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With tweed nearly forgotten during the 1980s height of high-tech rack-mount amplifier sophistication, Fender took a bold step forward in the early 1990s by looking to its own past and introducing its first Vintage Reissue amp—the ’59 Bassman. With great amps based on a great past, this popular family expertly recreates the mighty tweed and “Blackface” amps of Fender’s original 1950s-1960s golden age, with outstandingly authentic tone and looks.
GREAT AMPS BASED ON A GREAT PAST
THE VINTAGE REISSUE SERIES EVOKES THE GREAT FENDER AMPS OF THE 1950S AND 1960S
'59 Bassman® LTD, 120V
Presence, Middle, Bass, Treble, Volume (Bright Channel), Volume (Normal Channel)
Four - (1/4", Two Bright and Two Normal)
Tube (1 x 5AR4)
45 Watts into 2 Ohms
Finger-Joined Solid Pine
Molded Rubber "Dog Bone" Style
Chicken-Head Style Pointer
3 x 12AX7
2 x 6L6
Pre Amp Tubes:
In early 1952, the Fender® Bassman® amplified a great new invention - the Fender Precision Bass® guitar. At 50 watts, it competed easily with the common instrumentation of the day: horns, piano, small drum kit, and maybe even an electric guitar through a new 10-watt amp. Through the ’60s and ’70s, the original all-tube tweed 4x10” Bassman® was popular with rock, country and blues guitarists as a reliably great-sounding and easy-to-use guitar amp. In the ’90s, Fender released an affordable ’59 Bassman reissue amplifier to great acclaim. Many guitarists, tired of experimenting with preamps, equalizers and effects racks, rediscovered the simple pleasure of plugging into a Fender tube amp. The reissue Bassman’s wide stage coverage, touch-sensitive dynamics and full-frequency swirl make it perfect for building great tone with almost any guitar or effect, and it remains a staple of the Fender guitar amp line to this day.
The original was a historically significant amp used on countless hits over the years, and the reissue ’65 Princeton® Reverb is easily versatile enough to go from the living room to the recording studio to the small gig. It has the vintage vibe that Fender® die-hards know and love, but the 12-watt ’65 Princeton Reverb isn’t only for those who played them 30 or 40 years ago - it’s for anybody who demands top-notch tube tone, naturally dynamic clean and overdriven tones, and unmistakable long-spring Fender reverb and tube vibrato.