Modelling of the Fender Bassman 5F6-A Tone Stack

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This paper outlines the procedure for the effective modelling of a complex analogue filter circuit. The Fender Bassman 5F6-A is a circuit commonly employed in guitar amplifiers to shape the tonal characteristics of the amplifier output. On first inspection this circuit may look rather simple, however the controls are not orthogonal, resulting in complicated filter coefficients as the controls are varied. This in turn can make the circuit difficult to analyse without the use of mathematical emulation tools such as Pspice or Matlab. First the circuit is described, a method of analysis is proposed and general expressions for continuous-time coefficients are given. A Matlab model is then produced and the frequency responses of which are shown.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCornell University
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2021


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