As the best bass amp for the money will vary depending on your specific needs and budget. However, as a general rule, you can expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $1,000 for a quality bass amp. If you are a beginner, you may be able to get away with a cheaper amp, but if you are a more experienced player, you will likely need to invest in a more expensive model.
For bassists everywhere at all levels, Rumble bass combos are re engineered to be astoundingly compact, portable and lightweight, with seismic Fender bass tone and stage worthy features. The stylish Rumble 40 combo pumps 40 watts of pure Fender bass tone.
Light and loud, it s built with great features including classic Fender styling, 10 speaker, overdrive circuit, versatile three button voicing and more. A great combo for any bassist.
Keyboard Player Verdict: Great Back Saver, 2 Rumble 40s in stereo provide Great Sound, Good volume, requires additional mixer if using more then one keyboard. I just used 2 of these to Stereo amplify my Nord Keyboard at an outdoor blues show.
With the Volumes and Gains at 1/2, the two low knobs below 1/4th, and two high knobs just below 1/2, none of the buttons depressed, I had plenty of head room and a surprising transparent sound. Very Pleased and band mates agreed, they sounded great.
Performing with more then 1 keyboard, would require adding a mixer, It’s designed for bass, so I didn’t take a star off for only having one input. I send direct outs from the Nord into a Stereo direct box for the PA, and the Thru’s on my DI to the 2 Rumbles.
This show, the instrument amps were only put minimally through the PA mains and monitors.
I have had my eye and ear to this amp for a while. It really is a great value. You get tons of bass tones, an easy to use interface on the unit or in the app, Bluetooth, and a lot of power. Blows away any other 40W -100W Bluetooth speaker.
My only complaints – they don’t tell you to turn off Wifi after initial setup – You need to do this or the audio cuts out after couple of minutes – both your bass and Bluetooth. The other con is that there are only 28 artist presets in the app.
Guitar version apparently has a lot more. But, again, it’s not like anyone else has all of this for under $400. I’m very happy with the Rumble Studio 40.
After a long break from playing, I am getting back into it. This was a perfect amp to start the rebuild. Perfect for practicing at home. powerful enough for the small church I’m playing for. even does a good job with the rock band in practice one miked to the PA.
I will eventually be getting the Rumble 200 for that, but the 40 is holding its own for now. It has good tone and easily adjustable to get good sound from both of my Basses which are extremely different.
(Epiphone EB3 and an old Kramer Duke) Light weight and portable, I have even been able to transport this Amp on the back seat of my motorcycle.
Ready To Rumble For bassists everywhere at all levels, Rumble bass combos are re-engineered to be astoundingly compact, portable and lightweight, with seismic Fender bass tone and stage-worthy features.
The stylish Rumble 25 combo pumps 25 watts of pure Fender bass tone. Small but loud, it’s built with great features including classic Fender styling, 8″ speaker, overdrive circuit, mid-scoop contour switch and more.
A great practice, at-home and coffeehouse-gig combo for any bassist. Auxiliary Input For easy connectivity with digital media players and other similar devices, this Rumble combo is equipped with an 1/8″ stereo auxiliary input.
Overdrive Switch At the mere flick of a switch, your Rumble bass amp gives you gritty, aggressive, incredibly rich and satisfying overdriven tone. Headphone Output For convenient personal listening at any time that won t bring the house down on anyone else within earshot, this amp features a headphone output jack.
I got this amp to go along with my first bass guitar. I needed something that would be a high quality practice amp and could also hold up in a jam session. The Rumble 25 fell short at both. First, let’s discuss the tone and presence of the amp.
It can handle most of the mid and higher notes fine, but anything on the E string and especially the open E it obviously can’t. Turning the amp’s bass nod up can help flesh out the sound of these low notes, but do you really want a bass amp that lacks bass? Even as a practice amp in a small room there is little feeling of presence or energy.
You’ll have to really crank it up before it starts moving air or rumbles much of anything. A lot of this probably comes down to the limitations of an 8″ driver. I’d compare it to riding a bike that’s too small.
It works but the compromises make it an almost different experience and you can barely keep up with others. The build quality and pretty much everything else was solid. It’s light weight, has a nice handle, is super easy to understand and use.
However, all these positives are also true of the Rumble 40, but it excels at producing a full rich bass tone and has a powerful articulate sound even at low volumes. After a week or two with the Rumble 25 I looked around online and decided that I would spend the extra $80 and get the Rumble 40.
It is absolutely worth the extra money! If you are learning bass or need a cheap but capable combo amp I cannot recommend the Rumble 40 enough! The only way I’d recommend the Rumble 25 is if you already have a very capable amp and just need something small and quiet to practice with.
Thanks Sam Ash for making the return of the 25 and purchase of the 40 super easy! Really terrific customer service and overall great shopping experience.
First and foremost, sounds great. This little 8 inch sounds fantastic at bedroom volumes. I don’t think I have turned it up past half way, but I live in a quiet neighborhood and have housemates. Does it growl like my Genz Benz and 2×10, lol, no.
