With a three-stage 'Gain Structure,' Fender Bassbreaker 15 provides three distinct tone signatures, taking it from a smooth clean to a very heavy crunch.
Sporting a modern-retro look featuring grey tweed, the Fender Bassbreaker 15 is relatively lightweight at only 40 pounds, making it pretty easy to lug around. Two EL84 power tubes and three 12AX7 preamp tubes are responsible for its pronounced midrange tone, high gain, and abundant sustain.
The Bassbreaker has a three-stage “Gain Structure,” giving the amp three distinct tone signatures which take it from a smooth clean to a very heavy crunch. A three-band EQ, a “bright” switch, and an unusual room reverb just add to this amp’s tonal versatility. The sound is output through the Celestion G12V-70 12-inch speaker, adding to this amp’s “British” character.
If you’re planning to record your guitar, then this amp has you covered. The Bassbreaker features an XLR output for sending a silent, balanced signal to the recording console, bypassing the Celestion speaker (i.e. no need to mic it). The Bassbreaker 15 also has a “mute” switch and an effects loop via 2¼-inch send/return jacks.
Live performers can make use of the effects loop, though the amp is well known to have no problem with pedals plugged into the front of it. Live performers will also like the fact that this amp is impressively loud and you can add an additional cabinet, via the ¼-inch extension speaker jack.