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Fender Vintage Reissue '59 Bassman LTD 4X10 Guitar Combo  

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The straightforward Fender 59 Bassman outperforms most of the fancy amps on the market today. In the 1950s, the Bassman was perfect for amplifying th...Read More

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A decades-long favorite of bassists AND guitarists.

The straightforward Fender 59 Bassman outperforms most of the fancy amps on the market today. In the 1950s, the Bassman was perfect for amplifying that new invention, the Fender Precision Bass. This 50W rig allowed the bass to hold its own onstage with drums, electric guitars, and miked piano, the common instrumentation of the day. Over the years, it also won the hearts of guitarists who, after experimenting with all kinds of preamps and effects racks, found its simplicity, great tone, excellent dispersion, and touch-sensitive dynamics a true pleasure. This reissue is true to the original while adding several enhancements: U.S.-made GT-6L6 output tubes, improved 12AX7 preamp tubes, and an internal bias pot, making it easier to experiment with other output tubes. It also features a genuine lacquered tweed covering, solid finger-jointed pine cabinet, and an original-spec 4AR4 rectifier tube for natural compression when you play hard. Includes fitted cover.

FEATURES
  • True to the original '59 Bassman design
  • 50W
  • 4 - 10" speakers
  • Finger-jointed pine cabinet
  • Genuine lacquered tweed covering
  • New US-made GT-6L6 output tubes
  • Improved 12AX7 preamp tubes
  • Original spec 5AR4 rectifier tube
  • Internal bias pot has been added to adjust for other tubes
  • Fitted cover is included

A classic, chosen by bassists, guitarists, and harp players over decades. Get it now and love it.

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FenderVintage Reissue '59 Bassman LTD 4X10 Guitar Combo
 
4.8

(based on 69 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (63)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

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    (2)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (4)
    • Amateur recording (3)
    • Home studio (3)
    • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Professional recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Better than Twin Reverb for my Taste

    I bought a'65 Reissue Twin Reverb at MF online after trying used Bassman and Twin reissues at a local store. I play blues, classic rock, and some clean stuff. The four corners...Read complete review

    I bought a'65 Reissue Twin Reverb at MF online after trying used Bassman and Twin reissues at a local store. I play blues, classic rock, and some clean stuff. The four corners of our sound might be Little Wing to Born Under a Bad Sign to Ramble On to Break Down. I play with a guy who has a 100W EVH 5150 amp and had a hard time being heard so I wanted something with some volume. While the Twin certainly had plenty of volume I found it did not take (quality) pedals as well as I would like. I'm talking about Blues Driver and GMD Luther etc. While it took time based pedal very well the response to distortion pedals was a very loud clean version of distortion and not the beautiful warm overdriven tube tone bolstered by the pedal which I wanted. As I am writing this it occurs to me that this should be self evident. I exchanged the Twin for the Bassman and what a difference! First thing I noticed is the woody resonance of the cabinet. Just setting it down on the ground or tapping on the cab like a drum produces a beautiful natural wood tone. I like it loud and turned about a third to half way up which would be plenty of volume for a small to medium venue it starts to break up beautifully. Mixed into the warm tube overdrive tone are swirling natural harmonics which makes the sound richly complex and to some degree replaces reverb. The tone of this amp is outstanding for what I play. I transport the amp to our practice sessions and while it is on the heavy side it is not burdensome. It's worth it because the amp gives me confidence that I can be heard with a tone that inspires me.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Very poor for the Price

    This amp is horrible for the price. I bought one new and couldn't wait to try it out. I got it home and plugged in (played at volume of two, mind you)...Read complete review

    This amp is horrible for the price. I bought one new and couldn't wait to try it out. I got it home and plugged in (played at volume of two, mind you) and about 30 min later the amp was crackling and popping. It sounds like crap pure and simple. I love fender products, just not this one.

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    5.0

    Vintage Reissue '59 Bassman LTD 4X10

    By Jdtrio

    from Louisville, Ky.

