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Boss FBM-1 Fender Bassman Pedal

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

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.

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
  • Perfect pre-gain pedal for adding or retaining Fender tone color

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

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BossFBM-1 Fender Bassman Pedal
 
4.8

(based on 37 reviews)

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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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Boss Fender Bassman Pedal FBM-1

By Loves guitar

from Queen Creek Arizona

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Comments about Boss FBM-1 Fender Bassman Pedal:

I have been playing for 45 years and I am well pleased with the Boss Bassman pedal. It is a quiet pedal. My pedal chain is as follows: Strat or Byrdland guitar to the Boss Bassman pedal, Bassman pedal to a Keeley/Boss Tremolo pedal and tremolo pedal to a Digitech Hardwire Reverb pedal which has the Lexicon chip within. This goes to an Art Tubepac for more gain if needed and compression. The chain goes into a Roland keyboard amp which I already owned or direct to PA if you don't want to lug around an amp. Does it sound exactly like my boutique Super Reverb tube amp. Well no, but it's not big and heavy either. It does sound good however, does a warm jazz tone, gets the twang or strat vintage rock'n roll tones, and to most listeners will sound fine. Plus it is easy to add a mic, computer band tracks, or drum device to the second and third channels on the Roland. It makes an easy to carry, slick little rig and takes but a few seconds to set up. I use a One Spot power supply for the pedals mounted to a home grown pedal board. Simple.

(11 of 12 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... ...

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great vintage tube-sound in a small box

By just_the_bajo_guy

from Earth

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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.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Boss FBM-1 Bassman Pedal

By Loves guitar

from Queen Creek Arizona

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Comments about Boss FBM-1 Fender Bassman Pedal:

Addendum to first review. I am more satisfied than ever with this pedal. It's way better than a cheap/low end amp. I've eliminated the TubePac from the chain. Don't need the gain and it is more quiet without it. And, simpler yet. Now if someone would just manufacture a decent pedal board for 3 or 4 pedals. If it is out there I haven't found it, so am building my own. Love the pedal. May buy another for backup.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The tone your looking for...

By Jbassman-9Ich8

from Meriden, CT

Comments about Boss FBM-1 Fender Bassman Pedal:

With all the reviews by guitar players on this pedal, i figured a bass player could add his 2 cents worth. This is the pedal your looking for. The tone you feel when you play. When you close you eyes and get lost in the music..play around with knobs to get your sound, then stand up and let her rip...excellent quality, well built. again, the tone your craving and that extra punch that says "listen to the groove i'm layin' down".My gear? Fender Highway One P-Bass, Honey Blonde with a BadAss II bridge. Amp? 1981 Fender Sidekick 65 with one 12" would recommend this pedal to anyone. well worth the price.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BEST BUY EVER!!!

By fawwx

from superior, wi

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Comments about Boss FBM-1 Fender Bassman Pedal:

This pedal is a mainstay. I never turn it off. I mostly use it as a pre-gain before a vintage DOD supra distortion. I play through a Marshall MG HDFX100 which is a solid-state head... and it sounds... acceptable. This pedal makes my amp sound beyond anything I could have hoped for or thought possible. It fattens up the tone and puts it right on "the edge." If it was ever stolen I would buy another one ASAP. I can't play without out it!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Old-school tone in a tiny package

By mandodave8077

from Dallas

Comments about Boss FBM-1 Fender Bassman Pedal:

Great little pedal! I fill in for our bassist a lot at church (when I'm not playing rhythm guitar and/or mando) and run this little guy into a DI box and then into a PA. It has deep, full lows and bright mids and highs. Add more gain and presence and it generates awesome distortion! I also use it in place of a tube preamp on my practice rig with the same results. Even 10" practice amps sound fuller and bigger than they really are with this pedal.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome!!

By Merauder

from Toronto

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Comments about Boss FBM-1 Fender Bassman Pedal:

Awesome pedal, either for Blues or Rock, I dialed it in for the perfect AC/DC sound, I love the tone I get out of it!!

(4 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

After half a year...

By fawwx

from superior, wi

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Comments about Boss FBM-1 Fender Bassman Pedal:

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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Surprisingly Good!

By Crotchwallader

from So Cal

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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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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      OH YEAH, SCORE!

      By Lunk

      from Colorado Springs, CO

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      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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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Classic Fender Tone

        By Lawrence

        from Doha, Qatar

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        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.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Pedal On The Block!!!!

