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Everyone knows that Fender produce some of the best clean sounding amps in the world. Everyone also knows that Fender distortion leaves something to be desired. Well, that's all changed. The Bassbreaker series is the new amp line from Fender and they've really pushed the boat out on these. There are four amps in the range but they are not simply the same amp scaled down. Each one has it's own unique sound while still sounding very much like its siblings.
Bassbreaker 007 - the smallest of the range. At 7 watts it doesn't sound like much but watching the demo above, you'll realise it's a little monster
Bassbreaker 15 - twice as loud as the 007 and available as a head or combo
Bassbreaker 18/30 - this is a very clever idea, you have two totally separate amps in one, a 30 watt version of the Blackface series and an 18 watt version of a 1961 Deluxe. Having these two wattages allow you to push the power stages of each amps independently of each other and create some wonderful oversaturated valve distortion.
Bassbreaker 45 - As you have have guessed this is the 45 watt version of the line. Here we switch to EL34s instead of EL84s and the bottom end really starts to get some guts. The Bassbreaker 45 can dial down its wattage from 45 to 1 and anywhere in between. This isn't a volume dial exactly, it's an attenuator so you still get that lovely pushed valve sound but at much more reasonable volumes!
Rick gave us a run down and a demo of the series, so check the video and try really hard not to fall in love!
NAMM 2016 Kit:
Tascam DR-70D 4 Channel recorders
Richard Nichol was on hand to show of the new pieces in the Lifeforms range