NAD! 1962 Fender Bassman

warchol

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+1 on the 4ohm, 1X12 neo suggestions.
Another thing to consider:
Most cabinets are overbuilt to withstand road abuse.
Myself, I'd look into getting someone to make you a cab made from thinner/lighter wood (e.g. 1/2in ply for the cab & 3/8 ply for the baffle). With proper design & joinery it should hold up fine.
You'd be surprised how much of the weight is in the wood...;)
 

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I tracked a very nice, clean, original 1993 'Blues Deluxe' Tube/combo back in 2010... The guy that had it completely technically went through, new 'Tubes' and gave me with the used ones as backups. I picked it up for $225 and I still treasure having this Fender Amp in my studio. Like I always say; "You need a little 'Tweed' in your life."
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So I find this post kinda funny, as one of the last posts I made was about dabbling with digital modeling amps! But when it comes to tube amps, "I try to get out, but they keep pulling me back in!" Lol But I am now a happy owner of a 1962 Fender Bassman, blonde with the 2x12 tone ring cab. I absolutely love this thing! It's kind of cliche to say, but this brown/blonde era amp really does kind of sit somewhere between the tweed and black panel sound. Which is perfect for me. My usual gigging rig is a tweed deluxe style amp(Winfield Brat) and either a Princeton Reverb or a deluxe reverb.
I wasn't even looking for an amp at the time. I have a little tweed champ style amp that the harmonica player in our band uses. It started smoking during a gig. So I called up Winnie Thomas the maker of Winfield amps. Side note- nicest guy you could ever meet, and his amps are AMAZING! I own 3. So anyway he says he'll meet me to pick it up, since he lives a good hour and a half from Tucson where I live. When I meet him, he says he and a friend are on the way to look at some vintage amps. Cool. He calls me when my amp is fixed, and I meet him again. Mentioned he was going back for more vintage amps. I expressed interest in the Bassman but am pretty sure it would be out of my (or more importantly my wife's) price range. He sends me some pictures and I'm drooling over them and getting ready to reply, thanks but no thanks, when my wife asks what I'm looking at. I tell her, "guitar porn, as usual." Lol She asks me about the amp, I tell her what I know. To my utter surprise, she tells me I NEED to get it. So to wrap it up, picked it up yesterday. Just love it sounds amazing! Had replacement Italian jensens in it and a new transformer which probably helped knock it down to something I could afford. Usually can't stand jensen speakers, but somehow it still sounds great.

So that leads me to my speaker/cab question. This original cab is MASSIVE. I'm scheduled to have a spinal fusion sometime this year. So I need to find something smaller to gig with. Found a couple of options on mojotone. A 2x12 about the size of a deluxe reverb or a 2x10 about the same size. Any thoughts? I've never really owned a 2x12 amp before. Something I need to try? I converted my Deluxe Reverb into a 2x10 and really love it. So stick with something I know I like? For context, I most likely will use Weber speakers for either configuration. I have tried a bunch, and found them to be my favorite. Thanks for looking! Cheers,
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I was in high school when Fender came out with their line of piggyback amps. They should have never discontinued them IMHO. The Bassman was the best of them.
 

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Brings back memories. That is the head I played through the last 3 or 4 years I gigged, although the previous owner sprayed it black. I used a newer (1970s) 1X15 Bassman cab.
 

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So I find this post kinda funny, as one of the last posts I made was about dabbling with digital modeling amps! But when it comes to tube amps, "I try to get out, but they keep pulling me back in!" Lol But I am now a happy owner of a 1962 Fender Bassman, blonde with the 2x12 tone ring cab. I absolutely love this thing! It's kind of cliche to say, but this brown/blonde era amp really does kind of sit somewhere between the tweed and black panel sound. Which is perfect for me. My usual gigging rig is a tweed deluxe style amp(Winfield Brat) and either a Princeton Reverb or a deluxe reverb.
I wasn't even looking for an amp at the time. I have a little tweed champ style amp that the harmonica player in our band uses. It started smoking during a gig. So I called up Winnie Thomas the maker of Winfield amps. Side note- nicest guy you could ever meet, and his amps are AMAZING! I own 3. So anyway he says he'll meet me to pick it up, since he lives a good hour and a half from Tucson where I live. When I meet him, he says he and a friend are on the way to look at some vintage amps. Cool. He calls me when my amp is fixed, and I meet him again. Mentioned he was going back for more vintage amps. I expressed interest in the Bassman but am pretty sure it would be out of my (or more importantly my wife's) price range. He sends me some pictures and I'm drooling over them and getting ready to reply, thanks but no thanks, when my wife asks what I'm looking at. I tell her, "guitar porn, as usual." Lol She asks me about the amp, I tell her what I know. To my utter surprise, she tells me I NEED to get it. So to wrap it up, picked it up yesterday. Just love it sounds amazing! Had replacement Italian jensens in it and a new transformer which probably helped knock it down to something I could afford. Usually can't stand jensen speakers, but somehow it still sounds great.

