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Fender Bassbreaker 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp

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Supercharged with a plethora of flexible features, the Bassbreaker 15 is a top-notch performer for stage or studio. This chameleon-like amp creates its magic with a trio of 12AX7 preamp tubes feeding ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

Supercharged with a plethora of flexible features, the Bassbreaker 15 is a top-notch performer for stage or studio. This chameleon-like amp creates its magic with a trio of 12AX7 preamp tubes feeding into two EL84 power tubes for 15 watts of tight, modern tone. The updated three-position Gain Structure switch gives the amp three distinct "boutique" voices, ranging from mild to wild. They're all tasty and touch-sensitive without masking the character of the guitar.

Recording-friendly features such as XLR line output with switchable speaker emulation and Power Amp Mute make it easy to lose yourself in the moment without getting bogged down by the details. And a level-adjustable digital hall reverb adds just the right amount of ambience.



The handsome new Bassbreaker cosmetic treatment includes dark gray lacquered tweed, oversized pointer knobs, Fender logo, and more. With great looks, tone, and features, the Bassbreaker 15 is destined to become a goto amp for rehearsals, gigging and recording.


Features include
•15 watts from two EL84 tubes for aggressive midrange character
•Gain Structure switch for three distinct tonal flavors and overdrive levels
•Recording-friendly Power Amp Mute, switchable speaker-emulated XLR line output and ground lift
•Single 12” 8-ohm Celestion V-Type speaker (combo model only)
•Combo and head mate perfectly with BB-112 extension speaker cabinet



Bassbreaker Series

The late-'50s tweed-covered Fender Bassman is often called the grandfather of all guitar amps. What started earlier that decade as the companion amp for the Precision Bass actually became one of the most beloved guitar amps of all time, thanks to its simplicity and versatility, its wide dynamic range and warm tube overdrive, its full-frequency stage-filling power and its rugged roadworthiness.



Fender tweed amps evolved into the brown, blonde, blackface and silverface models of the 1960s. Along with the dramatic evolution of their look, the amps were redesigned each time to sound brighter and cleaner. 

New Bassbreaker Series guitar amplifiers continue that fascinating lineage with yet another sound and style, a kind of "parallel evolution" in which time-honored Fender amp DNA results in a satisfyingly dirtier tone that evokes the dawn of hard rock. 

The new series takes the 45-watt 1959 Bassman design and breaks it with features including the early Fender block-letter logo, black tweed covering, and refined pointer knobs plus power tubes hinting at the U.K. amps that "borrowed" Fender circuits in the 1960s. The sound is one of pure and unadulterated tube greatness.

FEATURES

Power: 15W (tube)

Tubes: three 12AX7 (preamp); two EL84 (power amp)

Single channel

Single input

Speaker: 1x12 in. Celestion G12V-70

Controls: 3-band EQ, gain, gain structure, bright, reverb

Built-in reverb

Speaker-emulated XLR output and ground lift

Power-amp mute

Dimensions: 19.5 in. x 17.5 in. x 10.5 in.

Weight: 40 lbs.


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FenderBassbreaker 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.6

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (23)
  • Warm / comfy (18)
  • Easy to use (17)
  • Good power output (15)
  • Portable (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (15)
  • Performances (15)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
  • Professional recording (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Professional musician (4), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

FX loop is Quiet - I'm in Heaven

I bought this through GC because I have one locally and they let you bring stuff home and try it forever and still return it. I've been playing for a long time and have...Read complete review

I bought this through GC because I have one locally and they let you bring stuff home and try it forever and still return it. I've been playing for a long time and have owned several amps of the Line 6 (including the SpiderValve) and VOX variety and will still swear by my VOX VT40X as the best modeling amp on the market. But I got the itch for an all tube amp so last summer I spent every Tuesday at my local GC. I played everything in the $500-$700 range. The Fender SuperChamp was fun but has a nasty cabinet buzz, the Supro has super nice cleans but horrible driven tones (to me), the Blues Jr doesn't have enough features... Anyway, I had in my studio the following amps side by side; a Blackstar Club 40 (nothing my VOX couldn't replicate and too big), Peavey Classic 30 (very bright cleans but less than great crunch and overdriven tones that tended towards fuzz and you'll have to install a $150 attenuator for bedroom volumes), and the Fender BassBreaker. The Blackstar is a rock machine but lacked soul, the Peavey is pretty nice but tends more towards classic rock and blues (hecka loud though and REALLY quiet noise wise). The BassBreaker has really nice Fenderisc clean tones, awesome crunch tones and distorted tones that DON'T tend towards fuzz. Man does it sound good - I play blues, rock and a bit of D-tuned metal. I like the Hall Reverb on the BB much better than the real spring reverb on the Classic 30 and also like that the BB comes with a 12" speaker, XLR out, effects loop and the bright switch which gets me very VOX like chimey stuff. My effects loop DID NOT buzz although the floor model I brought home did - horribly. So, problem has been solved by Fender - YAEH!! It is not foot switchable but that doesn't bother me. Between the 3 "channels" and my guitar's volume and pickup switch I have tone for days. Working with GC is awesome!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Defective effects loop

