Fender Silverface Bassman

Fender Silverface Bassman

Model/Circuit Number: AA165, AB165, AA270, AA371, AA568, AC568, AA864 
Years of Production:
1968 – 1983
Era: Silverface
Configuration: Head
Controls: Silver forward facing w/ blue 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 Jack, Ex. Speaker Jack



Grill Cloth:

Logo: Grill mounted, raised, chrome & black script
Weight: 105 lbs

  • Size: 2 x 12
  • Impedance: 4 ohms
  • Model: Oxford 12T6, Utah, Rola or JBL D140 8ohm (For more info, check out the Jensen Replacement Speakers)

Watts: 50 or 70 watts

  • Pre amp: 7025 ; 12AT7
  • Power: 2 x 6L6GC
  • Bias: Fixed
  • Rectifier: Solid State

Bassman ~ 1968-1971, Bassman 50 ~ 1972-1976, Bassman 70 ~ 1977-1983. Fender switched back to the blackface era cosmetics some time in 1980. Bassmans produced between late 1980 and 1983 have a black control panel and silver sparkle grill cloth.

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  1. Comment by Scott — March 28, 2013 at 4:42 pm   Reply

    I have a ’74 Bassman 50. It sounds great for guitar provided you dial the bass down a little. One night at a gig I used it along side a Hot Rod Deluxe with an A/B box that allowed either or amp but not both. Conclusion: Much richer sound and more character than the Hot Rod.

  2. Comment by Valentino — August 22, 2014 at 11:33 am   Reply

    I got my Fender Bassman 50 year made was 1970-1971. The amp sounds so good, but i also have a secret weapon inside my 2×12 cab. Eminence George Lynch Super V’s. The sounds that come out of this thing just amaze me all the time. If you jump chan 1 to chan 2 and run reverb pedal inbetween chan 1 and 2, Sounds killer. You can dial in your sound by jumping Chan 1 and Chan 2 just like Plex Marshal style. It wont hurt your Bassman 50 for sure.

  3. Comment by PatrikJanuary 17, 2015 at 12:23 am   Reply

    I have one from -67, that is one year before your “year of production” any way it sounds amazing.

  4. Comment by Eeko — April 2, 2015 at 12:12 am   Reply

    I have 1974 Bassman Export with 4 x 10 cabinet. I play Strato with Damage Control Liquid Blues Overdrive and it sounds great!

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