Though the original 1952 design was intended and marketed as a bass guitar amplifier, guitar players all over quickly adopted these venerable amps as their own thanks to amazing breakup and beefy bottom end. The "blackface" Bassman amps with AA165 and AB165 circuits from the mid-60s are often heralded as the cream of the crop for classic rock tones, and their ability to take pedals well makes them a great choice for the modern player with a packed pedal board. Here on Reverb, you'll find a great selection of these amps, both in their original "Piggyback" configuration and just the heads by themselves.

Product Specs

  • Bassman Head
  • Blackface
  • 1964 - 1967
Made In
  • United States

From the Price Guide

Reviews for the Fender Blackface Bassman Head
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  • As a bass player from the sixties I have owned a 50 watt blackface Bassman and a Blond brownface Bandmaster. For bass playing these amps suffered from a lack of headroom. They were easily overdriven which would be great for guitar players, but for bass were quite inefficient unless you were playing…

  • Love it!

    Verified Purchase

    I've only played through it once and it's already my favorite amp. Crank it and it's a Marshall. Around 6 or7, it breaks up perfectly without being deafening. I'm very psyched to record and play live with my '66 Bassman!

  • Verified Purchase

    love this amp. feels like after trying all kinds of rigs over a few decades, I finally have my amp!

  • Can't imagine ever getting rid of this

    I got my 60's model back in '93. I drive a Marshall 4x10" cabinet. It is amazing. I bought this for the clean tone and the ability to drive the tubes with a TS-9. You need an external reverb for this thing. Great crunch with my Les Paul. You will love it. I also loaned just the head to a bass…

  • 1966 Fender Blackface Bassman Amp

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    This is the clean, clear and sparkling sound that put Fender to the forefront of the 60's sound. I'm using it with a 2x12 cabinet, and it kicks! Couldn't be happier.