The BASSRIG ’64 Black Panel is, quite simply, a complete vintage bass amp in a pedal. Based on Fender®’s Showman® and Bassman® amplifiers, we have used all-analogue circuitry to recreate a complete valve amp-style signal path, along with an all-analogue cabinet simulator, giving you the drive, grit and articulation of these classic amps in one small box.
Back in the days before modern bass amps, achieving high stage volumes with bass guitar was a challenge that required powerful, clean amps. Nobody fills this niche quite like Fender®. Their high-powered amps – designed with guitar and bass in mind – graced countless stages and studios throughout the 1960s. The Showman®, with its 2×15 cabinets, and the later Bassman® models boast an illustrious list of users between them, including Sir Paul McCartney, Crazy Horse’s Billy Talbot and our own personal favourite, Berry Oakley of The Allman Brothers.
In fact, a whole host of Fenders can be heard amplifying the bass on some of the greatest Soul and Rock ‘n’ Roll records of the ‘60s. At Origin Effects, we believe that this boundary-pushing era has given us some of history’s best bass tones.
With XLR and ¼” outputs, the BASSRIG ’64 Black Panel will fit seamlessly into any signal chain, no matter how simple or complex, and our powerful Amp Out EQ tailors your sound to work with any amp, meaning you never have to compromise your clean tone.
The BASSRIG ’64 Black Panel uses the same ground-breaking circuitry found in our other Analogue Amp Recreation pedals, replicating the entire signal path of the Showman® and delivers all the tone shaping, drive and character of this historic amp with stunning realism.
The FAT switch takes things into Bassman® territory, replacing the Showman®’s tight low end with a deeper, squishier bass response. For an even dirtier breakup, switching from BLK to TWD harks back to the Tweed era, with thick midrange and raucous overdrive.
We’ve also added a BLEND knob, which mixes in some of your clean signal in parallel with the pedal’s emulated amp circuit. This control can add some subtle, low-end clarity or be used to create massive bi-amp-style overdrive tones.
The balanced DI output on the BASSRIG ’64 Black Panel is equipped with an all-analogue simulation of Fender® ’s 2×15 bass speaker cabinet – essential to the ‘60s Black Panel sound. You can select whether the cabinet simulator is always active or only on when the pedal is engaged, meaning you can use the BASSRIG to add cabinet simulation to other pedals or keep an unaffected DI signal when the pedal is in bypass.
Our proprietary Amp Out EQ lets you tailor the BASSRIG’s ¼” Amp Out, so you never have to compromise your amp settings to flatter the pedal or vice versa. With LF and HF trimmers, as well as a HORN CUT switch, this post-drive filter can fatten up small combos, tame boominess in big cabs prevent harshness with tweeter-equipped rigs. This allows you to match your on-stage sound to your DI signal, balance your clean and overdriven tones or compensate for ever-changing backline amps.
Housed in a hand polished, brushed stainless steel enclosure and furnished with aluminium controls, Neutrik® jack sockets and heavy-duty footswitch, the BASSRIG ’64 Black Panel is equally at home on the road and in the studio.