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

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  1. Chicago Matt

    Chicago Matt Friend of Leo's

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    That would be sweet... or the blonde/brownface Tremolux. :)
     
  2. schmee

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    Probably because the real deal is dirt cheap and many are around. Their not going to sell a new circuit board reissue at $1000+ when you can buy the real deal for $500 or less.
     
  3. strat a various

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    The answer is: Because it wouldn't sell well enough. Why? Mmm, I used to have a '65 Bassman with a 2x12 cab, I thought it sounded great back in the 70s, but it took some effort to tame the closed back cab, and get the right tone for guitar with no "thump" on the bass end of the instrument.

    What cabinet would they pair with it? The 2x12 is sort of big ... are there enough consumers who want a piggy-back rig like that? Who was a famous player who used a Blackface Bassman? Most of Fender's amp sales are frankly to amateurs who set up in the den or show up to the Blues jam at the sports bar ... will they choose a rig like that vs a combo amp or an iconic Marshal stack like their heroes played? Unless a rock superstar used a model amp, or it is blatantly associated with a style of music (Dual Showman= Dick Dale surf music ... I think they'd sell more of those than Bassman heads), there isn't a market for random models, IMO.
     
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    What a lot of people do not know is that the 1964 6G6-B
    Bassman with Utah Speakers was actually the most recorded amplifier
    used by The Beatles. The amp was first used by Paul McCartney as his
    main bass amp from 1965 to mid 1967 (he did use a Vox during this time
    but not as much as the Bassman). In 1966 and 1967 John Lennon and
    George Harrison shared it (sometimes playing their guitars through the
    amp at the same time) and from early 1967 George Harrison took it over
    as his main amp. This amp was then used on a few of the early John
    Lennon solo albums when George was there and then George used it as
    his main solo amp. It even became George’s main amp when they did
    Antholody and Real Love/Free As A Bird (you will see it in the
    recording sessions). If you look at any Beatles documentary from 1967
    you will always see it there (even in the Apple offices at times), it
    is all through the Lennon Imagine films and documentaries and also the
    Harrison documentaries and it was even on stage during the Concert for
    George, as a tribute when George died. So, the 1964 Bassman is
    actually the “real” amp used by The Beatles in the latter years and
    most creative years, rather than the iconic Vox which dominated their
    early years. So, although the Utah speakers were not the best
    speakers their sound dominated Beatle recordings from Rubber Soul
    (1965) to Abbey Road (1970) so that is not too bad
     
  5. peteb

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    What’s amps are these boys using?






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  6. 4pickupguy

    4pickupguy Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I’ve seen those plentiful Bassman heads out there and they’re either thrashed, “modified” or $1500.00. We used to give those things away at $200/$300 bucks for very nice condition examples. If Fender could procuce a reissue 65’ BF Bassman for
    say even as high as $800 I would buy them, but, there are many things that sound as good for far less these days. It pains me to say that about one of my favorite amps. Fender missed the point with the reissue market and priced them AS vintage amps which just made the originals skyrocket. Now they are both too high.
     
  7. Fiesta Red

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    A vintage tweed Tremolux is very high on my list of “I sure wannas”...I liked the EC Tremolux combo that was offered a few years ago, but dang if I could afford one...
     
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