Fender Narrow Panel Tweed Bassman

Model/Circuit Number: 5D6 ~ 1955, 5E6 ~ 1955, 5E6-A ~ 1955-1957, 5F6 ~ 1957, 5F6-A ~ 1958-1960
Years of Production: 1955 – 1960
Configuration: Combo
Controls: Chrome top facing w/ white screened labels, controls numbered 1-12
Knobs: Black Pointer


  • Front: 5D6, 6E6: Ground Sw, Fuse (3A), Power Sw, Standby Sw, Pilot Lamp, Presense, Bass, Treb, Vol, Vol, Normal In, Bright In
  • Rear: None

Cabinet: Reproduction Tweed Bassman Combo Cabinet


Grill Cloth:

Logo: Cabinet mounted, Script
Weight: 47 lbs

Watts: 40-50 watts

  • Pre amp: 5D6, 5E62: 2 x 12AY7
  • Power: 6D6, 5E6: 2 x 6L6G
  • Bias: Fixed; Nonadjustable
  • Rectifier: 5D6, 5E6: 2 x 5U4GA

The 5F6 and 5F6-A had four speaker jacks wired in parallel under the chassis. A selenium rectifier was used in the bias circuit.

10 thoughts on “Fender Narrow Panel Tweed Bassman

  • January 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    This sucks. What happened to the old ampwares??

    • January 24, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      All of the information was migrated over to this format. The old site was infected with malware.

    • January 24, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      Also if you are looking for more similar format you can find a complete list by clicking “Amps” or “Guitars” at the top: 

  • May 10, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Does anyone out there know how to identify the two different types of baffle..i.e. I had an old 4×10 tweed bassman wherein the front baffle was only 1/4 inch thick and sprung so that it jumped back when you hit a loud power chord. All others I’ve seen have the normal thick baffle.

  • August 29, 2015 at 10:12 am

    What can you tell me about a Bassman 135 with silverface, blue “BASSMAN 135″ lettering and black grill cloth? Looking for info. on desirability, year of likely manufacture, sound quality with standard matching cabinet (a single 18″, or possibly 15” speaker), and current value? Thanks! Steve

  • February 9, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Have heard that as the 4×10 Bassman was transitioning to the Piggyback in late 1960, Leo or the shop covered a few of the old 4 x10 cabs in brown tolex with a black “bassman” Logo. Can anyone confirm?

    • August 1, 2020 at 10:52 am

      That’s correct. I had one in 1968.

  • September 5, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    I have a 1955 2 rectifier covered in rough brown tolex with the dark brown or oxblood grill. It had 3 1959 speakers and one 1955 when I got it via Eugene’s sent to me in SC back around 1990 or so. The story the guy at Eugene’s told me over the phone was Fender offered a deal where you could get the amp recovered in the new stuff and re-speakered. If you believe this it makes sense that it would have the ’59s in there, and maybe one blew and an original speaker was put back in it. I saw a photo of one once, never saw another one like that and never was able to verify that story. Amp sounds great though.

  • April 18, 2018 at 8:58 pm


    I was needing a custom build 5F6A Cabinet .

    Construction made from Cedar wood

    Speaker needs to be ported 1×12

    Height 16inches Depth 11.25 inches Width 23.5 inches

    Vinyl Coating & Grill Cloth yet to be determined. Price? Thank you Larry

  • April 29, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    A lot of owners in the 60’s had them recovered or painted them black, you see a few here and there, especially in the 90’s before everyone got wind that they were getting valuable so cleaned the paint off or re-tweeded them. Then ebay happened and that put an end to the bargains for all Fender amps.


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