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Boss FBM-1 Fender Bassman Pedal   

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Fender amps of the '50s and '60s are beloved and coveted by guitarists around the world. Thanks to BOSS' technology and tone know-how, the new FBM-1 ...Read More

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Fender amps of the '50s and '60s are beloved and coveted by guitarists around the world. Thanks to BOSS' technology and tone know-how, the new FBM-1 pedal brings the natural, fat, rich, bright tone of the Fender Bassman to a BOSS pedal. In conjunction with Fender, the BOSS FBM-1 re-creates the legendary tone of the 1959 Fender Bassman. Features include the same controls on the original Bassman amp: Presence, Treble, Mid, and Bass EQ controls. The FBM-1 pedal also functions perfectly as a "pre-gain pedal" placed before an already overdriven amp to add the tone character of the Bassman.

Re-creates the legendary tone of the 1959 Fender Bassman amp.

FEATURES
  • Re-creates the legendary tone of the 1959 Fender Bassman amp
  • Additional BRIGHT IN provides a brighter sound, similar to the original Bassman
  • Presence, Treble, Mid, and Bass EQ controls
  • Road-tough BOSS metal construction

That amazing tone at a price you can afford! Order today.

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BossFBM-1 Fender Bassman Pedal
 
4.8

(based on 36 reviews)

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    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

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    (1)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great vintage tube-sound in a small box

For my needs, and the budget I have, this little Boss pedal did the trick and worked out perfectly.

As for the new Fender Bassman tube bass heads. I'm sure...Read complete review

For my needs, and the budget I have, this little Boss pedal did the trick and worked out perfectly.

As for the new Fender Bassman tube bass heads. I'm sure they sound awesome but I don't think I'd every pick one up only because they weigh more than the speaker cabinets. Maybe one day tube technology will downsize just like everything else in this world.
I'm a bass plyrwith a small home-studio. And because my set-up is in an apartment, I have to headphone everyone and also use a Roland V-drum kit.

The guitarists I sometimes work with would run their Strats or Les Paul's thru FX pedals then go directly into my Mackie board then into my old Roland VS studio. Some of the guys were not happy with the sound they were getting by running directly into the board. However, miking up a guitar amp in my apartment was not an option.

So I needed a good quality, drable & affordable "guitar amp" with a vintage tube sound and turned to the Boss FBM-1. The guitarists I work with are not exactly blues players so we keep the gain knob low to keep it clean. If room volume and apartment space was not an issue, I'd just mike up a little Marshall, Fender or Line-6 amp or something. I know that Line-6 and SansAmp make nice rack-mount-able units especially made for recording guitar/bass, but my little studio is on a budget and the FBM-1 was the best option. Maybe I need to start charging for studio-time. . . . .
I picked this pedal over the other Boss Legend-Series pedals because the FBM-1 has bass and mid controls and I wanted something I could use with my bass during non-studio time.

When I first purchased the pedal, I thought I would have to use the the BRIGHT input for guitar and teh standard input for bass. The BRIGHT input works great for both as long as I turn the treble low when I run my J-bass into it.

From what I understand, Fender used a lot of the same circuitry in their Bassman guitar amps and Bassman bass amps. The Boss FBM-1 doesn't sound bad with electric bass as long as you keep the gain low. Otherwise, it'll start to overdrive and bass isn't suppose to sound overdriven, at least that's my opinion. For years I was using the SansAmp RBI bass pre. It gave a nice "tube-crunch" but this little Boss pedal sounds just as nice.
Excellent price! For the $, it's al close to a vintage tube sound as you'll ever get without putting down $1k+ for a real tube amp.

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After half a year...

I've had this pedal for half a year. What first attracted me to this was that I could make my amp sound like a tube amp. When I first bought it I LOVED...Read complete review

I've had this pedal for half a year. What first attracted me to this was that I could make my amp sound like a tube amp. When I first bought it I LOVED it. You can read my last review, I was pretty stoked about this pedal. It made my marshall MGHDFX100 sound so much better. Since then I've traded in that head and bought some REAL valve amps,(epi valve jr and bugera 1960, yeah still affordable stuff)ACTUAL tube amps, and this pedal just doesn't cut it anymore. I can't get the same dynamic response. I a/b'd this pedal with my boss sd-1(NOT the ds-1) as a pre-gain to a silver dragon tube distortion and they sound pretty close with the epi valve cranked but the sd-1 one sounds better. I'm getting anal about my tone as well and having yet ANOTHER buffered boss pedal on my board does NOT help. I'm gonna hit ebay with this and buy a Big Muff. Just gotta buy a 3dpt switch and a resistor for the led and I'll be set.

