Fender Stratocaster '57 Reissue and Bassman '59
This Fender Strat '57 reissue makes you want to just
keep playing on and on. The neck profile and maple fret board
encourage heavy finger activity. The tones and intonation are
dead on. Very aggressive players will dig the axes strong
attack. The 21 fret neck has nice wide fret spacing up high,
solos played above the twelfth fret are a breeze. The guitar
radiates a vibe that inspires experimentation and antics.
Tom's Strat pictured below is loaded with a trio of Fender
Custom Shop pickups and strung with a set of 10's. I can't
stop playing this thing once I get started.
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No need to say much here. This is the amp that all
the blues players would sell their mothers for. The original
'59 has only a master gain control for each channel so the
volume must be cranked up a little high before that magic
tone happens, but the tone is there, and it is magic. It does
have inputs for either bright or normal channels, and each
channel has its own volume and tone knobs. Tom's amp pictured
above is loaded with two of the original speakers on top and
two JBL K110 speakers on the bottom. The JBL's add some nice
sparkle and clarity. I've played this amp with all four
original drivers installed and it was great, but I prefer the
current setup. It's more versatile with the JBL's added yet
the tone is still Bassman. Here's what Tom says about the
"Over the years as a Tweed owner I have heard various reasons
for the Bassman's fame:
It has four input jacks with two volume levels. This meant
one could plug in vocal mikes and set a different volume from
the instruments. Very important if the whole group used just
one amp. In my first band we used every input on the twin 12"
SilverTone and a blond Bassman.
Four speakers! Loud! but if one blows up it is easily
unplugged. The first time I ever saw a tweed Bassman, a guy
was playing bass through it with blown speakers. The Jensen
A10's are not adequate for real bass.
A true 50 Watts into four 8 ohm speakers.
The warmness of 20% Fender Distortion."
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