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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Rumble 25 question



Sep 16th, 2018 11:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hey, all. Some of us have been tasked with getting the nephew set up with a starter bass and amp for xmas. I found the bass, and the grandfather is charged with the amp. Which means I will also find the amp.

I've got a Rumble 500c that I think is great, so I figured a little version of that would be good for the kid. The 25 seemed to be getting good reviews across the board, so I went to GC to try one. The tone was good, but there was a sizzle/hiss/crackle after every note. I went home and did a little more searching, and quite a few people have reported the same thing. I don't recall seeing anything about it in the reviews on MF, Amazon, and Sweetwater.

Have any of you experienced this? I'm wondering if I should order one and take my chances or go to GC and have them unbox a few and find one that doesn't make this noise.

Thank you

(This message was last edited by huck at 01:07 AM, Sep 17th, 2018)

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North Florida

A Friend of Bill W.
Sep 17th, 2018 11:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think you’d be better off auditioning it.

Danny Nader


You should have been there!
Sep 18th, 2018 11:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

There could be a lot of amplifiers at this price point. Don't limit yourself to Fender. Possibly something used w/ a bigger speaker?

And hushnel gives good advice.


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Wichita, Kansas

Drums = pulse, Bass = heartbeat
Sep 19th, 2018 06:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

Don't forget to look at used amps. You can get more power and a bigger speaker for your money. My local Facebook marketplace is full of small beginner-type bass amps.

I recently outfitted a kid at church with a used bass and a used Rumble 25. The bass was a cheap Ibanez ($80), but responded very well to a decent setup. The amp ($50) had tolex damage where a dog chewed on it. I cut the bad tolex out and simply put gaff tape over the removed sections. The kid was thrilled to get the stuff. His dad is currently in seminary training and the family is living on the proceeds of a house sale. They simply couldn't afford anything for him at this time.

I was mostly impressed with the Rumble 25 for what it is. It was a little noisy if the gain was really turned up. I don't recall any noise with the decay of signal. Maybe some kind of internal noise gate? I read on another board that Rumbles tend to make scratchy noises if you move the volume pot WHILE playing a note.


Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Sep 20th, 2018 05:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

There are some good comments here.


I have a 25 and use it for church choir rehearsals.

It is, hands down, the best munchkin combo I have ever played through.

Nice tone, a surprising amount of fullness and body for it's size, no hissing whatsoever.

You may have been trying a defective amp.



SLO County CA

Just a simple Country bass player
Jan 28th, 2019 11:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've never had problem with mine..... course, I never have to really crank it up as it's not used at a practice with drums, and loud lead players..... lol

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