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football

USA

Dec 4th, 2006 03:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'd like to know the same.

I actually thought they sounded different (when I tried them) but maybe it's just supposed to be the looks.

rcain

USA

Dec 4th, 2006 07:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I would be interested to know this too. I thought this was an exclusive run by GC though and it was purely looks but I'm not sure.

football

USA

Dec 5th, 2006 08:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Anyone?

EunosFD

Maryland, USA

Gangsta Rappin' Pirate
Dec 5th, 2006 08:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you're referring to the relic'd LTD's that are fairly recent then AFAIK the only difference from the standard LTD is the relicing. Otherwise it's the same as any other LTD. The ones I've played through sounded no different or better than a regular ol' LTD...ya know, just like a CS guitar. :) So, I guess it's just a matter of personal taste if you want the relicing or not. Still a fantastic sounding amp no matter how it looks.

rbs100
Contributing Member

United States

rbplayer
Dec 6th, 2006 12:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

throw a brand new bassman LTD in my truck and a few miles later it is a relic...

randomthoughtsonlife

United States

Dec 6th, 2006 05:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well I would imagine that the Bassman LTD - Limited Edition Relic models are at least in limited supply. In the 2006 Fender Catalog they picture it next to the Hot Rod Deluxe Emerald Limited Edition and I know that only 2000 of those were made.

The cool thing is that the Bassman LTD Relic is selling cheaper than the standard LTD on eBay. I picked mine up from eBay and LOVE IT TO DEATH. Looks cool... sounds great... and when turned on it even SMELLS like a old Fender amp.

I know some people don't understand the "relic" thing but I picked up my Relic Bassman for under $800 for a NEW amp.

I hope to make a YouTube video with my review of the amp soon.

rcain

USA

Dec 6th, 2006 06:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

$800! I just paid $990 for my brand new Bassman! It should be here on Friday.

49andholding

USA

just another aging rocker
Dec 7th, 2006 01:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey men, I second randoms post!!!!!!! Best e-bay purchase ever. Well, next to my oly white voodoo strat. "LITD" Don't feel to bad rcain, my pal payed close to 12 bills for his new LTD.
Greg

Stew
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Riverside, CA

Surf's Up!
Dec 7th, 2006 10:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm amazed how real it looks to an original '59. I'm seeing if the Guitar Center will take some trade ins.

rcain

USA

Dec 12th, 2006 06:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My local GC has one. I'm thinking of checking it out. I called fender today and they have finished the run but maybe doing relics for other amps for 2007. It seems to be a hit. I'm not sure of appreciation value but it's kinda cool to have a professionally aged amp and know the guts are brand new. Thoughts?

Stew
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Riverside, CA

Surf's Up!
Dec 12th, 2006 07:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I gave up on the Bassman since I came to my senses. This meaning, I'm trying to get away from heavy amps because of my back problems. Here's my wrong reasons:
1. Too heavy (I'm having enough trouble lugging around my 43 lb HRDLX)
2. Too loud. I mostly gig in a large church, mic'ed up.
3. Don't play in large venues to use. I play smaller venues, too powerful.

Reasons to buy:
1. Cool
2. Really cool
3. Fellow guitar players would envey me

So the reasons to buy were not practical for me.

But I will start saving up now for a relic tweed Deluxe amp about the size of the Blues Deluxe. Heck even a relic LTD tweed '57 Twin. We'll see what the weight is.

BTW, they smell old too.

rcain

USA

Dec 15th, 2006 08:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, I picked up the one and only '59 Relic Bassman at the local GC. It's got a pretty cool vintage vibe but man, they aged the sh!t of this one. The sales kid at GC was pretty easy to work with and gave me a great deal on it. Funny how I don't feel a need to baby this piece of gear... :-)

V-Neck
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Indiana

Dec 16th, 2006 06:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

In the amp forum, someone from Fender posted awhile back that LTD does not stand for Limited. It stands for lacquered Tweed.

This does get confusing because the C.S. uses it as Limited.


rcain

USA

Dec 16th, 2006 10:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

V-Neck,

Thanks for clarifying. I thought it meant limited edition as well but thought it odd that these amps were always offered.

Stew
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Riverside, CA

Surf's Up!
Dec 16th, 2006 08:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't buy the LTD as Lacquered Tweed. That's like saying the STD (standard) means "Silver Tolex Deluxe".

My dad's old Lincoln Continental LTD didn't have a lacquered tweed roof, it was vinyl (VHT= vinyl hard top).

V-Neck
Contributing Member

Indiana

Dec 16th, 2006 08:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here you go Stew. Try the link below.

Shane Nicholas - Fender

zSPECTREz
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USA

Dec 16th, 2006 10:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

V-Neck,

You are correct about LTD = Laquered Tweed,

However...I do believe that these "Relic 59 Bassman LTD's" are considered Limited Editions as well, and as such should have a Limited Edition plaque on the backside...

So it would seem that you are all correct!!

Example

rcain

USA

Dec 17th, 2006 06:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yep, my Relic 59 has the same Limited Edition stamp on the back but mine looks way more beat to sh!t than that example from zSPECTREz. Very cool vintage vibe though. I gave it a 4 hour workout last night at my gig and it performed without a flaw.

Dave4y

Canada

132riv
Aug 25th, 2014 08:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bought an LTD and then found a Bssman relic which I had to have. Was able to compare them side by side. In addition to looking great the relic definitely sounded better. The LTD was good with a tighter sound but the relic has a bluesy worn in tone. As they are both "new" electronically I don't quite understand the difference but love the relic.

Martin G

Canada

Aug 29th, 2014 01:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"and when turned on it even SMELLS like a old Fender amp."

Still trying to figure out how they achieved this..


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