Fender's Tweed Bassman has rightfully earned a spot on the Mount Rushmore of 20th Century guitar tube amplifier design. Higher powered for its time, but now perfectly settled into one of the most desired mid-powered amplifiers ever produced, it offers the player a certain tone and feel that hasn't quite been matched in this format to date.
This is quite a stunning example of a late 50s Bassman, and has the pedigree to back up its claim as one of the best you'll find. Formerly owned by G.E. Smith, it's superbly preserved and sounds just as you'd expect it - full and throaty with unmistakable punch and clarity. Even at low volumes, it has the ability to fill a room in the most pleasing way.
Part of that equation can be credited to the Jensen P10R alnico speakers, all of which left the factory sometime in July/August of 1958. This aligns with the original tube chart in the cabinet, marked 'HI' that denotes September 1958 completion. They were professionally reconed for G.E. back in August of 1993, at which time it's assumed the original Oxblood grill cloth was also replaced.
The circuit had remained almost entirely original until a recent recap was performed due to some leaking DC and noise. The power transformer was replaced at some point with a 1962 Bassman PT, but the OT is original. The original gray two-prong power cord is also original to the amp. There is currently a replacement handle installed, with a fully intact original handle included (pictured alongside another vintage handle in the photos - the second handle is not included).
Not to be overlooked - the original Victoria cover! This cover is about as clean as you'll ever find one, and rarely if at all used for the amp. It's the perfect companion to a fabulous looking and sounding Bassman.