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '59 Bassman LTD 4X10 Guitar Combo:

      Wow! These guys weren't kidding when they said you can hear every note. You had better be on your A game if your gigging with this amp. It's nothing short of amazing. It as clean and warm as people have mentioned and breaks up wonderfully at higher volumes. When I say "higher volumes" I mean wear ear plugs. I played through a Blues Deville for the last 20 years. Although it has more features, effects loop etc., it sounds no where near as sweet as the Bassman.
      When I want to get away from a clean sound I use a Pod hd500x and it sounds great too. Along with my 91 deluxe plus strat, this will be my rig for many years to come.
      For you Les Paul fans, I have played one through this amp and you wont be disappointed. Sounds as awesome as a strat.

      Comment on this review

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      "These go to eleven." Really.

      By Telefanatic

      from Midwest, USA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Portability

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '59 Bassman LTD 4X10 Guitar Combo:

      A lot of people who commented had only recently gotten this amp. I've had mine for 11 years now. ZERO issues. Taken it across the country many times. Bought a good case for it, of course, which it lives in when not being used--so it still looks like the day I bought it. The amazing thing is the sound. It will expose poor technique and musicality (which still haunts me from time to time). No hiding behind effects here! Pure unadulturated tone. Beautiful.

      This amp will keep warming up the older it gets and the more it's played. Now after 11 years, it sings-- no matter what style you are playing...it's amp perfection. I tend to mainly play rock and blues, and it's simply perfect.

      Be warned though: this thing's a monster-- Get a good airline case with castors. Makes all the difference. I've used it to play big and small venues. Slap a mic on it and away you go. And yes, this amp goes to 11--so it's louder then, isn't it...

      Comment on this review

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I bought a Level 2 used and won!

      By Lunk

      from Colorado Springs, CO

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Accepts All Pedals Great
      • Comes With Cover
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Great Blues Box
      • Portable
      • Powerful
      • Switches Rubberized

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • All Size Venues
      • Amateur Recording
      • band practice
      • Blues
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '59 Bassman LTD 4X10 Guitar Combo:

      I love this amp for its tone and character for blues and rock, but it sure is versatile for pedals and boards for other genres. I bought a Level 2 Used, and it was like new. It came with manual, cover, all tags, was in pristine condition, and working order. It didn't even have all the dents and scuff marks it was described as having! I basically got a new premium classic Fender all tube amp for way cheaper. SCORE!

      Comment on this review

      (3 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Nice Looking Amp.

      By Big Harp Pat

      from Kelseyville CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • None Yet

      Cons

      • Used Amp Did Not Work

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '59 Bassman LTD 4X10 Guitar Combo:

      I purchased this Amp as a used but in very good condition. The first time I plugged in to it I heard a buzz and the fuse blew. I replaced the fuse with another 3 amp fuse and got the same result. I am pleased with the service I get from Musicians Friend's Customer Service Department they got right on it and sent me a shipping label right away. I am lucky I had my old amp with me for that performance. I feel the amps should be closely checked out before shipping. Just a suggestion.

      Comment on this review

      (19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Better than Twin Reverb for my Taste

      By Nifty Guy

      from Pueblo, Colorado

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Warmth
      • Powerful
      • TONE TONE TONE

      Cons

      • No reverb

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '59 Bassman LTD 4X10 Guitar Combo:

        I bought a'65 Reissue Twin Reverb at MF online after trying used Bassman and Twin reissues at a local store. I play blues, classic rock, and some clean stuff. The four corners of our sound might be Little Wing to Born Under a Bad Sign to Ramble On to Break Down. I play with a guy who has a 100W EVH 5150 amp and had a hard time being heard so I wanted something with some volume. While the Twin certainly had plenty of volume I found it did not take (quality) pedals as well as I would like. I'm talking about Blues Driver and GMD Luther etc. While it took time based pedal very well the response to distortion pedals was a very loud clean version of distortion and not the beautiful warm overdriven tube tone bolstered by the pedal which I wanted. As I am writing this it occurs to me that this should be self evident. I exchanged the Twin for the Bassman and what a difference! First thing I noticed is the woody resonance of the cabinet. Just setting it down on the ground or tapping on the cab like a drum produces a beautiful natural wood tone. I like it loud and turned about a third to half way up which would be plenty of volume for a small to medium venue it starts to break up beautifully. Mixed into the warm tube overdrive tone are swirling natural harmonics which makes the sound richly complex and to some degree replaces reverb. The tone of this amp is outstanding for what I play. I transport the amp to our practice sessions and while it is on the heavy side it is not burdensome. It's worth it because the amp gives me confidence that I can be heard with a tone that inspires me.

