Silverface Bantam Bass

Silverface Bantam Bass Front
NO Schematic
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Model/Circuit Number:  ?
Years of Production:
 1969 – 1971
Era: Silverface
Configuration: Combo
Controls: Silver, forward facing w/ blue labels
Knobs: Black skirted w/ chrome center, numbered 1 – 10Black skirted w/ chrome center, numbered 1 – 10
Faceplate:

  • Front: Bass: In, In, Deep Sw, Vol, Treb, Bass – Normal: In, In, Bright Sw, Vol, Treb, Mid, Bass – Pilot Lamp
  • Rear: AC Outlet, Ground Sw, Fuse, Power Sw, Standby Sw, Speaker, Ex Speaker

Cabinet:

Tolex/Tweed:

Grill Cloth: 

Logo: Grille mounted, raised, chrome & black script “Fender” w/ tail
Weight: 57 lbs. (25.9 Kg)
Speaker: 1 x 15″/8 ohms

  • Size: 15″
  • Impedance: 8 ohms
  • Model: Yamaha, asymetrical trapezoid shaped w/ white styrofoam cone

Effects: None
Watts: 30 watts
Tubes:

  • Pre amp: 7025 (Normal) 7025 (Vibrato)
  • Power:  2 x 6L6GC
  • Phase Inverter: 12AT7 (long tailed)
  • Bias: Fixed w/ Bias Pot
  • Rectifier: 5U4

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  1. Comment by crispmusic — July 7, 2011 at 11:39 pm   Reply

    Is this meant to be the “Bantam Bass Amp” ? if so why take away the photo, specifications & schematic ?

    • Comment by Anonymous — July 8, 2011 at 12:38 pm   Reply

      We currently do not have information for the Bantom Bass Amp. I have been adding blank articles so that a user who does have information about the specific amp may post it. 

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  2. Comment by ratman58 — November 17, 2011 at 3:51 pm   Reply

    I have two 1970 BANTAM bass amps and you’ve misspelled it. Best kept secret of all fender amps and I’ve played quite a few. 30 watts tube rectified bliss. One of the fattest fender tones I’ve ever heard from your guitar not bass of course. The first thing you do is to build a new baffle to support two twelve inch speakers and throw out the old yamaha trapizoid thingy. Plug in your favorite les paul or strat and off you go. There kinda rare and only made from 1969 thru 1971.

  3. Comment by boogie88 — June 13, 2012 at 5:39 pm   Reply

    This is a great Fender amp for guitar! 30w, all valve/tube (5U4 rectifier). Very similar to a Super Reverb circuit (AB763) but with no reverb or tremolo. Although only ever a Silverface amp a Blackface Mod makes a HUGE difference. With only one gain stage (no reverb etc) both channels can be used together. There is no master volume so I use a Weber Mass Attenuator  - the amp sounds best with the volume(s) at 6 (loud!) and Bass@2 Mid@3 Treb@6. Fairly strong in the midrange for a Fender amp it starts to sound a like a Marshall with both channels pushed. The Bass channel does not have a great sound on it’s own and breaks up quite early but adds great sustain and a lot more overdrive when combined with the Normal channel. With re-capping, new valves/tubes, a ‘blackface’ mod, a new speaker(s) and a couple of other reversible improvements this is a rare gem.

  4. Comment by jooptraynor — August 21, 2012 at 11:37 pm   Reply

    I don’t use this for bass, just for guitar. Great amp. The normal channel I left untouched, the bass channel I modified into a guitar channel, but its sound differs from the normal channel. In my ears the normal channel sound warm with a sparkle. The modified Bass channel has more treble and more attack. I love this amp. Visit my photobucket site to see what I’ve done with the Bantam Bass Amp:
    http://s839.photobucket.com/albums/zz318/jooptraynor/1969%20Fender%20Bantam%20Bass%20Amp/

  5. Comment by T2Stratman — December 22, 2012 at 7:41 am   Reply

    I too have one of these. I built a new baffle, but went with a ’65 Jensen Concert 15. It is now a great guitar amp and it is very gig worthy! I left mine bone stock except for the speaker change. I would like to find another one and load it with two old Jensen C12Q’s I have and then use em in stereo!

  6. Comment by dnewmie81@hotmail.com — August 5, 2013 at 8:43 pm   Reply

    I have a 69 fender bantam bass. Best fender amp ive owned other than a 63 fender pro. Im curious to see how much the styrofoam speaker goes for. I put a 15″ eminence kappa pro in it. I wanna sell the styro speaker. If anyone sees my comment and wants the speaker email me at dnewmie81@hotmail.com. Its got one little dent on the cone about half size of a penny and still works really good

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