Fender Silverface Bassman 10

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Model/Circuit Number:
Years of Production:
1972 – 1982
Era: Silverface
Configuration: Combo
Controls: Silver forward facing w/ blue labels
Knobs: Black skirted w/ chrome center, numbered 1 – 10

  • Front: Bass In, Normal In, Deep Sw, Vol, Treb, Bass – Bass In, Studio In, Bright Sw, Vol, Treb, Mid, Bass – Master Volume – Pilot Lamp
  • Rear: Ground Sw, Fuse, Power Sw, Standby Sw, Speaker Jack



Grill Cloth:

Logo: (68-74) Grill mounted, raised, chrome and black script with tail
Weight: 75 lbs

Watts: 50 watts ~ 1972-1976, 75 watts ~ 1977-1982

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

Some later Bassman 10’s had a MID control on the bass channel. Bassman 10’s produced between late 1980 and 1982 have a black control panel and Black White Silver grill cloth. Output increased to 70 watts when CBS switched to an ultra-linear output transformer.

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  1. Comment by Dltl — June 26, 2011 at 4:25 pm   Reply

    what are these amps worth

    • Comment by Bryson Faggart — June 26, 2011 at 5:24 pm   Reply

      On the previous version of ampwares there was a module that queries ebay results and posted an average of the ending prices. The service that maintained the module stopped in may. I will be working in the near future to build a similar module for this version of the site.

  2. Comment by Hj48jg — July 19, 2011 at 5:51 am   Reply

    The 4-10″ speakers are 32 Ohm

  3. Comment by Andrew — July 20, 2011 at 4:18 pm   Reply

    Actually, the final impedance for those amplifiers is 8 ohms total.  (4) 32 ohm speakers wired in parallel for a total 8 ohm load.

  4. Comment by oregon blooz — August 30, 2011 at 1:31 am   Reply

    just had one restored by a reputable shop last winter and am loving it as a decent bass amp, a fair guitar amp (lacks break up that I desire in a tube circuit but makes up for it in power for low end crunchiness) and even as a surprisingly toney piano amp. Wish I had a Rhodes, the Roland sounds GREAT through it.

    • Comment by Heavymental — December 2, 2011 at 7:14 am   Reply

      If it was restored the tubes were replaced with equivalent of the originals, if you replace the first tube (V1) with a chinese made 12AX7 and move he original 12AX7 to the 12AT7 socket you will get more break-up, but the Chinese tubes won`t last as long

  5. Comment by AL — September 10, 2011 at 4:25 pm   Reply

    Hi all,
      I’m looking for a replacement face plate and treble pod for the  (1st channel bass) for my early 70’s bassman 10.  Email AL

  6. Comment by Charles — November 18, 2012 at 8:30 am   Reply

    I have a Bassman 10 that I bought new in 1972. It still works great and I’ve never had a problem with it. Everything is still original, never had to change a tube or anything. Could anyone tell me what it’s worth now?

    • Comment by George — August 22, 2014 at 8:35 am   Reply

      Being the original owner and if you kept it in good condition. You have approx. $850.00 value.
      $500 fair condition and $300 poor condition.

  7. Comment by Capt.GourddelFunK — February 13, 2013 at 9:37 pm   Reply

    Looking for a road case for one of these…anyone help?

  8. Comment by bob — March 2, 2013 at 6:54 am   Reply

    i am looking for a fender bassman 10 owners manual to download? thank you, bob

  9. Comment by Charzard — September 12, 2013 at 4:08 am   Reply

    I recently bought a 79 bassman ten, and its been blowing fuses like crazy. Any word of advice?

    • Comment by antoine — April 19, 2014 at 2:05 am   Reply

      Hi, Probably faulty power amp tubes. Can have intermittent short. Changing it may be the cure. If not, the amp is good for a professional check/overhaul… Pretty basic advice indeed, but i hope it will help.

  10. Comment by Alex — October 23, 2013 at 6:57 pm   Reply

    Does anybody know if Fender produced in the past years a “head” version of the “Ten” Silverface ??
    I’m asking ‘cose there’s one here where I live, and I couldnt find any info in the .net about it. Everything look original. Its owner says its been made in early 70’s (1972). However I’m now tryin’ to find help in here. I have the budget, but … is it a real “Ten” head ??
    I would apreciate any advice. Thanks

  11. Comment by Jack — February 26, 2014 at 10:45 am   Reply

    amps made between 1977-82 are 4 ohm – four 10” speakers are 16 ohm wired in series

  12. Comment by Dwight — May 28, 2014 at 9:05 am   Reply

    I am looking for a new blackface faceplate for a bassman 10 Dwight

    • Comment by Mike — June 13, 2015 at 8:40 am   Reply

      I need one of those black face plates as well…did you ever find a place to get them? Thanks…Mike

  13. Comment by Chris — September 26, 2014 at 2:29 pm   Reply

    I acquired a bassman 10 ,4×70 amp. the guy I got it from had cut the top off the amp, and tried or actually made a two piece amp. In other words, he tried to make a head with a 4×10 cabnet. I want to put it back the way it was. Where can I find a cabnet? please help…….

  14. Comment by Scott LeeperDecember 16, 2014 at 9:14 pm   Reply

    What year is my bassman 100 chassis # A617298 please and thanks

  15. Comment by Lewis — January 9, 2015 at 7:49 pm   Reply

    Recently bought a fender baseman 10, and as well as getting it serviced I wanted to buy a little stockpile of tubes and stuff so I’m ready to replace them when they blow. But I also want to buy spare fuses, and I’m not sure the exact type of fuse to use for this amp, can anyone help me? Or know what fuses to buy? Thanks.

