  There are a couple of versions.  Pre-CBS (Blackface and Blonde) is preferred, but you pay a collectors item big premium.  CBS era Blackface with what is called the AB-165 circuit is next, and then the late '60s Silverface with the AB-165 circuit.  The AB-165 circuit can be modified back to the pre-CBS parameters or enhanced in a variety of ways.  I have two.  Nab one off E-bay and you won't regret it.  Some lucky stiff lifted a '65 Blackface AB-165 for less than $400 yesterday.
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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2007, 09:14:19 AM »
The cost is way too high to import amps to Canada. I also don't think I would trust it not being busted into a bazillion bits before it got to me.

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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2007, 09:22:20 AM »
If I recall correctly, Stevie Ray Vaughn used the Bassman extensively during his career.  Coupled with a tube screamer, the amp just sang for days.  He had tone for to yearn for.


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« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2007, 01:48:52 PM »
the bassman is a killer amp...I happen to like most of the fender reissues.
 

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jwrooker

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« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2007, 02:17:41 PM »
quote:
Originally posted by cmpkllyrslf96

the bassman is a killer amp...I happen to like most of the fender reissues.



Have you played the 65 Deluxe Reissue?  I'm considering that one as well, but I don't have the luxury of living with it for a while like this Bassman.





John
Rochester, NY
* 96 Fly Standard * 98 Fly Classic w/Gen 1's
* 98 Fly Classic w/Gen 2's * 01 Fly Single 2
* 02 NiteFly M w/Virtual PAF's * 03 Fly Mojo W/Pearly Gates
* 05 Southern NiteFly
Parker Chat: http://www.jwrooker.com/mychat

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« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2007, 02:27:09 PM »
If SRV's tone came from a bassman I love 'em.
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« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2007, 02:30:10 PM »
I have a THD Bassman copy - man is it nice - will post pictures later tonight.