Bassman vs. Super Reverb

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Joey22, Jul 12, 2008.

Which has the better clean tone?

  1. Fender Bassman

  2. Fender Super Reverb

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  1. Joey22

    Joey22 Member

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    Hey guys which one do you guys think has a better clean tone? Fender Bassman or a Fender Super Reverb? What are the tone differences?

    Thanks guys!!!
     
  2. Joey22

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    Super Reverb wins, for me, because of reverb. It just warms things up and adds some "bigness & space." I use reverb via a EH Holy Grail with my tweed Pro and that is a beautiful combo. Hard choice. I will say that the Super needs to be loud before the cleans don't sound sterile. It needs a bit of natural compression from working tubes to feel right.
     
  4. S.W.Erdnase

    S.W.Erdnase Supporting Member

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    Depends on what you want/like.

    For me, the Bassman will have a warmer tone with more mids and bass, the SR a more hi-fi clean tone. The Bassman won't stay clean as long, etc. With a good cab, you won't need reverb on a Bassman. (I mean a good pine cab, not a modern materials cab).
     
  5. StompBoxBlues

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    When you say "bassman" are you meaning the tweed bassman?

    In any case, I've heard both sound phenomenal. Depends on the player, and it depends on what you want to play. Generally, I think the tweed bassman sounds more trebly and biting, where the SR sounds more sparkly.

    So mainly, for blues solos, I think the tweed bassman, but for rythm I think the SR can sound amazing.
     
  6. Joey22

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    Thanks guys!!!
     
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    paulg Supporting Member

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    Too hard a choice. Love them both. But for pure clean, SR.
     
  9. SoulToStrings

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    I'm going with a Bassman for its unique breakup tone , howver for clean + reverb the Super is hard to beat.

    I had one of the 60's bassmans which took pedals well.

    Also had a super, one of the best onboard reverbs around.
    www.soultostrings.com. - I just released 2 instrumental cd's with lots of different Fender tones.
     
  10. Mickey Shane

    Mickey Shane apolitical Silver Supporting Member

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    I have both (tweed Bassman). The Super Reverb stays clean up higher on the volume knob. That may not be true with, say, a Blonde Bassman.
     
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    A great mix is the Vibro king. The best of both.
     
  12. Joey22

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    Thanks guys!!! Yes I'm looking for pure cleans...
     
  13. VaughnC

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    Neither amp has better cleans, just different. However, the best cleans I've experienced come from a Komet 60 with blackplates.
     
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    I think either amp will have nice cleans. When pushed into overdrive, Tweed amps tend to produce more mids, whereas on Blackface amps, the mids are 'scooped'. Super Reverbs tend to be brighter, whereas the Bassman produces a warmer tone IMHO. Both are great amps!

    -KD
     
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    Ok, what are the 2nd best cleans you have experienced? Thanks
     
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    I've owned 5 blackface Super Reverbs over the past 32 years and a couple tweed bassmans. The Super Reverb holds its clean sound together at slightly higher volumes, but well restored Bassman can give you a slightly more 'punchy' clean sound.

    Both are killer sounding amps, and at the end of the day, you just have to rely on your own style and tastes to tell you the answer.
     
  17. Crikey

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    Two of the best clean tones around. Picking one is a matter of taste and you should listen to all of them that you can.

    There's a guy in town who plays a brownface Concert 4x10 that is almost like a cross between the two -- really killing tone from that one, as well.


    Crikey
     
  18. Guitar Dave T

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    True, that. Bugs Henderson used to play through an old 4-10 Concert and just KILLED with it.
     
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    I had a brownface concert not too long again and it did KILL for best of both worlds, crisp and clear clean tone. In the end it had a little too much headroom for me so Im back to BF Supers.
     
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    As everyone here has mentioned - neither is better than the other. Just different. Both are classic circuits/classic amps. It just depends on what your ears like.
     

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