1962 Bassman with 1x15 JBL...original?

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  1. RhytmEarl

    RhytmEarl Member

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    There's a Blonde/Maroon Bassman for sale locally. Has a 1x15 JBL (D-140 I think).

    Did Fender ever make a 1x15 cabinet back in 62?

    I haven't seen the amp (yet - going after work) personally so I can't vouch for how original it looks, and I really don't want to have to open the cabinet until I feel I'm fairly serious about buying the amp.

    Edit: The Fender Field Amp guide doesn't mention a 1x15.
     
  2. hogy

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    It's a Showman 15" Tonering cab.
     
  3. RhytmEarl

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    Ooooo!!!!!!!!!!:AOK


    *Kicks self - I shoulda known that!!!*
     
  4. ROKY

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    '62 Bassman thru a 15" JBL . . . :drool :drink

    That would definitely get you some mid-60s Pete Townshend tone .:AOK
     
  5. slider313

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    I have to agree that it's a Showman cab. There is a chance it could have been custom ordered to match the Bassman head. One way to tell is get an ohm reading of the speaker to see if it's a 4 ohm cabinet.
     
  6. kimock

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    Hey Slider, why 4 ohms? I thought the Showman was an 8 ohm amp.
    I'm not sure if Fender ever even used a single 4 ohm D130 a a stock speaker.
    Just curious if anybody knows, all my old D130's say 8 or 16 ohms on them.

    thanks!

    peace sk
     
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    The Showman was 8 ohms but if the bottom was a special order to match the Bassman's tranny,then it would be 4 ohms.
     
  8. Griz

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    '62 Bassman.

    MMMMMmmmmmmm... delicious.:drink

    :bow

    Helluva amp. Love mine. I think the cigarette burns are key to the magical tone.
     
  9. voodoosound

    voodoosound Funk & Grooven member Silver Supporting Member

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    I have a 62 bassman and a 64. Great amps but I prefer my 65 showman over both.
     
  10. ROKY

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    Interesting .. why ?
     
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    voodoosound Funk & Grooven member Silver Supporting Member

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    Not sure but I think the extra tubes just makes the feel a bit better. COuld be the circuit also. While it is a stock ab763 it sounds better than any other 763 I have played.
     
  12. hogy

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    Bigger = Better.
     
  13. ROKY

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    Doesn't the 6G6-B have a monster tone also compared to a BF Showman,
    or is the headroom drastically, less ?
     
  14. gretsch58

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    I've seen Bassmans with a single 15" in them. somewhere I did see a old fender ad with one pictured.
     
  15. m@2

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    I have a 63' 6G6 head with a 62 or 63 1X15 blondie cab (with a JBL D 130) and it is amazing. FAT tones, and of course tons of bass response, but still a nice high end presence. Punchy as heck
    My experience is that yes, the headroom is drastically less. Blonde bassman are all about the creamy overdrive (although you can certainly get some clean tones) I don't use mine all that much live because it is not as diverse as some other amps, but in the studio, and occasionally at a show, I bring that blonde piggyback out.
     
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    The first tweed Bassman was a single 15 combo.
     
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    They did, but on a custom order basis only. A friend of mine has a blackface '67 Super Reverb that was ordered with a 15" JBL. It has a factory marked 15" baffle and a 4 Ohm JBL D130 with a Fender label on it.
     
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    A Super Reverb with a 4 ohm D130, factory original, how cool is that?

    Thanks Hogy, I didn't know. . .

    peace
     
  19. hogy

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    It belonged to a steel guitar player originally. Had 2 Gold Lion KT88s in it when my friend got the amp.

    Of course, both my buddy and I hate 15" speakers with a passion, so first thing we did was make a proper baffle and put 4 10s in the amp. Sounded so much better that way...

    :jo
     

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