But it sounds clear, fast, and responsive. No farting or shoebox speaker sounds here, this thing has pep. Does low b on my Squier jazz v in such a crisp way. What a great combo. But yea, sound wise on clean it’s great.
Overdrive is a little pointless without a gain knob imo. Contour was not for me but but as I’m getting older I realize that good sound is from P’s, J’s, tone and volume. Everything else is usually just harder to work with.
I got the rumble 25 about 3 or 4 years ago and use it respectfully such as not turning it up past a quarter turn and such. It is light and has sufficient tone for what it is however just recently it has started making some loud noise when I turn it on.
I am able to give it a light tap and most of the time it stops. No I am not a caveman but I also don’t feel like taking it apart to look around. A friend of mine has the 500 watt version and his distorts horribly at half volume.
I have no recommendation on what to get instead but just don’t buy this trash.
Weighing just 1. 6 pounds, the revolutionary Trace Elliot ELF is small enough to fit in back pocket. Its remarkable technology and size make it the most portable, gig-worthy bass amplifier ever made.
It’s an ideal solution for any bassist who is concerned with size and weight, but isn’t willing to compromise on tone or performance. Designed in the U. K. and the U. S. , the ELF produces a solid, fan-cooled 200 continuous watts RMS at 4 ohms.
The switch mode power supply has thermal as well as over-current protection, and the gain knob features a bicolor LED that turns red when the preamp compressor engages. The unique input gain has three regions of operation – uncompressed, variable multiband compression, and overdrive.
In terms of sonic quality, the ELF has a clean signal path with simple controls, making it easy to achieve a professional bass tone. The 3-band rotary EQ has three proprietary Trace Elliot filters: low center (80 Hz), mid center (500 Hz) and high center (4.
2 KHz). Studio-quality XLR outputs, with a ground lift switch, ensure the tone the player has on stage is the same tone in the PA. There’s also a headphone output to enable quiet practice. The ELF provides all of this versatility in a unit that measures a trailblazing 1.
35-in. x 6. 75-in. x 4. 10-in. —today the smallest bass amp in the industry. The ELF comes with an embroidered nylon carrying case, an owner’s manual CD-ROM that includes the REAPER DAW and Peavey ReValver amp modeling software, and a Union Jack sticker that reminds of Trace Elliot’s U.
I have used this head separately with a 12″ 4 ohm cab and a 15″ 8 ohm cab at two band rehearsals. More than enough to keep up with a full band and reasonable hitting drummer for pop/soft rock. I have no doubt that live in pub venues it will be fine, maybe just a little out into a p.
a for bar/small clubs. I might try with two 8 ohm cabs linked at some point. It’s very compact, and simple to use, and although I bought it as a gig spare, it’s so much better than just being a back up.
Great price, nice little carry bag, a good looker too! Well worth the money.
Overall: I wanted a small little amp head for saving space and being able to cart all my gear in one haul. I usually play thru a 600 watt amp head. I got the ELF in the mail from zZounds, opened it, and headed right to the gig.
Sketchy right? Never heard it or played thru it before. I set it up at the gig expecting it to work but not sure of it would be loud enough for the venue and a full band. (A small Bar) Holy crap! I am totally blown away with this little ELF.
I am so glad I pulled the trigger and got this. WAY more than a practice amp it is PLENTY loud enough for small gigs and even better, It sounds GREAT! Simple controls nothing fancy but enough to get some very nice sounds and fill the room with boom.
Comes with a little carrying case and is so small, its crazy. Built tough and Did I mention it sounds great. I was playing it thru a Hartke Speaker cab with a custom Birdsong bass. Mind blown for such a little amp head to pack the punch it does.
If you’re wanting to lighten the load and go small this is a good choice. Try it out. I don’t think you will regret it at all. I will be using the ELF a Whole LOT from now on. Small venues, bars, etc.
This thing is amazing. 200 watts at 4 ohms rich solid sound. DI out sounds great as well. Im extremely happy with this purchase so far.
i bought this because im quarantined in my girlfriends apartment and i didn’t have an amp head with a headphone jack. i had been curious to hear one for a while so this was my excuse to finally buy one.
the build quality is very good and i was actually blown away by the tone, both through the headphones, and through a speaker cabinet. i wasnt sure if the “trace elliot sound” was for me but i actually found it very pleasant.
big fat bass and a crunchy upper mid. honestly its not far from the “ampeg sound” so its not too hard to like. obviously the portability is great and hilarious. it really does fit in your jacket pocket.
in terms of power, i think that its plenty loud enough to tackle most peoples idea of a low to medium loud gig. obviously its not going to cut it with your thrash metal band, but with an nice efficient cab i would feel confident taking it to a cafe jam or acoustic backup or even pub gig no problem.
my complaints are that both the volume and gain have some pretty severe shelving at the bottom of their range, so its not really possible to, for example, dime the gain and feather in the master volume for more crunch.
even if you’re just trying to play super duper quiet, the level controls are very finicky down there. the amp seems to be happiest with all knobs at noon. the other complaint is that the fan motor is extremely sensitive, to the point that every note you play causes the fan to wind up, and if you rest for a second, it winds down again, the overall effect being that the fan is constantly changing speeds, going up and down.
this happens even with just the headphones plugged in, so that the other person in the room just hears this robotic wheezing sound. it wouldn’t be a problem live but it might not work for recording quieter things with a microphone.
it would be better if the fan stayed at a constant rate. it would also be very handy for this kind of head to have a aux in. all in all im very happy to own this amp despite its quirks.
