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Fender Bassbreaker 18/30W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp

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Bassbreaker Series guitar amplifiers continue Fender's storied lineage with a kind of "parallel evolution" that breaks away from tradition with dark gray lacquered tweed covering, refined pointer knobs and unique circuitry as well as power tubes and speakers hinting at the U.K. amps that 'borrowed' Fender circuits in the 1960s. The sound is one o...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Bassbreaker Series guitar amplifiers continue Fender's storied lineage with a kind of "parallel evolution" that breaks away from tradition with dark gray lacquered tweed covering, refined pointer knobs and unique circuitry as well as 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 for today's players.

The two-channel Bassbreaker 18/30 offers the performance of two time-tested Fender classics.

Channel One offers pure, bell-like clean tones and warm crunch when driven, thanks to its Blackface Deluxe amp circuitry with extra headroom and 30-watt output. Channel Two's circuit is based on an 18-watt '61 brown Deluxe, offering plenty of power amp overdrive with easily controlled dynamics at 'real world' volume levels. An included footswitch allows easy selection between the two, and four EL84 power tubes add a distinctive midrange punch.

With pedal-friendly tube circuitry, simplicity of operation, and updated vintage aesthetics, the Bassbreaker 18/30 Combo is sure to become a modern classic.

Features Include
•Channel one is a 30-watt version of the blackface Fender Deluxe™ amp, delivering bell-like clean tones that gradually warm up with a twist of the volume control
•Channel two is an 18-watt version of the brown 1961 Deluxe amp, for lower-headroom tube tone and warm, compressed overdrive
•Channel-selection footswitch included
•Four EL84 output tubes for tighter rock distortion character
•Simple signal path for pedal-friendly operation
•Two 12” Celestion® V-Type speakers for tight response and “vocal” tone character
•Cabinet has Birch ply construction and semiclosed back for full, resonant response and lowend “thump”
•Matches perfectly with optional BB-212 extension 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.



Maximum wattage: 18W or 30W, Switchable

Tube or solid state: Tube/valve

Type: Combo

Number of preamp tubes: 3

Preamp tube type: 12AX7/ECC83

Number of power tubes: 4

Power tube type: EL84

Power attenuation: Yes

Impedance: 4, 8, 16 ohms


Number of channels: 2

Footswitchable: Yes

Number of inputs: 1

Number of modes:


Speakers: 2x12"

Speaker brand: Celestion

Speaker model(s): G12V-70

Cab power handling: 75W

Cab back panel: Partially open back

Cab angle: Straight


Channel 1: 3-band EQ; Volume

Channel 2: Tone; Volume

Channel 3: Not applicable

Channel 4: Not applicable

Master volume: No

Mid-shift: No

Depth: No

Resonance: No

Presence: No

Bright: No

Contour: No

Reverb: No

Voicing control: No

Boost: No


MIDI control: No

Footswitch included: No


Effects loop: No

Footswitchable: Not applicable

Reverb: No

Tremolo: No

Delay: No

Echo: No

Flanger: No

Phaser: No

Modulation: No

Chorus: No


Misc. Features

External speaker output: Yes

Headphone output: No

Direct output: No

AUX input: No

USB connectivity: No

Built-in tuner: No

Mute: No


Width: 26.25 in.

Height: 21.87 in.

Depth: 10 in.

Weight: 50 lbs.

Country of origin: Mexico

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  • Easy to use (4)
  • Good power output (3)
  • Portable (3)


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By Dan

from Independence Missouri

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer


  • Easy To Use
  • Portable


  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

  • Performances

Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 18/30W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I play twice a week at my church. It made it through one Sunday. Two power tubes started red plating. It was one week out of Guitar Centers 45 day return policy. Ask the sales guy could he help me out alittle. His reply was i should have got there extended warranty (pro plan)then gave me fenders custer service #. I bought 2 of these. In 2015 i bought 4 guitars and 2 amps. Les paul historic, es 335,PRS custom 24, roadworn tele. 1953 Deluxe 2x12 hot rod deville. For one i now how to get in touch with a warranty service and the other is they could have replaced the tubes and i would have been fine. I wont be doing buisness there again.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


A Rose by Ant Other Name

By Mark

from Santa Clarita

About Me Professional Musician


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


    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 18/30W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    When the Bassbreaker series was first released, I incorrectly assumed they must be bass amps. When I discovered they were, in fact, guitar amps, I thought "what a dumb name for a guitar amp." I have heard them maligned a several occasions so I just figured Fender had made a misstep. Then I heard them played on Guitar Paradiso on YouTube and started to change my mind. I then played a couple of them and discovered that the entire series is great and this particular model, the 18/30 is brilliant! Or as the British chap on Guitar Paradiso says "Ace!"

