Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:36 am Post subject: Fender Amps?
I've owned a bunch of different amps. I don't know if there's much of a pattern but I guess they've all been 'British' (whatever that actually means? lol), I've had a couple of Oranges, a couple of Marshalls, a couple of Laneys, a Vox at one point.
Anyway to cut to the chase I've been doing some recording this week and ended up playing through some Fender amps which belonged to the studio. The eagle-eyed amongst you (or at least, those of you I'm connected with on social media) might have spotted a photo of me using a Fender Bassman through a Marshall 4x12. It sounded good but that photo is basically lies and slander because I actually ended up using a Silverface Twin for the whole album - a bunch of the songs are quite sparse and I was concerned about the amount of buzz/noise I was getting from the Bassman.
I've never really played through any Fender amps, at least not for an extended period of time, apart from a shite modelling monstrosity they had in one of our university practice rooms like six years ago. Anyway the Twin sounded GREAT; really brought out the clang from the aluminium picks I use, and got along very nicely with pedals (Boss DS-2, Mooer Pure Octave and Fredric Effects Harmonic Percolator, fact fans). So my question is, where would be a good/affordable place to start with Fender amps? I'm currently gigging with an Orange CR120 head and a WEM 2x12, so it would be nice to have something completely different to use sometimes. How about one of those Bassbreaker heads, for example?
What are your needs from your amp? Cleans? Dirt? What is your budget?
I had a Silverface Twin and it sounded great, but as you probably realised, they are REALLY FUCKING LOUD and REALLY FUCKING HEAVY.
They don't cost that much for a vintage Fender amp, £3-400, but you won't get it to distort much if at all in the size of venues you are playing, but great for pedals. It can get expensive when they need tubes too.
The more modern Twins are an option, but they are complex and a nightmare when they go wrong.
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Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:02 pm Post subject:
I have an old silverface bassman 10 with the master volume so allows you to get gains going. Worth trying to find. Loud as anything if needed. Sounds nice. Don't get to play it much now though _________________
Ah, the heady days of trying to get beefytoanz out of my Marlin strat by adjusting the pickups right up to the strings.
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We rented one for work BAND NIGHT last year. I haaaaated it; a lifetime of using Marshall-voiced amps made me really miss the midrange, but maybe it was just a bad example of a Twin, have only ever used that one.
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Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:03 pm Post subject:
They are many and varied, personally I only really like the ultra clean modern ones, apparently they are along the lines of the "blackface" twins, wheras the silverface guys seem to have lost most of the headroom that makes a twin such a powerful weapon. _________________ High quality, low popularity Ecstatic Fury
Totally forgot to reply to this thread because I am daft.
What are your needs from your amp? Cleans? Dirt?
Pretty much exclusively played through a clean amp for the past 5 years, although some breakup is nice. We had some sort of attenuator in the studio so the Twin was "cranked" without actually being that loud.
What is your budget?
Probably not arsed about buying a whole new setup (i.e. a combo or a head/cab), but it would be nice to have a second head I could run through the same cab instead of my Orange for some different sonds.
It can get expensive when they need tubes too.
This is why I've only really used solid state amps for the past 3 years, couldn't be bothered with the maintenance. Are any of the Fender solid states worth a punt?
I gather the Bassbreakers are a bit closer to the older Bassmans, i.e. more Marshally?
My housemate actually has a Bassbreaker combo. Does anyone know if the heads are significantly different? I'm assuming not. I might have a mess about with Lewis' amp... could even see if it's possible to run it with an external cab to see how it sounds through my WEM!
I'm amazed noone has recommended a second hand Hot Rod Deluxe.
This seems like a viable option for sure. Although like I said I'd be more inclined (due to space and cost) to just buy a head rather than a full combo...
I'm not much of a buff on Fender heads, it's typically not really their deal. The bassman aside all their big hitters are combos:
Twin, Princeton, Deluxe Reverb, Hot Rod series etc.
The only new heads they seem to make are those new bassbreakers I don't know much about
Obviously they've done head versions of lots of their big amps in the past. For what it's worth you can also use a combo as a head if you want. You could always have a Hot Rod Deluxe and know you could use it with the cab or alone.
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