The 1963 Fender Bassman 6G6-b is an excellent example early 1960s Fender craftsmanship, design, and aesthetic appeal. The Bassman has always been a favorite of guitarists since its introduction in 1952.
The 6G6 version of this model is known for both its great Fender cleans and mild breakup when cranked. The preamp includes two 12ax7s for the Bass Instrument channel and one 12ax7 for the normal input. Two 6L6GC power tubes combine to produce about 50 watts of output to twin 12″ Oxford speakers. The “-b” version uses a diode rectifier that doesn’t sag like a tube rectified amplifier.
All of these components mount inside two finger jointed, solid pine cabinets in typical Fender piggy-back style. This version differs from a blackface Fender both in the obvious cosmetics but also because the blonde bassman uses a presence knob instead of the bright switch. This adds a bit more versatility to the amp. The blonde Bassman was used by Brian Setzer, Mike Bloomfield, Pete Townshend, and Jimi Hendrix.