From the diamond grille cloth and basket-weave vinyl wrap to the vintage chicken-head knobs, the VOX Pathfinder Bass 10 shows off its Vox pedigree. In spite of its compact design, the Pathfinder Bass 10 boasts 10 watts of power pushing a pair of 5″ VOX Bulldog speaker for a powerful bass sound.
In addition to the Bass and Treble controls, the Bright switch adds an edgy boost to the upper harmonics. Turning up the Drive control provide a modern, warm bass distortion that adds character and vitality to the tone.
A headphone/line output jack is also provided for silent practice, and for direct recording.
The Vox AC10C1 is everything I was hoping it to be. The amp has more than enough volume & gain on tap for home use, recording and small gigs. I’ve tried voxy type pedals that don’t even compete with the AC10.
I love this amp. You’ve got to have that specific Vox tone in mind, and I would recommend something else as a first tube amp if your after versatility, but for that signature Vox tone this things perfect.
I don’t color this amp with pedals, there’s no reason to. Plays well with all of my guitars and looks so classy. LOUD for 10 watts, with a lot of very useable tones. I love this thing with telecasters the most.
The gain knob sounds good at low volumes but to be honest, this amp wants to be cranked at a reasonable level. If your just a home player and are on the fence between the AC15 or the AC10, just pull the trigger on the AC10, you won’t feel as if it’s lacking.
Sounds pretty good. Very light. Very low noise. Compact but perhaps less compact than your average 10″ amp. Build quality seems good. Sound seems a bit harsh at times but apparently that will diminish as the speaker breaks in.
I tend to have the bass high and the Treble low. Good cleans, nice crunchy tones. Normally I don’t like vox amps because they are so shrill but this one has a more mid-focussed roar to it, sound kinda Marshally.
It’s actually quite hard to get a good practice volume level. I have to very delicately tease the volume knob (round about 8 o clock) to get the appropriate volume. It seems like the amp wants to be at LOUD practice levels.
Apparently this is not a gigging amp but I suspect it would be a great gigging amp so long as you aren’t having to compete with a very loud drummer and without monitors. Weirdly I pick up a noisy hum when I mic up with my sm57 but when I mic up with my other mics (C1000, sm58, sm7 etc) the hum isn’t there.
No FX loop so that’s a bit limiting, although I rarely bother to use that function on my other amps anyway. Plenty of low end for a small amp although it’s not like a big booming amp sound if that’s what you’re after.
I’ve heard it sounds huge if you plug it into a good cabinet though. The reverb sounds fine at low settings. Apparently it’s a good idea to replace the stock valves but mine sounds OK to me as it is.
All in all I’m very pleased. I was put off valve amps for decades because I had been told they were loud, noisy, big, heavy, expensive and unreliable and so far none of those claims seem to be true so far as this amp goes.
I can’t give it a super high recommendation simply because I don’t know a lot about valve amps but all I can say is it seems like a good sounding, convenient, high quality amp for not too much money.
Must surely be a first rate choice for home playing or light gigging in the sub £500 amp market.
Orange Crush Bass 25 1×8 25w Combo You wouldn’t compromise your bass sound with the band, so why should practising at home be any different? Whilst the Crush Bass 25 may be the smallest model in the Crush Bass amp range, it still retains the warm and rounded tonal character that make Orange Amps the choice of some of the world’s most iconic bass players.
This 25 Watt combo features an all-analogue signal path, a ported cabinet for improved low end response plus a highly responsive active EQ section. Like the rest of the Crush Bass range, the amp’s variable parametric mid band allows for unlimited control over a broad range of frequencies in addition to the bass and treble.
Dial in a massive range of classic bass tones or create your own. With an integrated tuner, an aux. input for backing tracks and a headphone output with our CabSim circuitry, the Crush Bass 25 is the perfect miniature rig for all players on which to hone their tone.
Excellent little bass amp! I own much more expensive amps. Lots of them. In fact I have the 50-watt 1×12″ Glenn Hughes signature edition of the current Orange Crush combo amp lineup and it is a FANTASTIC amp! I love it! But this is my go-to bass amp.
Since I bought this as just the chassis, (who knows what happened to the lil 1×8″ enclosure it was originally housed in), I mounted it in an ABS version of an ammo box I bought at Wal-Mart for $5. 94 and wired up a speaker jack so I can run various cabs.
Typically I use a 1×15″ + a 2×8″. That’s the optimal sound. It’ WAY loud for a 25-watt amp. The tone is excellent! And since it is now a ‘head’ its super portable and kinda an unexpected surprise. You’ll have to check out the pics.
