Fender Bassman 500HD Head Black/Silver

500W Bass Amplifier with Clean and Overdrive Channels, Class D Power Amp, and XLR Line Out
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Great Bass Tone Direct from Fender!

The words Fender Blackface induce instant awe in musicians around the world. The Fender Bassman 500 bass amplifier is carrying that tradition forward. The tube front end of the amp is based on that coveted circuit from the 1960s, but with some decidedly modern features built in. Sweetwater bassists know versatility is key, and along with sweet vintage tone, the Bassman 500 has a footswitchable overdrive channel with a modern tone stack, an XLR line-out, and a Class D power amp for keeping the weight down. Get your vintage on with the Fender Bassmann 500 head.

Fender Bassman 500 Head Bass Amplifier at a Glance:
  • Classic look and tone with the Blackface design
  • Tube clean and overdrive channels for tonal versatility
  • Class D power amp keeps the weight down
Classic look and tone with the Blackface design

If you've ever played through a Fender Blackface amplifier, then you either have or want one in your arsenal. The Bassman 500 head clears away all your reasons for not yet taking that plunge. Gone is the high price and unreliability of an older amp, and the modern features give you more versatility. Through the tube preamp you get that pristine and instantly identifiable Blackface tone. Not to mention that the Bassman 500 head's classic Blackface look will be a killer addition to your backline.

Tube clean and overdrive channels for tonal versatility

Love that Blackface tone but need a bit more control to kick that design screaming into the future? How about an added punchy and touch-sensitive tube overdrive channel with an active tone stack? How about deep and bright switches and a parametric mid control for fine-tuning your sound? And if super-grinding is not your thing, then you can dial your clean back with the blend knob. That's right, you can now get what you love about a vintage Fender with a tone that will fit your modern bass playing needs.

Class D power amp keeps the weight down

One common complaint about bass amplifiers is that they're quite literally a pain to move around. Some tube bass amps weigh in at darn near 100 lbs.! With the Fender Bassman 500 head you get all the fabulous tone of the classic old tube Fenders but at a very manageable 16 lbs. and a whopping 500 watts! The Class D power amp design has been proving itself in the industry for some time now, and when mixed with Blackface tube preamp it gives you all the touch sensitivity and warmth you expect - without the added chiropractor bill.

Fender Bassman 500 Head Bass Amplifier Features:
  • Bass amp designed in the Blackface style for vintage tone and looks
  • Added overdrive channel gives you modern versatility
  • Class D power amp brings the weight down
  • XLR line-out with level control fine tunes your FOH signal
  • Blend control on the drive channel for clarity
The Bassman 500 head is everything you love about Fenders and more!

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Tech Specs

Type Hybrid
Number of Channels 2
Total Power 500W
EQ 3-band
Preamp Tubes 2 x 12AX7
Inputs 2 x 1/4", 1 x 1/4" (Power Amp)
Outputs 2 x speakON, 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" (Tuner), 1 x 1/4" (Preamp)
Footswitch I/O Yes
Effects Loop Yes
Height 8.94"
Width 22.7"
Depth 10.5"
Weight 16 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 2249600000

Customer Reviews

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Bassman 500

Nothing more to say than I love this amp head running through my rumble 500 cab it sounds great So much so that I am getting my daughter one for Christmas . Definitely a great addition to any collection and we have a few amps in the house.
Music background: Play for fun

Earns the name BASSMAN

This beefy, growling, power-house earns its' name..."BASSMAN". I have several other Highbred heads but this one is tops. The vintage channel is clean and "cutting". The over drive channel has that beefy thunder you can expect from a true Bassman amp. NOTE; The gain and blend should be used sparingly IF your running at lot of treble, unless you want a real "fuzz distortion sound". But crank the bass up and add a liberal dose of gain and blend and you'll get the smooth, "warm", super-overdriven sound of a full tube amp. Running through 4X10 & 1X15 Rumble cabs. It looks a impressive as it sounds.
Music background: Retired from the road

Versatile Amp for Gigs

I own several amps including Fender, Ampeg, Genz Benz, and Mesa. I use them all on a regular basis but I have recently begun using the Bassman 500HD on a more frequent basis. I love a classic tube sound and I was using the Bassman 100T / 410 NEO combination. When I saw that Fender had the Bassman 500 I thought that the lightweight head with tube sound would be a good option for my frequent gigs. I am amazed that I can get the sound of the all tube 100T when using the 500HD. Of course I am sure that pairing it with the 410 NEO is part of the reason. If you purchase the 500 HD please take the time to learn how to use the overdrive channel, it's a great feature. Plus it is great to save the wear and tear on my back when carrying an amp that I can lift with one finger. This amp has been great for various size venues (100 to 1000 people) and outdoor gigs as well. Whether I am using my passive Lakland or using my active Fender Dimension Deluxe I can get the same great tube sound with headroom to spare. Try it, and if you are like me, the heavier gear will stay at home and the 500HD will be going to the gig.
Music background: Bass player since 1970

Great little amplifier

Although I have played guitar since childhood, this is my first venture into bass. The amp sounds awesome and is so lightweight. Has the classic rock and modern high gain sounds. Played a gig because the bassist flaked out...didn't let me down! Sweetwater and Fender is a hands down winner. Thanks for your payment plan this was painless.
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