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❌SOLD❌ Fender Bassman 4×10 Amplifier Tweed, 1957


Recently we received an exceptional treat – a one-owner Fender Bassman 4×10 Tweed combo amp from 1957, and the 1959 Precision bass (sold separately) used professionally for many years around Ontario in a band known as “The Down Unders”.

The Fender Bassman 4×10 was used by countless professional and amateur musicians throughout North America – less so in Europe because of import duties and restrictions – and was the basis for many later classic amplifier designs.  Notably, an English drummer turned music shop owner used this amp as the basis for his own designs, sold under the Marshall name.

The Fender Bassman was produced from 1952 to 1971.   At first, it used a single 15 inch speaker to handle 26 watts.  and rose to 40 watts and a 4×10 configuration in 1955.  In 1961,  it went to a single 12 inch speaker, and for 1961 the new ‘Piggyback’ amp and cabinet format was introduced.  

We’re looking at a Fender Bassman 4×10 tweed combo amp, dating to 1957. Amps built up to the middle of 1957 had two inputs, and this has four, placing it in the later part of the year. A pair of 6L6GC tubes provide 40 watts to the four Jensen P10R speakers.  The tweed covering  is original, and has some tattering that’s to be expected on an amp used for many gigs over many years.  

This amplifier has just been checked and serviced by John Fletcher and is in good working order. It sounds great, and especially so with its long-term partner, the (sold separately) 1959 Sunburst Fender Precision Bass.

Check out our feature on the 1959 Fender Precision Bass Sunburst!


Price: $12500 CAD
  • Model: Bassman Amp
  • Year: 1957 |
  • Class: Vintage
  • Serial Number: 8M00375
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Good
  • Date Posted: 11/12/2019

  • This item has sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Weight: 48lbs 22kgs
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