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Fender Bassman 250/115 Bass Combo Amp

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The Fender Bassman 250/115 Bass Combo Amp will fill your gig with thick bottom-end pump. 250W bass amplification designed to deliver full power throu...Click To Read More About This Product

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Portable yet loud enough for the gig.

The Fender Bassman 250/115 Bass Combo Amp will fill your gig with thick bottom-end pump. 250W bass amplification designed to deliver full power through an Eminence USA-made 15" driver and a compression driver horn. Real wood cab with removable casters and spring-loaded handles. 3 bands of EQ with semi-parametric mid, XLR output for recording or PA reinforcement. With horn attenuation, it covers a full tonal range from warm and bassy to bright and edgy.

FEATURES
  • Full internal power with removable speaker cord that can be used for an external cab
  • 250W power
  • Fender special-design Eminence USA PRO 15" speaker with stamped frame
  • Compression driver horn with full attenuation
  • Real wood cab
  • Removable casters
  • Spring-loaded handles
  • 3 bands of EQ with semi-parametric mid
  • XLR output with level for recording or PA reinforcement
  • Horn attenuation
  • -6dB input pad
  • Mute switch with LED
  • Contour (a variable scoop applied to mids)
  • Headphone jack for silent practice
  • Effects loop
  • Tuner out
SPECIFICATIONS
  • 23"W x 25-1/4"H x 14-1/2"D
  • 63 lbs.
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4.7

(based on 17 reviews)

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Very Easy to Live With

I actually purchased this amp for my wife in June of '06. She was using a Fender Rumble amp for previous rehearsals and gigs. The Rumble didn't have enough "oomph"...Read complete review

I actually purchased this amp for my wife in June of '06. She was using a Fender Rumble amp for previous rehearsals and gigs. The Rumble didn't have enough "oomph" for her needs. We knew that we had a couple of gigs in the near future so an upgrade was desperately needed. After some research and in-store testing, I picked up a Bassman 250. We definitely made the right choice. We play in a 4 piece "garage band" with 2 guitars, bass, and drums. The guitarists use a Fender Cyber Twin (130 watts) and a Line 6 Flextone I (150 watts with ext. cab). Add a drum kit and an 800 watt PA system and that tells you what the Bassman 250 is competing against. We did not have to run her through the PA (even though we have all of the line out options to do so). Now I must say that her bass definitely made a huge difference in sound quality. Her main bass is an Ibanez with active pickups. Her backup has passive pickups. The active bass cut through everything and the Bassman was set at half volume. The passive bass was struggling to keep up with the volume at max. levels. Don't get me wrong, this fact doesn't change my recommendation. The amp sounds great for just about everything. I could easily see this amp being a main rig for a working musician. As for the casual musician who likes to play backyard parties or sweaty basement jam sessions, this is probably the perfect amp. Of course, I've owned countless Fender amps and guitars of the years and loved every one of them. Save yourself a lot of time, money and headaches and get this amp. This is a great value and offers a lot more bang for the buck compared to other bass combos in this price range. Long live Fender!

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There are drawbacks

I bought this amp about 6-8 weeks ago. It plays real well and I was happy until I went to first gig. I was rolling the amp into the joint and two of...Read complete review

I bought this amp about 6-8 weeks ago. It plays real well and I was happy until I went to first gig. I was rolling the amp into the joint and two of the casters fell right off. Turns out the casters are screwed in using sheet metal screws into particle board. Not a great piece of engineering. I mean really, the particle board is cheap enough, but those little sheet metal screws were an embarassment. I would have sent it back, but needed the amp, so I fixed it myself. If you get this amp, buy a couple of drywall screws and keep them handy.

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2.0

There are drawbacks

By Rico Bassolo

from Andover, Ma.

I bought this amp about 6-8 weeks ago. It plays real well and I was happy until I went to first gig. I was rolling the amp into the joint and two of the casters fell right off. Turns out the casters are screwed in using sheet metal screws into particle board. Not a great piece of engineering. I mean really, the particle board is cheap enough, but those little sheet metal screws were an embarassment. I would have sent it back, but needed the amp, so I fixed it myself. If you get this amp, buy a couple of drywall screws and keep them handy.

 
5.0

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By Craig-rDvIW

from Tennessee

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This amp is great for everything from country music to slap-style playing! It's loud enough to use just about anywhere, and it's quite portable. If you're looking for a great sounding amp at a reasonable price, then this is the amp!

