'62 Fender Showman Amplifier
'98 Precision Bass Guitar
Here's a good rig for small to medium club gigs.
Because the Showman is a guitar amp, you may be wondering why
that Precision Bass is coupled with it. It's because the
Showman makes a better bass amp than the '62 Bassman pictured
elsewhere on our pages. The sealed back cabinet and single
JBL 15 inch speaker contribute to the bass worthiness of this
thunder pump. The original 12 inch JBL was replaced with a
"new style" 15 incher several years ago (the old style
wouldn't fit in the cabinet). I'm sure all you technician
cats and vintage dudes out there just choked on your escargot
when you saw that the speaker swap was done, but this amp
sounds great with guitar, bass or keyboards plugged into it.
Yes, keyboards (mono). It's used regularly for all three. As
a matter of fact, we plugged a Yamaha Electric Grand Piano
into it for the first time last night and it was a gas.
The amp's nice vibrato is seldom used, no reverb. For guitar
use, we grab a matching Fender Tube Reverb unit and the
Ibanez TS9 stompbox.
The Fender Precision Bass has a tight, punchy and
slightly thin tone that fits all styles of music and will
give you a bad case of the boogie feet. Loads of fun to play,
although the neck may not be perfect for smaller hands. The
Jazz Bass is probably a better choice if you have stubby
little sausage fingers. The maple fretboard increases the
attack factor. Tom keeps this blue jewel strung with Fender
medium gauge flatwounds, it plays slicker than okra slime.
I've tried a couple of older Precision Basses that had huge
necks, a real challenge.
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