Fender launches new Bassman 500 at NAMM 2015

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The Bassman 500 head released at NAMM 2015 combines Fender’s world-standard “blackface” tube preamp with a lightweight 500 watt Class D power amp.  Its dual-channel design uses modern technology to maximize classic technology, with classic Fender ’60s “blackface” styling and a wealth of innovative features on the front and rear panels.  A vintage channel that delivers the full, warm sound of classic Fender amps with passive tone stack and an overdrive channel that delivers the aggressive and responsive sound of a modern active tone stack (choose between channels with included footswitch). The Bassman 500 mates perfectly with Bassman Pro Series Neo speaker cabinets and Rumble V3 410/115 cabinets.

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Features include a hybrid (Tube/Solid State) circuit, 2 x 12AX7 pre-amp valves, two inputs, effects loop, line out, pull ‘Mute’ for silent recording, tuner output, effects Loop, switchable overdrive, two Speakon 1/4″ combo jack speaker outs and a 7-Ply 5/8″ Meranti plywood cabinet.

Controls: Vintage – VOL, BASS (pull DEEP), MID, TREBLE (pull BRIGHT); Overdrive – GAIN, BLEND, VOL, BASS (pull DEEP), MID FREQ, MID LVL, TREBLE (pull BRIGHT); MASTER (pull MUTE).

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MNJ has been writing articles, reviews and blogs for the DV online magazine for the last five years or so. Although he has been playing for longer than he cares to remember and is now officially an 'oldie', he is still mad for all things guitar related and when not busy in his studio he's learning new songs, practising bluegrass guitar, painting his house and taking his dogs out. If banished to a desert island and forced to take only one guitar he'd take a Les Paul. Actually, make that several Les Pauls, a Strat, a Tele, an ES-335, a vintage Martin and some boutique amps. Battery powered obviously.

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