One of the most powerful and versatile bass amps Fender has ever created, the Super Bassman is a stadium-level 300-watt tube head designed for the biggest shows and the largest stages, with enormous Fender bass sound and sparkling vintage Fender looks. Perfect for stage and studio alike, its dual-channel design uses modern technology to maximize classic technology, with classic Fender '60s "blackface" styling and a wealth of innovative features on the front and rear panels.
Features include a tube preamp (two 12AX7s) and power amp (one 12AX7, one 12AT7, six 6550s); Vintage channel that delivers the full, warm sound of a classic Fender passive tone stack; Overdrive channel that delivers the aggressive and responsive sound of a modern active tone stack (choose between channels with included footswitch); rear-panel Fender Automatic Bias system that constantly monitors and re-biases tubes for perfect performance and alerts you when service is required; Speaker Output switch that can be set to “Mute” to turn speaker off and record silently using preamp tone from the XLR output; Impedance switch (8, 4 or 2 ohms) and master volume control with push/pull mute.
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I was looking for a new all tube head. I've played all tube amps all my gigging life — since 1977- & I've owned SVT's, Bassman 300PRO, Mesa, Ashdown-etc, MANY tube amps. Was looking at the Ampeg SVT-VR & then a few people on Talkbass.com recommended this FENDER SUPER BASSMAN. I respected these particular TB forum members' views as I knew they'd owned MANY all tube amps & knew about the tone & power of 300w tube amps. When these guys put the Super Bassman on my lookout I asked them if it sounded as good as the SVT-VR as I knew that amp loved its warm lush tone.
All these people said it sounded at LEAST as good + it had the overdrive channel & the ability to blend it with the clean tone. I'm SO glad I did go for this amp.
It's SO LUSH sounding. SO punchy. SO powerful & sounds fantastic at ANY level.
I don't play stadiums, I'm just a weekend warrior- weddings, corporate functions, pubs etc & this amp just DOES IT ALL SO WELL. Being able to switch between clean & drive - and SUCH a GREAT drive channel- is SO GOOD I now leave my OD pedals at home. The drive channel can of course be set to a clean tone, enabling you the VINTAGE channel AND drive channel to be differing shades of a clean tone.
I run it mostly thru a sealed 412 cab & it's just SO sweet on the vintage channel. Having the 8/4/2 ohms select is SO handy too. I can use it with a 1x15& or even a single 12 and sometimes at small rehearsals.
The D.I. is excellent too- with its pre/post, ground lift AND with a level control—something most amps don't have but is VERY handy.
I seriously LOVE this amp!! It's powerful enough for ANY situation, sounds fantastic at ALL levels, is versatile enough for me & my varying styles I play- classic rock to pop to jazz to country, & it sounds phenomenal it them all.
I really do think it's the BEST all tube amp ever made!! & I'm a serious SVT fan. But this just adds that versatility & extra channel & 8 ohm select & less weight & tube bias &.... etc etc..
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|Model Name:||Super Bassman®, 120V, Black|
|Controls:||Vintage - VOL, BASS (pull DEEP), MID, TREBLE (pull BRIGHT); Overdrive - GAIN, BLEND, VOL, BASS (pull DEEP), MID FREQ, MID LVL, TREBLE (pull BRIGHT); MASTER (pull MUTE)|
|Effects Loop:||1/4" - (Preamp Out, Power Amp In)|
|Inputs:||Two - (1/4", Input 2 is at -6dB)|
|Line Out:||One - (XLR with Ground Lift, Level Control, and Pre/Post EQ Switch)|
|Speaker Jack:||Two 1/4" Parallel (Internal and External)|
|Channels:||Two - (Vintage, Overdrive)|
|Cabinet Material:||7-Ply 5/8" Meranti Plywood|
|Pilot Light Jewel:||Red LED Jewel|
|Handle:||Two Side-Mounted Spring-Loaded Steel Flip Style|
|Front Panel:||Painted Metal|
|Grill Cover:||Black Textured Vinyl Covering with Silver Grille Cloth|
|Amplifier Depth:||13.5" (34.3 cm)|
|Amplifier Width:||24.5" (62.2 cm)|
|Amplifier Height:||10" (25.4 cm)|
|Amplifier Weight:||65 lbs. (29.48 kg)|
|Pre Amp Tubes:||Groove Tubes® - (2 x 12AX7), (1 x 12AX7 + 1 x 12AT7 Power Amp)|
|Power Tubes:||Groove Tubes® - (6 x 6550)|
|Unique Features:||Speaker Output 'Mute' for silent recording and Fender Automatic Bias for output tube monitoring/adjustment|
|FootSwitch:||1-Button Footswitch Included|
|Knobs:||Vintage-Style Skirted Black Plastic|
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