Fender Bassman reissues 4x10 40watt?

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Fender Bassman reissues 4x10 40watt?

Postby crowdaddy on Sun May 19, 2013 5:43 pm

Does anyone know whether the reissue Bassman for a standard 6 string guitar, comes with actual bass speakers, and that you can safely play a bass through it?
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Re: Fender Bassman reissues 4x10 40watt?

Postby Psycho Bass Guy on Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:38 am

You CAN play bass through it, but not at any appreciable volume with anything approaching clean bass tone.
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Re: Fender Bassman reissues 4x10 40watt?

Postby Baron Von Machinenmann on Fri Jul 12, 2013 3:44 pm

Pretty much universally accepted that the original bassman was a great guitar amp, bass, not so much.
The re-issue is definitely aimed at guitarists and in stock form is kind of "meh" IMHO, but there are some simple mods that can turn it into a very good sounding guitar amp. :cheers:
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Re: Fender Bassman reissues 4x10 40watt?

Postby crowdaddy on Tue Dec 10, 2013 8:43 pm

Thank you for your replies, I have a 4-10 deville, can you change those to bass speakers and get a decent recorded or garage band bass sound from it, or is it not a good idea? Thank you in advance.
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Re: Fender Bassman reissues 4x10 40watt?

Postby jaywalker on Sun Feb 23, 2014 7:34 am

You could implement the Cruella mod which involves white paint and black spots but I doubt that you will achieve a good bass sound out of an open back Deville cab. IIRC there is a main speaker jack on those amps so you could disconnect the internal speakers and hook up to a bass cab of matching impedance (or impudence if you are wont) for a quick tone test. Don't expect 45 watts (bass) to compete too well with a heavy handed drummer.
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Re: Fender Bassman reissues 4x10 40watt?

Postby kinglolipop on Fri May 16, 2014 6:32 am

Take care that you use a passive bass too. It may have been a coincidence but a buddy of mine once used an active bass through a 2x12 DeVille and he killed the filter caps in short order. My understanding is that guitar amps don't like excess low end frequencies, even when used through different cabs. It apparently tends to put more stress on critical components.
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Re: Fender Bassman reissues 4x10 40watt?

Postby crowdaddy on Sun Sep 21, 2014 1:47 am

Thanks guys, I pretty much have decided not such a great idea :oops:
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