The Fender Bassman TV Fifeteen Bass Amp carries the DNA of the original '50s-era Bassman amplifiers, delivering world-class sound in a package designed to handle the demands of low bass frequencies. W... Click To Read More About This Product
The Fender Bassman TV Fifeteen Bass Amp carries the DNA of the original '50s-era Bassman amplifiers, delivering world-class sound in a package designed to handle the demands of low bass frequencies. With a unique look that is unmistakably Fender, the 350W Bassman TV amp is sure to class up any stage, cutting through the mix and the monotony of a world full of black boxes.
The tube preamp is classy and simple, with black chicken head knobs sitting on top of a chrome chassis. It feels like looking down at the dashboard of your favorite muscle car, while the red jewel light glows, signifying "I'm ready to jam." The Fender Bassman amp's 2 instrument inputs provide both a normal and a padded input stage, accommodating basses of various output levels. But don't be afraid to lean into it. The more you push these bass amps, the more they push back.
The Bassman TV Fifteen offers gain, bass, mid, and treble knobs, "deep" and "bright" switches and a Master Volume”and ups the ante with 350 watts of power and removable casters to make transportation easy. The TV Fifteen has a booming 15" speaker that delivers the fantastic depth you can only get from a driver that large”you're moving major air.
There is one indispensable modern luxury”an XLR output that lets you send a direct signal to recording or live performance gear. That way, you get the best of both worlds”classic Fender bass look and sound and easy compatibility with modern recording and PA systems.
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The look of this amp says it all "OLD SCHOOL" I play a '75 jazz reissue through it , it can be clean and warm or dirty and think and has a good slap tone in a Larry Graham type sound. If you are more into a high-end ,guitar sounding bass this may not be for you, but if you like your bass to sound like a bass you owe it to yourself to check it out.
I just go the TV 15 last week and have played two shows with it - could not be happier with my purchase. Excellent quality you would expect, old school looks that catch everyone's eye, and the deep warm tube sound that I could never get from 100% solid state. My previous amp (and now my stand-by) is an Ampeg, and I was looking in their direction for an upgrade, but everyone I spoke to with first hand experience said that quality just wasn't there like it used to be. On occasion I play through a vintage Fender Bassman 4x10 (a friend's) and always loved the warm sound I could get, so I took a chance and ordered the new TV 15 looking to gain the power of 350 watts with the warmth and fullness that the old bassman would provide. MAN! At the first note I knew I had scored! This thing is a beast! Sound is unmatched by anything I've played before. The direct xlr-out is a plus for bigger venues, a definite bonus. I play a Gretsch Broadcaster 6119B and an upright with Fishman pick-up - both sound incredible through the TV. I always had trouble with my stand-up and feedback issues - not anymore! I can really lean on the TV and push her hard without any feedback. All in all - no complaints. This one's a keeper - I will own this amp 'til they pry it from my dead fingers. I could not recommend it any higher. I can't speak for reliability since I've only owned for a week and only played two gigs with it, but I will say that there a lot of vintage Fender amps around still kicking it after all these years - I'm hoping to get the same longevity out of mine. And yes, it's a bit on the heavy side, but it comes with casters. Certainly not too heavy to whine about and worth the effort.
Our band venue has changed over time and I wanted to down size to a combo amp rig. I opted for the fender TV 15 and ordered it based on what info I could find. I was surprised to discover it's bigger than it looks in photographs. It is beautiful to say the least! The manual was missing from the box and my salesman is trying to get me one. Meantime, I'm fiddling with the controls and have found it to be more variable than I thought it would. No horn or other "modern" stuff. Just an old basic 15 inch speaker in a very robust cabinet that shouts "retro"! My band mates really like it. We have drums, keyboard/piano, a guitar and my bass. This combo doesn't have to strain at all to be heard. It packs a surprising wallop and can shake the walls without being set at full blast. Very, very impressive rig. I wish Fender had made some provision for side handles as the rig is somewhat difficult to carry up stairways especially at my age and height. Otherwise, this is a terrific combo and I'm glad I bought it. Nice job, Fender!
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