The real deal--a vintage 1960 Fender Bassman. This one needs little introduction. The influence of the 5F6-A Bassman can be felt on nearly every tube guitar amp produced since its introduction in the late 50s. With its innovative circuit, the Bassman was an amplifier that was truly ahead of its time.
This Bassman, while no museum piece, is in great shape overall and is original where it counts--with all original transformers and speakers. The only major cosmetic change is the addition of pop-in caster mounts on the bottom of the amp as well as a non-original dogbone handle replacement.
Like many amps of this age, this one came to us with a variety of non-original components. Consequently, the amp has undergone a top-to-bottom electrical service job. All non-original caps and resistors have been replaced with quality modern components. Mallory 150s were used in the signal circuitry, and the power supply was re-capped with F&T electrolytics. Additionally, and adjustable bias pot was installed. Finally we topped it all off with a strong, matched set of 1960s RCA Blackplate 6L6GC power tubes.
Sound-wise, this amp is what dreams are made of. Its original pine cabinet is incredibly resonant, and the alnico speakers contribute an extended yet warm top end. Its deep clean tone transitions into a mind-blowing crunch as you turn up the volume. All in all, this Bassman is the perfect match for a serious player or recording studio seeking the tone that started all. This amplifier has been cleaned and serviced. It is fully functional and sounds absolutely fantastic.
-Serial #: BM04339
-Manufacture Date: August of 1960
-Power Output: 45 Watts
-Tubes: 5AR4, 6L6 (2), 12AX7 (2), 12AY7
-Controls: Vol Normal, Vol Bright, Treble, Bass, Middle, Presence
-Dimensions: 23.5'' x 22." x 10.5''
-Weight: 53 lbs
Cosmetics (see photos)
-aftermarket pop-in caster mounts installed
-original speakers: 4-10" Jensen P10Q Alnico
-many replaced resistors and caps
-selenium bias rectifier replaced with silicon diode
-added bias adjustment trim pot
-replacement grounded power cord