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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 ... Read More

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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 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 11 reviews)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (10)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Warm / comfy (6)
  • Good power output (5)
  • Portable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (5)
  • Performances (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best amp I've ever owned or played

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...Read complete review

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.

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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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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.

       
      5.0

      Great Amp!

      By btalley

      from Little Rock, AR

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio

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

        Purchased this amp for my son who has been playing guitar for about 3 years. Its his first tube driven amp. Its very versatile and provides good clean sounds as well as nice overdriven tones.

         
        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.

          (1 of 5 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.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome

            By swiftcloud1

            from Williford,Ar

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances

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

              This Amp is awesome

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              FX loop is Quiet - I'm in Heaven

              By B-rad

              from Placerville

              About Me Experienced

              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!!

                 
                5.0

                I love this amp!

                By John

                from Pflugerville, Texas

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio

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

                  Huge step up from the digital amp we had. Fairly new so the only use I know is playing at home, but I'm sure this amp could be used for recording or miked if you were doing a show and needed more volume. The sound is great, spot on, I love it!

                  (4 of 5 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.

                    (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.

                    (2 of 2 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.

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