Fender Bassbreaker 15 - 15-watt Tube Head

15W Tube Amp Head with 3-way Gain Structure Switch, Speaker-simulated XLR Line-out, and Class AB
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The Best of American and British Tone

With an eye to the past while still looking forward, Fender's Bassbreaker series puts classic tones at your fingertips, with a few twists to offer up a wider palette. The Bassbreaker 15 guitar amplifier head gets its 15 watts of Class AB from an EL84 power section, and three distinct voicings offer up clean to high-gain tones, giving you a ton of sonic territory to explore. And the Bassbreaker 15 is a stellar choice for studio work. You can push it to saturation at ear-friendly volumes or use the XLR line-out with switchable speaker emulation and power amp mute to capture true tube tones straight out of the amp. The Bassbreaker 15 is a classic Fender with a British twist.

Fender Bassbreaker 15 Electric Guitar Amplifier Head at a Glance:
  • Crossing the pond
  • Wattage that wants to be cranked
  • Onboard extras
Crossing the pond

Many iconic British amps were based on early Fenders, so it's fitting that the Bassbreaker 15 harkens back to these classic designs. The Bassbreaker 15's EL84-based, Class AB power section is the secret to crossing the American/British sound barriers. When cranked, it exudes full-bodied Class AB style with harmonically rich EL84 tones.

Wattage that wants to be cranked

Fifteen watts is often the perfect amount of power. At small live gigs, you can crank it up and not overpower the rest of the band. In the studio, it's low powered enough to get the power section really cooking, giving you amazing breakup and feel. Whenever your power tubes are working that hard, it adds a level of touch sensitivity to your amp's performance - and Sweetwater guitarists know that's often difficult to attain at a reasonable volume.

Onboard extras

Fender added a 3-way Gain Structure Switch that gives the Bassbreaker 15 three boutique voices. Each voice has more gain than the one before, in essence giving you three amplifiers in one. And the XLR output carries a selectable speaker simulator for direct recording or performing. You can also mute the power section to get recording tones in an apartment without waking the neighbors. And the digital reverb adds the ambience you need.

Fender Bassbreaker 15 Electric Guitar Amplifier Head Features:
  • 15-watt tube combo amp with a British flavor
  • Class AB, EL84 power section adds chime and body
  • 15 watts of power is perfect for most gigs, recording, and rehearsal
  • 3-way gain structure switch offers different amp voicings
  • XLR output with selectable speaker simulation
  • Power amp mute allows for silent, direct playing
  • Onboard digital reverb
The Bassbreaker 15 head delivers British and American tones in a package that's perfect for the stage or studio.

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Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 1
Total Power 15W
Reverb Yes
EQ 3-band EQ
Preamp Tubes 3 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 2 x EL84
Inputs 1 x 1/4" TS
Outputs 2 x 1/4" (speaker out), 1 x XLR (line out)
Effects Loop Yes
Height 9.75"
Width 19.56"
Depth 8.81"
Weight 25.5 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 2263000000

Customer Reviews

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5/5

CLEAN TO MEAN!!!

Long time Musician and gear Junkie 40 years and Running. Owned a lot of Handwired Boutiques and probably most of the Fender line Amps as well. To me Fender has hit a Homerun with this Amp. I Love the Cleans this Amp provides as it works Great with my Pedals and it can get down and Dirty as well. I own a Dr. Z Maz 18 Jr which is a great pedal Amp as well and I can honestly say I put this Fender Bassbreaker 15 head right up there with it. I will not get rid of either of these Amps as it has taken me a long time to get the Tone I have so long desired. Though both Amp give me something a little different in Tone, they are both Extremely pleasing to my ears and give me that feel that I look for. The Bassbreaker is a very versatile amp and could actually be used with no pedals at all if you chose. It's an extremely reasonable priced Amp for all it does. I also added the Bassbreaker 2x12 cab and love it equally as well. Sweetwater is the place to buy. Aaron at Sweetwater had a tall order working with me and he worked hard to put me in the Amp that suited my needs. His patience with me was such a blessing to me. He wanted me to be pleased with my purchase and he made it happen. Love the Amp and Sweetwater is Awesome and Stands behind what they sell.
Music background: 40 years playing In Local Bands and Praise Bands
5/5

Best product Fender has put out in decades .(15 watt head)

This amp has brought new life to some of my old tired guitars . Great blues and modern jazz tones through fender strat single coils and my Gibson es 137 semi hollow . Great classic rock tones through Les paul and strat . Decent cleans . This amp seems to do it all . It is very responsive and easy to control cleans and tube break up through volime control I have not had any issue with hum through th effects loop as others have complained of . There really is no need for pedals except modulation or metal distortion with this amp . Unbelievable low volume tube breake up . All I can say is that I am really enjoying this amp . I have gigged with this amp in a large hall and at 15 w and miked it was plenty loud at less then half volume
5/5

