Fender amplifiers have been known as the ultimate in clean guitar tone since their earliest models. While they overdrive quite nicely in their own right, the designs have tended to lean toward the sparkling, muscular cleans that are continually reproduced in the form of their stunning reissue amps. But what if Fender embraced the crunch tones that the early rock and rollers loved to hear? With the Bassbreaker amp series, Fender has finally produced their take on what this alternate history could have spawned back in the early '60s. Featuring EL34 and EL84 tube complements, the Bassbreakers take on a decidedly British flavor, while staying true to their American roots, that's full of tone and ready for the stage and studio. These four amp designs share the ultra-cool black/grey tweed, but each have their own internal designs that set them apart from one another.
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- Bassbreaker 45 Combo and Head:
With its pair of EL34 power tubes, this flagship amp produces up to 45 watts of boneshaking power, but can be tamed all the way down to one watt with its continually variable Output Level knob. Plug in to either the Normal or Bright inputs, or get the best of both worlds by plugging into the Both input to get that classic "jumpered" tone without a patch cable.
- Bassbreaker 18/30 Combo:
Available only as a combo, the 18/30 satisfies even the most discerning non-master volume junkies. The two channels' preamps are voiced from Deluxe amps of yore while using EL84 power tubes. Channel one yields the clean, chiming sound of a Blackface Deluxe at 30 watts, while channel two evokes the sound of a '61 Brownface Deluxe that will overdrive faster at 18 watts of output power.
- Bassbreaker 15 Combo and Head:
Perfect for both stage and studio, the 15 features many bells and whistles not found on the other Bassbreakers. Powered by EL84 tubes, the preamp includes a three-way Gain Structure switch, providing distinct tonal voices for max versatility. Practice or record silently with the XLR line output with switchable speaker emulation and get ambient with the onboard digital hall reverb.
- Bassbreaker 007 Combo and Head:
Although it's the smallest of the Bassbreakers, the 007 outputs massive tone with true class "A" operation thanks to its single EL84 power tube. Engage the vintage-style treble booster for that extra push in the upper mids that really complements the amp's complex overdrive tone.