The Fender Bassman 5F6-A Family of Preamplifier Circuits—A Wave Digital Filter Case Study

W. Ross Dunkel; Maximilian Rest; Kurt James Werner; Michael Jørgen Olsen; Julius O. Smith
DAFx-2016 - Brno
The Fender Bassman model 5F6-A was released in 1958 and has become one of the most revered guitar amplifiers of all time. It is the progenitor of a long line of related Fender designs in addition to inspiring Marshall’s first amplifier design. This paper presents a Wave Digital Filter study of the preamplifier circuit of 5F6-Abased amplifiers, utilizing recent theoretical advances to enable the simultaneous simulation of its four nonlinear vacuum tube triodes. The Dempwolf triode model is applied along with an iterative Newton solver to calculate the scattering at the 25 port R-type adapter at the root of the WDF tree. Simulation results are compared to “ground truth” SPICE data showing excellent agreement.