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Fender Bassbreaker 45W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp

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The late-’50s tweed-covered Fender Bassman is often called “the grandfather of all amps.” It is beloved by guitarists worldwide for its simplicity, versatility, dynamic range, warm tube... Click To Read More About This Product


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The late-’50s tweed-covered Fender Bassman is often called “the grandfather of all amps.” It is beloved by guitarists worldwide for its simplicity, versatility, dynamic range, warm tube overdrive, stage-filling power and rugged roadworthiness.

Bassbreaker series guitar amplifiers continue Fender’s storied lineage with a kind of “parallel evolution” that evokes the dawn of hard rock. Bassbreaker takes the original Bassman design and breaks away with features including dark gray lacquered tweed covering, refined pointer knobs and unique circuitry plus power tubes and speakers hinting at the U.K. amps that “borrowed” Fender circuits in the 1960s. The sound is one of pure tube greatness.

The Bassbreaker 45 is the 45-watt flagship model that leads a first-rate lineup of lower-wattage models, all with pro-level tone and performance for today’s rock players.

Features Include
•’59 Bassman circuit with incredible touch sensitivity, dynamics, and “pedal friendly” response
•Dual EL34 output tubes for tighter rock distortion character
•Output level knob takes power from 45 watts to a single watt and anywhere in between, tailoring full-powered Bassman overdrive capabilities for studio, stage and arena – players can dial up many “sweet spots” with various combinations of level and channel settings
•Normal and Bright inputs, plus BOTH input for achieving legendary “channel blend” tonal variations without a patch cable
•Two 12” Celestion® V-Type speakers for tight response and “vocal” tone character (combo model only)
•Cabinet has Birch Ply construction and semi-closed back for full, resonant response and low-end “thump”
•Matching BB-212 enclosure fits perfectly under Bassbreaker 45 combo or head

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.


Power: 45W (tube)

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

Output level control down to 1W

Two channels

Two inputs: Normal and Bright

Speakers: 2x12 in. Celestion G12V-70

Controls: volume, 3-band EQ, presence

Impedance: 4, 8, 16 (switchable)

Dimensions: 26.22 in. x 22 in. x 8.5 in.

Weight: 55 lb.

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Stop. Listen to this amp and THEN tell me I'm wrong

By Sparky

from Hudson Valley, NY

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  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Fender Beats Marshallvox
  • Powerful


  • Slow Rollout By Fender

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording
  • Supefying Your Friends

Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 45W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

This is my first review, not because of inexperience, but because most reviews already give a pretty good, objective opinion on most amps and gear and there's little more needs to be said. Because these amps are new, not much exists out there in the way of objective reviews. So... This is a FANTASTIC AMP. Fender did it right. Fit and finish are immaculate. The range of tones is great, with more of a "dirty" Marshally tone than any other Fender. I purchased the extra 2x12 cab and run this a la a Marshall 45w half stack! Awesome sound, plenty loud with the Celestion speakers, variable wattage allows for sweet brown tones, REALLY great growls with Humbucking pick ups a la Les Pauls, as well as sweet traditional Fender tones familiar to those ears attuned to Fender's Twin Reverb. One downside: no FX loop, no reverb or tremolo on board. Once you play thru this amp, you will buy it, and wonder why you debated purchasing any other. I am well pleased with my purchase. My worry is that Fender faithful won't realize what a gem these amps in the Bassbreaker line are, and will negate them strictly out of staid traditionalism. There's nothing wrong with a Twin Reverb, or a Tweed reissue... but PLAYERS TAKE NOTICE: if you aren't playing one of these Bassbreakers in your rig (especially if you are a Marshall or VOX "guy", I guarantee you are playing an inferior amp at an inflated price! Don't trust me? Try one today and see/hear for yourself. Of course, there will be nay-Sayers and toadies from these other camps who eschew the Bassbreaker line as just Fender's attempt at being "English wannabes", but I betcha they haven't actually played these beauties. They are HANDS DOWN the best sounding/playing amp in the class. I love mine, and you'll love yours when you get off your 'you-know-what's', get to your brick & mortar Guitar Center and play one for yourself. One other negative is Fender's lackluster rollout for this product line. Few stores have them, most that do only have the 007 watt and not the larger 8/30w and 45w combos and heads. Online, they show as "Preorder" when they are actually in the supply chain. Fender (currently as of 28 NOV 15) doesn't even show them on their web page under families of amps.... what's up Fender?? Get this awesome amp out to the players who (should be) salivating to get their hands on them!!


Not your typical Fender

By Northof50

from PA

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  • EL34 tone
  • Pairs great with Blackface
  • Powerful


  • Lack of clean headroom

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Budget-priced Marshall or Divided by 13
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 45W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

Is the Bassbreaker 45 for you? It all depends on what you want. If you are expecting traditional "Fender" [impeccable cleans to 4 – 4+ break-up starts], you might be disappointed. As compared to the blackface Deluxe I play, there is zero clean headroom. There is always a bit of hair on the notes with single coil and humbuckers using your guitar volume at 5+.

In stock form, at lower volumes, the amp can sound harsh and compressed. I believe the 12ax7 tubes are too aggressive. I replaced the first preamp tube with a 12at7 which gave the amp more cleans and a bit more warmth. I removed the bottom panel of the "partially-closed" back, which opened the sound more. In my opinion, based on how I want the amp to perform, this $15 modification has made the amp much more versatile.

Can you use it for home use? The output control is nice. You can use it at lower volumes and still get nice distortion. At the 1 watt setting, you notice the bottom end thin out more than a volume decrease.

I have a Line6 M5 and CarbonCopy for my modulation, reverb and delay. In the front end of the amp, these sound great. Overdrive pedals can be tricky if you are used to driving a clean "Fender" with pedals. In my experience, using boost rather than gain in pedals produces a better driven sound in the BB45 rather than using the gain knob of the pedal.

Using the BB45 in tandem with a blackface is where this amp shines. Using the 2 outputs of the M5, I ran the DRRI as a wet amp and the BB45 dry. The sound was huge. The DRRI provided a cleaner foundation, while the BB filled in some of the mids and gave a punch to the overall tone.

If you've never heard the BB45, go to the Tim Pierce's YouTube channel and listen when he plays his Divided by 13 RSA23. When practicing along with his lessons, the tone of the BB45 is very similar.

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