          By The Rockabilly Kid

          from San Dimas, CA

          Comments about Boss FBM-1 Fender Bassman Pedal:

          I bought this pedal last week and it has been the best pedal I have picked up to date!! I play on a 1958 Gretsch 6120 and use a Fender Two-Tone Amp, the Bassman Pedal is a perfect match... So much so That I have hung my Blues Driver up and use the Bassman and a Danelectro PB&J alone...This Pedal is perfect for Rockabilly, Blues, Surf and Honky Tonk Pickin'.. I use it for Rockabilly and couldn't be happier... It is a little hot for my taste, but when you are playing Rockabilly you need that extra push... Two thumbs up all the way!!!

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice tone

          By Guitar man-vnglP

          from Nebraska

          Comments about Boss FBM-1 Fender Bassman Pedal:

          It has the grind of a real bassman.I play a prs guitar and use this pedal as a boost along with a fulltone overdrive 2 for different lead tones in the front of a dirty Carvin Legacy combo amp,Pure tone!I use my guitar to control clean and distorted transitions off my amp and this pedal works great with my set up.Never liked digital pedals until I played this one.A must for tone freaks.Well done Boss!

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Brings out the fire!

          By FenderAvenger

          from AZ

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          Comments about Boss FBM-1 Fender Bassman Pedal:

          This FBM-1 is amazing, I plugged it into my Line6 Spider III 75-watt combo amp modeling a Marshall Plexi 100-watt and brought out the fire of blues, overdrive, from B.B. King, Lynyrd Skynyrd, to even AC/DC. If you can hear a real crunchy blues solo spittin' out of your dream guitar/amp/pedal setup, start here! This really does add that vintage overdrive brown fire sound to your setup.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Blues tone to the core!

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Boss FBM-1 Fender Bassman Pedal:

          I played this pedal everyday for a week at my local music store before buying it. I don't buy stuff unless I know it's what I want. And "Oh my god!" this thing screams tone! If you like Stevie Ray, John Mayer or the Los Lonley Boys. This thing has the sound. It was expensive, but I can't wait to use it live with my tube amp!Forget the tube screamer!!!

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This pedal sounds great!

          By MontanaSeth

          from Grand Junction, CO

          Comments about Boss FBM-1 Fender Bassman Pedal:

          I run this through a 1979 Carvin bass rig and get a very nice tube-like tone with my Fender J-bass. I have had great luck getting anything from light coloring to full-blown tone saturation with this little guy. Allows my rig to really cut through at a fraction of what I'll end up paying for that '59 Reissue Bassman. It also sounds great with my Martin 6-string, giving it just enough edge to really punch through - but watch the gain!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The Best Way to Character your Amp

          By NorCalRockabilly

          from Bay Area

          Comments about Boss FBM-1 Fender Bassman Pedal:

          This is a great pedal overall. Use it to character your amp, not drive it. The overdrive to me sounds a bit muddy. I own a a 59' Bassman Reissue and a Epiphone Valve Jr. For some small club gigs, I use the bassman. When i do bigger shows, i actually use the Valve JR.the FBM-1 is great because it allows me to character my Valve Jr. to sound very similar to my bassman. Then i use a boss Blues Driver to actually drive in my leads.here is my pedal set upFBM-1-->BD2-->Danelectro Reel Echo-->PT-13 tunerThe FBM-1 will definitely get you close to the sound of a real Bassman, you just need to learn to EQ it and you will be fine.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Sounds Like a Cranked Fender

          By Fenderman-imkKm

          from Los Osos,CA

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          Comments about Boss FBM-1 Fender Bassman Pedal:

          This pedal sounds better than a fender tube amp cranked up but with more sustain. Usually A Fender tube amp without master volume has a lot of break-up when cranked. This pedal gives the same type of tone but with a smoother-more defined distortion. Both power chords and single notes are well voiced. To my ears, the pedal has more of a blackface sound rather than a bassman sound. It definately has a Fender vibe

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Bassman pedal 'not bad'

          By Mule Trainer

          from Seymour, IN

          Comments about Boss FBM-1 Fender Bassman Pedal:

          I had high hopes for the Bassman pedal but even to my amateur ears, it is definitely not a replacement for the amplifier. Maybe it isn't intended to be but I am going to take it back and start saving my pennies for the real thing. I had a hard time getting a good clean sound from it. It seamed that the tone broke up too easy and started distorting at low volume levels. I play a Strat through a Fender Blues DeVille amp so I figured that my rig would be able to mimic the real Bassman as much as possible. I think not. I thought it might be too good to be true and it was. It isn't a bad pedal by any means and could give someone a different, retro flavor to their sound. Especially, if it is used for only a few songs in a set. It has merit and should be used for what it is, a cool pedal with personality that a digital amp could never have alone. I, however, am going to suck it up and buy the 50 Watt, 50 lb., tweed tone monster for myself.

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