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Fender Bassbreaker 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head 

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Supercharged with a plethora of flexible features, the Bassbreaker 15 is a top-notch performer for stage or studio. This chameleon-like amp creates i...Click To Read More About This Product

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A tube-powered studio monster that's overflowing with classic Fender tone.

Supercharged with a plethora of flexible features, the Bassbreaker 15 is a top-notch performer for stage or studio. This chameleon-like amp creates its magic with a trio of 12AX7 preamp tubes feeding into two EL84 power tubes for 15 watts of tight, modern tone. The three-position Gain Structure switch gives the amp three distinct boutique voices, ranging from mild to wild. They're all tasty and touch-sensitive without masking the character of the guitar.

Recording-friendly features such as XLR line output with switchable speaker emulation and Power Amp Mute make it easy to lose yourself in the moment without getting bogged down by the details. And a level-adjustable digital hall reverb adds just the right amount of ambience.



The handsome new Bassbreaker cosmetic treatment includes dark gray lacquered tweed, oversized pointer knobs, Fender block logo, and more. With great looks, tone, and features, the Bassbreaker 15 is destined to become a goto amp for rehearsals, gigging and recording.

Features include
•15 watts from two EL84 tubes for aggressive midrange character
•Gain Structure switch for three distinct tonal flavors and overdrive levels
•Recording-friendly Power Amp Mute, switchable speaker-emulated XLR line output and ground lift
•Single 12” 8-ohm Celestion V-Type speaker (combo model only)
•Combo and head mate perfectly with BB-112 extension speaker cabinet

Bassbreaker Series

The late-'50s tweed-covered Fender Bassman is often called the grandfather of all guitar amps. What started earlier that decade as the companion amp for the Precision Bass actually became one of the most beloved guitar amps of all time, thanks to its simplicity and versatility, its wide dynamic range and warm tube overdrive, its full-frequency stage-filling power and its rugged roadworthiness.



Fender tweed amps evolved into the brown, blonde, blackface and silverface models of the 1960s. Along with the dramatic evolution of their look, the amps were redesigned each time to sound brighter and cleaner. 

New Bassbreaker Series guitar amplifiers continue that fascinating lineage with yet another sound and style, a kind of "parallel evolution" in which time-honored Fender amp DNA results in a satisfyingly dirtier tone that evokes the dawn of hard rock. 

The new series takes the 45-watt 1959 Bassman design and breaks it with features including the early Fender block-letter logo, black tweed covering, and refined pointer knobs plus power tubes hinting at the U.K. amps that "borrowed" Fender circuits in the 1960s. The sound is one of pure and unadulterated tube greatness.

FEATURES
  • Power: 15W (tube)
  • Tubes: three 12AX7 (preamp); two EL84 (power amp)
  • Single channel
  • Single input
  • Controls: 3-band EQ, gain, gain structure, bright, reverb
  • Built-in reverb
  • Speaker-emulated XLR output and ground lift
  • Power-amp mute
  • Dimensions: 19.5 in. x 9.75 in. x 8.8 in.
  • Weight: 25.5 lbs.

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FenderBassbreaker 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.8

(based on 4 reviews)

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Pros

  • Warm / comfy (4)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Good power output (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Home studio (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Performances (3)
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4.0

I love it, though not perfect

By Noone Youno

from Richmond, VA

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth

Cons

  • Noisy effects loop

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

First, this amp has great clean and dirty sounds; in other words, it's flexible and covers a wide range. The cleanest setting is not as sparkly as my Twin Reverb, but it is a respectable clean sound. The #2 position gives great blues crunch and the #3 position has a great, thick overdrive tone. The tone controls are adjustable enough to go from scooped to mid-range heavy. I'm usually using the #2 position with an overdrive pedal like the Thorpy Peacemaker. The sound without the Thorpy is not as well-defined as my Dr. Z Mini Z (less mid-range "crang" on the Bassbreaker), but the Bassbreaker also much cheaper than the Z and more flexible. The Mini is great, but I can get a lot more excellent sounds out of the Bassbreaker (+ pedal) than with the Z.

The digital reverb is OK. I use a plug-in when recording and turn off the Bassbreaker reverb.

The amp is plenty loud enough to play with a band if your drummer isn't a complete Cro-Magnon (no offense to Cro-Magnons).

This might be cumbersome to use on stage because channels cannot be footswitch activated.

I took points away because the effects loop is very noisy and the XLR out for recording does not sound that good. These are minor points for me, but I would have liked to have a good effects loop. The amp takes pedals no problem.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sustain forever, Decent cleans , Best amp ever at this price

By Steve

from Bronx NY

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Warmth
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    15 watt head is light weight to transport , has speaker emulation, hall reverb ,xlr output plus power section mute making this perfect for gigging through pa system

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Bassbreaker.. best sound

    By Guitar Sir

    from Obx Nc

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Warmth
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      Have bought combo.. love this head!!

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      So far so good!

      By sonofafitch

      from Houston, Texas

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Fender Bassbreaker 15W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        Sweet! Finally got the price right too!

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