The straightforward Fender 59 Bassman outperforms most of the fancy amps on the market today. In the 1950s, the Bassman was perfect for amplifying that new invention, the Fender Precision Bass. This 5... Read More
The straightforward Fender 59 Bassman outperforms most of the fancy amps on the market today. In the 1950s, the Bassman was perfect for amplifying that new invention, the Fender Precision Bass. This 50W rig allowed the bass to hold its own onstage with drums, electric guitars, and miked piano, the common instrumentation of the day. Over the years, it also won the hearts of guitarists who, after experimenting with all kinds of preamps and effects racks, found its simplicity, great tone, excellent dispersion, and touch-sensitive dynamics a true pleasure. This reissue is true to the original while adding several enhancements: U.S.-made GT-6L6 output tubes, improved 12AX7 preamp tubes, and an internal bias pot, making it easier to experiment with other output tubes. It also features a genuine lacquered tweed covering, solid finger-jointed pine cabinet, and an original-spec 4AR4 rectifier tube for natural compression when you play hard. Includes fitted cover.
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Reviewed by 13 customers
This is an incredible amp at a reasonable price. An amp I will never sell. Put a 12AT7 in V1 right away to bring down the pre-gain and warm the amp up. A lot of people complain about the Jensen speakers, but the "ice pick highs" can be attributed to Fender shipping the amp with a 12AX7 in V1 -- which is a super high gain tube, and not true to the original bassman spec. Personally, I run a JJ GZ34 rectifier, Tung-sol reissue 5881's in the power section, and 12AX7s in the pre, with a 12AT7 in V1. This configuration sounds amazing and is as true to original spec you can get without modifying the power section or re-wiring by hand - the amp does an amazing job of replicating the true nature of whatever guitar you're playing through it. I play either a Tele, Strat or Les Paul, all sound incredible. This is primarily a clean or overdrive sound amp. To get a harder distortion/rock sound, throw a Rat in front of it. However if you want a pure amp-driven distortion, you will not get it with this amp at reasonable volumes -- buy a VOX or a Marshall.
Honeydripper for tone... I always wanted a Fender Twin and decided to get one, but as I was researching and studying up on them I came across the 59 Bassman Ltd Reissue, which is a natural progression given the type of amplifier the Bassman is comparable to the Twin. After seeing 99% of reviews being 4 or 5 stars out of 5 for owners of the original Bassman's and the Reissues I thought I should try one for myself and Guitar Center happen to have a used 59 Bassman Ltd Reissue for $899. This used Bassman still had the plastic seal on the nameplate. Essentially in new condition. I plugged in a American made Strat and it was everything I had heard and/or read about and more. The Holy Grail of Guitar amplifiers for the tone. I bought it and I'm very happy with it. I have only had it for a week so, hopefully the Fender craftsmanship I have grown accustomed to in my 35 years of playing will continue with my Bassman. I definitely recommend the Fender 59 Bassman to anyone that knows anything about tone. This amp could be used for any style of music, but would need a distortion pedal for any rock or metal playing. I don't currently use pedals, but I know enough about sound/tone to know that this amp would eat pedals up. Also, in the reviews I have read many many players say this amp loves pedals, which is no surprise to me. It's all about TONE and the Fender 59 Bassman has The Tone. Get one!
Having used it for three months I have found normal and bright channels usefull to the maximum degree being if your wanting to single coil you will have the option to play a less bright input or more for double coil, very pleaseing and easier to e-q. Such a sweet tone monster and this is no-hipe thing were talking.At 57lbs. it can be a work-out to hump to the jobs but I have been humping amps to venues since 63 so it ain,t no big thing, (once its loaded to go-Ha!) Four ten inch jensen,s are so nice. A ts808 effects pedal is great with it as long as you put a real momentary switch as the switch thats stock in unit breaks in under a year weather you spray it with tuner cleaner/lube or not. Best amp in this world, in my opine.
Received the "59" Bassman Reissue for Christmas and used it for the New Years eve gig. Played the ES-Artist (Gibson) the first set, the 73 strat for two sets and the 91 Les Paul for the 4th set. Such a sweet sounding and performing amplifier. Leo Fender did this perfect and complete. Have an 83 Mesa Boogie, a 1963 2-twelve silvertone, A JTM-30 Marshall, and a 2012 Blues Deluxe Reissue. The Bassman sounded great without even a breakin period. Just amazing!!!
This thing is awesome!! I can throw the volume up to 12 o' clock for gigs and up to 4 o' clock in the studio. Chain the bright and normal channels together for a truly unique sound.
I have had this amp for about a year,I also have a tolex Blues Jr. and a Tweed NOS Blues Jr.Since I do not gig,I usually play through the smaller Blues Jr.They are both adequate for my needs;however when I want to blow my windows out,I use the 59 Bassman.It is tremendously powerful,can deliver huge tone and presence,and I have found no other amp that does it better,period!The only effects I use are an Ibanez Tube screamer,a Phase 90,and a Boss equalizer.Kudos to Fender !They have given us a gem of an amplifier!
This amp is the best! iv played with this amp everywhere and it does the job. you go from amazing clean tones to a FAT drive pushing air on this 4X10 is no problem. It is perfect for any style and its indestructable. Its great for the musicians who want amazing tone live and in the studio
This amp is the real deal, no onboard effects, just plug in & rock, I've worked at many music stores & just cant find a better amp. I use a fender reverb tank when playing in a smaller room (in a bigger room reverb occurs naturally anyway). Most of the 50 watt tube amps in the world were based on this design, that's because Leo Fender got it right the first time!!!!!!!!!!!! It does require some "break in time" to reach its full potential, but that is true of any amp (especially tube amps) anyway this is one sweet amp!!!!!!!
I bought this amp after trying several other amps over a 10 year period. I originally bought a marshall 100 watt 2X12 combo for what I thought would be a lot of power. The amp sounded bad...and it wasn't even loud. The bassman does NOT have a lot of flashy extras, but it doesn't need them. This amp is powerful and the tone is the best I've found in 10 years. Also, don't forget that you can jump the channels for even more control over the volume and tone. I use a Boss ME-50 for effects and it sounds great!!! GREAT AMP FENDER!!
The other reviewer here is correct. This is an amp for a niche market. There is nothing in the way of features except basic EQ and Presence. But if you are a Telecster "clean" player this is about as good as it gets. And it will take a T808 and Damage Control Glass Nexus and give you every sound you would ever need.
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