So that leads me to my speaker/cab question. This original cab is MASSIVE. I'm scheduled to have a spinal fusion sometime this year. So I need to find something smaller to gig with. Found a couple of options on mojotone. A 2x12 about the size of a deluxe reverb or a 2x10 about the same size. Any thoughts? I've never really owned a 2x12 amp before. Something I need to try? I converted my Deluxe Reverb into a 2x10 and really love it. So stick with something I know I like? For context, I most likely will use Weber speakers for either configuration. I have tried a bunch, and found them to be my favorite. Thanks for looking! Cheers,
Cody View attachment 1016181
Looks great, and this era Bassman has been on my wish list for a very long time. Don’t have my ‘Beatles Gear’ book in front of me, but my recollection is that amps like this one were used on some of my fave tracks/albums. Congrats!
 

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So I find this post kinda funny, as one of the last posts I made was about dabbling with digital modeling amps! But when it comes to tube amps, "I try to get out, but they keep pulling me back in!" Lol But I am now a happy owner of a 1962 Fender Bassman, blonde with the 2x12 tone ring cab. I absolutely love this thing! It's kind of cliche to say, but this brown/blonde era amp really does kind of sit somewhere between the tweed and black panel sound. Which is perfect for me. My usual gigging rig is a tweed deluxe style amp(Winfield Brat) and either a Princeton Reverb or a deluxe reverb.
I wasn't even looking for an amp at the time. I have a little tweed champ style amp that the harmonica player in our band uses. It started smoking during a gig. So I called up Winnie Thomas the maker of Winfield amps. Side note- nicest guy you could ever meet, and his amps are AMAZING! I own 3. So anyway he says he'll meet me to pick it up, since he lives a good hour and a half from Tucson where I live. When I meet him, he says he and a friend are on the way to look at some vintage amps. Cool. He calls me when my amp is fixed, and I meet him again. Mentioned he was going back for more vintage amps. I expressed interest in the Bassman but am pretty sure it would be out of my (or more importantly my wife's) price range. He sends me some pictures and I'm drooling over them and getting ready to reply, thanks but no thanks, when my wife asks what I'm looking at. I tell her, "guitar porn, as usual." Lol She asks me about the amp, I tell her what I know. To my utter surprise, she tells me I NEED to get it. So to wrap it up, picked it up yesterday. Just love it sounds amazing! Had replacement Italian jensens in it and a new transformer which probably helped knock it down to something I could afford. Usually can't stand jensen speakers, but somehow it still sounds great.

So that leads me to my speaker/cab question. This original cab is MASSIVE. I'm scheduled to have a spinal fusion sometime this year. So I need to find something smaller to gig with. Found a couple of options on mojotone. A 2x12 about the size of a deluxe reverb or a 2x10 about the same size. Any thoughts? I've never really owned a 2x12 amp before. Something I need to try? I converted my Deluxe Reverb into a 2x10 and really love it. So stick with something I know I like? For context, I most likely will use Weber speakers for either configuration. I have tried a bunch, and found them to be my favorite. Thanks for looking! Cheers,
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First of all, what a beauty! You are a lucky guy to own such a wonderful amp. I have a '68 drip edge head paired with an Avatar 2X12 cabinet, loaded with Weber 12F150s. (See attached picture) I had my amp tech blackface the circuit. Oozes tone for days.

I can attest to the speakers being a great pairing with my amp. I bought the 50 watt version of the speakers to maintain my clean tone, however if you want early breakup, then the 25 watt version, maybe with no doping on the cone, will do. Check out Webers website for a description this speaker in the 12" basket.

If you want to go with a 2X10 cabinet they make a version in a 10" basket in either a 25 or 50 watt option. Again, check out Weber's website for more info.

I cannot give you a recommendation on the cabinet other than DO NOT get one made of plywood or MDX if you are looking to cut down on the weight. A good pine cabinet will cut down on the weight and be good for output tone. Remember that Fender amps were almost exclusively made with pine on all of those vintage amps we love. I'm sure there are others here on the forum who will be more than happy to make recommendations. Good luck with your search for tonal nirvana, and by all means take care of your back.
 

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Spinal fusion............... The weight of cabs etc is very much in the speakers, the magnets. So my advice is to go with a single speaker type or go with 2 x 10 or 12 with lightweight, light duty speakers....like a P10R's etc.... which you may not like.
Or, as another alternative, a pair of neo speakers. I've used a pair of Jensen Stealth neos (basically 100 watt Jensen Jet neos with a bell housing) in a 1968 Twin Reverb with great results, both sonically and weight reduction. I now have a 1979 Vibrolux Reverb that I had to replace the dead speakers in, first with a pair of JBL K110s (which were killer speakers, both sonically and weight) and then a pair of Jensen Jet Tornados that sound just as good as the JBLs at 1/5 the weight. I stuck with the Jensen Neos. There are good reasons Fender uses them for their Tonemaster amps.
 

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Great find right there!!