Anyways, since this is from the previous lineup from the 2010’s I’m guessing you could probably find one of these in a flea market or pawn shop or here on ebay for a steal. And having owned many, many bass amps over the years: combos, heads, rack-mount, etc all of them more watts than this little amp, I have to say it packs a punch.
Definitely a sleeper. And if you know how to use your gear, the fact that it’s only 25 watts shouldn’t be a problem. You can always slave other larger amps. Even multiple amps and run as many speaker cabinets as you need.
Yeah it doesn’t have an effects loop. That’s a short-coming, but hey it’s intended to be a little practice amp, plus the way I use it, I can insert effects between its lineout and whatever other power amps I’m using, so I can easily overcome that shortcoming.
Also, it has no built-in tuner as the current Orange Crush combo amps do. I think you can find a way to tune-up. If not you’ve got more fundamental problems to address. Anyways, this little amp came as a pretty big surprise! Yeah, I love Orange amps and knew the newer, bigger, endorsed model rocked, but I had no idea this one would be so f-ing cool! Buy one if you come across it.
If you’re disappointed, then either I got the ‘magical’ one, or you lack imagination, or you have poor taste.
I just acquired the Crush Bass 50 yesterday. Over the years, I have a habit of mixing and matching guitar and bass gear. I am currently running a 6 string baritone guitar tuned to B-flat with hot Seymour Duncan pickups (Distortion/Jazz).
The 1st thing I notice with this combo amp is, of the many amp I have used over the years, this gives me superb articulation between notes. With other guitar and bass amps, I have not noticed as much clarity when playing chords.
I think that means playing precision is necessary when using the Crush Bass 50. 2 of my favorite features from 2 of my favorite Boss pedals: 1. ) Parametric midrange, like the MT-2 Metal Zone – having this much control over the midrange means this unit can be tuned to match the room and the rest of my gear.
2. ) Gain/blend, like the ODB-3 Bass Overdrive – I have always loved being able to mix my clean tone back in with my distorted tone. The distortion tone is obviously tuned for bass guitars. With my baritone guitar, it sounds much like a super heavy overdrive/ fuzz.
This means it’s great for lead guitar and smoother rhythms. On the other hand, it sounds too fuzzy and “bouncy” for tight, chunky, palm-muted rhythms with heavy distortion. My last amp was an early ’90s USA Peavey Bandit.
That amp was much better suited to metal rhythms. This Orange amp just brings in so much creativity with the blend and parametric midrange features. This amp is also smaller and much lighter than the Peavey – slightly quieter, also.
It’s perfect for my current bedroom rockstar needs!.
I use this for at home practice. I suppose it could be used in rehearsals or small gigs if your drummer isn’t too energetic, but I think I would go for the 100-watt version if I was going to be using it for that regularly.
I love the blend feature that allows you to mix a little of the dirty signal with the clean (I find it works best with a mostly clean sound). It gives you a bi-amping effect without having to run two amps.
I’m also fond of the built-in tuner, finally one that works!.
Built specifically for the bass guitar, the Bass Block 800 represents the culmination of years of research and development. Unlike many of today’s compact bass amps, the Bass Block 800 is not simply an existing consumer-grade power module married to a pre-amp, but a comprehensive power system that responds dynamically and musically to the player’s instrument and touch.
Pat Quilter’s first amp was built in 1967 for his brother’s bass player, and great bass tone remains a key passion. The modern bass is a full-range instrument, with much different dynamic requirements than electric guitar.
Low frequencies require more horsepower to move air, and the instrument demands percussive response without bottoming out or obtrusive limiting. The Bass Block provides 800 “real watts” to build on, and the preamp is optimized to make the best use of that power, providing more effective headroom with less stress on the speakers.
Unique bass-specific EQ controls allow the bassist to quickly dial in a wide range of tones to match any instrument, and a special 2-stage limiter prevents bottoming out without suppressing dynamic response and feel.
A Master control allows the peak power point to be adjusted to safely power any size of speaker, from giant stacks down to compact studio units. A prolonged field testing program has confirmed that every component in the Bass Block 800 is focused on creating the ultimate musical instrument for bass players.
You will feel it every moment of every gig. Effortless, powerful, and exacting tone at your fingertips. The ultimate tool in your arsenal.
The band I’m in plays Hard Rock/Metal. Got this as a backup to my SVT 7 pro. Loved it but started having problems so I tried out the BB800 at the next rehearsal. I use 1 sometimes 2 Markbass Ninja 122 cabs.
Power & clarity for an amp head at any weight were just awesome! Love the simple 2 knob EQ for easy dialing in of tones. When I need a specific sound, I leave the EQ flat and use it as a power amp and use a preamp for the sound I want (Sansamp, Subway, MXR, Darkglass, MB60, etc.
) or just add on an EQ pedal. Handles 2ohms no problem and it’s ready to travel to work in any voltage in any country without having to modify the interior electronics. All you need is the correct IEC power for that countries voltage and you’re ready for a world tour.
