Fender Limited Edition '59 Bassman Reviews5.0/5.0 based on 2 customer reviews
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May 31, 2012Music Background:
Hobyist and sometime gigging musician
The (Almost) Original Rock and Roll Tone MachineI have had my 1959 Bassman LTD since 2004, it's initial year of production. The LTD does not stand for Limited Edition by the way, but rather Lacquered Tweed. First thing to know is that there may or may not actually be US made GT-6L6 GE output tubes in this amp. When I got mine, it came with Svetlanas which I have since replaced with JJ Tesla tubes. You may want to check with your sales engineer on that if it matters to you -- it did not to me but then, I bought my amp locally in point of fact. It does however come with 4 Jensen P-10R 10 speakers as advertised and these speakers will take you some time to break them in. At first, there can be a little bit harsh but after the first several months of regular use, mine mellowed into a tone beast that eats any pedal you care to throw at it, or none at all. I thought at first that I'd go and spring for (pun intended) the '63 tube outboard reverb unit, but I never have in 8 years because this amp produces a very nice natural reverb from its' pine cabinet. I seriously don't miss it, but then, I have a 65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue for surf tones and other reverb heavy styles. This amp only sees a Fulltone OCD pedal and an MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay set to slap echo as pedals, plus I have a Fulltone Fat Boost 2 for soloing if needs be.
The bottom line is this; The Bassman amplifier is the crux of rock and roll amplifier tone. Jim Marshall used that amp to create the Marshall sound which would be enough in itself. But add to that the fact that in all the years since it first hit the market from Fender, this amp continues to be a basic yet highly functional design that can be used for just about any style of rock music, excepting perhaps Metal of course which has that "angry bee in a jar" sound to my ears anyway lol.
December 1, 2011
Best. Amp. Ever.The tones here are amazing. I really cannot put them into words. If you want your tone to go even further though, pair this with a fender reverb tank and a telecaster and your tone will be too good to describe.