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FDP Forum / Fender Custom Shop / The 57 bandmaster Reissue amp



Feb 1st, 2014 09:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

Anyone own one of these amps? I am looking at buying one soon and any opinions on how they perform, how loud they are at 26 watts for gigs, build quality, etc. would be appreciated.

They cost a lot of dough.



Feb 5th, 2014 11:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've tried one, but only very briefly. It seems to have a lot of jam for only 26 watts, but it'll get every shade of breakup you want from on the edge to full out grind. Very spanky and punchy with the 3-10's. I think it would be a great gigging amp as long as you aren't looking for a lot of headroom. Depending on how loud you play you may need some sort of boost/OD to goose it. But, doesn't everybody do that anyways?

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Feb 5th, 2014 11:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

I recently sold my '58 Bandmaster, have played through the Fender and own a Clark Tyger. I'd chose the Clark over the Fender any day of the week. Better build, way better components, superb sounding amp. Clark has his trannies custom wound for his sound.

Compared to a Bassman, the Bandmaster circuit may sound a little anemic in the bass, but that has never bothered me but it does some people. Just a warning. This amp sounds great for rock, blues and country. Not really a jazz amp, not clean enough.

You can dial in just about any ovrerdriven sound you wish and they are all solid. I sometimes use a boost pedal with mine but no OD pedal is needed. You don't miss the reverb with these tweed amps, either.

Great tweed circuit amp. Tell us what you do.

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