When BOSS & Fender announced their new ’59 Bassman pedal last month I greeted it with more than a bit of skepticism… to be honest, as a dyed-in-the-wool vintage tube-amp fiend I actually found the whole idea rather unsavory.
Not that I begrudge anyone for wanting to get some of that classic tone without shelling out a small fortune for a vintage Bassman, it’s just that to me, while the Bassman really is a veritable monster of great tone, a big part of the whole charisma & mystique of a vintage tube amp is actually plugging into that musky old tweed beast and punching up the volume––the cabinet rattles, the tubes begin to glow, and everything is right in the world.
Anyways, for those of you who are understandably intrigued by the idea of a “classic tube-amp in a box,” I thought I’d point out that BOSS has now posted an mpeg video demo of the ’59 Bassman pedal, otherwise known as the FBM-1, and to be perfectly honest––the pedal doesn’t sound half bad.
Granted, we’d need to hear it at full window-shaking volume to really know how close it comes to recreating the Bassman, but at first listen the FBM-1 does seem to capture at least some of the tonal quality and responsiveness of an actual tube amp.
Unfortunately, the whole experience is marred by Roland/BOSS’s most annoying spokesman ever––Johnny DeMarco––who easily wins my vote for cheesiest guitar-personality on the planet…
Where’d they pick this guy up?