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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: Vintage (before 1985) / My '65 Fender Bassman head just arrived!

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Northern CT - USA

"We're not University material."
Oct 12th, 2017 03:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

Always wanted a black faced Bassman and now I have one! Amp sounds amazing right out of the gate. RCA power tubes and GT preamp tubes. Don't need to change a thing.

I asked a million questions to the seller before I bought it online, so I knew what I was getting. It's got the AA165 tube chart sticker inside the amp, but it's actually the AB165 circuit which is what I wanted. Jumpering the channels is quite cool.

Been playing tube amps for almost 40 years, but this the first hand wired point to point amp I've ever owned. Big fat deep tone. And cranking the volume past 3 gets me that natural tube compression OD I've always heard about, but never really experienced. Cannot believe how much gain I can get from this amp and the gain sounds incredible. WAY better than I thought it would. Plenty of volume and clean head room up to about 3 on volume pot, which is plenty loud enough for me. I think it would work great at normal gigging levels. We'll see.

So far I've only tried it thru 2 1x12 closed back cabs loaded with V30's. Lots more speaker and cab experimenting to come. Feels great to own a Bassman!

Guitar Fool
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Sunshine State

Just a pawn in someone else's game
Oct 12th, 2017 03:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

the mid 60's Bassman and Bandmaster heads are still a great bargain...

if you're lugging the thing around to gigs and stuff, i might suggest a smaller cab...I was running my BM through a smaller cab with 2 10's and it still sounded fantastic

congrats on the nice score

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Northern CT - USA

"We're not University material."
Oct 13th, 2017 05:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks man! Yeah I've got several different cab configs to chose from. 1x12, 2x12, and a 4x12. Big fan of closed back cabs. So far I've only tried it using a couple of 1x12 cabs w V30s and a total load of 8 ohms.

I know the amp wants to see 4 ohms so I'm anxious to try it that way. Do you notice much of a difference running it with an 8 ohm load vs a 4 ohm load?

I have a vertical Mesa Boogie vertical 2x12 cab w a V30 and a Cel G12H Heritage greenback w a total load of 8 ohms. I have lots of different speakers on shelves waiting their turn so I could easily convert that 2x12 into a 4 ohm cab.

If the BM sounds even better at 4 ohms, I'm in for even more amazement! What a cool amp.

Guitar Fool
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Sunshine State

Just a pawn in someone else's game
Oct 13th, 2017 08:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

my BM is running a cab that has 2 Jensen C10Q's from 1965 along with 2 Weber 8" ceramic speakers..

yeah I know..an odd combination but you wouldn't believe how nice it sounds...

there are 2 inputs in the back I can run just the 10's at 4ohms or all 4 at 2 ohms.....

from what I've been able to find out via the internet is that the transformer can handle it..

with just the 10's the sound is a bit brighter and airy...and break up around 5...with all 4 it has a bit more midrange punch and breaks up at 6-7....

just uber cool, but more amp than I need.....and my neighbors hate it when I dig into it...lol

65 BM in custom cab

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I tried to think

but nothing happened!
Oct 13th, 2017 08:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is a sweet BM! I have a 66 BM that I made a 15 inch cab for. It just sounds great!

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