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Fender Bassman 10Published on 02/09/10 at 15:00
Ran into this amp in a studio. No longer made, they sell for around $500 on Ebay.
Simply put, the amp sounds great, especially with a passive bass. Controls are boost only, typical of the era. It's clean and quiet, as it should be for studio use. With a standrad four-string bass like a Fender Precision or Jazz, it delivers a very Motown sound with minimal adjustment.
Doesn't handle a low B string well, but when these were made, basses with B strings didn't exist or were very rare. Despite this, I used a Lakland Joe Osborn 5 with Fralin pickups and, at studio volume, the amp didn't break up even on a low C.
Built solidly as are all Fender products of this era.
For the studio, the Bassman 10 is does a great job. Sound is clean and clear, especially with Passive basses like the Fender Precision or Jazz, With flatwound strings on either of these basses, it's pure Motown. This would be a good amp for small groups that play at low volume and provide PA support, but you're not going to compete with today's modern amps for volume or massive low end.
This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
- Manufacturer: Fender
- Model: Bassman Ten
- Series: Bassman
- Category: Tube Combo Guitar Amps
- Added in our database on: 05/13/2005
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