Shortly thereafter, the Bassman would become the most sought after amplifier for country and rock guitar and bass players.

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At the Fender factory they used old tube charts when new models came, probably because the tube layout was the same.

Determining production date by serial number and transformer codes is better, and you should also inspect the circuit to be completly sure.

Double-check the serial numbers with the serial scheme guide on Since then, James has served as a writer for several music, technology and design publications.

His work has been published on e How, Tech and in print for the "The Potrero View" and "Punk Planet." James is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Portland State University.

The bassman was a combo amp in the tweed era with the 1×15″ and 4×10″ speaker configurations.

From the blonde era Fender made the Bassman as a amp head and 2×12″ closed cabinet. The video below compares a Bassman AB165 to a Princeton Reverb and a Deluxe Reverb.

Find the tube chart located in the back of your amplifier.

The tube chart is a diagram detailing what kind of tubes are installed in your amplifier.

The ability to date a Fender Bassman will often mean the difference between thousands of dollars when shopping for a vintage Bassman. manufactured the first Bassman in the early 50s, it has been replicated many times, making it hard to tell them apart.