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

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  • Steve Gardner
    from Destin FL/NorthWest FL January 26, 2016Music Background:
    Country/Rock/Folk/Blues/Christian

    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.

  • Customer
    from January 10, 2017Music Background:
    Gigging musician

    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.

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