Not to mention you don’t need a flight/anvil case for travel! Sling it over your shoulder, stick it in a backpack/duffle bag or even your suitcase. Unfortunately, you’ll still have to get flight cases for your cabs, lol.
I’m so happy with it and although I’ll probably never need it, I just got another BB800 as a backup to my current main, the BB800.
I have a mixed review. I originally bought this amp because of the great reputation QSC products have had over the years under Pat Quilter’s leadership – well-designed, highly-regarded products at a reasonable price, especially in the amplifier category.
In the months I’ve used the Bass Block, it’s been reliable and works without strain when I connect two cabinets, one at 4 Ohm and one at 8. That’s a load of at least 2. 67 Ohm, which is impressive. It never heats up, never shuts down.
Bottom line: this amp has been bulletproof. The amp is light – about 15 pounds lighter than the class AB amp Eden Highwayman 500 I’d been using. Before purchasing, I spoke with Pat at the Quilter booth at the 2019 NAMM Show.
He explained the tone controls, which are quite different than the usual 4-band passive or semi-parametrics you find on other units. In over 20 gigs with a number of different cab configurations with and without horn tweeters, and both active and passive basses, it has been a challenge to get the tone I need from this amp – it seems skewed toward a bassy/midrangey tone with no ability to juice up the treble.
(I play classic rock in a club band, use my fingers mostly, and a pick on a few tunes) For example, when I play my Rick 4003, I can only get that clanky Rick tone if I bypass the amp’s preamp section and use an outboard preamp that has more traditional tone controls.
With that said, the roundish tones I can get from this unit are good; I’m just disappointed that either the unit is unable to provide the treble definition I want, or I’m unable to figure out how to get it with this amp.
On the industrial design side: the amp chassis feels one step from finished – sharp folded edges stick out (versus, say, the smooth packaging you find in a GK or Genzler head. ) From a marketing perspective, I wouldn’t have applied the graphic of a caution sign (red stripes) to the top of the amp, and the word “block” in the product name, think “verb.
Sound: If you’re coming in looking for a distinctive amp character sound. this ain’t it. This is for clean headroom that allows you to sculpt your sound with pedals if you need to or with modeling. or for seriously hearing what your bass actually sounds like.
For me personally, I’ve really come to enjoy it (and I lusted after the SVT grit sound forever) and I can’t believe this does good of a job for the price. Features: The power section on this is just unreal – I’m sure the wattage measure for volume is probably a little relative (then again, so is 1-10 or 11, right?), but I don’t ever take it much over the “40W” marker going into a 2 x 12 cab (yeah, you read that right) and I’ve never had a problem keeping up with two guitarists and a drummer, either on stage or in our practice space.
The EQ is a little weird if you’re coming from a low/mid/high setup like just about every piece of equipment out there has, but it honestly ends up being more intuitive for adjusting to a room or different bass in front of it.
I took a gamble on the line out, which I understand isn’t “true DI” in the sense that it isn’t an independent signal from the rest of the amp (so if you mess with EQ or volume, your FOH has to adjust on their end), but in the end I ended up pairing this with an MXR Bass DI+ for a FOH signal and to get another distortion sound, so it sort of renders that point moot.
I also wish they’d put 2 Speakon jacks instead of 1 Speakon and 2 1/4″ outs, but not the end of the world for me. Ease of Use: I think the biggest learning curve on this is the EQ, but as I mentioned, once you understand it, it makes much more sense than your standard 3-band.
Quality: For as light as it is, it feels like a tank! The only thing I’d even be a little nervous about is the small mute switch – which just feels light because, well, it’s a tiny plastic switch that you just tap, no need for a big ol’ mechanical clunker, right? And as silly as it seems, just the basic case is still a great touch.
Value: I was very much on the fence between this and the Mesa/Boogie Subway series, and I think if they had been the same price (and both available from zZounds with pay as you play) I would have probably ended up going with the Mesa ONLY because of the name.
but I don’t at all regret going with this instead. It’s done everything I’ve asked of it. Manufacturer Support: Haven’t had to deal with them directly but a big reason I purchased was that it seems like they’re extremely good about direct support (including from Pat himself!) The Wow Factor: Would this blow me away as a gotta-have if I had the funds and the means? I mean, tonally, no – alone, it’s not tickling my ears, but it does rumble the rump in a rather pleasing way (hey, this is a safe space, don’t judge my kinks.
) But as someone who needed (fine, WANTED) a physically-smaller bass amp that did the job so I could keep spending my money on rebuilding crappy guitars instead, this 100% does the trick. Overall: I’m not a bassist, I’m a guitarist who just plays one on stage.
One of my favorite amps and amp concepts was the Crate Powerblock (which I still use as a travel/audition amp sometimes) – and the Bass Block is what happens if you make the Powerblock 1000 times better an at least 5.
33333333 times louder (that’s science, baby, I wouldn’t lie to you. ) Simply put – if you want stellar, clean power that you can put just about anything in front of but also carry around IN A BACKPACK, this is where it’s at.