Yezzir

This amp is killer! It's exactly what the name implies, a Fender Bassman/Marshall JTM mix. I use it mostly on the med gain setting, gain knob at 12-2 o'clock, no pedals and absolutely love the tone. I use it with the matching 1x12 and I'm nailing early clapton tones with my SG. The only con is the volume jump in between channels but I just leave it on medium anyways. Oh yea, clean channel takes pedals real well.
Music background: playing 25 years
5/5

Bassbreaker 15 Head Wow!

Well, I almost never write reviews, but, Fender deserves praise for this product line. First, let's talk cosmetics. I have read some reviews where some traditionalists are not happy with the look of this product, however, I think it looks great. It uses the old Fender block letting from around 1952. I think it was used on the Fender tweed, and, originally had "Fullerton, California" under the logo. It has a simple understated look, but, don't let that fool you, or, turn you off from buying it. It seems extremely well made. The rear panel gives easy access to changing tubes in a snap. I ran it into a TRM, closed back 2 x 12 cab, with Celestions's Blues/ Rock combo speaker set, wired for 4 ohms. The cabinet has settings for 4, 8 and 16 ohm. Well, it rocks right out of the box. It came with JJ tubes, which sounded fine. Very musical, with great break up. However, I am a tweaker, and, felt there were more cleans hidden in the box. I swapped out all three JJ preamp tubes for Tung Sol 12ax7's. The cleans were fantastic. Pure tube goodness, but, the dirt lost something. I swapped the JJ back into V3, and wowee! That was the sound. Fantastic. Some reviews said they would not use this for country, or jazz, but, you put in those Tung Sols, with a Telecaster, or a Les Paul, and you have it made. Extremely responsive to your playing style. It has three stages of gain and all are very useful, but, it also takes pedals great. I doubt there isn't a style, or sound, you cannot get from this amp. Fender nailed it in my opinion. Definitely has the Fender sound with British flavor added. Very unique. Metal, classic rock, southern rock..excellent!. I should have noted the specific JJ V3 tube, as it was not a standard 12ax7, but, I'm having too much fun playing it to open it back up to check. However, it is the right tube for this amp in the phase inverter position. Fender techs had it right. It has the usual tube amp white idle noise (nature of the beast), which for some not used to it, when playing at low volumes may find mildly bothersome. Turn it up! If you need to play low clean, add an ISP Decimator if it bothers you. Not an issue for me. Speaking of low volumes, I'm not sure how Fender achieved this, but, this amp sounds great at low volumes. It has to be the least muddy amp I've ever heard at low volume. There is no attenuation needed to get good tone at neighbor friendly levels. (Effects loop, ground lift, line out for recording, and cab emulator feature included) Let me be clear, I do not work for Fender, and, I do not write reviews, so, this is my honest opinion. Fender has tapped a market that was left unaddressed in their repertoire until now. I think they did a great job, and listened to their customer base. Look out Marshall. You may be in big trouble with this one. Oh, by the way...it's loud. You can gig with it....mike it up if in a loud band. It will cut through the mix. Sweetwater...you have THE greatest customer service on the planet. Do not lose the personal touch you give to your customers. It sets you apart from the faceless, nameless, big boys on the block. Keep it up, I'll be back ; )
4.5/5

What An Amp!

I've owned/played this head every day since 21 Nov 2016 and I'm, simply, blown away by the tones possible from such a beastly amplifier. On the Low setting with gain between 11:00-2:00 you get a warm spongy tone with strat pickups and a warm gritty but sweet tone with humbuckers. The Med setting allows or the most tonal variety and usefulness over all (this is the setting that i play through 80% of the time). The med gain set to 2:30 or so is perfect for rhythm and stepping on an overdrive allows for full and saturated sustain for lead lines. The high gain is the most fun for sure. With the gain at no higher than 3:00 and an overdrive and delay I'm fully into the 80's rock scene without the the big hair. There are, however, some not-so-great things about this head. The hum on the med and high gain settings is unreal loud! The work-around for this problem is to engage a tuner pedal in between songs (which I do out of habit anyway so not too much to worry about) The reverb is so good! and the looks are superb and understated. All-in-all I give this amp a wonderful 4.5 stars and hope you at least consider checking one out if your into blues, rock, or high gain Marshish tones! Its a JCM 800 blended with a Blackface...what an amazing marriage from Fender....WAY TO GO!
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