Hands-on with the Fender Bassbreaker 15 Combo

Right, short and sweet this one, as I think we’re planning to send an email out this afternoon and I really want this to be part of it. It is by no means a comprehensive review, just my first impressions of a product, that by its nature will always be subjective.

Not just any old email either, most likely the last from Guy, the marketing guy Guy here at Red Dog Music before he heads off to somewhere else.

Fender Bassbreaker 15 Combo

Okay, why the frenzied rush? Well, this is going to sound like complete sales/marketing (or ‘smarketing’ as I recently heard it called – I was forced to unsubscribe from their list for that one) hyberbole, but I promise you this is 100% genuine.

I have just plugged into a Fender Bassbreaker 15 Combo and had a blast. This amplifier is fantastic.

What’s so great about the Fender Bassbreaker 15?

Everything. Apart from the fact it’s maybe a bit heavier than you might expect (although probably still slightly lighter than my current 15W combo…).

I mean, really, it is genuinely like having three amps in one.

When the Fender Bassbreaker amps first arrived, a few of the guitar guys had a go and proclaimed them braw. As I’m not usually a fan of new things, I never got ’round to giving them ago. Until just a few minutes ago. I plugged in the wonderfully versatile Fender Telecaster Custom Walnut and plucked, strummed and picked my way through a few bits and pieces.

I love this amplifier. Let’s take a look at this slightly low-resolution image of the controls to find out why:

Fender Bassbreaker 15 Combo

You see that knob labelled ‘structure’? That’s where the magic happens, from sparkling Fender cleans to thick, heavy, but mud-free dirt with classic crunch in the middle, the Fender Bassbreaker is a stupidly versatile choice if you’re looking to cover a lot of ground from a single amp. And of course, you’ve got the gain control to dial in the perfect sound within each of those three settings, and a master volume to get that sound at the level you want.

The three-band tone stack is all present and correct, and you get reverb on board, which is a must for me, you get a power amp mute and a speaker-emulated line output for recording, and it doesn’t look too bad either.

On the looks front, of course I would prefer the Bassbreaker if it were a nice vintage brown tweed and had a ’50s-style Fender logo, but I have no shame in admitting that I am resolutely, absolutely and irrevocably stuck in the past.

And I’m fine with that.

And there we go. I love everything about how the Bassbreaker 15 sounds, my issues with it are superficially cosmetic (although maybe the jewel light could do with a dimmer function), but it’s just a brilliant little combo. Of course, if you’ve already got a cab, there’s always the Bassbreaker 15 head

Fender Bassbreaker 15 Head and Cab

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Fynn Callum

producer, guitarist, engineer & dj
From indie guitarist to deep house producer via Northern Soul dj; mix engineer, producer and gear enthusiast. Jaffa Cake aficionado.

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