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"Presence" control knob on a modern ’59 Bassman LTD.
Amps, Tech Talk December 26, 2015

The “Presence” Control

For those who are wondering what the “presence”control on a guitar amplifier does, here’s the answer: It controls “presence.” More…

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Bassman 810
Amps, Tech Talk November 27, 2015

Bass Amp Power Ratings

You may have noticed that the technical information on the back panel of your bass cabinet includes a “power rating”…

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An ideal rig for a medium-size club gig: A 100-watt head paired with a 4x10” cabinet.
Amps, How-Tos, Tech Talk January 9, 2015

How to Get Good Bass Sound at Medium-Size Club Gigs

An ideal rig for a medium-size club gig: A 100-watt head paired with a 4×10” cabinet. You’re a bass player…

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Amps, Tech Talk May 7, 2014

What’s That Dial on the Back of My Bass Cabinet For?

For those who are wondering what the control dial on the back of your bass cabinet is for, this Tech…

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Amps, Bass Guitars, Electric Guitars, Tech Talk December 17, 2013

Inputs and Outputs

Tech Talk would like to briefly assess the ins and outs of inputs and outputs, because the two terms are…

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Amps, How-Tos, Tech Talk April 3, 2013

Tech Talk: Using an External Speaker Cabinet With a Fender Excelsior Amp

Among several cool features offered by the popular Excelsior amp is the optional use of an external speaker cabinet. For…

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Amps, How-Tos, Tech Talk September 24, 2012

Power Up, Power Down

For guitar, bass, keyboard and PA gear, if you use a separate preamp and power amp, there’s a certain correct…

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A ’59 Bassman LTD (above) and close-up of its input section (below).
Amps, Tech Talk May 23, 2012

“Jumpering” a ’59 Bassman

Normally, you’d play through the venerable ’59 Bassman either by plugging into one of its two “normal” channel inputs or…

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