Fender’s new limited edition Bassbreaker 15 is the latest in its Fender Special Reserve (FSR) series of standard amps relaunched with upgrades. But will this latest model be as cool as the rest?
Fender FSR Bassbreaker 15
The latest Fender amp will only be around for a limited time, so don’t take too much time wondering if it is worth picking up or not. Its really nice-looking blonde finish certainly sets it apart from the standard model. Inside, you get a nice upgrade for the speaker over the standard model, as it comes loaded with a single Celestion G12H 30W Anniversary Series model; the standard Bassbreaker 15 comes fitted with a Fender BB 15 V-Type speaker.
With this in mind – and similarly to Fender’s recent Emerald Wheat Blues Deluxe model – I think this is good value for money. The new speaker is a nice upgrade and should make a noticeable difference to the Bassbreaker 15’s tone.
The Fender FSR Bassbreaker 15 circuit is exactly the same as the regular model and includes three 12AX7 preamp tubes and a pair of EL84 power tubes for the 15W Class A/B amp.
It comes with controls for Bright, Gain, Structure, Bass, Middle, Treble, Master, Reverb and also has a switchable speaker-emulated line out, with ground lift on XLR. The speaker out runs at 4/8/16 Ohm and there is also an effect loop. That’s a lot of amp for the money and pretty flexible for live and studio work.
The Fender FSR Bassbreaker 15 appears to be a limited run and available in Europe. I have found them listed on the Thomann website, which has the full specification listed as well and they are available as of now, so don’t wait around too long, as I feel these are a bit of a bargain.
RRP – GBP 689
- Fender FSR Bassbreaker 15 rear: Fender/Thomann