 
4.0

Great Amp For the Price

By Lovesdabass

from Albuquerque NM

This was my first amp before I stepped up to an Ampeg. This amp is all you really need. I love it. It has a great low end. Perfect for metal. Gotta love it.

 
5.0

good amp

By Petrucci RULES!!!!!

from wouldnt you like to know..

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Our church's bass player uses this amp. It it has a good tone. We play contemperary kinda stuff, and it sounds great. It also has enough volume to be heard in the very back, and our church can hold 250-300 people or more.

 
5.0

Definatly a great amp!

By hardcorebassist17

from Nettleton, MS

This amp is will do any job that you have for it. I have owned this amp for over year now, and it has been reliable,strong, and packs a major punch. This chest-crushing amp has never given me any problem and has never failed to work. I move it in and out alot and unload and loading and it is as beautiful as the day I bought it. Casters are definatly something you will need when you move this amp, because it tends to seem to get heavier. Overall I would recommend this amp to any serious bass player that wants to have great tone quality with a powerful low end.

 
5.0

No need for a Roadie.

By Randy-OyPQZ

from Dayville, CT

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I purchased this amp as a back-up and practice amp for rehearsals. It would be easier to have this at my practice space instead of lugging my other amp and cab around. UPS delivered this 2 days before a big job we had near UCONN.(great venue and crowd about a 300+ capacity)So I decided to brings this with my main set-up to see if it would work, as we go direct into a big PA this would serve as a monitor mix for me...well when I was setting up and trying this on stage, one of my guitarists and soundman stated WOW, that is all you will need it will sound great in the mix. And it did. I could hear it plenty and I had it to about 90% volume with no clipping, even my highs came through. This may be my main amp and my $1300 main rig may be my practice rig...VERY IMPRESSED. I really like the sound and ease of use, good direct with no hum, and no fartign from the speaker. The only flaw I see is it does not have a cooling fan, but I had no problems.

 
5.0

The search is over

I've searched for years for the perfect combo. Been through many of them and always wind up wrestling with the controls on my bass and amp to simply get it to cut without distorting or farting. I've purchased amps from $200 to $1300 (most somewhere in between) and this is the first I've owned that is seeming after 2 gigs to do the trick. It's loud, small, light, has plenty of volume, excellent tone, and doesn't break up when I push it. The price is right too.Only thing that bugs me at all about this amp is that while they give you the outputs for external speakers, you can't connect any unless you disconnect the internal. It already has a 4 ohm speaker, with a 4 ohm minimum output. There's nothing you can add without the risk of frying the amp, and I've mismatched ohmage before. Think 4th of july, for real. If you plan to use different speakers then you're essentially carrying around a combo with a useless speaker to use as a head. Don't know why fender would do this.Aside from that, truth is I don't want to lug around another bottom anyhow. I play lots of shows and this amp is a blessing. Thus far I am EXTREMELY happy.

 
4.0

Good - but far from perfect

By IncX

from Philippines

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The first time I played thru it, I noticed it sounded very hi-fi (i.e. modern). It sounds perfect on pop songs where the bass is smooth and goes well with the sharp bass drum and snare. Among the BETTER amps I tested: SWR 120, Bassman 150, Fender Rumble 100, Hartke 100, Ibanez 100, Carvin Pb160 - the bassman 250 impressed me the most because it was able to give the most clear slap and pop sound, not to mention because of its bigger speakers, it can sound very powerful even before you set the reach noon on the volume setting.When I brought it home, I hooked it up to my rig and thats where I discovered its weakness. Apparently, if you have stuff set to overdrive, the amp clips a bit early. I was expecting it to be able to handle the middle volume settings before it clips, but oh well. I guess if this amp clips, then I suppose the others might have clipped a lot earlier.I've played with this amp live once (thank god it has wheels), it was in an open air gymnasium with a crowd of about 200. Eventhough I didn't set the volume to full (I set master to noon and volume to 1 o'clock), I was able to cut thru more than the drummer did - that was the 1st sign that this amp should have had a dedicated mid control as oppossed to a parametric one. The performance was good, and the amp was very reliable. I wheeled it back home with no damage and reliability issues. I carried it on a bumpy road along with the cymbals and the drum kit - no scratches on it!

