) For this reason, sadly (but perhaps wisely...) Fender has chosen not to invest too much on making different new bass amp models.
) For this reason, sadly (but perhaps wisely...) Fender has chosen not to invest too much on making different new bass amp models.The good news, though, is that the ones they DO make are very good indeed! These amps are very well-priced, powerful and unbelievably light for their sizes - a triumph of design.
after all, all those artists in the Fifties and Sixties were playing brand new Fender amps!
Watch this demo of the Fender The Edge Deluxe: Fender has famously made one of the best bass amps ever.
These were easily the most powerful amplifiers commercially produced back then.
They all had the classic features we're familiar with now: heavy steel chassis, chromed control plates, and heavy pine cases covered with tweed fabric.
) When the next generation of Rock'n'Rollers started to make some noise across the Atlantic, they also used Fender amps: British Invasion bands such as The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, Yardbirds and others began to experiment with Fender amps: John Lennon was an early adopter, actually playing a tweed Fender Vibrolux when The Beatles were still starting, and after a well-documented interlude with AC30s, he and George Harrison used a Fender Twin Reverb in the final years, including at the Beatles famous rooftop concert: One little detail not that well-known, is that the Beatles favourite amp was a Fender Bassman, as described on our Revolver Turns 50 blog post.
Originally purchased by Paul Mc Cartney, it was widely used on recordings by both John and George.
The spring reverb and tremolo effect will also be pretty much the same on the amps that feature those effects - and they're the standard by which those effects are judged on other amps (and fx pedals.) The most noticeable differences between those amps will be ones which are pretty much obvious when comparing any kind of valve amp, so they remain true with vintage Fender models, as expected: smaller, low-wattage amps will give you a great crunchy tone when they break-up, with the volume cranked up; louder amps will keep cleaner at louder volumes; and amps with bigger speakers will sound fuller than the ones which have smaller speakers.
Vintage amps don't have "Master" only "Volume" controls.
Leo soon realised that amplifiers needed to be sturdy to withstand the life on the road, and decided to build his own, to care for the needs of travelling musicians such as his customers.
In 1946, Fender began manufacturing a series of now-legendary amps: the Deluxe, the Professional, the Dual Professional, and the Princeton.