#1
Theres a used fender bassman head with a matching 2x12 cab at the music shop near my house, i'm guessing that it was made in the late 80's or something. It's selling for $850 does anyone know if thats a good deal?
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#3
Actually it can't be late 80's, no Bassmans were made from 83-90 (and in 1990 it was the 4x10 1959 combo reissue).

If it's late 70's, let it pass, they're really bad!
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#5
thanks for the info, i dont think im going to buy it, saving up for a Dr.Z anyways
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#6
Some bassmans were very good, some were very bad. Some are said to be the worst amps fender ever made! How many watts is it? What colour is the face plate?
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#7
its 50 watts, it has a black face plate
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#8
BUY IT NOW. Those are the best ones.
It's from 1963-1967, so get it.

PS: If you don't want it, give me the seller's number. I'll pick it up
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#9
Quote by Mike!
BUY IT NOW. Those are the best ones.
It's from 1963-1967, so get it.

PS: If you don't want it, give me the seller's number. I'll pick it up



are you serious? thats pretty cool, im going to play it tomorrow and check it out.
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MIA Fender Stratocaster
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#10
I played a '69 one. Those are considered to be the worst ones due to their circuits. It was the best sounding amp i've ever played. I can't even imagine what a blackface sounds like.
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#11
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I played a '69 one. Those are considered to be the worst ones due to their circuits. It was the best sounding amp i've ever played. I can't even imagine what a blackface sounds like.
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Actually, the late 60's ones arent considered as bad as their late 70's counterparts. Was it just a Silverfave 'Bassman' (no Amp, 50, 70, or 100 after the word Bassman).

At one point i was saving up an early 60's Blonde Bassman, but eventually just settled for a Deluxe Reverb.
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#12
I tried a very early SF Bassman, which I believe still kept the BF circuitry.
It was alright, and the price was right, but for guitar applications, I prefered a super reverb type amp.
But, try before you buy, and have some other amps lined up to try.
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#13
Most blackface bassmans were not really blackface! They had a hybrid silverface/blackface.

The blackface bassman from 1965 and later (circuit ab165) wasn't a very good amp but if you like to tinker it can be made into a good amp by rewiring the negative feedback circuit, changing to an ajustable fixed bias, and changing the cap that feeds the phase inverter.

The blackface bassman that was before 1965 had real blackface tone when stock.

An ab165 bassman should cost arounf $500 if it's in really good condition. With a cab that could easily push the price up to $800 or $900. If I were you I'd try and talk them down to $800 if it's made after 65 and if it's made before 65 then jump on it while you can.
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