Originally Posted by FenderLover
First, you realize that the 5F6A was pretty much a failure as a bass amp. It became the Holy Grail for may guitarist. Fender was having a hard time limiting the bass response to prevent tearing up the speaker with the huge cone excursions that low frequencies produce. That's why they went to multiple 10" speakers (I've read that in a Fender history book I have some where).
Well, I don't know about that :)
For the time, it was better than most Bass amps for a few simple reasons - the main one being electric fretted basses were brand new technology. Another reason is the lack of power and technical development in amps of the time.
The original early '50s Bassman (around '52) used a single 15" (Jensen P15N). Now that
is much worse as a bass amp than the famous tweed 5F6-A.
They're still decent as bass amps, but likely not loud enough for most bands onstage these days. As Tim pointed out a Twin or Dual Showman might be a better base for this project, but still not as good as a "real" Bass amp... also Twins and DS's are loud and cleaner for guitars.
3 Gibsons, 5 Teles, assorted other guitars, about a dozen amps, about two dozen pedals, a Smith & Wesson SW40VE, & a .40 SIG Sauer P226R = too many toys, no money, carpal tunnel, and a serious hearing problem.