Great tone and features, unfortunately the effects loop hums because of a design flaw that IMHO renders it unusable. Fender issued a factory service bulletin, so the fix is supposed to be covered...Read complete review

Great tone and features, unfortunately the effects loop hums because of a design flaw that IMHO renders it unusable. Fender issued a factory service bulletin, so the fix is supposed to be covered by their warranty. Unfortunately, mine has been at the authorized repair facility for over three months waiting on the replacement parts from Fender which are in very short supply. I never leave reviews on products, but am so disappointed by Fender support on this issue that all prospective buyers need to beware.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Defective effects loop

By Brian

from USA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Excellent Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      Great tone and features, unfortunately the effects loop hums because of a design flaw that IMHO renders it unusable. Fender issued a factory service bulletin, so the fix is supposed to be covered by their warranty. Unfortunately, mine has been at the authorized repair facility for over three months waiting on the replacement parts from Fender which are in very short supply. I never leave reviews on products, but am so disappointed by Fender support on this issue that all prospective buyers need to beware.

      (8 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Product

      By Jerold

      from Romney, West Virgingia

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        Get Rock God status as soon as you remove the B from the amp badge.

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best amp I've ever owned or played

        By ATwannabe

        from NJ

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Awesomeness

        Cons

        • No footswitch option

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          I've owned quite a few amps in my time. Dr Zs, Fenders, but none have sounded as good as this amp does. When I played it at guitar center, I 12 o'clocked everything, and only made small adjustments. The clean sounds great by itself, but shines when you put pedals in front of it. The dirty side, Oh man, it'll singe your eyebrows off. And I'm not even saying for the price, it really is the best amp I've every played. The only improvement is there is no option for a footswitch, so when you want to change channels or engage the bright switch, you have to do it from the amp.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          uh oh....

          By tim samples

          from orlando fl

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          I was loving the sound of this amp....I have a VOXAC-15, Bugera V22, Marshall TSL100, and a pig nose. This amp was pretty impressive, I played 1 show, 35 minute set, and probably put in a grand total of 5 hours at my house and it sounds as a tube has blown...taking it to get fixed today...total bummer as this is still under warranty, but I hope the track record improves as I am a player, and I play my amps, therefore I need them to play reliable....right now bassmaster down, after less then 6 hours...ouch....cmon Fender.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          FX loop is Quiet - I'm in Heaven

          By B-rad

          from Placerville

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Portable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            I bought this through GC because I have one locally and they let you bring stuff home and try it forever and still return it. I've been playing for a long time and have owned several amps of the Line 6 (including the SpiderValve) and VOX variety and will still swear by my VOX VT40X as the best modeling amp on the market. But I got the itch for an all tube amp so last summer I spent every Tuesday at my local GC. I played everything in the $500-$700 range. The Fender SuperChamp was fun but has a nasty cabinet buzz, the Supro has super nice cleans but horrible driven tones (to me), the Blues Jr doesn't have enough features... Anyway, I had in my studio the following amps side by side; a Blackstar Club 40 (nothing my VOX couldn't replicate and too big), Peavey Classic 30 (very bright cleans but less than great crunch and overdriven tones that tended towards fuzz and you'll have to install a $150 attenuator for bedroom volumes), and the Fender BassBreaker. The Blackstar is a rock machine but lacked soul, the Peavey is pretty nice but tends more towards classic rock and blues (hecka loud though and REALLY quiet noise wise). The BassBreaker has really nice Fenderisc clean tones, awesome crunch tones and distorted tones that DON'T tend towards fuzz. Man does it sound good - I play blues, rock and a bit of D-tuned metal. I like the Hall Reverb on the BB much better than the real spring reverb on the Classic 30 and also like that the BB comes with a 12" speaker, XLR out, effects loop and the bright switch which gets me very VOX like chimey stuff. My effects loop DID NOT buzz although the floor model I brought home did - horribly. So, problem has been solved by Fender - YAEH!! It is not foot switchable but that doesn't bother me. Between the 3 "channels" and my guitar's volume and pickup switch I have tone for days. Working with GC is awesome!!

