Is an early silverface Bassman head any good?

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  1. joeybsyc

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    Actually a Bassman 50, no master volume. How would this compare to an earlier blackface model? To my ears it sounds devine, but I can't honestly say I've ever played through a blackface Bassman. What is the major differences/similarities? Anyone else have one?
     
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    Both excellant sounding. FEnder BF tone has a little throatier tone. HOWEVER, the channels,(both) are modable. Tweed, Black face and a handful of different tweaks can really make the amp suit your style. GEt the three prong power cord installed and get ready for bliss.
     
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    Thanks... Mainly interested in stock vs. stock comparisons, as I don't know anything about modifying circuits.
     
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    Hardly much difference. Bassman 50--a great amp!

    [edit] Just clicked on yr. link. Wow to the green Jag w/ matching head!
     
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    Not for me.
     
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    Nothing at all wrong with the early Silverfaces. A lof of posters on this thread are going to tell you otherwise, the reality is if you like the sound of the Silverface in question then roll with it and don't think twice. Don't waste a lot of money chasing a "substantially upgraded" tone by trying to buy the Blackface versions of the same Silverface amps either imo. I have a '71 Bassman that is my main amp and has been for a few years. I also have a '66 Pro Reverb that sounds great too but I actually prefer the Bassman and would keep that if forced to choose between the two. Just play what you like and let everyone else waste their time chasing tones and wasting dollars. Just my 2cents.
     
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    Thanks guys! It does indeed sound sweet...With classic Fender cleans and seems to take effects very well too. Was just wondering if I was missing something by not buying a blackface for more money.
     
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    Not really, I own a Blackface, and have used a Bassman 50 in the past. Largely interchangeable, to my ear.
     
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    Depending on how "early" your SF might be, you could (I stress could) have a BF in SF clothing. My Super Reverb is 100% blackface on the inside.
     
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    I had a 70 or 71 bassman head that I sold to buy a '66.......mistake! The early 70's head sounded better and I knew it right away. Eventually I sold the '66 and found a magic sounding '65 head. I guess fender was constantly slightly tweaking the circuits(bias, etc) back then. If you like it don't bother chasing 'blackface mods" like the other poster said. just enjoy!
     
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    BF fenders tend to breakup in a more musical way than SF fenders, but for cleans the early SF are just great (later SF sure can be fine as well but in a different way IMO) and either way the bassman doesn't break up until you really crank it, and its very rare to find a true BF (the bassman was the first to get SF circuit, even many with BF cabinet)
     
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    Stupid question, but what type of speaker can came with a Bassman 50? The stacked 2x12 style?
     
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    Just to offer some perspective, if it sounds "divine" then who cares! Sounds like you have a great amp.
     
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    I have a 69 Bassman and wouldn't trade it for anything. I did replace the filter caps in it, they were original and it sounds even better!!!! it's an AC568 circuit, which a lot of people frown on but I love it.
     
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    i had a 66 that was cool and broke up real early, but needed some work. i sold it stupidly but recently got a 70 that it a bit brighter, but the clean tone is just lovely. i hardly get to crank my amps up to distorted levels anyhow, so i am more than happy with my sf. it takes pedals well and will be an amp i will hold on to for many years to come....unless i find someone with a bf bandmaster looking to trade lol.
     
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    Great amps!!!!!
     
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    In some cases, difference is in the grill cloth only!! Awesome amps!!
     
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    Have a 1975 SF Bassman 100 and 1965 BF Bandmaster ..both great amps , but the 1975 Bassman sounds so good as a pedal platform I have to keep it ..
     
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    I once had a guy bring over three Bassman heads, two BF and one SF. I chose the SF. Great amp.
     
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    Not good.

    Great.
     

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