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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / Bassman OK for Bass?

Stratrocker
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Oct 13th, 2018 07:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

I realize that most people buy a Fender Bassman for guitar, but would it be crazy to buy a new one to use as a bass amp? Might occasionally use it with a guitar. I was looking at the vintage 59 reissue.

reverendrob
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Oct 13th, 2018 11:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

You'd be foolish.

The 4x10 open-back does not stand up to bass at gig volume.

Around the house at conversational levels? Sure.

Practice? MAYBE.

Past that, boom.


carsten
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Oct 14th, 2018 05:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hi!

I´d prefer the term "adventurous" over "foolish" ;-)

I know of people who actually use these amps for bass - usually guys who play Rockabilly-style music. They're going for that "old" sound!


cheers - C.

Stratrocker
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Oct 14th, 2018 06:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thank you, gentlemen. I will scratch that idea off my list! I guess my thought was if the one amp could pull double duty for home practice. :)

Peegoo
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Oct 14th, 2018 09:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

Sure it could, at moderate volumes, and it records bass quite well too when close mic'd.

But blasting it up past 7 or 8 on the volume control with a bass guitar doesn't sound that great, and it's not good for the speakers.

The thing about the Bassman for a guitar is that it doesn't start to sound great and do that thing it's known for until you get the volume control up around 7 or 8. And those levels are ridiculously loud for home practice.

BrentD
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Oct 15th, 2018 07:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

Peegoo's right on all counts. The only thing I'd add is that it's also hard to find an attenuator because a Tweed Bassman runs at 2 ohms.

BrentD
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Oct 15th, 2018 07:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

...But they're still cool and I still would like to have one.

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