December 3rd, 2011, 10:59 PM
My son (aged 15) has been looking for a new amp, and he's fallen hard for the new Fender Bassman 15. 350 CLass-D watts, tube preamp, single 15", tweed TV-front cab. Decidedly old-school amp, despite the digital power section.
I just don't see the attraction, he's into more modern stuff, especially Flea. Seems to me that one of the GK Ultra Light series would be a good choice for him. Also, the Fender is expensive - it's going for a grand, which seems quite a bit higher than most combo amps in that class.
Has anybody played the Bassman 15? What's so special about it? Is it worth the premuim price?
December 3rd, 2011, 11:14 PM
Get an SWR Redhead and don't look back. IMO.
December 4th, 2011, 03:49 AM
Don't all bass amps sound the same? Some just louder than others?
kidding. You guys are going to tell me there's huge differences, I know, I know.
December 4th, 2011, 07:38 AM
Good amp but you pay the Fender nameplate surcharge. I went Line 6 years ago and never looked back. YMMV.
December 4th, 2011, 11:57 AM
To my mind, there is nothing special about the Fender Bassman TV15 - except the high price ...
A friend of mine is a real vintage fan but in the end he followed my advice and bought a Roland CUBE 100 BASS. After his CUBE was stolen he thought what to do - and he bought the Roland CB-120XL because it has the right sound, weight and power ...
The alternative for a Flea fan could really be a MB 212 (oer MB210 plus later ext. cab).
Lots of power, light weight ...
December 4th, 2011, 12:31 PM
I'm a long time admirer of tweed but I just couldn't find the volume and tone from the TV15. It's also very heavy, a consideration for us older guys more than the kids.
I thoroughly enjoy gigging with my G-K MB212. Power, light weight, reliable and competitively priced (70% of the TV15).
December 4th, 2011, 01:19 PM
There are a whole lot of better amps for less money!
December 4th, 2011, 01:54 PM
Some people like 'em, but the price stops me cold. This is something Ampeg could get away with, but Fender? Fender isn't known as a great name in bass amps.
December 4th, 2011, 04:13 PM
Look for used Sunn amp.
Sunn has a legend to it's name, almost every pro-player admires Sunn amps, they sound astounding and they are a lot cheaper than Fender amps.
I bought one really cheap and never had any regrets (well, besides the bulkiness and weight, maybe :razz:)
December 4th, 2011, 04:26 PM
I'm with Cadfael & Gunny. I think an MB210 now and a 1-15 cab later would be a great setup. Take the amp alone for smaller gigs (only 33 pounds!) and take the extra cab for more power/volume/bottom for bigger gigs. I hate combos that max out their power capacity by using an internal speaker that matches the minimum load.
December 5th, 2011, 12:26 PM
I don't agree to the 115. :wink:
I had a GK Backline 210 combo (before I became a Roland addict).
The best combination was the GK 210 combo with a 410 cab. This makes a 610 stack, the 210 make the "hearability", the 410 can not be "actively heard", but adds loads of warmth, volume and bass fundament ...
A 410 has a better efficiency than a 115 and can better compete with the 210 (which get the same power as the ext. cab). A 410 also has a higher "surface" and "moves more air" than a 115 ...
But that's all "future music" ...
Only that you don't think of a 115 as ext. cab automatically. A GK 410 (or 212!) would also be great. And I agree to the "combo for small gigs" and ext. cab for bigger gigs. I have never heard the MB series combos, but my GK Backline had an excellent sound with a good bass fundament ...