54 Bassman (5B6 Model/26 watts/15" Jensen)

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54 Bassman (5B6 Model/26 watts/15" Jensen)

Postby gatorblue on Wed Jul 27, 2011 10:35 pm

My new favorite. Had about a month or so. 2 recordings and 3 gigs so far.

Amazingly complex sound----2 knobs (volume and tone), 1X15 Jensen, 26 watts, tweed.

see pic here http://www.srsection.com/img252.jpg

Question for you smart guys out there----I recently saw a 56 Pro advertised. Description the same and looked the same---
1X15 Jensen, 26 Watt, wide-screen box. I know that in late (NOV-DEC) 1954, the Bassman went to 4X10s. Did they just take the old bassman and start calling it a Pro? Only difference I could see was it was in a taller, less deep box (like a 57-59 bassman) and it did not have the baffle back with the two port holes like mine.

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Re: 54 Bassman (5B6 Model/26 watts/15" Jensen)

Postby gatorblue on Thu Jul 28, 2011 5:31 pm

Hayes,

I think they are the same. The '54 5B6 just continued being made until they went to the 4X10 in mid to late '54.
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Re: 54 Bassman (5B6 Model/26 watts/15" Jensen)

Postby sworgan on Sun Mar 20, 2016 2:06 am

Just interested what are the dimensions of the 5B6 are they they same as later Bassman models ie are they thinner at the top or are they more square?

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Re: 54 Bassman (5B6 Model/26 watts/15" Jensen)

Postby Dean Jr. on Wed Mar 23, 2016 10:12 pm

A 1956 Bassman should be a 5F6 or 5F6A 4 x 10" in a narrow panel cabinet. This amp is much different compared to the 5B6 1 x 15 or 5D6 4 x 10 amps. There was a 5E6---E=1955 circuit--- and a 5E6A amp which would have been in a narrow panel cab. The 5D6 was the first Bassman to have a fixed biased output. Teh 5F6 and 5F6A were the first BAssman amsp to utilize the long tail pair phase inverter. The 5F6 and 5F6A BAssman amps yielded more than 26 watts. That ad is in error in more than one way IF it is claiming all-original. IT can't be an original '56 BAssman if it carries a single 15" speaker and is sitting in a wide panel cab.
Fwiw, the early Pro amps were almost identical to the Bassman amp of the same period. With the 5D amps, the differences became more pronounced.
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Re: 54 Bassman (5B6 Model/26 watts/15" Jensen)

Postby Naked Clarke on Thu Mar 31, 2016 2:57 pm

Dean Jr. wrote:A 1956 Bassman should be a 5F6 or 5F6A 4 x 10" in a narrow panel cabinet. This amp is much different compared to the 5B6 1 x 15 or 5D6 4 x 10 amps. There was a 5E6---E=1955 circuit--- and a 5E6A amp which would have been in a narrow panel cab. .......


All original 1956 Bassman amps will have a version of the 5E6 circuit. The 5F6 was not introduced until June 1957 and the 5F6A about January 1958.
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