Fender Rumble Studio 40 Electric Bass Guitar Combo Digital Modeling Amplifier. If there’s one thing Fender knows, it’s inspirational tone. Combining our hard-earned expertise with feedback from players around the world and brand-new technology, we created the rumble studio 40 digital bass amplifier.
Perfect for rehearsing and recording, the rumble studio 40 harnesses the potent processing power of our gt engine to deliver a studio worth of realistic bass amp and effects models. Create your own sound and get inspired with over 15 amp models and 40 effects-all controllable via Bluetooth and the exclusive Fender tone app.
Alto Music – Why you should buy the Fender Rumble V3 15 watt bass combo Huge Fender bass tone in a compact format. Classic silver grill cloth keeps a vintage vibe to the look. Perfect for taking on-the-go to jam sessions.
1/8″ Aux input for connecting your mp3 player or phone to jam along to your favorite songs. New soft touch radio knobs keeps your tweaking comfortable. Simple layout makes awesome tones easy to dial in.
5 year manufacturers warrantyFender has been at the forefront of instrument amplification for a long time. They continue to deliver the goods with the Rumble V3 15 watt bass combo amp. Do not be deceived by the size, good things come in small packages.
Great Fender tone in a portable format makes this an ideal buy for the bassist who’s frequently traveling to jam sessions or practices. This is also a great starting point for beginner bass players who don’t want to compromise on quality.
I got this little amp for practicing song sets with our church’s Praise Team. That is to say I practice at home and play along with videos or CDs. I don’t feel like moving my 300+ pounds of Acoustic stack into the stereo room which also doubles as a workshop of sorts.
This amp is a lightweight at about 16 pounds and is very easy to move around the house if need be. As for the sound, it has 15 watts and an 8-inch speaker. If you want to get big, booming bass out of it, I’m going to laugh in your face — repeatedly.
I don’t want to blast my neighbors with my Conklin 7-string either, so this bass is all and everything I want and need for my purposes. I think the price is very reasonable. I’m also trusting the Fender name to mean something in the reliability zone, too.
This is the second one I’ve bought now. I use them for my Alesis SR16 drum machine when I do a solo act. I run the left and right outputs from the drum machine to them, get them off the floor and separated a little, and even with only 15 watts each I get good coverage in small venues(100 to 200 people).
They have ample tonal range to get a pretty good sounding drum kit. I was surprised how well the kick drum sounds out of that little speaker, that’s why I only got one to start with, I wanted to see how well it would work for what I planned to use it for.
I’ve played Bass as well as guitar for many years so of course I had to plug my Bass into it to see how it sounded. It’s a practice amp plain and simple. It will let you hear your Bass, and it will get loud, but 15 watts will not keep up with anything.
For someone just starting out on the Bass this would make a good choice for a first amp but don’t think you can take it to your buddy’s house if he’s using a 100 watt guitar amp, you won’t be heard. I say that reviewing this Fender amp but that applies to ANY company’s low output amplifier.
My stage rig is 800 watts. Overkill? possibly, but I will be heard! I can always turn it down. As I said I use these amps for a drum machine. I use a small guitar amp and a 100 watt pa for a solo act in small venues and they work great for my use.
It is a mighty leap forward in the evolution of portable bass amps. The new combo delivers huge, booming low end without losing clarity. Along with the twin 10″ Eminence-designed speakers, it houses useful features and easy to use controls, including 500/350W power levels, aux input, headphone output, vintage tone switch, contour on/off, bright on/off and an FX loop.
These are lighter and louder than ever, with even more power and a classic Fender vibe. A newly developed foot-switchable overdrive circuit and versatile three-button voicing palette deliver powerful tones ideal for any gig.
The Amp is very versatile sounds great at low volume and sounds great at high volume. I like the horn feature when slapping. I have 2 passive bass guitars and an active bass. The active base which is an Ibanez sounds amazing not to say the passive guitars don’t sound great but the active bass can crack windows thru this 500 Rumble it’s rock n roll heaven.
This can be a great practice Amp as well as a great gigging Amp. It looks great and is easy to tote around. I have a Rumble 100 as well, the 500 isn’t much larger than the 100 but sounds so much better.
Love this Amp you can get so many sounds out of this amp. Shop around on line and look for a deal. You won’t be sorry buying this Amp. Highly recommend.
The Hartke LH Series Bass Amplifier with 2 x 320W(4ohms) Output Power utilizes a Class A tube preamp and a straight forward user interface to complement the generous power handing and rugged design that’s ideal forgigging musicians.
The Hartke LH Series Bass Amplifier has a classic 12Ax7 Class A tube front-end design with a solid-state output. Trick out the Bass and Treble shelving to give its warm tone an edge or use the Brite and Limiter switches to further sculpt your sound.
Its intuitive front panel design also makes adjustmentson the fly a breeze. Although the Hartke LH Series Bass Amplifier is a perfect complement to the HyDrive Series Bass Cabinets, it also works as a seamless accompaniment to any bass speaker on the market.
