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Ted L
Jul 05, 2011 10:39 PM GMT

I am looking at buying a '59 Bassman RI that was made in 95

This guy only wants $ 700.0 for it

I'm going to check it out tomorrow.

It is NOT set up for harp (All 12AX7 tubes)

Im not sure what settings to start with, (I've seen recomendations all over the place)

or anything else I should look for

I've been using a Twee Blues junior for the past 2 years (Which I lowered the tubes in)

Been tired of being blown away by Strats with Line 6's

Need more volume

Any help is much appreciated


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Jul 06, 2011 8:41 AM GMT
Jawbone K Replied:

i have a REPLICA- not reissue- '59 bassman, set up for harp, for which i'm asking $700 plus shipping. the amp was built by Steve Clark at Sligo Amps 3 years ago. maybe 4. not too many hours on it, i estimate about 50 to 60 gigging and jam hours. this amp is as close to the original spec parts asSteve couldmake it and is hand-wired.

the amp has a few smudges on the blond tweed covering, no tears anyplace, and never dropped or mistreated. i'm running 12ax7 in p1, 12au7's in p2 and p3. speakers allow for both low and high volume breakup. this amp sings beautifully with a crystal mic and growls and howls with a cm element.

my dentist is the reason i am letting this amp go. plus i have not been gigging with it this year, concentrating on low-volume duo gigs with my wife more this year. when i ordered thios amp from Steve it cost straight up $1200, shipped to my door. with the low hours and decent care it has recieved it's worth well over the asking price, but my dental needs are forcing me to liquidate. i hate to let it go at all but it's a amp that should be out there impressing people!

bluester2001 at yahoo dot com if you're interested. sorry but i don't have video or audio anyplace. you can contact Steve and he will definitely tell you about his amps, or visit his Sligo amp website. it's definitely quality.

Jul 09, 2011 1:30 PM GMT
walterharp Replied:


jawbone is offering a good deal. there are a number of other things that are generally done to make these suitable for harp. plus they are hand-wired, not a printed board, making them much easier to work with. you can get these things done to an RI (different wiring and speakers), but would cost you a few hundred bucks.

Jul 12, 2011 1:27 PM GMT
Jawbone K Replied:

i have had to reconsider selling this amp unless it's local. to get it packed, insured, and shipped would cost at least $100 and probably more. the offers i've had wouldleave me with less than half of what i paid for the amp and with the low hours on it i'd be taking a real bath.

in fact i may have found a way to keep it anyway.

Walterharp, thanks for your support!!

Jul 13, 2011 12:10 PM GMT
Ted L Replied:

Hey Jawbone,

I bought the"59 RI.

Keep your amp. (I never asked for it)

Jul 13, 2011 12:38 PM GMT
Jawbone K Replied:

i know you didn't ted. it was a simple offer.

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