    • Comment by Gary G — May 5, 2015 at 9:47 pm   Reply

      The Bassman 10 uses a 2-1/2 Amp, Slo-Blo fuse. It’s silkscreened on the back panel above the fuse holder. Party on!

  16. Comment by Bud Morrison — January 23, 2015 at 8:22 am   Reply

    I have the mate of this amp wanting to sell as its in mint condition not used for 30 years, still works well has been tested this past week

  17. Comment by Asa Hemenway — March 22, 2015 at 10:26 am   Reply

    Hello, I have a mid- 70’s Bassman Ten and would anyone know what the Potentiometer under the chassis and the pot on the far right of the rear panel adjust? The pots have no knobs, you have to use a straight blade screwdriver to move them.

    Thanks in advance.

  18. Comment by MFSJuly 25, 2015 at 7:23 am   Reply

    I just picked up Bassman Ten from a guy moving out of state. Thank Jebus, Amen and all that. Wow, what a killer, affordable, versatile vintage Fender tube amp. I notice the stamped #’s on the rear, right hand side of the chassis (facing the amp) A58875. Does this translate to 1975 ?

  19. Comment by Steven Prince — August 15, 2015 at 5:02 am   Reply

    I have an early 70’s silverface Fender Bassman amp in fair to exellent condition.. make of offer ( shipping is on you )

  20. Comment by white pay n go cheapOctober 25, 2015 at 11:33 am   Reply

    Appreciate thiѕ post. Will try it out.

  21. Comment by bperryNovember 6, 2015 at 9:59 am   Reply

    I have a 78 Bassman Ten, Silverface s# starts with A8…
    I have 4 (dials) volume, treble, midddle for BOTH (bass/instr) and the (normal) channels.
    Can someone explain why this is? Most only have 3 dials on the (bass instr) side…


  22. Comment by bperryNovember 6, 2015 at 10:01 am   Reply

    I have a 78 Bassman Ten, Silverface s# starts with A8…
    I have 4 (dials) volume, treble, midddle, bass for BOTH (bass/instr) and the (normal) channels.
    Can someone explain why this is? Most only have 3 dials on the (bass instr) side…

  23. Comment by rafdogg tha cray — April 21, 2016 at 4:01 pm   Reply

    Does anybody know where to find a protective bag like case for this amp?

  24. Comment by mp3juiceJune 4, 2016 at 2:34 pm   Reply

    Thanks for finally writing about > Fender Silverface Bassman 10 | Ampwares < Loved it!

  25. Comment by Mark Gilbank — October 8, 2016 at 10:53 pm   Reply

    I have a 1976 model and I need a replacement pilot bulb – what is the bulb specs please. I think it is a screw in ?

  26. Comment by john — December 9, 2016 at 9:56 pm   Reply

    I have one of these babies serial number A 000344. can any one confirm the year. I need to know where to get tolex for it as well all help is appreaciated.

  27. Comment by john — December 9, 2016 at 9:57 pm   Reply

    corrected serial number A 00344.

  28. Comment by Silverface — December 27, 2016 at 11:01 pm   Reply

    FWIW there are several errors and unanswered questions in earlier comments.

    The (roughly) 50 watt silverface version of the Bassman 10 had four 32-ohm speakers wired in parallel for an 8-ohm load. The output transformer will handle a 4-ohm load, but it will result in slightly less power due to the impedance mismatch. It may be imperceptible, and with some preamp mods may work that way as a guitar amp (much less so as a bass amp except as a low-volume studio amp)

    The ’77-80 silverface and ’81/82 blackface amps use an ultra linear output transformer, hitting the tubes with much higher plate voltages and pumping out up to 70 watts. These models use different speakers – 16 ohm speakers wired in parallel (NOT series as noted earlier – that would result in a 64 ohm load and an extreme load on the output transformer) for a 4-ohm load. This is unlike the Super Reverb, which uses 8 ohm speakers for a 2-ohm load. The ultralinear circuit also has one less tone control on the bass channel.

    From ’72-’76 Fender also produced the Bassman 50 head (50 watts), and the Bassman 70 head until the end of the run.

  29. Comment by Thomas — January 11, 2017 at 8:26 am   Reply

    I have a fender bassman 70 head, and was wondering if anyone knows what cabinet was originally matched. Td

  30. Comment by Martin — January 23, 2017 at 3:02 am   Reply

    Have anyone tried to install 19″ tilt back legs on Bassman Ten ? Will it fit?

  31. Comment by Joe — August 19, 2017 at 4:19 am   Reply

    I just got one of these great amps! I found it at a GC a couple of weeks ago looking very used, with ripped tolex and marks all around the normal and bass #1 inputs. Someone tried to replace the grill cloth but didn’t get it tight enough. It looked very rough as only an amp that has seen a lot of use can look. I loved the sound but didn’t pull the trigger right away. It wasn’t long until I realized that I just couldn’t get it out of my mind. I had to have it. So I finally went and bought it.

    When I got it home, I thought that I would like to clean it up a little, but retain it’s awesome “patina.” I took everything apart, just leaving the speakers in the cabinet. I love seeing that hand wired, point to point electronics. 🙂 One weird thing is that the power switch is 180 degrees out. You have to turn it to “off” to turn it on. I wanted to see if I could easily flip that switch (while I had access to the inside). I found that there’s a groove cut in the threads (of the switch) that lines up with a point on the face plate. So it was obviously originally built this way. Strange! I left it alone. All I did was wash forty years of dirt and smoke off of it. I also ripped off any long flaps of streaming tolex (knowing that they would only further pull at surrounding tolex). I also re-did the new grill cloth nice and tight/straight. I put it all back together and it looks a lot better.

    What can I say? I absolutely love it!

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