fender-rumble-350The Fender Rumble 350 is a 350 Watt bass combo with 2X10″ Fender® Special Design Speakers. Controls include Volume, Overdrive Gain, Overdrive On/Off, Overdrive Blend, Punch EQ Preset, Scoop EQ Preset, Bass, Semi-Parametric Mid with Level & Frequency controls, and Treble. Also included is a Horn On/Off Switch, XLR Line Out with Ground LIft, Aux in, Headphone Jack, Effects Loop, plus Fender’s Delta Comp Adaptive Compression Circuitry. All of this is housed in a Heavy Duty Ported Cabinet with Black Vinyl Covering, a Rugged Black Metal Grill, Springloaded Side Handles and Removable Casters to aid in portability.

 

Plugging in a Standard P Bass I fiddled with the amp a bit before cranking it up so I could hear it at full volume.  This things definitely gets loud, unfortunately that does not mean that it sounds good. Personally I thought it sounded horrible at high volumes. There was a lot of distortion going on, even without the built in Overdrive engaged. I didn’t tweak on the controls much while at the high volume, but I doubt that I could of dialed in a usable tone. Once turned down to a more respectable level I tried various tone settings but just could not really come up with anything I liked. This amp seemingly has a lot of tone controls with it’s Semi-Parametric EQ, Tone Presets, Overdrive and Compression Circuits, so perhaps if I had spent some more time with it I could of found something I liked. In truth, I’m more of a less is better kind of guy, especially when it comes to built in effects. While having on-board effects might be convenient to some, I don’t like the idea, and feel that it’s just one more path your signal has to travel through before getting to the speaker, even if you don’t use them.

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On the surface the Fender Rumble 350 seems to have a lot going for it, I just didn’t care for the tone. I love Fender Basses and have played through a few Fender Bass Amps over the years, but have yet to find a Fender amp that has the tone I am looking for. At 350 watts the Rumble certainly has a lot power, yet interestingly enough it does not have an output for an additional speaker cabinet. Moreover, at almost 70 pounds, this thing is a beast! Sure is comes with removable casters but those don’t help you lift the thing up when putting it in the back of your car.  I know there is a lot of love for these Fender Rumble amps, but I’m just not feeling it.

 

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Stanton Lawrence