Bassman 250/115 Review

manufacturer: Fender date: 05/01/2006 category: Bass Amplifiers
Fender: Bassman 250/115
Designed to be portable, yet loud enough for gigging, all Bassman models have a high quality XLR output great for recording or amplifying a live signal. The full horn attenuator allows the player to accommodate a range of tones from bright thumb-style playing (full horn) to warm upright bass tones (horn off) and anything in between.
 Sound: 8
 Overall Impression: 9
 Reliability & Durability: 8
 Features: 9
 Overall rating:
 7.9 
 Reviewer rating:
 8.5 
 Users rating:
 7.3 
 Votes:
 6 
review (1) 10 comments vote for this gear:
overall: 8.5
Bassman 250/115 Reviewed by: noahray, on may 01, 2006
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 600

Sound: The massive 15 inch speaker provides room, shaking, window shattering low end. With the -6db gain switch, the bottom end is off the charts. It's hard to get a good high end sound, but that isn't a problem in most situations. If you're looking for an amp to piss off all your neighbors, this is it. I can't say in words how deep the sound is. You can such all the air out of a room with this puppy. One main drawback is that you can't crank it up too high when the -6db switch is on, or else it will make some very scary noises. When playing in the higher registers, it loses some of its OOMPH, but you can always play off this to make the low end even more potent. Basically, low end = amazing. High end = who needs it? Don't buy a 115 for high end. // 8

Reliability & Durability: I always use it with no backup. It is Brand New, and hasn't needed any repairs or servicing. Most times it doesnt' even need micing, its just that powerful. I feel confident using it, and I never worry about it breaking. // 8

Overall Impression: I love to play Jazz, but my true passion is metal. I'm going on 5 years of playing, and I haven't heard a combo amp that is as bone, crushing as this yet. Whether going through a school rendition of The Chicken or playing Lamb of God to scare the black people, nothing kicks you in the balls as hard as this amp can. 115's have a reputation for being muddled and unclear, having a farting "rap" bass sound, but this one destroys that sterotype with all the brutal force of a dozen smiling elephants trampling a little puppy dacshund for sick pleasure. When having our school jazz band concerts, I don't even need to mic this baby to fill the whole concert hall with some smooth ass, pounding jazz lines. When walking all around the neck, each note is as clearly heard as the next. I've played out of some 410's, none were quite so brutally deep, but they were a lot punchier. If you're looking for solid low end, definitely pick this up. // 9

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