The Bassman 500 combines Fender’s Blackface tube preamp with a lightweight 500-watt Class D power amp.

Scottsdale, AZ (January 22, 2015) -- Fender is proud to announce the release of the Bassman 500, Rumble 210 Cabinet and Rumble 115 Cabinet.

The Bassman 500 combines Fender’s world-standard Blackface tube preamp with a lightweight 500 watt Class D power amp. It uses modern technology to maximize vintage vibe, with Fender '60s Blackface styling and a wealth of innovative features on the front and rear panels. Its dual-channel design features a vintage channel that delivers the full, warm sound of classic Fender amps with a passive tone stack and an overdrive channel that delivers the aggressive and responsive sound of a modern active tone stack (choose between channels with included footswitch). The Bassman 500 mates perfectly with Bassman Pro Series Neo speaker cabinets and Rumble V3 410/115 cabinets. Available February 10, 2015.

Rumble V3 speaker cabinets have been re-voiced and re-engineered to produce superior sonic detail and low-frequency translation. Light and loud with classic Fender styling, the Rumble 210 Cabinet V3 is perfect for pairing with the Rumble 200 and 500 heads, and it’s the ideal extension cabinet for the Rumble 500 combo. With its dual 10" Eminence ceramic magnet speakers, Rumble magnetic head attachment system, 1/4" and Speakon input jacks, dual recessed steel handles, ported cabinet and black textured vinyl covering with silver grille cloth, it’s a powerful Fender bass performer.

The Rumble 112 Cabinet V3 is perfect for pairing with the Rumble 200 Head, and it’s the ideal extension cabinet for the Rumble 200 combo. It features a single 12" Eminence ceramic magnet speaker, Rumble magnetic head attachment system, 1/4" and Speakon input jacks, dual recessed steel handles, ported cabinet and black textured vinyl covering with silver grille cloth.

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