    This particular model is a great reimagining of two different deluxe models--a blackface and a brownface. However, there are no 6V6 tubes here--but EL84s, which gives the amp a resonance of British sound, a bit Marshall and Vox. It's still a Fender, though, which is an amazing trick.

    Channel one is the blackface sound. It is chimey and bell-like. The perfect Deluxe sound (with 30 watts instead of the usual 22). Adjust the three-way tone controls and you can go from bright to dark, folk-rock to blues to jazz. And with two 12 inch Celestion speakers, you can move a lot of air--this thing gets loud.

    Channel two is the brownface sound. More midrange sound, more crunch. But it isn't a bassman, it's still a deluxe. Great for leads--crank it up and the brown tone flows!

    As I noted, there are two 12 inch speakers. So, you might be thinking this amp must be heavy, right? Nope. This is not a Twin Reverb. Or even a Hot Rod Deville. Despite a solid wood frame, this thing only weighs 50 pounds-- a few pounds lighter than a Deville and a ton lighted than a Twin.

    Important note--there is no built in reverb. And that's not a bummer--reverb compresses the signal and takes the edge off the tone and that won't happen here. Besides, you can use your favorite pedal to make things wet. Last note--you can drive an external cabinet, 16, 8 or 4 ohms.

    I admit it--I was wrong about the Bassbreaker amps, though I still think the name is dumb.


    Fender Cleans AND Marshall-like Crunch!

    By rickbravo

    from NJ

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer


    • 2 Channel w/ Footswitch
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Extension Cab Capable
    • Good Warmth
    • Line Out Capable
    • Portable
    • Powerful


    • No Master Volume / Power Attenuator
    • No Reverb

    Best Uses

    • Gigs
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 18/30W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    What I love about the Bassbreaker 18/30 is the 2 distinct and different channels (that are foot switchable). Channel 1 is fixed at 30W with a 3 band EQ (B/M/T) and provides the headroom for those typical fender glassy, deluxe type cleans - a job well done.

    Channel 2 is a different animal - it's darker, dirtier, and more gritty. It's fixed at 18W with volume and tone knobs. With the tone at < 9 o'clock, the amp has a fuller, bluesier clean sound....more mid push than channel 1. But crank the volume and drive the tone past 2 o'clock and this amp can get thick overdrive/distortion reminiscent of a JCM 800. Throw an OD pedal or boost into the mix and both channels open up even more. This amp awesome.

    My only criticism is that the amp is really, really loud. For a gig, no problem. But for home use, you cannot get the tone variations described above at a reasonable (or reasonably loud) volume. To do so, you need a power attenuator (hot plate, power break, brake-lite, weber, etc.) - not a big deal, however the combo speakers are hard wired into the chassis so you have to use an extension cab with attenuator between the 18/30 (as a head) and separate extension cab. Or put in an inline 1/4 speaker jack.

    I will say there are other combos/heads in the bassbreaker series that may be better suited for home use (7W, 15W), but they are not as dynamic as this amp. If you want a two channel tone monster that gives you jazz to hard rock/metal - this is your amp.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Tubes fail / noisy

    By Wwreck

    from Ft Collins Co

    About Me Experienced


    • Easy To Use
    • Powerful


    • Poor fender customer service
    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 18/30W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    I use this only in my home studio and infrequently. The tubes faulted just after 90 days and fender customer service wouldn't help out even though fender owns the tube company as well. I paid to have the tubes replaced only to find the amp has become noisy in the month since and impossible to use in the studio. Buyer beware.

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