 
5.0

One Powerful FENDER Combo

By 4 Stringer

from Saratoga,NY

I've owned almost every bass amp imaginable in the last 27 years and this ones a true winner! Although never a combo fan,I bought this Fender Bassman 250/115 for the smaller clubs/dives, band practice and for overall easier hauling instead of breaking my back with my rack case and bass cabinets. I wanted something heavy duty with enough power to spare for a decent price. This amplifier has all that and more, it blows away any combo I've ever owned! I have several powerful heads/enclosures (Ampeg etc.)and I would put this combo up to any of them! Very impressive indeed,buy this amp!

 
5.0

Fender! Bassman 250/115 ~YES~

By FenderJazzBassMan

from Vista, Ca.

Well worth every penny spent on another great Fender product.. Great tone plenty of bottom end... POWER.... Great Amp if your looking for a good reliable combo for the money..

 
5.0

overall a good buy

By Your Nemesis

from North Carolina

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I bought this amp two years ago and have played everything from small rooms to 400 seat rooms. It has been able to carry any of them. It is a very good amp, but if you want really deep lows when playing in alternate tunning settings, it is hard to get them, because it clips very early and won't sustain the note, but overall a good amp and very well built.

 
5.0

Solid as a Rock!

By Teleman-M4Oe8

from Texas

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This amp is a definite step up from the Bassman 200. The cabinet quality is far superior and the tone control is all you could ask for. Great job Fender!

 
5.0

Great sound with wheels!

By tkybndqtip

from Mississippi

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I've had this amp for almost two and a half years and the only problem I've had with it is the horn fuse blew, and still sounds as good as ever. This amp has no trouble whatsoever cutting through the mix even with the loudest drummers. The casters are a must and they are durable. I've wheeled it over all kinds of bumps and wooden porches and even grass. It's built really solid as well. I definitely recommend it to anybody who plays around in their room to medium size gigs.

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5.0

Latin Jazz/Salsa Bass AMP!

By miapbass

from Ft. Lauderdale

I've owned my bassman for approximately 2yrs and love it. I haved a GK but the weight is too much. This amp is light, powerful and sounds great. I do all of my club gigs with it (and the include xlr output facilitates recording). The only weakness are the caster screws (wheels feel off with days of purchasing!). I replaced the screws with longer cabinets screws. If stolen I'd run out and get another without hesitation.

 
5.0

Fender Bassman 250/115 Amp

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This is a great amp for the money. I use it in a church folk group and it easily handles a full house of 200+ people. I like a deep bass sound and the 15" Eminence provides it.One draw back...the casters are only attached with 1 inch woodscrews. My wheels fell off in 2 months. Otherwise I love it.

 
5.0

All around greatness

By WootenFan

from Toronto, ON

This amp is pure genious, perfect for everything in my opinion everything from a clean hearty bass sound to a great distorted tone. Buy this amp, it is very cheap, it can be used for anything and it is portable and small.

 
5.0

Very Easy to Live With

By WickerUnderpants

from Highland, IN

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I actually purchased this amp for my wife in June of '06. She was using a Fender Rumble amp for previous rehearsals and gigs. The Rumble didn't have enough "oomph" for her needs. We knew that we had a couple of gigs in the near future so an upgrade was desperately needed. After some research and in-store testing, I picked up a Bassman 250. We definitely made the right choice. We play in a 4 piece "garage band" with 2 guitars, bass, and drums. The guitarists use a Fender Cyber Twin (130 watts) and a Line 6 Flextone I (150 watts with ext. cab). Add a drum kit and an 800 watt PA system and that tells you what the Bassman 250 is competing against. We did not have to run her through the PA (even though we have all of the line out options to do so). Now I must say that her bass definitely made a huge difference in sound quality. Her main bass is an Ibanez with active pickups. Her backup has passive pickups. The active bass cut through everything and the Bassman was set at half volume. The passive bass was struggling to keep up with the volume at max. levels. Don't get me wrong, this fact doesn't change my recommendation. The amp sounds great for just about everything. I could easily see this amp being a main rig for a working musician. As for the casual musician who likes to play backyard parties or sweaty basement jam sessions, this is probably the perfect amp. Of course, I've owned countless Fender amps and guitars of the years and loved every one of them. Save yourself a lot of time, money and headaches and get this amp. This is a great value and offers a lot more bang for the buck compared to other bass combos in this price range. Long live Fender!

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