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All models have a push-pull (class AB) dual 6L6GC power amp configuration.Up to the blonde Bassman with blonde colored tolex (circuit 6G6) they all had tube rectifier, but since then a diode rectifier was used.We will further focus mostly on the AB165 vs AA864.Some things have not changed since the beginning; The Bassman never had reverb or tremolo.The bassman was a combo amp in the tweed era with the 1×15″ and 4×10″ speaker configurations.From the blonde era Fender made the Bassman as a amp head and 2×12″ closed cabinet. The video below compares a Bassman AB165 to a Princeton Reverb and a Deluxe Reverb.From right to left: – Switch the polarity of the two wires coming from the output transformer going to the speaker terminals.

Larry is kind of bummed about this guitar because he broke the neck and while it has been repaired and plays better than ever, he no longer has Paul Reed Smith’s signature on the back of the headstock.1) Combining the AB165 and AA864 The schematics for this amp is explained below.The red circles in the schematic below illustrates these changes.Production years 1964 -1967 “blackface” circuits AA864, AA165, AB165 1967 -1977 “silverface” circuits AA165, AB165, AA270, AA371, AA568, AC568, AA864 Tube layout AA864 Tube layout (Seen from behind, V1 is to the right side): V1 12ax7 = Preamp bass channel V2 12ax7 = 2’nd gain stage bass channel (and normal channel for AB165) V3 12ax7 = Preamp normal channel V4 12at7 = Phase inverter V5 6L6 = Power tube #1 V6 6L6 = Power tube #2 Summary The Fender Bassman is a legendary guitar amp known to both guitar and bass players.It was introduced in 1951, primarily targeted for bass guitar players and promoted as a bass amp for the Fender Precision Bass guitar, the first mass-produced electric bass guitar ever.

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