Obviously a head with this kind of power is perfect for gigging musicians in any number of live applications, which is made sure that the Hartke LH Series Bass Amplifier is as durable as it is versatile and powerful.
With a 2-rackspace, metal frame chassis, steel faceplate and handles, this amp is made for the road. The Hartke LH Series Bass Amplifier’s raw, reliable power is also perfect for additional shaping through your effects console or stompbox.
With all the necessary features for complete tonal control, along with ample power and rugged design, the LH1000 will ensure your bass playing receives the positive attention it deserves.
I bought 2 of these heavily used back in 2016. I’ve had them fall out of the back of my Subaru Outback at my friend’s house for an after-party, after a gig on a rainy night. Took the tops off, made sure they were dry, fired them up and they still work fine after hours of sitting on wet ground in the rain.
These amps are simple, easy to use, ultra affordable, and junkyard-dog-tough. The design isn’t complicated so small repairs are easy to take on yourself (I repaired a burned wire to the cooling fan in 30 seconds with a soldering gun and shrink wrap).
Whether you’ve been playing for 3 decades and are looking to simplify your rig, or, you’ve been playing a few years and you need a solid practice amp that’s also just as good for the stage – buy this amp.
Whether you need a main gigging amp, or, a simple, reliable backup for on-stage emergencies that will transition seamlessly into your rig – buy this amp. I’ve played a myriad of brands through this amp; Gibson, Fender, Wal, Carl Thompson, Conklin, Yamaha, Charvel, Kala, Rickenbacker, Lakland – it handles them all and maintains what makes those brands sound iconic very well.
It handles active, passive, 18v preamp, 9v preamp, any pedals you plug in the front or the FX loop. You’re not going to find that kind of versatility, clarity, simplicity, and power out of anything else for just a few hundred bucks.
First, Im not a musician or a bass player, so if you are looking for a musician kind of review stop reading. Im a sound contractor, and I bought this amp for backline. Why do I pick this amp? Well, the brand is one of the top notch brands around the world.
It is still a heavy transformer amp (old kind), that will work with voltages of 95-140v without issues. As a backline this is important to me, You will never know where you will work or how good is the AC voltage at venues.
Now digital amps that only weights a few pounds are class D, very efficient and clean sound but they are still vulnerable to voltage peaks due the fragile electronics inside. Dont get me wrong, they are hundreds of bass amps out there, and they could sound better than this old school one, but if you read reviews of users on forums and other sellers, there are almost not bad review of this amp.
And other amps (not to mention brands) with class D and lightweight there are a lot of bad reviews that fails on venues (and Im guessing is because the irregular voltage). So I pick this amp because the reliability of it class.
About the sound. I have not compared A/B with other comparable amp yet, but man!!! my SVT-810e really kicks hard and sounds unbelievable! I have heard tube amps rated at 400w, and this amp, with the mids (of the built in 3 band eq) almost at top, sounds pretty similar but with more much much punch.
Most bass players have their pedals, so I did not need all the bells and whistles that other brands or model offers. Just the basic and ready to go. Hope to be useful for future buyers.
Been playing 40 years ,owned a lot of heads over the years. This is a good head especially for the price. Very powerful , I power 4×10 and a 1×15 Markbass cabs. Had a Markbass 800 tube head that died after 6 years and this is way more power than that.
I’d say if ya doin rock and new countryish stuff this is great. Jazz , funkyer stuff. I might like the Markbass better. My 1st week impression it’s kinda in-between my old gallien krueger RB and a Markbass head.
With the same brilliance that brought the Katana modeling amp line to life, Boss brings a new experience to bassists. This solid-state modeler comes with all the voice of a reliable tube amp and the functionality of an advanced digital amp.
Reliably bringing the thump and kick needed to make oneself known on the stage, the Katana-110 features extensive Equalizer control, onboard effects, cabinet simulation, and much more for the modern bassist.
This amp is stage-ready with functions for any tonal recipe a player can think of. Expressive, powerful, convenient, and reliable, the Katana-110 stacks up nicely with other solid state and tube bass amps.
So far, I’m loving this amp. Using it as a practice amp at home. Sounds fantastic and you can really dial in the tone. Haven’t messed with the tone studio yet, but will eventually. I recommend this amp.
Unity pro bass are the result of countless hours of technical research and benchmarking against the most iconic historic references. Designed from the ground up by bass players, for bass players they are straight forward and powerful.
The new unity pro bass systems deceptively simple controls allow you to quickly and easily create your tone, with rock solid bass, detailed dynamics and innovative features in a compact package from 30 watts to 500 watts.
Blackstars unique response control allows the player to choose between the sound and feel of three classic power amp stages, shaping compression, natural drive and dynamics. Combined with three distinct preamp voicings and a 3-band semi-parametric eq, unity produces infinitely flexible bass tone and exceptional feel, whatever your playing style.
The unity 250act powered cabinet can be linked to any model in the line to add 250w or more of active power to your rig; taking you from the studio or rehearsal room to the gig with ease and portability.
