OK Fender...why no 65 Bassman head reissue?

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  1. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

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    You've got the Deluxe Reverb, Princeton Reverb, Twin, etc.

    Why no 65 Bassman head?
     
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    Cause they'd never do it justice and they know it.
     
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    SF is not much different, common and with a little looking a serviced example is $5-600, a HW RI would probably sell for 1k+. While there would probably be some interest in such a amp w/ a warranty, probably not enough to ramp up production. A PCB amp would be less, but would probably not generate as much interest as the combo amps; 'no verb.. no trem, and not the 'rep' as a guitar amp of the tweed Bassman.
     
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    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

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    I was thinking about that used price issue too.
     
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    Just something I can't see them doing either.. they turn up every so often around my neck of the woods..$650.00 750.00 in good working order. Like CK said..no reverb or trem option..I'd just as soon by a vintage(a wine word)..one..
     
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    Because you can still buy vintage handwired BF and SF Bassman heads for cheap.
     
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    The one I wish they would reissue would be the blackface Tremolux head, but it would probably cost too much ....
     
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    Could also be because they have the tweed Bassman RI.
     
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    I always like this amp I would even go for the full rig, the 2x10 cab is comparatively easy to handle, and is more than enough for most casual situations. Brownface w/ the 1x10 "tone ring" cab might even be better.. Or perhaps they could do up a TR cab in BF cosmetics this would be a nice small surf rig when pair up w/ a reverb of your choice.
     
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    Yeah, I miss my BF Tremolux head. Played it through a Rickenbacker 4 x 10 cab full of Jensen alnicos. It produced a huge Fender clean with plenty of punch right between bass and midrange.
     
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    Over the past decade, Fender has backed away from producing many head models. Currently it's only: Super-Sonic 22, Super Champ X2, Bassbreaker 007, and Bassbreaker 15. The Bassbreaker 45 head seems to be discontinued, so there's nothing that has real firepower like a Bassman.
     
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    Probably has something to do with it. I picked up a ‘67 BF last year, already recapped & serviced, ready to gig for $650. Maybe not the average price, but there are still deals out there.
     
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    SF Bassman heads are generally readily available and can still be found pretty cheap not much difference from BF.

    Even BF Bassman heads too And they are great amps bargains for a vintage amp.
    The old Traynor Bassmasters too.
    Just loud and in the case of Traynors heavy.
     
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    I seen SF for $450 & BF $550-$600 all the time.
     
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    That is what I was thinking, makes more sense to do this head than a Bassman in today's lower wattage world. (BTW I have one with the matching cab 64)
     
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    Go check out the prices for some "boutique" 50 watt hand wired heads. Then check the blackface/silverface prices. And there you go.
     
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    My thought is that a '65 Bassman is not iconic like the Twin, Princeton, etc....

    When players think Bassman, they think Tweed (already a RI) or the early 60's Blonde/Brown (Brian Setzer).
     
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    There are probably thousands of of Bassman heads out there, BF and SF. They're easy to find and although the prices vary they're still more or less reasonably priced.

    Anyway, I already have one 67 BF, one 68 SF, and one 69 SF, so I don't care if they reissue it or not.
     
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    Every time this comes up it's always the same question in disguise. "Why doesn't company X do ______________?"

    Because they don't think there are dollars in it.
     
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    I agree with the general consensus here. I sold my '73 Bassman 50 for $400 two years ago. Same as I paid for it three or four years before that. And it had been sitting on Craigslist for a while by that point. It was ready to go, fresh caps, etc. Young kid that bought it, got a great amp.

    I could see Fender doing a 6g6 of some sort. I think prices on vintage ones are high enough now that they could do well with them. If they pushed it to the Gretsch crowd, especially....

    But, at the same time, the Fender crowd is not really a head and cab kinda crowd any more. A lot of them are looking for smaller, lighter weight and lower wattage combos.

    Meanwhile, the Marshall crowd clamors for heads and has great disdain for the combos... go figure?
     
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