Fender Vintage Reissue '59 Bassman LTD
Fender Vintage Reissue '59 Bassman LTD

Vintage Reissue '59 Bassman LTD, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Fender in the Bassman series.

iamqman 05/18/2011

Fender Vintage Reissue '59 Bassman LTD : iamqman's user review

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I am going to give this amp 10's all the way across the board. This is the amp that started it all. Without this amp you would not have modern music at all. This is basically a Marshall circuit or Marshall is basically a Bassman circuit...there it is. Marshall had copied the circuit of this amp with some other tweaks and made it there own. Marshal eventually compounded and made it much better but this is the amp to which we understand modern guitar sounds.

Fender '59 Bassman LTD 45-watt Guitar Amplifier Features:

45-watt tube guitar amplifier
4 x 10" (Jensen P-10R)
2 channels — normal and bright
Chrome control panel
Solid finger-jointed pine cabinet
New U.S.-made GT-6L6-GE output tubes, improved 12AX7 preamp tubes, original-spec 5AR4 Rectifier tube, internal bias pot (makes it easier to experiment with various output tubes)
Fitted cover is included
Controls that go to 12, 4 inputs (2 per channel)
Standby switch
Controls: Presence, middle, bass, treble, volume (bright channel), volume (normal channel)
Covering: Genuine lacquered tweed with striped oxblood grille cloth


Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Power 45W
Speakers 4 x 10" Jensen P-10R
No Effects
No Reverb
EQ Middle, Bass, Treble
No Amp Modeling
Number of Tubes 6
Preamp Tubes 3 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 2 x 6L6, 1 x 5AR4 (Rectifier)
Inputs 2 x Instrument (Ch 1), 2 x Instrument (Ch 2)
No Outputs
No Footswitch I/O
No Effects Loop
Height 22.37"
Width 23.5"
Depth 10.5"
Weight 53 lbs.


The tone from this amp is amazing. Not going to be as heavy as a Marshall but you will hear some commonalities between this amp and a Marshall JTM45. The tone from this amp is rich and blooming if that makes sense. The tone rally is a full robust tone.

No matter what guitar you play with this amp it will shine. My personal preference is a Gibson Les Paul. Since Marshall's just work well with Gibson Les Paul's this one fits the bill just as nicely. Of course other guitar will sound just as good, but my personal favorite is the LP


If you are a fan of the classic Marshall JTM45 tone or just the tone of the infamous Bassman then this is a great amp for you. At new these amps come in at around $1400. That to me is a bit high. I think I could find one from the 60's much less than a new one. Most Fender amps come under $1000 and this though is the best of the best to me is a bit high. Either way the tone from this amp is just remarkable. If you have the cash then get one and if you don't then get a used one which will sound just a sweet.