Fender Bassman 200!
Combo Bass Amp Review
Discontinued years ago, plenty of Fender Bassman 200 combo amps are still available used on ebay.
But here’s the questions: Should you buy one?
While it’s an acceptable product to many players, there may be a reason it was discontinued.
The Fender Bassman 200 left the Fender line in the mid-2000s when the Bassman line was gutted.
It is a medium-power combo amp with a middle-of-the-road sound that never hurt anyway.
No one is likely to accuse this amp of being the best available, but plenty of players made it work for them -- and lots of them still use one.
Internet reviewers consistently compliment the sound of this bass amp, with more than one saying it is the best sounding amp he has ever owned.
That’s a great compliment for a solid-state amp without any tubes to warm up its sound.
In fact, it’s hard to believe with this amp being so inexpensive.
Lows growl nicely, however, not ferociously.
The mids stand up straight, but no more than on any good amp.
The highs sparkle through, perhaps a little better than you would expect from a bass amp.
Versatility isn’t a problem with this amp either. Go for jazz, and you won’t be disappointed.
Slap that bass in a swing band, and no one will complain. Shore up the bottom of a punk group and fit right into the sound.
A limiter keeps you from damaging the Bassman 200 by overreaching.
The amps dependability, however, has been called into question.
Lots of players report problems with this amp right out of the box or within the first couple of month.
In fact, some wonder if design flaws aren’t the reason Fender pulled the line.
Since they’re no longer available new, you won’t be buying one right out of the box, however.
Because dependability is an issue, when you’re looking at used offerings on eBay or other sites, read the listing carefully and ask questions.
For example, has the one you’re considering been repaired?
If so, what parts are replaced -- and are they Fender replacements or some other brand?
You might be better off going with something new, like one of Fender’s currently available Rumble models -- or something offered by another company.
When it comes right down to it, the Bassman 200 may have been discontinued for a reason.
It’s a model that doesn’t offer performance that’s strong enough to overcome dependability reservations.
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