SOLD! - 1960 Fender 5F6-A Tweed Bassman 4x10 Narrow Panel Amp

From Buddy Guy and Jimi Hendrix, to Stevie Ray Vaughn and Brian Setzer, a host of legendary performers have regarded the tweed Bassman as simply the finest guitar amp ever made. Even the Fab Four used one on a number of classic recordings.

 

Introduced in 1952, the Fender Bassman was created to accompany Fender's wildly successful Precision Bass, which debuted the previous year.

 

Originally a 26 watt amp with a single 15" speaker, the Bassman grew to 40 watts by 1954, with four 10" speakers, making it almost certainly the most powerful instrument amp of its day. Increasingly popular with guitarists, by 1958 the amp had been upgraded with four inputs (two 'Normal' and two 'Bright') and a midrange control. Covered with Fender's signature diagonal tweed, this 'narrow panel' version of the Bassman has achieved iconic status, having inspired the original Marshalls and countless other high-gain amps in the decades since.

 

This historic amp represents the last and most celebrated version of the combo Bassman, designated by Fender as the 5F6-A. This road warrior left the factory in May of 1960, making it one of the last series of the legendary tweeds. (Only a year later, the model was entirely redesigned, with piggyback cabinets, blonde Tolex covering, and a single 12" speaker.) The amp has all original components. The original Jensen P10Q speakers are renowned for their power handling capacity, and date to April of 1960. The pot codes range from 1955 to 1960, and the output and power transformers, choke, capacitors and resistors are unchanged as well.

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