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Fender Vintage Reissue '59 Bassman LTD Amp : Review

Fender '59 Bassman Reissue

Top Panel

The equalization section is shared between the two channels (Normal and Bright). Each provides its volume knob and two inputs.

Power switch

On/Off.

Standby

Like always, the Standby helps to protect tubes. When you need to make a break, use this switch instead of the Power.

Presence

It works after all the other tone controls and makes the sound more brilliant and open.

Middle

It modifies the mid frequency tone.

Bass

Fender suggests to lower Bass setting when volume is higher, so to avoid speaker flap.

Treble

It adjusts the high frequencies.

Inputs

The second has 6dB less. It can be used for instruments with a pre-amplification or an high output.

Lights and shadows

It produces a good tone, also at a lower volume. This is not a common feature between guitar amps. In a so context it is much definite and with a great attack. Generally, after you find the best setting, tone is sweet and warm. Where it is not perfect is at high volume. In this situation lows tends to overwhelm other frequencies. But i have to say that in the owner manual Fender suggests to lower Bass control, so to avoid this problem. Another solution is lowering the Bright Volume at the minimum value. Use the guitar volume, instead. However, this problem comes from the cheap speakers. They aren't absolutely up to the high price of this combo, 1250 Euros, that is not cheap. As a whole, the '59 Bassman LTD is much valid for clean sounds. Less for leads or distortions. This is my opinion.

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