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jhawkr
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Jul 28th, 2016 06:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I can A-B it with a 15 watt Marshall with 2 1x12 cabs. I also want to run it into my repro Fender 2x12 cab with 2 Greenbacks @ 4 ohms.

jhawkr
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Jul 28th, 2016 10:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And it's here!

Bassbreaker 15 @ Office

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Jul 28th, 2016 04:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Bassbreaker 15 @ Office"

OK, we know what it *looks* like...

how's it SOUND???

;^)

jhawkr
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Jul 29th, 2016 07:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic


"how's it SOUND???"

All in good time. I want to play with it all weekend 1st. The picture was obligatory. Don't want one of those "TTIWWP" posts! ;o)


Stratopastor

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Jul 30th, 2016 05:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

jhawkr, is there any clue as to whether it's cathode or fixed bias? If the latter, are there external bias points? A young friend is about to leave for college with his and I want to send him off with a set of spare tubes, but not if he can't swop them himself, and he's not experienced in that department!

jhawkr
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Jul 31st, 2016 07:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No clue. Nothing in the manual. It's class A-B if that's any help. Usually EL-84's are cathode bias I think but all my EL-84 amps are class A. Amp is so new not a lot of info on it yet and I don't know how to tell from the circuit board.



Stratopastor

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Jul 31st, 2016 08:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks, j. I figured it was class AB by reason of the pair of output tubes. I've looked at the manual on the web and am surprised there's nothing in there by way of instructions/warnings about changing tubes... not even 'take it an authorised etc etc...'. To tell from the circuit board I guess you'd be looking for one or two big fat resistors 'near' the power tubes but I wouldn't ask you to open the thing up during the warranty period!

Tony Wright

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Aug 2nd, 2016 08:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

YouTube shootout between Blues Jr and Blues Breaker 15.

I have NO DOG IN THIS FIGHT...

Well, I did recently purchase a new Blues Jr with lacquered Tweed when Guitar Center offered some special Fender pricing.

Pretty fair deal for me...and I was not tempted by the Blues Breaker 15 until I started watching some YouTube regarding the Blues Jr.

For my investment, I am happy. (After all, "I" play bass, so no one pays any attention to me.)

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Aug 2nd, 2016 10:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well???????????????????????

jhawkr
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Aug 3rd, 2016 06:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What I have learned so far...

If you want typical Fender clean this amp is not for you. Of course, it's not supposed to be. Now that that is done...

The clean tones are pretty good but not as good as my Deluxe Reverb or 67 & 71 Bandmasters. Duh. This amps overdrive tones are very good! From a little blues crunch to an all-out Led Zepplin flame-throwing tone, this amp has got them. The selectable tone stack is not really selectable on-the-fly. The volume is increased greatly with each setting. So, what you have to do is set the crunch where you want it to be and simply roll off the volume to clean it up. No fuzzy-buzzy-fizzy tone from this amp. The overdriven tone is very good at all levels and easily cleaned up with the guitars volume knob. The amp is a very loud 15 watts and gets dirty fast. It is what it advertises itself to be. A Marshall-like amp as it was modified after being stolen from Fender. The tone stack lets you select from basically early Bluesbreaker tone, Hendrix era tone and 80's Marshall tone. Pretty slick! The digital reverb actually works well with the overdriven tones. It's not surf reverb.

I played my 2014 Les Paul Traditional and my 64 Tele AVRI. I liked my Tele through the amp best so far. Stands to reason as I kept going back to Led Zepplin I riffs! I still haven't hooked up to my cab with Greenbacks or done any of the A-B stuff I wanted to do. Life gets in the way! I haven't tried any pedals or the line out feature, cabinet emulation, etc.

One other thing. Turning the master down lets you play at lower volume levels without losing your overdriven tone. Doesn't get thin.

That's about it for now.

Stratopastor

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Aug 8th, 2016 04:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It turns out the power tubes are cathode biased. Fender's UK customer service emailed me the service manual.

Stratrocker

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Aug 15th, 2016 08:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

For some reason, a Fender amp made in Mexico doesn't bother me as much as a Marshall amp made in Viet Nam.

I just bought a brand new PRRI. The foot-switch has a "Made in Mexico" sticker on the bottom of it. You just can't win.

jhawkr
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Aug 16th, 2016 04:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a Vox hand wired amp made in Vietnam. It is a work of art.

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Aug 16th, 2016 04:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I agree on the Vox hand wired amp jhawkr. I like mine a lot.

I wouldn't testing out a Bassbreaker sometime soon. I'm pretty well off in the amp dept for now though.

jhawkr
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Aug 16th, 2016 05:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What I like best about the Bassbreaker 15 so far is that I don't need an OD pedal to get dirt at lower volumes. I set the overall volume and gain to get the OD I want and then just roll back the guitar volume about a 1/4 turn to clean it up. The Bassbreaker doesn't lose much tone by backing off the volume like a lot of other amps.

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Aug 19th, 2016 04:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I tried one at my local GC today. I thought it sounded pretty good. I already have a Blues jr and am satisfied with it. But I was noodling around on it and another guy in the store liked it enough he bought one.

jhawkr
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Sep 5th, 2016 01:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been playing the Bassbreaker 15 now for several days. It's a kick-butt amp! Power section starts cooking at about 10-o'clock on the master. Select gain stage and dial in amount and it's already pretty loud. The controls are very linear. I tried using a Soul Food or a Klon KTR in front this morning. Using my 2014 LP Traditional with '59 Tributes I was nailing Joe Cocker With a little help from my friends tone and ZZ Top LaGrange tone. This Bassbreaker is more Marshally than my Marshall! I am really liking this amp!

Viera
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Sep 5th, 2016 02:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If I were looking to buy another amp I would seriously consider the Bassbreaker 15 head. There are a couple of things that I don't like:

1) the looks, pretty blasé bordering on ugly
2) the controls on the top rather than the front

Neither would be a deal killer as long as the amp performed to my expectations.

jhawkr
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Sep 5th, 2016 05:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It looks much better in person than in photos or videos. The charcoal "tweed" is actually pretty cool. I was looking hard at the head too but the combo was only $50 more and you can still use 4/8/16 ohm external speaker(s). I have a Fender 2x12 with Greenbacks in it that I haven't tried yet but I bet it sounds killer!

Viera
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Sep 5th, 2016 06:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I have a Fender 2x12 with Greenbacks"

Yeah, I would think that Celestions speakers would be a great way to go with that amp.

I really do like that both the head and combo have 4/8/16 ohm settings.

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