Fender Bassman Piggyback Amplifier (1963) $2300

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In a recent interview, former Jefferson Starship guitarist Craig Chaquico fondly recalled his classic ’70s-era rig, which consisted of a classic late ’50s Les Paul through a blonde Bassman. We’re can’t help you with the Les Paul part of the equation, but as for the Bassman . . .

Here we have a matched ’63 Bassman head and cabinet. The cabinet is loaded with an original pair of ’63 Oxford speakers. The central panel dividing the two has been removed, a common mod intended to improve resonance and tone. In addition, the handle on the cabinet may have been replaced with an authentic Fender reissue.

The head is also 90% original, save for a replaced screw or two, replaced screen resistors for the output tubes, and replaced filter caps.

The pair sounds great. Massive and supremely sensitive to attenuations in volume and tone. If we had to analogize, we'd describe it as a mixture of Marshall-type crunch with the big mids that we associate with early and mid- '60s Fender amps. Dial the volume back toward the clean range, and experience instant Brian Setzer tones—there's a reason that this is his amp of choice for big twang. We understand and appreciate the move toward smaller amps (hey, we’re all getting older!), but there are times when what you want is a blonde Bassman for maximum tonal satisfaction. $2300.00 Please note that free shipping does not apply for this item. Call or email for a shipping estimate.

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In a recent interview, former Jefferson Starship guitarist Craig Chaquico fondly recalled his classic ’70s-era rig, which consisted of a classic late ’50s Les Paul through a blonde Bassman. We’re can’t help you with the Les Paul part of the equation, but as for the Bassman . . .

Here we have a matched ’63 Bassman head and cabinet. The cabinet is loaded with an original pair of ’63 Oxford speakers. The central panel dividing the two has been removed, a common mod intended to improve resonance and tone. In addition, the handle on the cabinet may have been replaced with an authentic Fender reissue.

The head is also 90% original, save for a replaced screw or two, replaced screen resistors for the output tubes, and replaced filter caps.

The pair sounds great. Massive and supremely sensitive to attenuations in volume and tone. If we had to analogize, we’d describe it as a mixture of Marshall-type crunch with the big mids that we associate with early and mid- ’60s Fender amps. Dial the volume back toward the clean range, and experience instant Brian Setzer tones—there’s a reason that this is his amp of choice for big twang. We understand and appreciate the move toward smaller amps (hey, we’re all getting older!), but there are times when what you want is a blonde Bassman for maximum tonal satisfaction. $2300.00 Please note that free shipping does not apply for this item. Call or email for a shipping estimate.