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Adaptability at its finest

            By Carlos

            from 956 Texas

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              Whether you are looking for that fender cleans with beautiful reverb, trying to channel your inner srv, or looking make dimebag Darrell proud this is your amp. The el84 are such a nice departure from the 6l6s that fender is known for. Not just the most versatile amp I've ever had, but the best sounding! It's ridiculous to think This is 15 watt combo! The all tube tone shines through. Takes pedals great but in all honesty you don't need them with this amp! The three gain structure allows you you to fine tune your sound with the 3 band eq and digital hall reverb. Fender definitely nailed this one. Bassbreaker will be known as the new and improved blues breaker. Thanks guitar center Brownsville!

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Amp!

              By Gnarlyman Right

              from Hayesville, NC

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                My wife "surprised" me with a Taylor T5z, and I needed an electric guitar amp to help do it some justice. I play regularly on the weekends, and have for years played my EGS Breedlove through a Fender Acoustasonic Jr. I bought the Bassbreaker 15 at GC in Alpharetta, and love it. I've been using a Morley ABY Switch to go between the two amps to customize the sound as to whether I'm playing "electric" or "acoustic", and combining to get some really nice blended sounds. The Bassbreaker gives me the nice, warm tube sound, with just the right amount of "crunch" that I want.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                LOVE IT!!!

                By PJ

                from SoCal

                About Me Novice

                Pros

                • Excellent Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                    I waited, and waited, and waited; and FINALLY got my new BassBreaker 15 Combo. Absolutely LOVE it! Crisp cleans and plenty of crunch when you want it with the gain structure. This is a perfect practice amp for me so far; quiet enough when the family is home, and plenty loud enough when I want to push it. I have only had it for a few days, but so far, it was well worth the wait.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    A unique British-inspired Fender

                    By jabrockson

                    from Pittsburgh, PA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Good Warmth
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                    • No footswitch
                    • Single channel

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                    Not your typical Fender, this is their modern take on a British voice - closer to a Vox or Marshall, yet the result is still something unique. It naturally leans toward a warm, round, darker tone, yet still sounds very open and never boxy. The EQ controls are well-tailored and useful, and the Bright switch helps when you want clean tones. The clean sounds still lean towards the British end of the spectrum with rich, complex mids - not quite sparkling Blackface territory, there are plenty of other Fenders that will get you that sound easier.

                    This amp can wail, plenty of volume for band practice or a small gig (mic'd for a larger club). The Master control is fairly smooth in the lower range so you can get quieter practice-level sounds. An effects loop and line output are welcome features. It would have been great if they had made this a 2 channel amp with a footswitch to go between the Low and Mid structures. I would have even given up the High gain setting to have a 2 channel feature. Still, even as it is I love the tones I get from this amp, it has quickly become my new favorite.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    AMAZING

                    By The PO Guy

                    from Indianapolis

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Good Warmth
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Anything and Everything

                      Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                      I had heard a friend use one of these during a Jam and thought it sounded great! I was in the market for an amp, because my setup was only a Fender Pro Junior, and a Boss ME70 Multi Effects Processor. I liked the Fender sound, but that amp had ZERO built in effect, and all the sound had to come from a pedal. I didnt want that. I wanted to be able to plug in and go. And thats exactly what I got with this amp. Traded in those two pieces, and got some extra money together and went and bought this. Its insane how clear, beautiful, and powerful the sound quality is. It has amazing cleans, and equally as amazing of overdrive tones on it too. The great reviews on here also helped me make my final decision as well. I will use this amp until it falls apart. Good job Fender!

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Amp!!

                      By Just Dave

                      from Indianapolis, IN

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Good Warmth

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                        Great amp. Classic and Modern tones with minimal tweaking.
                        Modeling amps are truly fun to mess around with. Only problem is that you can spend hours experimenting (which is not necessarily a bad thing). With the Bassbreaker, you spend more time actually playing. The three gain stages are really good. I'm not a big effects user however I have a pedal board that mainly has OD and Distortions. Thanks to the sound of the Bassbreaker the pedalboard can be put up. Very happy with this amp. Over 40 years experience.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Awesome Amp

                        By G. Ricci

                        from Fullerton, CA

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Good Warmth
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                        • At 40 pounds a bit heavy but great handle

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                        Did a lot of research on this and for me it came down to the BB15 or Roland's Blues Cube Stage. Both are worthy contenders but it occurred to me that what Roland, and any other non-tube amps, modelers or VST's are attempting to do, is emulate what this amp has in full measure; classic tube warmth and punch. When I first plugged in my strat I thought, I had purchased a new guitar. After playing for a couple of hours I thought, I feel like a new guitar player. Not very scientific, but you get my point, this little beasty rocks. I'm more of an acoustic player and not one to engineer some complex pedal board, but with this amp you can get almost any tone to fit any genre without tap dancing around on stomp boxes. Absolutely love this amp and the build quality is superb! A shout out to Andrew at the GC for making this deal happen. Always get great customer service from GC.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Love this amp!

