Fender Bassbreaker 18/30 - 30/18-watt 2x12" Tube Combo Amp

30-watt 2-channel All-tube 2x12" Guitar Combo Amplifier with 30-watt Blackface Deluxe and 18-watt '61 Brown Deluxe Channels, Class A Power, and Celestion G12V-70 Speakers - Black
Fender Bassbreaker 18/30 - 30/18-watt 2x12
Fender Bassbreaker 18/30 - 30/18-watt 2x12
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One of the Most Versatile Fenders Out There

Fender's Bassbreaker series puts classic tones at your fingertips, preserving both past and future sounds with a few twists to offer up a wider palette. The EL84-driven Bassbreaker 18/30 electric guitar combo injects a bit of British flavor into a pair of classic designs. It gets its voice from two footswitchable channels: one channel consists of a 30-watt Blackface Deluxe for glassy tones that warm up with volume boosts, and a second channel is based on an 18-watt '61 Brown Deluxe for lower headroom and warm, compressed overdrive. With the Bassbreaker 18/30, you'll bridge the Atlantic Ocean with a decidedly British take on Fender tone.

Fender Bassbreaker 18/30 Electric Guitar Combo Amplifier at a Glance:
  • Crossing the pond
  • Choose your amp
  • Celestion speakers
Crossing the pond

Many iconic British amps were based on early Fenders, so it's fitting that the Bassbreaker 18/30 harkens back to these classic designs. The Bassbreaker 18/30's EL84-based, Class AB power section is the secret to crossing the American/British sound barriers. When cranked, it exudes full-bodied Class A style with harmonically rich EL84 tones. Fender is putting their name back on the mid-focused sound they helped invent with the Bassbreaker 18/30.

Choose your amp

The Blackface Deluxe channel on the 18/30 delivers 30 watts of juice, giving you the perfect amount of headroom without too much breakup. Is 30 watts too much? The Bassbreaker 18/30 also has a warmer-sounding '61 Brown Deluxe channel. This side of the amp runs at 18 watts for a spongier feel and more power-amp saturation at normal playing volumes. And these channels are footswitchable, so you aren't stuck with one tone for the whole show. Plus, both channels take pedals very well, so you can easily add pedals to expand your sonic options.

Celestion speakers

Sitting neatly inside of your Fender Bassbreaker 18/30 combo amp, you'll find a pair of high-quality 12" Celestion G12V-70s. Not only are these some of the most popular speakers in the world, but Celestions are perfect for the EL84-driven, Class A power of the 18/30 because of their close association with some of the most famous British-style tones in history. Loaded with classic American tones with British flavors, Sweetwater guitarists are sure you'll love the Fender Bassbreaker 18/30.

Fender Bassbreaker 18/30 Electric Guitar Amplifier Combo Features:
  • 18/30-watt tube Combo amp with a British flavor
  • 30-watt Blackface Deluxe channel
  • 18-watt '61 Brown Deluxe channel
  • Class A, EL84 power section adds chime
  • 2x12" Celestion G12V-70 speakers
  • Birch-ply construction
The Bassbreaker 18/30 Combo delivers a beautiful marriage of British and American tones.

Additional Media

Guitar Amp Buying Guide
Fender Bassbreaker 18/30 Tube Combo Amp Demo by Sweetwater

Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Total Power 30W (18W second channel)
Speaker Size 2 x 12" Celestion G12V-70 speakers
Inputs 1 x 1/4" TS
Outputs 2 x 1/4" (4 ohm minimum), 1 x 1/4" (line out)
EQ 3-band EQ
Number of Models Blackface Deluxe / 1961 Deluxe
Preamp Tubes 3 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 4 x EL84
Footswitch I/O 1 x 1/4" (channel select)
Height 21.8"
Width 26.2"
Depth 10"
Weight 50 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 2264000000

Customer Reviews

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Fender Bassbreaker 18/30 2/12

Just got this great amp wanted to go less wattage to have tube warmth with out playing so loud. The amp has great tone an the way the two channels gives you clean at 30watt an drive at 15watt.However on the 15watt side I am getting a hiss as a turn up the volume the hiss gets louder as I turn up. You hear the hiss only if I am not playing the guitar I have checked the ground that's not the cause. I have played on other tube amps an you do hear a little hissing sound but this is a little loud for stops. I just got this great amp an I would like to use it for recording but I need the head room the 15watt side gives me the 30watt side as no noise. I have been playing for 40 years an played on many amps an this is a good one just need to find out if it is me or the amp. Any thoughts let me know looking forward to it.
Music background: Country/Rock/Folk/Blues/Christian

Great sounding amp

I bought this amp going from a 25 watt solid state practice amp. I wanted to upgrade to a tube amp that was loud enough to gig with. I tried the bassbreaker 15 watt and loved the tone of it, but was concerned that it may not be loud enough and the fact that it's channels weren't footswitchable concerned me with being locked into a particular tone.The first thing I noticed about the 18/30 is that you will have to play at ear deafening volumes to get any gain from it, even on the 18 watt channel and I play with a fender HSS strat with a humbucker. Which brings me to my next point, you'll need to have a decent overdrive pedal or two to get gain at reasonable volumes out of this amp. It also doesn't come with reverb which I find a little frustrating so I had to buy a reverb pedal as well. For this reason, I think this amp makes for a great pedal platform amp. I have had no issues running all my pedals through the front of this amp...yes, even reverb. But the expense from all the pedals I bought weren't something I was expecting to have to do before I bought this amp. I've spent over $800 on a pedal board to build my tone on top of the cost of the amp. It's a worthy investment, just an FYI. Overall, the amp has a GREAT tone. I'm very happy with it. But I think the Bassbreaker 15 watt is a better overall "package" for the money... and realistically I think the 15watt is plenty loud enough if you play with distortion to gig with.
Music background: Gigging musician
See also: Combo Amps, Fender, Fender Guitar Combo Amps