Fender Blackface Bassman

Fender Blackface Bassman
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Model/Circuit Number: AA864, AA165, AB165 
Years of Production:
1964 – 1967
Era: Blackface
Configuration: Head
Controls: Black forward facing w/ white labels
Knobs: Black skirted w/ chrome center, numbered 1 – 10

  • Front: Bass: In, In, Deep Sw, Vol, Treb, Bass – Normal: In, In, Bright Sw, Vol, Treb, Bass – Pilot Lamp
  • Rear: AC Outlet, Ground Sw, Fuse (2A), Power Sw, Standby Sw, Speaker, Ex. Speaker

Cabinet: Reproduction Bassman Head Cabinet / Reproduction Bassman Extension Cabinet

Protect your amp with aFender Bassman (Blackface) Style Cover


Grill Cloth:

Logo: Grill mounted, raised, chrome & black, script
Weight: Head: 30 lbs ; Cabinet: 52 lbs

Watts: 50 watts

  • Pre amp: 7025
  • Power: 2 x 6L6GC
  • Bias: Fixed Bias, adjustment pot (AA864) or balance pot (AB165)
  • Rectifier: Solid State


7 Responses to “Fender Blackface Bassman”

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  1. Comment by IceIceBuddy — January 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm   Reply

    1965 blackface pre CBS. Best tone on planet EARTH!

  2. Comment by stratmatt98 — July 10, 2012 at 3:11 pm   Reply

    AA864 Bassman was switched to the AA165 in January of 1965 until about mid-March give or take a week.  Almost every AA165 Bassman has a tube chart inside the back of the cabinet that shows the AA864 circuit.  After March at some point the AB165 circuit was manufactured and most of the early AB165 amps actually show the AA165 tube chart.  Very confusing.  To my knowledge (research) no AA165 amps exist with true AA165 tube charts.  Has anyone ever seen an AA165 Bassman with an original AA165 tube chart?

    • Comment by Jackie or Ron — July 17, 2012 at 10:42 am   Reply

       I have a Bassman AA165 tube amp 200 watts by fender Musical Instruments from Fulerton, CA. I have pics also.

    • Comment by The Supreme One — November 29, 2012 at 7:27 pm   Reply

      This can not be correct, because I have a ’66 Bassman, it is labeled as having an AA864 layout, and it actually has the AA864 layout, as indicated by the presence of a bias adjustment pot and the fact that all of the components are correct to the AA864 schematic and layout sheets. It does not have a balanced bias setup, and the only modification ever made was to add the grounded three-prong line chord.

    • Comment by Brewmaster1 — September 29, 2013 at 8:02 pm   Reply

      I’ve got a ’65 Bassman with the AA165 circuit and the AA165 tube chart. It was made in April of that year – stamped OD – and it is wonderful! Turn it up all the way and it sounds amazing. I’m not sure about your research source but here’s proof that they exist.

  3. Comment by Al — December 6, 2012 at 9:03 am   Reply

    I need the fender part number for the volume pots on my 1965 AA165 Bassman. Anybody got that part number. I can’t look at the Amp because my son has it New Orleans and I’m in Oregon.

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