                        By Molson

                        from Park City, UT

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Good Warmth
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                          I was looking for a clean amp with a few tone options. The Fender does not disappoint. Very happy with the sound and ease of use.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Im lovin it

                          By dray

                          from wa.state

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Excellent Sound
                          • Good Warmth
                          • Portable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Performances

                            Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                            I am really shocked at how good this amp really sounds...im using this as something to take the heat off my dr.z's at shorter gigs and jams...Dont under estimate this amp,this is finally the smaller lower end amp fender needed and ive owned them all... (Blues jr's,Hod rod Deville's,ect)...way to go fender...and thanks...keeping quality at a price.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            From Jazz to Metal, this amp does it all!

                            By dvannote

                            from IL

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Excellent Sound
                            • Good Warmth
                            • Portable
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Events
                              • Home Studio
                              • Performances
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                              This amp is extremely versatile. Smooth jazz to full on metal and it still uses tubes! It sounds like a more expensive Fender combo but in a smaller more affordable package. The amp has a solid build that is perfect for at home playing or live gigs. It's also decently heavy for the size which makes you feel like you aren't using some cheap product. I love this amp and highly recommend it to anyone playing any style of music. Plus, it has that gorgeous Fender reverb built in. This amp is worth every penny.

                               
                              1.0

                              WAS VERY HAPPY - NOT NOW

                              By Chicagoviews

                              from Chicago

                              About Me Experienced

                              Pros

                              • Excellent Sound

                              Cons

                              • Effects Loop horrible HUM

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Studio

                              Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                              I loved everything about this amp - until today (nine days after my return date expired) when I discovered the HORRIBLE HUM on the effects loop. Now I have to send it out for repairs. Thanks Fender for your horrible quality control. I wanted to give this amp a great review and it is an excellent amp, but this HORRIBLE HUM just left me with VERY bad vibes.

                               
                              5.0

                              Awesome Amp

                              By Swiftcloud1

                              from Williford,Ar

                              About Me Experienced

                              See all my reviews

                              Pros

                              • Excellent Sound
                              • Good Warmth
                              • Portable
                              • Powerful

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Events
                                • Home Studio
                                • Performances

                                Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                                This Amp sounds great good for giging home studio!

                                 
                                5.0

                                Perfect amp for recording, jamming, or playing out.

                                By Dave

                                from Wickliffe ohio

                                About Me Experienced

                                See all my reviews

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Excellent Sound
                                • Good Warmth
                                • Portable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Performances

                                  Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                                  I bought this primarily for recording. Nice smooth tube sound w/distortion.

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Fender meets Marshall

                                  By Abraxas

                                  from Winter Haven, Florida

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                                  I will warm up front that it's voiced a little on the dark side, but I always use
                                  an equalizer no matter what amp I use to clean things up. So with the equalizer
                                  it sounds great.

                                  The other slight warning is that it can't get real loud and still stay real clean.

                                  But for breakup that can clean up with your guitar volume, I can't imagine a better amp
                                  for the money. Almost a mix between Fender and Marshall.

                                  Listen to Ron Wood with the Faces.....this nails that sound.

                                  It has 3 different settings which makes it sound like 3 different
                                  amps. I prefer what they call the middle overdrive voicing.
                                  Perfect for anything from Free to AC/DC.

                                  Has decent reverb, an XLR out, and a speaker extension
                                  jack which lets you use all kinds of speaker combinations
                                  including using the built in speaker with an external cabinet
                                  or disconnectioning the internal speaker and only using an
                                  external cab. You can also adjust to 4 ohms, 8 ohms, or
                                  16 ohms depending on what can combos you use.

                                  One of the best amps I have ever owned. 5 stars. No complaints

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Very nice amplifier, would recommend

                                  By Mike

                                  from Rhode Island

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  See all my reviews

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Excellent Sound
                                  • Good Warmth
                                  • Portable
                                  • Powerful

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Home Studio
                                    • Performances
                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                                    Really like the Bassbreaker 15 combo from Fender. First the downsides (or, at least perceived down sides). The most obvious one is that it's a one channel amp. Second, it has a decent clean setting, but don't expect spanking fender cleans like the Blues Jr or other comparable amps in this price range. That's really it. On the plus side, it has 3 gain stages, a bright switch, effects loop, standby, nice sounding reverb, silent recording, is very portable, good stock speaker, sounds excellent, and the 3-band EQ actually affects the tone. The amp's distortion is very crunchy, not-overly compressed (except on the high setting where it's nice and liquid). I've also run distortion pedals and it takes them well. Really dig this amp for what it is. It's not like other Fenders I've played. This one is built for rock and roll. Sounds great with my Les Paul and my S-500 (strat-type guitar). There are some pretty good options in this range (DSL40C, Blackstar HT 20, etc). I used to think I needed two channels. Now I just adjust the volume on my guitar and get by with that.

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