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Fender® Bassman 150
SWR - Working Pro 200
Warwick Sweet 15.2 (150W)

Long story short, I need a new bass amp. I play with a drummer (fairly loud Yamaha Stage Customs) and a guitarist (mostly clean sound, but working with about 50 semi-overdriven tube watts), so my first concern is being heard and having enough headroom for tone.

EDIT: I play a little bit of everything, so versatility would be swell. I like a mostly clean, smooth sound (Cake, John Paul Jones) but a nice punch or edgy drive would be useful cause I break that kinda thing out every now and then (Flea, and I like Wolfmother's bass tone).

I have yet to try any of these 3 out, but they're all in a good price range and I liked what I read about them and they fit my basic wants.

Do any of these three stand out among the others? What are some of the various pros/cons of each? I'm gonna try em all out for sure, but I just wanted some additional honest feedback outside customer reviews.

Gracias
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#2
I have a bassman 200 which is really good, its a older model though. But if ur deciding betweeen those three id get the warwick i love how they sound
#5
Sweet 15, it has the warmest tone you could imagine with pretty good versatility
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#6
I have the Sweet 15.1 and would recomend it to anyone.
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#7
The Warwick; it has a 15" speaker, which is way better than the 12" the others have, and a much better EQ, which you'll probably using a lot of in the future.
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what kind of music do you play? About those IMO the Bassman and the SWR are completely different things, one is very modern (SWR) and the Bassman a little more oldschool.

There's nothing old-school about modern Fender bass amps. Ever since Fender acquired SWR, their products have been becoming much more similar. Fender bass amps are now like Ampeg PRO amps + SWR's (all solid state). I have the 250W Bassman and it's just about as good of a combo as you'd ever use (for under $1000).

The semi-parametric EQ of the Bassman is brilliant. It's my favourite front-end of all time. I prefer the EQ to the Warwick's graphic EQ. If you're deciding between the Bassman and the Warwick, you have to ask yourself what matters more: speaker size, or EQ flexibility?

As far as the SWR goes, it clearly has more power, and a pseudo-parametric EQ, but personally I prefer straight tone control instead of aural enchancers and back massagers, etc. I like transparent tones. The SWR and Fender will give you these, but the Fender has a less ambiguous tone control.

Basically, if you want the most power, get the SWR. If you want the best tonal flexibility and transparency, get the Fender. If you want a 15 instead of a 12, get the Warwick.
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There's nothing old-school about modern Fender bass amps. Ever since Fender acquired SWR, their products have been becoming much more similar. Fender bass amps are now like Ampeg PRO amps + SWR's (all solid state). I have the 250W Bassman and it's just about as good of a combo as you'd ever use (for under $1000).

The semi-parametric EQ of the Bassman is brilliant. It's my favourite front-end of all time. I prefer the EQ to the Warwick's graphic EQ. If you're deciding between the Bassman and the Warwick, you have to ask yourself what matters more: speaker size, or EQ flexibility?

As far as the SWR goes, it clearly has more power, and a pseudo-parametric EQ, but personally I prefer straight tone control instead of aural enchancers and back massagers, etc. I like transparent tones. The SWR and Fender will give you these, but the Fender has a less ambiguous tone control.

Basically, if you want the most power, get the SWR. If you want the best tonal flexibility and transparency, get the Fender. If you want a 15 instead of a 12, get the Warwick.

I guess I´m just used to seeing the name Bassman and remembering those oldskool amps, guess I didn´t really see the threadstarters amp and just read the name