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4.0

Don't know how but is good sound like bassman amp.

By the Rugburz with a zed

from St Louis

Comments about Boss FBM-1 Fender Bassman Pedal:

Used at an outdoor gig when I needed to be LOUD. I ran my 6g6 bassmanset full dirt on one side of a Y cord and the pedal set for drive into a silvet face Twin set almost clean. I did not et mic'ed. I listened to the crowd mic recording and WOW dirty and defined. Can't wait to play outside again.

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5.0

Nice Pedal

By Ol' Man Rox

from 85173

Verified Buyer

Comments about Boss FBM-1 Fender Bassman Pedal:

A decent pedal but hasn't quite made it onto my pedal board. There are a lot of different tweaking options and it is fun to play around with. All in all not a bad pedal but in my opinion, for the same money there are better options out there.

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5.0

Quality sounding tone for the price.

Comments about Boss FBM-1 Fender Bassman Pedal:

I bought the pedal used. I've owned Boss Amp sim pedal, which I thought might work out, but it's impossible to get a great sound, except for the Fender sounds. That is what piqued my interest in this pedal. I have it running pre-gain with GOBS of OD. It does to my OD, what the Tube Scream does. It adds a tubelike prescence to my tone. It's subtle. But it's noticable. I've owned several snake oil devices in my lifetime. And using it as a pre-Gain puts it in that category, except it's not snake oil. It's a true tone enhancement that you can't find from any other pedal. I keep it on all of the time. I thought boutique Amps I should shun it. But it's pretty good. It's worth checking out and if you don't like it you won't take much for a loss. Built like a tank and a combination of two of rock music's most reliable names.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Surprisingly Good!

Pros

  • Nice tones
  • Vintage feel

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Boss FBM-1 Fender Bassman Pedal:

      I don't give "5" easily, but this would be a 4.5 plus. I have many pedals that are useless. Some were very expensive and got good reviews. I don't like tinny ear-piercing distortion, Fuzz or uncontrollable mid pedals. This Bassman gives a nice signal boost and fullness. It has enough tone controls to dial in your own. It actually has a vintage tube tone. One of my favorite pedals. It will be part of my set up now.

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      5.0

      Fattening

      Comments about Boss FBM-1 Fender Bassman Pedal:

      This thing is cool in front of an amp or a modeling preamp, direct into a computer for recording or something it's not so good. The controls do their work, it's very tweakable. Use a power supply, lucky to get 8-10 hours out of a new 9V. OK on it's own for medium distortion or putting some girth on the tone, to make it really filthy put a box on either side of it.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      OH YEAH, SCORE!

      By Lunk

      from Colorado Springs CO

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Battery Under Flip Lid
      • Great Controls Setup
      • Great Tweed Amp Look
      • Had Good Battery In It
      • Level 2 Used For 20 Off
      • Make Any Ss Amp A Tube
      • My Blues Deluxe Like A Fb
      • Perfect condition
      • Tough Build Roadworthy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Blues Jazz Classic Rock
        • Gigging
        • Jamming
        • Make A Sucky Amp Cool
        • Practicing

        Comments about Boss FBM-1 Fender Bassman Pedal:

        I AM SOLD ON MOST BOSS BOXES FOR GREAT STANDARDS AND STURDY BUILDS. I HAVE A GT-100 AND AN OLD GT-3. SO WHY DID I GET THIS? SIMPLE, I WANNA MAKE MY SS AMPS SOUND LIKE A 1959 CLASSIC TWEED ANY TIME WITHOUT ALL MY OTHER PEDALS AND MULTI-EFFECTS. PLUS I CAN DO 3-BOX PEDALBOARDS WITH A WAH, AND TRAVEL LIGHT, WHILE STILL DOING WICKED EFFECTS.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Classic Fender Tone

        By Lawrence

        from Doha, Qatar

        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • Great tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Blues
          • Reggae
          • Rock

          Comments about Boss FBM-1 Fender Bassman Pedal:

          Tone is great especially if the Gain knob is set at 2-3 o'clock. Very responsive to your picking dynamics. Sounds great also with Boss BD-2 for a boost.

