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Should I buy a BF Bassman?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by andy474x, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. lousyatit

    lousyatit Supporting Member

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    They are or can be great rock heads, one of my favorite amps. Highly recommended!
     
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  2. john l

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    Best amps for the money by far and away... best amps even aside from the money really. Great cleans, great dirt, hand wired in the factory that started it all for under 600 bucks? You’d be hard pressed to find an amp that can make those claims for triple what you’ll pay for a bassman
     
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    David Garner Gold Supporting Member

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    They’re amazing. I recorded about half our album with a blackface Bassman the studio had. I’d love to have one but I don’t need that much power.
     
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  6. jimijimmyjeffy

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    I could find a good use for it, that's for sure. If nothing else, it would be great for dedicated cleans and for playing fuzzes through it.

    Get an attenuator and treble booster -- watch out!

    Only you would know the practical aspects of it, whether you would prefer a small combo, etc.

    Volume would not be a concern if you use it as a pedal platform. My opinion on pedal platforms changed when I realized just how freakin excellent the selection of modern fuzzes is. At times you actually want to avoid amp gain so you can hear the fuzz better. Then you can step on the pedal for instant sparkly cleans.
     
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  7. splatt

    splatt david torn / splattercell Gold Supporting Member

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    that's exactly true! great with a Power Station, great without it.
     
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    I've owned and gigged with brown face, black face and silver face 50 what Bassman heads. They're all fantastic amps. If you can ever get them loud enough, as in playing with a live band in a club, they will royally reward you.
     
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  9. Darbarian

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    I just picked up a 2x10 cab. Sounds great with my 66 Bassman and it’s quite portable compared to its original 2x12, although the stock cab sounds amazing in its own right. Bassmans are fun, get them up past 4 and they get into Marshall country. 4 is way too loud for my purposes though. Attenuated at 7 sounds crunchy as hell.
     
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  10. eclecticsynergy

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    Yep, great drive tone when cranked. And running quieter, they make one of the best pedal platforms around.
     
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  11. Stormin

    Stormin Tele's and Plexis Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Mike Ness from Social Distortion and Brian Setzer are both longtime Bassman head users. That should give you an idea of the versatility everyone’s talking about.
     
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  12. splatt

    splatt david torn / splattercell Gold Supporting Member

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    there's one that's resident in the studio in which I work most regularly; it's just great.
    one of the local amp-techs specialises in finding these amp-heads and converting them into 1x12 open-backed combos; i believe he also does some kind of midrange modification to one channel.
     
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  13. Steppin' Wolfe

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    As hmac notes, one might be interested in which BF amp one is being offered. The AA165 is a rare bird due to the quick revision to the AB65 circuit, which is the hottest for guitar in stock form since it has 3 gain stages in the Normal channel whereas the AA864 and AA165 have only two gain stages in that Normal channel. And...as always....the tube charts don’t necessarily tell the truth about what circuit is inside.
    The AB165 is the blueprint for all the following Bassman amps through the Bassman 50. The Super Bassman, Bassman 100/135, and the Bassman Ten/70 amp’s have only two gain stage per channel.....clean platforms.
     
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  14. Joncaster

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    Do it before you end up posting in the "amps you should have bought" thread haha.
     
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  15. H. Mac

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    One BF Bassman factor is often overlooked: Despite its power and its capability of singing at high volume levels, it can sound great at low volume levels too. By “low volume levels,” I mean you’re downstairs playing in the basement while your wife is upstairs watching HGTV.

    And coupled with any decent speaker or pair of speakers, it is incredibly touch sensitive even when played relatively quietly. Although the BF Bassman has an excellent reputation, it is actually far more versatile and fun to play than its excellent reputation suggests.
     
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    If you have one play your les paul through it. 2x12 or preferably 4x12
    Use a treble booster and use input 2.

    Grt back to us.
     
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  17. gtone

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    Don't be afraid to set them up for 6L6WGT power tubes - slightly less output (about 38W vs about 42W with 6L6GC's). Besides a little more top-end smoothing compression, these tubes seem to feature the mids/attenuate the bass "thump" a bit too. These amps sound awesome thru Greenbacks and are durable as hell!
     
  18. lousyatit

    lousyatit Supporting Member

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    I like to y-cord mine. Relatively speaking it's not a really loud amp especially if you use less efficient speakers.
     
  19. Steppin' Wolfe

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    As noted, there were three versions of the Bassman with BF cosmetics. The first two versions’ channel are out of phase. The Ab165 has equal numbers of channels and so takes well to daisy chaining the channels, which are in haste.
     
  20. Darbarian

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    Just gigged my 66 Bassman last night for the first time. Loved it. Works really well with the 2x10 cab loaded with Ragin Cajun and alnico red Fang
     
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