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Fender Bassbreaker 45W Tube Guitar Amp Head

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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
•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

Controls: volume, 3-band EQ, presence

Impedance: 4, 8, 16 (switchable)

Dimensions: 26.22 in. x 10.75 in. x 10.5 in.

Weight: 32 lb.

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Bassman thru Plexi & on to JCM all in one for less $$$

By GreyGhost

from Sacramento

Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 45W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

It will do cleans, but is not Twin. Love the 2 volumes and EL34, yields Marshall Plexi tones very well. But with the wattage variable from 1 to 40, no need for an attenuator to get solid crunch. With both volumes set to approx 6 it sounds very close to my SLP. With both volumes dimmed it is very close to my JCM 800 2204.

It is a bright amp, hooked to Classic Lead 80's is sounds similar to my SLP which has a Greenback and a G12 Anniversary. Hooked to V30's it's too bright for my... well loving, i do like them still. I switched out the stock power tubes for Svetlana's, which i love for Marshall crunch, and gave a warmer fuller tone.

Over all i am very impressed, particularly for the price. The flexibility is great, build quality seems solid and i do like the loos. The biggest downside, is while it will do cleans, it is definitely based on a Bassman and not a Twin, so loud cleans need to be tried for yourself to see if they would do. But hey, it will do tweed Bassman and marhhall crunch all day long for 1/2 the price

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Fender hit a HOME RUN!

By Joe

from Ohio

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


    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 45W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    Amazing sounding amp!! The power scaling from 1 watt to 45 watts sold me. However, even at 1 watt this amp is loud. Running this amp head through a 2X12 closed beck cab with 2 Celestion Vintage 30s. Beautiful clean Fender tones to crunchy classic ROCK tones. Responds well to pedals, but they are not needed to overdrive the amp. Add a little volume and you have great power tube saturation.

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