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          4.0

          Great sound - has a hum

          By Mick

          from Tallahassee, Florida

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Boss FBM-1 Fender Bassman Pedal:

          Great sound. It does have a loud buzz/hum when placed close to the amp (using a modern bassman 150). I still use it though because of the great sound I get - It just has to be placed 6 feet away from amp.

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          (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great vintage tube-sound in a small box

          Comments about Boss FBM-1 Fender Bassman Pedal:

          For my needs, and the budget I have, this little Boss pedal did the trick and worked out perfectly.

          As for the new Fender Bassman tube bass heads. I'm sure they sound awesome but I don't think I'd every pick one up only because they weigh more than the speaker cabinets. Maybe one day tube technology will downsize just like everything else in this world.
          I'm a bass plyrwith a small home-studio. And because my set-up is in an apartment, I have to headphone everyone and also use a Roland V-drum kit.

          The guitarists I sometimes work with would run their Strats or Les Paul's thru FX pedals then go directly into my Mackie board then into my old Roland VS studio. Some of the guys were not happy with the sound they were getting by running directly into the board. However, miking up a guitar amp in my apartment was not an option.

          So I needed a good quality, drable & affordable "guitar amp" with a vintage tube sound and turned to the Boss FBM-1. The guitarists I work with are not exactly blues players so we keep the gain knob low to keep it clean. If room volume and apartment space was not an issue, I'd just mike up a little Marshall, Fender or Line-6 amp or something. I know that Line-6 and SansAmp make nice rack-mount-able units especially made for recording guitar/bass, but my little studio is on a budget and the FBM-1 was the best option. Maybe I need to start charging for studio-time. . . . .
          I picked this pedal over the other Boss Legend-Series pedals because the FBM-1 has bass and mid controls and I wanted something I could use with my bass during non-studio time.

          When I first purchased the pedal, I thought I would have to use the the BRIGHT input for guitar and teh standard input for bass. The BRIGHT input works great for both as long as I turn the treble low when I run my J-bass into it.

          From what I understand, Fender used a lot of the same circuitry in their Bassman guitar amps and Bassman bass amps. The Boss FBM-1 doesn't sound bad with electric bass as long as you keep the gain low. Otherwise, it'll start to overdrive and bass isn't suppose to sound overdriven, at least that's my opinion. For years I was using the SansAmp RBI bass pre. It gave a nice "tube-crunch" but this little Boss pedal sounds just as nice.
          Excellent price! For the $, it's al close to a vintage tube sound as you'll ever get without putting down $1k+ for a real tube amp.

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          (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          What a CLEAN SOUND!

          By erdigeg12

          from Venezuela

          Comments about Boss FBM-1 Fender Bassman Pedal:

          Before having a REAL tube amp (Mesa Boogie Studio preamp and a power amp)I played with my Boss GT-10, honestly the distorsions and overdrives of the GT-10 are not that "pro" and I just took my boss fender bassman and pluged it into the gt-10's fx loop and VOILA!. WHAT A TONE! my amplification was really improoved Then when I bough my mesa/boogie i pluged the "mesa" into the fx gt-10 loop so i could use the foot volume, wah and delays from my gt-10 "Outstanding"... BUT THEN! I sold my gt-10, and bough this rig: boss tu-3, ibanez ts9, proco RAT, boss rotary ensemble rt-20 (I wanted to buy an re-20 but the store made a "mistake") and a danelectro reel echo DTE-1.. the bassman is the last pedal on my "pre-amp" signal, and i'm just wanna say this.. WHAT A CLEAN SOUND i get when y turn all the pedals off and turn on the FBM-1! WOAH! if you wanna have some fender clean flavor into your rig but you don't want to buy an fender amp! THIS IS YOUR SHOT!. So... ...

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