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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / Why the Fender Bassbreaker?

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stigg "Geezer, and still lov'in it"!
Dec 5th, 2017 10:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

What makes this amp special?

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Dec 5th, 2017 03:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

Funny you should ask this today...

my short cynical answer would be... nothing!

But let me explain.
I played one at a local shop yesterday and was *very* underwhelmed.

It was the 18/30 model (2x12). I wasn't there to try amps but a pedal. A Boss BD-2 Blues Driver.

I found it to be extremely bright sounding no matter what I did with the EQ. I did get an OK tone out of the 18w side despite having a single tone control (vs BMT on the 30w side) but it didn't make me go "wow".

The thing I found most interesting was the 30w side *did not* like the Blues Driver! Very weird.

Also the lack of an FX loop or reverb doesn't do it for me. A while back I tried one of the 15w combos (which has both btw) and liked it, so I was expecting the 18/30 to the same but "bigger".

I know there is at least one member that owns one of the models, but don't recall who. Hopefully they will post here and share their experience.

I won't be running out to buy one any time soon. Especially at an average of around 1500AUD!

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 05:53 PM, Dec 5th, 2017)

Grey Goose
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Dec 6th, 2017 09:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

I haven't played any of these....

My brief understanding of this Fender line of amps is Fender has taken what Marshall did to the Tweed Bassman amp and made their own modification of this style.

Bassbreaker vs Bluesbreaker


on the rhine

Dec 6th, 2017 03:22 PM   Edit   Profile  


Can anyone actually LISTEN to any of these vids?
I mean, I don´t think it´s the fact that he does´t play THAT good - but he seriously needs someone to properly edit his stuff.
If you have the skills I URGE you to get in touch with the guy ;-)

cheers - C.

P.S.: As for the Bassbreaker-Amps - yeah, I think it´s Fender´s "revenge" ;-)

P.P.S.: I know a pro-player who was really excited about the 7-watt-head + cab in terms of tone, but he quit using the amp on tour as it didn´t hold up so well in terms of reliability...

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Life makes a man tired.
Dec 8th, 2017 05:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

My impression is that they’re pricey for what they are. And they aren’t much. I don’t see this line lasting long.

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Life makes a man tired.
Dec 8th, 2017 06:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

I never liked the G12M in the BB reissue.

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Santee CA

I forgot my tagline
Dec 8th, 2017 06:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

IMNSHO they are freaking ugly. I don’t see this line lasting long.

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Roisin, I wanna

fight your father
Dec 8th, 2017 09:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

When they first popped onto the scene, they were a hot topic and they got pretty good reviews. But I chalk that up to it being a new thing at the time.

I've yet to see anyone gigging with one.

Tony F

Long Island, NY

When you come to fork in road take it
Dec 11th, 2017 01:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

I heard these amps have some noise issues to boot.



Turn it UP !
Dec 29th, 2017 07:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have the 18/30 and love it. If you take time with it you can get some wonderful sounds from it. The 18W side breaks up nicely and the 30w side can be very Vox like. I gig with it a lot !

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Wichita, KS USA

It's all gravy from here on...
Jan 8th, 2018 04:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have the Bassbreaker 15 and it is a killer little Marshall in drag.


usa metro detroit

Jan 27th, 2018 04:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Bassbreaker 45 was a dog of an amp. Bought it used in mint condition and returned in less than 24 hours. Sounded like a sterile Hot Rod Deluxe with no reverb. Absolutely dreadful amp! Fought my pedal board like a kid not what to eat his/her veggies..

I was aghast on how bad that amp was. Very perplexed because the Internet vids make it sound awesome.

Played a BB15 IMO nothing but a Blues Jr with three gain selections.

I don't see the Bassbreakers being around long because Fender has many other established amps at those price ranges that sound just like them or better...



Mar 4th, 2018 02:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

I bought the Bassbreaker 45 head. I like the variable wattage 1 watt to 40 watts. Other than that I have been unable to get the "sound" I want so it collects dust.



Jul 29th, 2018 08:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

I finally figured out the issue. Not to offend anyone, but, I am not a fan of the "British Sound"
I am a "Fender Sound" fan. So change the power tubes from EL34 to EH brand 6CA7 Beam Pentode & rebiased the amp. Now a really like the sound of the amp. The Bassbreaker 45 sounds a lot more Fenderish now, more like a Bassman

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on the rhine

Jul 31st, 2018 03:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hi guys!

Funny that this thread popped up right now ;-)

I recently got me a Bassbreaker 007-combo - and I'm very happy with it! Possibly the best "Champ-type" amp I've had - and I had a few ;-)

Sounds good low or LOUD, clean or overdriven. The 3-band-EQ and treble-boost make it a versatile amp.

I mostly play it at home, but I took it to jam-sessions (with bass, drums, keys etc.) and it fared well!

I recommend it!

cheers - C.

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