Personally, I prefer a single 15 inch speaker with the Bassman heads, it works really well and allows you switch to a smaller cab.

Another option is to just get 2 1x12 pine cabinets and put them next to each other at the gig. It still gives you the dual speakers without the bulky cabinet to sling around.

Spinal fusions are an interesting topic to me after breaking my neck in 2 places and ending up with 2 levels fused c2-c3 and c4-c5. There are few things you might want to know before hand that doctors never seem to tell you until afterwards.

1. Recovery is pretty slow.

They kept telling me that after a week, I would be able to go back to work. I asked when I could resume running again? They told me that after a few weeks they would know better, like it would be similar to healing from a broken arm or something.

Although I actually walked home from the hospital the next morning, I was on the shelf for 6 months. If I had an office job, I could have gone back to work in a week, but they knew that running wasn't going to happen for long time if ever. Every month they kept saying that maybe after a couple more weeks, then once fully healed was told that I should never engage in impact activities like running any more.

2. Choose the method carefully

They use 2 different methods to fuse the vertebrae. The old skool way of placing a bone fragment (either from a corpse or your own hip) between the vertebrae and anchoring it together with metal plates and screws or the new school method of using a bone meal cement between the levels.

The old method has a much higher success rate than the new method. I have known a lot of people use the newer method only to have the fusion fail after 3-4 months and end up going back into surgery to start over. One friend had 3 failures and was out of action for 18 months!! You also don't have to wear a brace with the old method.

They went old school on me and chipped off bone from hip. That part hurt worse than the neck when it was all over.

3. Fusions do not last forever

This is a big thing that you never get told. The fusion itself will last, but the levels above and below will start to degrade due to the inflexibility. Eventually, those areas often become problems after 10-12 years. I was lucky, I didn't have any issues for 17 years, but now my atlas bone will dislocate at times. It has happened 3 times in the last 4 years and each time it is very scary. Seizures, inability to move my head at all, and being told that they can't do anything about it because it is so close to the brain. Muscle relaxers and pain killers for several days until it slips back into position has been the only option. One of these days, it may not slip back....don't know will happen then.

Good luck with the fusion, it will remove that pain which is a great thing. I hope yours goes well and you never have any trouble later on.
 

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Check out this tone, recorded with an old Blonde Bassman and a Tele:




I have a 64' AA864 and a 67' AB165 but someday would love to have a Blonde someday too. They have a bit more pronounced midrange...though you can get there with a blackface and some EQ.
 

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That is a great score! Been getting the Tweed itch. Saw a band in a back yard and guitar guy was playing an awesome Suhr Tele into a Tweed 4 x 10 Bassman reissue that sounded amazing!
 

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Great find right there!!

Personally, I prefer a single 15 inch speaker with the Bassman heads, it works really well and allows you switch to a smaller cab.

Another option is to just get 2 1x12 pine cabinets and put them next to each other at the gig. It still gives you the dual speakers without the bulky cabinet to sling around.

Spinal fusions are an interesting topic to me after breaking my neck in 2 places and ending up with 2 levels fused c2-c3 and c4-c5. There are few things you might want to know before hand that doctors never seem to tell you until afterwards.

1. Recovery is pretty slow.

They kept telling me that after a week, I would be able to go back to work. I asked when I could resume running again? They told me that after a few weeks they would know better, like it would be similar to healing from a broken arm or something.

Although I actually walked home from the hospital the next morning, I was on the shelf for 6 months. If I had an office job, I could have gone back to work in a week, but they knew that running wasn't going to happen for long time if ever. Every month they kept saying that maybe after a couple more weeks, then once fully healed was told that I should never engage in impact activities like running any more.

2. Choose the method carefully

They use 2 different methods to fuse the vertebrae. The old skool way of placing a bone fragment (either from a corpse or your own hip) between the vertebrae and anchoring it together with metal plates and screws or the new school method of using a bone meal cement between the levels.

The old method has a much higher success rate than the new method. I have known a lot of people use the newer method only to have the fusion fail after 3-4 months and end up going back into surgery to start over. One friend had 3 failures and was out of action for 18 months!! You also don't have to wear a brace with the old method.

They went old school on me and chipped off bone from hip. That part hurt worse than the neck when it was all over.

3. Fusions do not last forever

This is a big thing that you never get told. The fusion itself will last, but the levels above and below will start to degrade due to the inflexibility. Eventually, those areas often become problems after 10-12 years. I was lucky, I didn't have any issues for 17 years, but now my atlas bone will dislocate at times. It has happened 3 times in the last 4 years and each time it is very scary. Seizures, inability to move my head at all, and being told that they can't do anything about it because it is so close to the brain. Muscle relaxers and pain killers for several days until it slips back into position has been the only option. One of these days, it may not slip back....don't know will happen then.

Good luck with the fusion, it will remove that pain which is a great thing. I hope yours goes well and you never have any trouble later on.
Aging is one part of the body telling others: "You think that's bad? Watch me!"
 




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