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Bassbreaker 45 Combo

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Bassbreaker 45 Combo

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Bassbreaker 45 Combo
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Bassbreaker 45 Combo
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Fender's flagship Bassbreaker 45 Combo delivers grit, crunch and grunt in style, along with mile-wide dynamic range and redefined dirty tube tones. This powerful, roadworthy beast dishes out plenty of authentic Fender sound with a modern twist.

Two EL34 power tubes spice up the traditional Bassman recipe of three 12AX7 preamp tubes. This exotic flavor is further garnished with a side of "channel jumping" via the dedicated "Both" input for savory crunch and punchy attack. The "Normal" and "Bright" inputs and traditional tone stack are still on hand, delivering timeless Fender sounds. The variable output power knob-varying from one to 45 watts - tames the raw power of the Bassbreaker 45, providing full, hard rocking sound at any volume through the two 12" 8-ohm Celestion V-Type speakers, without sacrificing gain or low end. The 4-8-16-ohm output switch ensures compatibility with almost any speaker cab, but the Bassbreaker 45 Combo excels when paired with a Bassbreaker BB-212 extension cabinet.

The Bassbreaker 45 Combo features updated appointments - dark lacquered tweed, black grille cloth, white pilot light and block Fender logo - and large knobs that make it a breeze to quickly find your sound. Nodding to the past while looking to the future, the Bassbreaker 45 Combo is an indispensable tool for the modern guitarist's sonic arsenal.


Model Name: Bassbreaker 45 Combo, 120V
Model Number: 2265000000
Series: Bassbreaker
Amplifier Type: Class A/B
Color: Gray Tweed

Controls: Volume Normal, Volume Bright, Output, Bass, Middle, Treble, Presence
Inputs: Three - Normal, Bright, Both
Channels: One
Rectifier: Solid State
Voltage: 120V
Wattage: 45 watts

Cabinet Material: Birch Ply
Handle: Black Leather Handle
Front Panel: Black
Control Knobs: Black Plastic
Footswitch: NA

Pre Amp Tubes: 3 x 12AX7
Power Tubes: 2 X EL34

Dimensions (L x W x H): 26 x 8.5 x 22" / 66 x 21 x 56cm
Weight: 55 lbs. /25 kg

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Fender Bassbreaker 45 Combo 4 of 4 customers found this review helpful

Product Experience   I own it
Closest Store   Prince George, British Columbia
I've been using the Bassbreaker 45 as my main amp for about 9 months now and it has proven to be incredibly reliable. To address the biggest question most will have about this amp: this does not sound like your typical Fender, nor does it sound like a Marshall - it has a distinct character all it's own. Maybe it's similar to a Bassman (I wouldn't imagine it would due to the different tubes) but you can judge that for yourself.
When you can turn it up to the point where it's breaking (more on that later) it is arguably one of, if not, the best sounding driven Fender amp I have ever heard. The EQ has a pretty good usable range, having no trouble setting up for use with a Strat or for Open C slide on P90s. The ability to just plug into the Both channel instead of jumping Normal to Bright is also a very welcome addition.
Don't let the Power Scaling fool you - while this amp does allow for adjustment to drive at lower volumes, it's more of a 15W to 45W adjustment. Comparing the 1 Watt mode on this to the 1 Watt mode on a Hughes & Kettner 36 through a V30 2x12 is almost night and day. This could be really efficient speakers/circuitry, or a product of how they are doing the power scaling, but just be warned that this is not an apartment friendly amp. I have yet to have the opportunity to play in a space where I can turn it up to the 45 Watts, and have been relegated to using it solely between roughly 1-10 Watts, which is a shame as the amp comes alive as the wattage goes up. Maybe putting the head through a 1x12 will produce more manageable volumes while still retaining the character of the amp. There is no effects loop, which isn't an issue for how I run my effects, but definitely could be a concern for you.
There is some rattle out of the box, but this I've found to be common with a lot of Fender tube amps. There is also no Reverb (I understand that there is no reverb on the Bassman as well). This may not be a concern if you have a dedicated reverb pedal, but is something to be aware of (I had to purchase a reverb pedal to use with the amp and squeeze it onto a full board).
For the price, it is one of the best sounding amps I have used. If volume is a concern, definitely try out the head plugged into a 1x12 and see if it makes a difference. The lack of an effects loop doesn't bother me, but could be an issue for you. The lack of a reverb seems like an odd choice for a Fender amp, even if it is meant to be faithful to the original Bassman circuit. If it got damaged or stolen I would definitely order a new one. I give the amp a solid 4.5 and would happily recommend you give one a try before picking up your next gigging amp.
Posted by TJ on Mar 14, 2017
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bad mama jamma 0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

Product Experience   I own it
Closest Store   Edmonton South, Alberta
was looking for a marshall bluebreaker and was introduced to this one... able to get some gritty marshall crunch and some out of sight blues all in one package at half the cost .. and the 1-45 watt adjustable is perfect for your small apartment or playing at the jubilee.. awesome tone for the price .. and as always the l&m south employees were more than happyto help me find the tone nd equipment i was looking for A+++++
Posted by tony on Feb 5, 2017
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fender bassbreaker 45 7 of 7 customers found this review helpful

Product Experience   I own it
Closest Store   Calgary, Alberta
I you are in the market for a tube amp that has great warmth and works well with effects look no further. Great price and no useless bells and whistles , this amp greatest feature is the control from 1 watt to 45 watts. Dialing in your amp to its surroundings has never been easier. How many times have you been jamming at different locations and you cant get the same sound as you would in your personal jam area. This feature itself is worth the purchase. plus the clean fender sound with bassman warmth is amazing . Also the volume control through your guitar to amp is very responsive ,going from clean to gritty without the use of a stomp. I am very pleased
Posted by Derek Trask on Jan 30, 2016
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