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Leo’s great tweed Bassman circuit (known far and wide by amp nerds as the 5F6A) was such a success it has inspired imitators and homages ever since.

Leo Fender may have been a genius, but his legacy has benefitted from more than a few happy accidents. Consider the Fender Bassman: This tweed beast was never intended for guitarists—it surfaced in 1952 to go along with the Fender Precision Bass. But somewhere down the road, a budding guitarist plugged his 6-string into a Bassman and a classic guitar amp was born.

Leo’s great tweed Bassman circuit (known far and wide by amp nerds as the 5F6A) was such a success it has inspired imitators and homages ever since. No less than Jim Marshall launched his amplification empire with his take on a ’59 Bassman—the JTM45—and 50 years later, amp builders are still plying those waters.

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