NAD: Fender Bassbreaker 45

SGspecial

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A Fender amp with EL34 power tubes? Say it ain't so. I've been interested in the new Fender Bassbreaker series since I read about them a few weeks ago. I got a chance to try out the 45 combo a while back and liked it. I really needed just the head for my uses though.

So yesterday Guitar Center sent me a 20% off coupon in my email. I had to make a trip into the city for a doctor appointment anyway so I figured this might be a good time to shop for the head. GC had the head in stock. With the coupon it was only $720 + tax.

I plugged it into my Jet City 4x12 cab this afternoon. Cab is loaded with WGS ET65 and Vet30 speakers. I used my SG Standard to check it out. This is certainly the most versatile Fender I've owned. A wide range of tones are available between the normal, bright, and both inputs. The wattage control allows you to dial any tone at any volume. I bought my first Fender amp in the summer of 1968 (a Vibrolux Reverb) and have owned dozens since but this is definitely a departure from those previous amps.

http://www.fender.com/guitar-amplifiers/vintage-pro-tube/bassbreaker-45-head/2266000000.html



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Okay I know what you're thinking. Why would I buy another amp if I'm retiring in three weeks? Well I might need something to play around the house if I get bored. Watch for my retirement sale January 1st through the 25th. Seriously.
 

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I read about these new Fenders about a month ago. I liked what I saw on paper. I don't know where I got the info thinking that these were not going to be released till January '16. Your posted video link is the first one I've seen, and I like what I hear so far.

Congrats on what should be a very nice amp and reasonably priced, too. Plus, you got that extra deal to sweeten it... :yesway:
 

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Great amp - kinda weird, but really really nice nonetheless - covers a lot of ground and with excellent tones.



With the coupon it was only $720 + tax.

Can you bloody American gents just give the price please, it's not as if the tax isn't part of the cost!!! :D
 

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I would like to hear how this sounds next a a JTM 45/Bluesbreaker. I find it kinda "full-circle-funny" that Marshall took the Fender Bassman to make its first amps, and now Fender is taking the Marshall Bluesbreaker to capture new business.
 

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Can you bloody American gents just give the price please, it's not as if the tax isn't part of the cost!!! :D
LOL sales tax is different in each city, or no tax at all. Not like the VAT thank goodness.
 

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LOL sales tax is different in each city, or no tax at all.

OK, sorry, didn't realize - that's crazy! & very unfair...

Typically, what would a tax and the range be? 10%-20%?, 1%-30%? This could be cause for a revolution!


OP, sorry to derail a bit. I really think you've made a great purchase with that amp. As a brand, Fender seem to have got their act together brilliantly in recent years.
 

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20% in the UK, and a minimum of 15% across Europe as a matter of Federal Fourth Reich dictate. The US of A sure is good for shopping...
thats the upside!
There may be downsides as well, but thats all complex and kinda dull
 

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Sales tax in the USA varies quite a bit by how and where you make your purchase. If I order from Musician's Friend online and have it delivered to my house I pay NOTHING in sales tax.

Just wait, it's about to get confusing. Different states, and different cities within those states have different sales tax rates.

I live in southern Kentucky, just north of the Tennessee border. I have four Guitar Centers within 100 miles of me, but those are located in THREE different states (Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana).

In order of closeness and sales tax rates:
Nashville, Tennessee 10% tax
Brentwood, Tennessee 10% tax
Evansville, Indiana 7% tax
Louisville, Kentucky 6% tax

I picked up this amp in Nashville so I paid the 10% rate. When I bought my 2016 SG Standard last month the GC website was showing availability in both Brentwood and Evansville. I chose to drive to Evansville to pick it up since the sales tax was lower.

It gets even more confusing. If I order from Guitar Center online and have it shipped to my house they charge me 6% sales tax even though Musicians Friend charges me nothing, and they are both owned by the same company.

When I bought my Les Paul Standard Plus I wanted to check it out in person since it was such an expensive guitar. I ended up buying it at Sam Ash Nashville and paid over $300 just in sales tax alone.

Any questions?
 

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Very nice amp you got there Special I too saw those come out .
I was checking out the 15 watter but I already have 3 15 watt El 84 amps and one v6 15 watt.
that power scaling is a really nice addition does it have the top boost? and the both plug is great
saves ya 20 bucks on a jumper cable. I kept my plexi jumped before I sold it.
once again great addition and I guess your mostly driving to get your gear after fedwrecks tore up the 18 watt clone.
frankd
 

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I haven't heard a demo in which I liked the sound. But you can never tell with a demo. :smile:
 

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Congrats on the new(ish) amp!! I am incredibly interested in this new series. I hope to get out to GC in the not too distant future to give one a try. The 7W or 15W would be more in line with what I'd probably get.
 

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I played one of the big combo amps yesterday. I've been wanting a Vibrolux, but my mind may have been changed after playing the new Fender. That was an amazing tone; not Vox, not Marshall, but very nice!
Congrats!
 

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Man, that video sounded pretty good.. I'll have to go try one of these out. I'm pretty impressed with the versatility - sounds like you can get your Fender and Marshall-like tones both with this thing..
 


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