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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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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
 
4.5

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (18)
  • Easy to use (15)
  • Warm / comfy (14)
  • Good power output (11)
  • Portable (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (13)
  • Performances (13)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I'm Inspired!

I've had this amp for about 1 week; and I can't stop playing it. I have a Blues Deville 4x10 that I love, but it's way too loud, too heavy and I only...Read complete review

I've had this amp for about 1 week; and I can't stop playing it. I have a Blues Deville 4x10 that I love, but it's way too loud, too heavy and I only use the clean channel because like most Fender amps the gain sucks.
Well Fender more than made up for it with the Bassbreaker! I'm not a high gain player per se but I've been playing with that setting a lot because of how great it sounds...move over Marshall!
The low gain setting is likely wher I'll use this most for live performance. This amp loves pedals; and I haven't even tried he effects loop yet!
For me the most inspired setting is the medium gain position. I've always wanted the scenario where you can turn down your guitar and clean the signal right up, but then turn it up for soloing. The medium gain on the Bassbreaker 15 combo delivers exactly what I hoped for; especially with my Les Paul!
They say a truly great piece of gear will change and expand your playing...definitely the case with this amp...buy one!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not a bad amp when it works

Didn't buy it from MF but wanted to save some people some headaches. Bought mine new about two weeks ago. Nice little amp, sounds good, fairly versatile, even looks good. But as...Read complete review

Didn't buy it from MF but wanted to save some people some headaches. Bought mine new about two weeks ago. Nice little amp, sounds good, fairly versatile, even looks good. But as mentioned above there is a problem, mainly in EFX loop. Fender is aware of it, should be a fix in about 4-6 weeks. When using the loop there is a buzz. Can get pretty nasty. It seems there is a big transformer on the right side of the amp if you're facing it. It doesn't seem to be shielded properly. The temp solution is to not run any cords on that side. However after I got it back home it started a new issue. If the loop is in us the volume went way LOUD even with gain and master controls off. When it works I love it but Fender is getting this one back

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5.0

Perfect amp for recording, jamming, or playing out.

By Dave

from Wickliffe ohio

About Me Experienced

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.

     
    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.

     
    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

    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.

       
      5.0

      Crushing Amp!

      By Christian Coblentz

      from Burbank, California

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        I had been wanting an amp that was a 1x12 combo, that was tube, and had built in reverb, and the Bassbreaker was perfect! The two genres I play are metal and blues, and the Bassbreaker Excells at both, but it's not limited to those two genres. This amp has a huge tonal variety, and the EL84 tubes with the Celestion Speaker, are so loud, that I barely have to go above a quarter master volume! Overall, if you've been thinking of buying this amp, don't sleep on it, you won't be dissapointed!

         
        5.0

        BluesMaker With My BassBreaker

        By Fenderguy

        from Northern Virginia

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          I've owned Fender gear since the early 1960s. I've owned many amplifiers other than Fender but always go back to Fender. I started reading about the Bassbreaker series when Fender first introduced it and bought the baby brother, the 007, shortly thereafter. I immediately fell in love with it. But I had always had my eye set on the 15 because of the extra features. I am a tone geek. First thing I noticed was how the character of the amp was changed with only small tweaking of the EQ knobs. But the one thing that stood out to me was the incredible natural sustain and harmonics of the EL84s being driven to their various degrees. The three stage knob is brilliant, at least for me. First stage from super clean to a bit of a edgy crunch. Second stage picks up where the last left off. Finally the third stage takes overdrive/distortion to a new level without the use of one effects pedal. Even the digital reverb is well done and fits this amp perfectly. I'm a Strat/Tele guy mostly and am having a blast seeing listening how they take on their own a new life and character, tweaking them through the Bassbreaker 15. Fender has really hit one out of the park this time for me with the Bassbreaker 15. Guitar Center had a wonderful Black Friday sale with Free Shipping and I jumped on it. Never looked back. You have to give this amp a test drive. Chances are it will be in the trunk of your car when the test drive is over.

           
          5.0

          Great Combo

          By Dave

          from Tucson, Az

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Performances

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

            This is one of the baddest rock amps on the market. You really don't need to use a drive pedal bit if you do it will sound great.

            (2 of 2 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.

                 
                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.

                  (1 of 1 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.

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