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Discussion in 'Glowing Bottle Tube Amp Forum' started by charlie chitlin, Feb 8, 2017.
I just sent you a PM regarding a BadassMan in Austin TX
So...last night I take the Bassman to rehearsal...a Princeton is enough, but...Bassman!!
I'm addicted to it.
I'm still trying out guitars because there isn't much point at home.
I have to play too quietly, and I want to hear it with the BAND.
I plug in a '54 Gretsch Electro II (Dynasonic pickups), and it sounds OK for a little while, but not great...then it sounds like crap.
Then I plug in a 20?? Flying V with PAF-like humbuckers.
I can dial up some good tones, but it's not easy.
Once or twice it sounds like about 2/3 power...then it sounds shrill and I have to dial the guitar tone way back...
Is the honeymoon already over?
Then I remember...sometimes my wah engages when I transport my pedal board...and it has a weird switch that half engages if I don't give it an authoritative stomp.
When this first happened, I got through the better part of a gig before I figured it out.
Anyway...I clicked off the wah, the clouds parted, the sun came out, and the birds began to sing!
Your Wah went waaaaaaahhhhh! LOL
I've had a few moments like that over the years... Good thing you thought of it quickly!
Too funny, I played a gig once and could not figure out why my tone was so crappy. The gig was almost over when I realized my Clyde Wah (also iside a pedalboard case) was on. It has a light but I didn't see it. Now I check it. Glad you like your '58 Bassman.
This amp is causing me to fall back in love with my Tele in a big way.
I just wish it wasn't so danged heavy!
Two of the best tones I've ever heard were through vintage Bassman's - and they were local players.
Duke Tumatoe's rhythm guitar player played a '55 GoldTop into a Bassman and THE local country two-step band had a guitar player who reminded me of Waylon crossed with Unknown Hinson played a mutt Tele into one.
Both textbook examples of what those guitars are supposed to sound like.
Enjoy Charlie !
This amp s forcing me to become a better (more nuanced) player.
I'm a bit ham-fisted in the right hand department and tend to dig in quite a bit.
From playing tweed amps, I've definitely learned how to back off or dig in because they respond so well to this; but this amp takes it to a whole different level.
I've already begun turning the amp up more and holding the pick further from the tip (I generally have the tiniest bit protruding from between fingers) to lessen the attack, then gripping tighter or choking up to dig in.
This thing is really a new musical instrument for me.
I need to get my nose out of everyone else's amps and spend some time with my 60 Bassman.
It certainly is not getting my time Charlie Chitlin.
That's it, I am not taking on any more amp repairs for some time! I need to explore the wonders you describe of a tweed Bassman.
I no longer live somewhere I can crank amps, so I only get to experiment at gigs and rehearsal.
I may have to haul the Bassman, BadAssMan and BFSR over to the rehearsal space and do some experimenting.
My latest finding on the Bassman is that the channels aren't as interactive as my 5E3.
On the Deluxe, when plug into the Inst channel, there's a sweet spot between 8.5-9.5 in the Mic channel...much more subtle on the Bassman. So subtle, in fact, there's no point in bothering.
And I was never much of a fan of the sound from jumpering channels...and that's still the case.
I also often questioned the wisdom of taking a great tube amp and putting solid state pedals in front of it, especially for overdrive...I thought "great pedal platform" was just some crap people say when they're selling amps...but my oddball OD pedals sound REALLY good with this amp.
I'm still thrilled at the sounds I get even at moderate volume...around 4.
I continue to be addicted to this amp in an unprecedented way.
It comes to every gig (no matter how big or small), a studio session...even rehersal.
I gigged it this weekend with a P90-a-rama.
Firebird III and ES330...a 90 minute set with each.
I've even gone back to being a bridge pickup user, which I had previously seldom used.
I'm not a twangy guy and tend to go for girth, and the bridge pickup just didn't deliver the goods.
Now it does.
A local legend bailed on a gig in Pilly at the last minute, and they called to see if I could take the slot.
I swear, the first thing that went through my head was, "YES!!! I get to gig the Bassman this weekend!!"
Does this make me a weirdo?
On second thought...don't answer that.
Just played an outdoor gig for 1000 or so folks.
My general rule for these gigs is, small amp ('56 Deluxe) and let the PA do the heavy lifting.
Of course, no way am I leaving the Bassman home.
Plugged into the instrument channel around 5-6 on the volume (with the "mic" channel at the sweet spot at about 9 1/2), it sounds UNREAL.
I recently bought a Rat pedal to get some of that Freddie King grit and bite, but I had no desire to step on it.
At that volume, this amp can do anything I could want.
Finding that sweet spot where harder picking or a tweak of the volume knob puts some hair on it...
It was fun when the stage tech was setting stuff up, got his head behind the amp and said, "Holy $#*t...it's a real one."
I just got the rough mixes from a demo I did ...the Bassman sounds so killer...most of the session with a Firebird with 3 P90s.
Great old-school tones.
What's the best way to make it available for y'all to hear?
Soundcloud works well for me on my computer. Less so on my phone -- but who wants to hear a Bassman on their phone speakers?
I THINK I just posted a link in Amp Central Station where this amp can be heard.
Let me know if it works
First toe in the water with Soundcloud...