        Comment on this review

        (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        GREAT OUT OF THE BOX

        By Xaltar

        from Wisconsin

        Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '59 Bassman LTD 4X10 Guitar Combo:

        I love it. It is loud and it is one of the most pedal-friendly amps I have
        ever played through.
        I actually had one of the original 4x10 Bassmans back in the early 70's when you could pick one up easily for 4 hundred bucks. Decided after all these years it was time to get nostalgic and
        buy the reissue
        Out of the box, had pretty much the same feel as the old one. I always thought the
        treble channel was usless unless you were playing surf rock or chicken pickin. The reissue
        is loud as hell, just like the old ones, which I always thought could hold their own with a half stack.
        Liked that it came with a cover, tweed looks like it will wear well. My wife likes the retro vibe look of it so well, she let's me keep it in the living room next to the grand piano.
        Not cheap, but you can pick up a used one for around a grand. A lot cheaper, tho, than what
        the old ones are going for now.

        Comment on this review

        (17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        59 Bassman LTD

        By azbillbrandon

        from Prineville, Or

        Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '59 Bassman LTD 4X10 Guitar Combo:

        The Bassman is the perfect amp for me for the sole reason of its simplicity. It's a very effect friendly amp that I run a Fulltone OCD, Electro Harmonix Cathedral, 535Q Dunlop Cry Baby, and finally a Live Wire ABY1 footswitch for changing between the normal and bright channels. When combining the channels you really can get some fantastic tones and a drastic change in volume when doing so. I have to mention when playing acoustics through this amp (because after all it is a bass amp) it does tend to feed back easier than most amps. Primarily using a Strat I have found that you can get absolutely beautiful chime and bell tones on the the bright channel. That being said this amp is great for blues, jazz, classic rock, and country alike and I would recommend it to any one who is looking for an amp with real authentic tone.

        Comment on this review

        (6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Wow!! This is a dream

        By blake100blake

        from Westfield, IN

        Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '59 Bassman LTD 4X10 Guitar Combo:

        For me, the bassman is perfect. It has that right tone, and just the right amount of power that i was looking for in stage and studio. A little tip for users who have the money, in this order, use a 60's or 60's reissue strat, run it through an MXR GT-OD, Through a fender 63 or a reissue tube reverb tank, run it into a Fulltone tube tape echo, and out in stereo to two seperate bassman amps. Use stereo mode 1 or 2, even 3 if you want on the TTE, and it'll sound amazing. Pure dream.

        Comment on this review

        (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This Amp Screams Fender

        By Rick A

        from Dearborn Heights MI

        Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '59 Bassman LTD 4X10 Guitar Combo:

        If you are a fan of 60s & 70s Blues & Classic Rockabilly and Rock & Roll There is no other choice.This amp Made me sound like all my heros from SRV to Jimi to The Stray Cats and everyone else that used this amp.Its like this-You cant Play the Blues with Fender there is nothing else to say

        Comment on this review

        (14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Two Years On...

        Comments about Fender Vintage Reissue '59 Bassman LTD 4X10 Guitar Combo:

        I have to agree with the previous reviewer--RELEVANT features abound; this is the amp that someone who hungers for authentic tone will love. Even without a drive channel, he Bassman does overdrive, contrary to popular belief, and does so naturally, fiercely, beautifully. The 4 by 10 setup captures every single nuance of your pick attack and playing like a sonic spotlight. If you're used to hiding behind effects, you're gonna feel butt naked playing through this amp. I had some quality issues about a year or so in, but warranty came through and it was easily fixed. What I'm noticing about China factories in general is that they are able to do very competent mass production, but they screw up in the dumbest of ways--in this case, mounting screws for the chassis were too small/narrow. They needed to be heavier. Easy fix, but a fairly stupid problem that an extra $.05 would have rendered nonexistent. But when it comes to what matters--an amp that can sculpt multidimensional tone with none of the b.s. programming, modeling crap that goes for quality--the Fender Bassman cannot be surpassed. I've put this mother through its paces, too--beaten the crap out of it, violently fed it back, pushed it over, ranged from the gentlest of jazz to the screechiest of Sonic-Youthie weirdness and it delivers all day every day. This amp can do absolutely anything you ask it to--all it asks in return is competent musicianship.

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