July 23, 2004
Fender Bass Amplification announced the new TBP-1 Tube Bass Pre-Amp.
The new TBP-1 is a professional single rack-space tube preamp designed specifically
for bassists who rely on modern amplifier features, but who also love the
classic warm tones of a tube-driven amp.
Says Jay Piccirillo, Marketing Manager for Fender Bass Amplification, “Many
preamp designs of today are based on the passive tone circuit found in a lot
of classic Fender amps, which offers a warm and clean bass tone. The major
drawback with these preamps is a lack of fine tuning capability from the EQ
“The new TBP-1 Tube Bass Pre-Amp is designed to speak to the bass purist who
loves the warm tube tone from a simple passive tone stack, but who also wants
a flexible, modern feature set that helps to define their sound,” adds Piccirillo. “The
new TBP-1 has features that allow the user to bring in subtle overdrive for
'grind', or the Vari-Q to cut harsh frequencies for thumb style playing.”
Front panel features on the TBP-1 include a Tube Overdrive section with Gain,
Volume and Blend controls, the new Vari-Q smart semi-parametric EQ, and a Room
Balance section allowing for a global EQ shift that can be tailored for any
given stage or studio situation.
Rear panel features include a Balanced XLR Line Output with Ground Lift and
Pre/Post switches and level control, a Jensen Line Out Transformer for maintaining
a clean balanced line out signal, Tuner Send, Effects Loop with trim control
and level switch, Bi-amp low and high sends with active crossover, Full-Range
Main Output, and Footswitch input.
US MSRP is $857.13. A 4-button footswitch is included.
For more information, visit their web site at www.fender.com