The great irony of the Fender® Bassman® is that it was primarily designed as a bass amplifier, and while it has certainly made a name for itself with bass players, it has become one of the most iconic guitar amplifiers ever made. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the this amp is the mother of rock and roll guitar amps, as its design was the basis for Jim Marshall’s celebrated JTM45 amp, which went on to influence countless other amp designs. While there are many different versions of the Bassman, ranging from the tweed combos of the 1950’s to the “Silverface” units of the later 1960’s, many people point to the blonde units of the early 1960s as being the ultimate choice due to its sweetness and range of vintage tones. The first Bassman to be configured as a separate amp and speaker cabinet, often referred to as a “piggyback” model, delivers warm cleans until you hit about 4 on the Volume dial -- then a magically smooth tube overdrive, with incredible harmonic content and a dynamic, touch-sensitive response emerges.
For this reason, Brainworx chose an early 1960’s model (#6G6-B) for its faithful amp emulation plugin: the bx_bassdude. The Brainworx bx_bassdude delivers all of the tone and nuance of the original amp. Plugging in your guitar or running a track through the bx_bassdude and stepping through the presets is like taking a tour of rock and roll history as you’ll recognize tone after tone from hit records covering the last five decades. Guitar legends ranging from Stevie Ray Vaughn to Tom Petty to Brian Setzer have used these amps and now it’s your turn.
Legal Disclaimer: Fender and Bassman are registered trademarks of Fender Musical Instruments Inc. bx_bassdude was developed by Brainworx Music and Media GmbH based on its own modeling techniques. Fender has not endorsed nor sponsored the bx_bassdude in any manner, nor licensed any intellectual property for use in this product.