Fender Bassman 1959 Reissue

Model/Circuit Number: 217-1000-010
Years of Production: 1990 – Present
Era: Vintage Reissue
Configuration: Combo
Controls: Chrome top facing w/ white screened labels, controls numbered 1-12
Knobs: Black Chicken Head


  • Front: Ground Sw, Fuse (3A), Power Sw, Standby Sw, Pilot Lamp, Presense, Mid, Bass, Treb, Vol Bright, Vol Normal, Bright Hi-Gain In, Bright Lo-Gain In, Normal Hi-Gain In, Normal Lo-Gain In
  • Rear: None



Grill Cloth:

Logo: Cabinet mounted, Script
Weight: 53 lbs

  • Size: 4×10
  • Impedance: 2 ohms
  • Model: Original Reissue (Made in USA) – Fender badged Eminence blue frame 1028K Legend alnico speakers, LTD (Made in Mexico) – Jensen P10R (For more info, check out the Jensen Replacement Speakers)

Watts: 45 watts

  • Pre amp: 3 x 12AX7
  • Power: 2 x 6L6GC
  • Bias: Fixed
  • Rectifier: Original Reissue (Made in USA) – Solid State, LTD (Made in Mexico) – 5AR4

Fender says… * Genuine lacquered Tweed covering * Solid finger-joined pine cabinet for woody, resonant tone * Original spec 5AR4 rectifier tube for natural compression when you play hard * Internal bias pot making it easier to experiment with various output tubes * Two US-made GT-6L6-GE Groove Tube output tubes * Three improved 12AX7 preamp tubes * Fitted cover is included

8 thoughts on “Fender Bassman 1959 Reissue

  • January 9, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    HI my name is RJ. I need a fitted cover for my Fender 59 Bassman Reissue. Please let me know if this available.

  • February 29, 2012 at 7:20 pm

     Does anyone know when they started making them in Mexico? It does not say Made in USA like the 90’s version so I assume
    they make it There. And by this I mean the LTD version. Thanks

    • April 18, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      I read somewhere that it was in 2003, but I kinda doubt it was that late. More like late 90’s sometime.

  • July 3, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Made in USA Reissue (solid state rectifier) from 1990-2003, Made in Mexico LTD (tube rectifier) from 2003-present.

    Easiest way to tell is this: if there’s a ground switch next to the fuse on the top panel, it’s a Reissue.

  • August 22, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    Does anyone know if they did a version of this with a 15” speaker? GC has one listed, but I can’t seem to find a mention of one anywhere.

  • January 25, 2021 at 7:41 am

    the reissue has a different tone stack than the 5f6-a. it uses a 100k slope resistor on a 0.1 bass cap. the design that’s most associated with the tweed ’59 bassman uses a 56k slope resistor on a 0.02 bass cap. actually, both configurations were used on the originals from the fender production line, though the official fender schematic stays with the first option of a 0.02 bass cap and 56k slope. why fender diverged from the official schematic on some amps and not others is anyone’s guess? techs find original 59’s with both setups. both sound great, but the second 100k slope with 0.1 bass cap produces a far more pronounced midrange drop and lower bass response. the sound is closer to the entirely re-designed bassman circuit that came out in 1960.

  • March 2, 2022 at 2:55 am

    I have this week bought a s/h Bassman Reissue after reluctantly having to sell my Bassman Ltd last year. It has had a mod, where a master volume has been created where the Ground switch would be; it’s a nice touch, allowing breakup to be achieved at indoor levels.

    But to me, it seems to lack the power of the Ltd, even with the master wide open, and appears to generate more hiss than I recall the Ltd ever doing. Also, I noticed, last night, that there is a fair bit of low–end response missing, as has been stated above.



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