From the organic response of classic valve amps, to a transparent clean platform, unity brings together the ultimate in bass tone. Any player, any sound Straight forward and powerful, unitys deceptively simple controls allow you to quickly and easily create your tone no matter what style you play.
Ultimate flexibility Enhance your sound with built in chorus, compressor and octaver. Pro connectivity Unity bass is perfect for the studio or stage with the balanced xlr, usb connectivity and more. Eminence opus speakers – voiced for unity Unity pro bass system features eminence opus speakers, designed and voiced in partnership with eminence – the professional choice for bass players around the world.
As a Fender twin reverb user, I have been looking for a small valve amp for home and studio use for a while. An amp that could give smooth edge-of-break-up type valve tones at controllable volumes. After rejecting a number of amp offerings, I thought I was headed for a custom built boutique product until I came across the Blackstar Studio 10 6l6.
For the money, this does a very good job. I have played a number of Fender/Gibson guitars through it and after a little tweaking to suit the pick-ups – they all sounded very pleasing. For my use the volume will be kept low but if you need volume for small live gigs then this is loud and capable but would be dependent on what you need.
The amp takes pedals well and where needed, I use overdrive pedals to push the existing ‘valve crunch’. As a fender amp user I could get picky about the reverb and the footswitch volume increase when switching over to the additional overdrive push button feature, which I have no use for; a protective cover would have been handy to keep the cream finish clean, but all in all, it’s a very little amp and I am very pleased with it, it will get well used.
Very sturdy build, good looks, nice tones and a good price. As far as reliability goes, only time will tell.
Excellent bit of kit. For the price and possibilities I think it’s best in class. It’s very lightweight and very compact BUT it’s got very impressive low end that coupled with its wide full overall sound make it sound like an amp much bigger than it appears even at low volumes.
When plugging in headphones I found the emulation of the sound was outstanding especially when you use the cab rig lite feature of the free architect software which has a range of very realistic sounding cabinets so you can get that full beastly roar of a full on metal amp right down to the twangy cleans of a little 1×12.
It makes the amp extremely versatile and excellent for recording or so you can get full on metal god sounds without disturbing neighbours. The free architect software on the whole is fantastic. Everything is set out in a very easy to use way and it’s very intuitive on the whole.
You can even get access to an online library of other people’s tones for you to use and store either directly in the amp or in your own tone library to quickly load up without overwriting your standard tones.
A feature that people may overlook is that if you play music through the amp from a pc or a phone it sounds amazing thanks to this amps full range speakers so it can double as an excellent sound system which you can also play along with on guitar.
There are only a few downsides to this amp which are as follows: •to fully customise the EQ you have to use the software on a laptop as there are no bass, middle, treble dials on the amp itself. This makes it difficult to make quick adjustments unless you are always hooked up to a laptop in which case it’s simple but I’d advise always being linked up anyway, it shouldn’t be an issue in a bedroom and it gives so many options.
•You can’t set individual volume levels for patches which means that your distorted patches are always going to be quite a bit louder than your clean patches. This would only be an issue if you play songs that change from clean to distorted throughout.
•The built in tuner doesn’t display the note you are tuning to. It’s mainly for fine tuning but I just downloaded the boss tuner app for my phone for free so it’s fine for me. Other than those minor issues this amp is a stunning bargain and my highest recommendation for a bedroom / practise amp which can also be used for full on recording.
Even though it’s aimed at the metal / rock crowd it’s clean sounds are seriously impressive with their super wide full stereo sound that makes your tone sound full on professional. Shipping was perfect and super fast.
My previous amp experience is Marshall DSL 100 half stack, Laney Ironheart IRT Studio rack mount / half stack, Blackstar TVP 100 half stack, Marshall MG102CFX 2×12 combo, Peavey Bandit, Vox ac30.
Fender Rumble 200 Combo (V3) The all-new Rumble Series is a mighty leap forward in the evolution of portable bass amps. Fender have upped their game with the new for 2014 V3 Rumble 200 bass combo! Re-engineered from the ground up, new Rumble amps are lighter and louder than ever, with even more power and a classic Fender vibe.
A newly developed foot-switchable overdrive circuit and versatile three-button voicing palette deliver powerful tones ideal for any gig. Additional upgrades include Eminence drivers and premium HF compression tweeters.
I play bass guitar in a band and this is the amp that I normally use for shows. Granted, we normally play small indoor venues but this also works really well for outdoor venues and my bass can be heard really well in the mix.
It’s really versatile and I love how it sounds (I play both an Ibanez and a Hofner bass for reference) and it’s really warm and full. I tend to use the vintage and bright settings the most, but the overdrive is solid and it has a great sound quality.
Also these things are super durable. During a performance I forgot that I was using a 10 foot cable instead of my normal 20 foot and I knocked it down several steps and smashed a flower pot. Anyway the amp was totally fine, we picked it back up and I was able to finish out the set with no problem.
Fantastic amp for someone who is starting out on bass and needs something super reliable but fantastic-sounding.
A great little amp. It’s unbelievably light – much lighter than my previous bass amp which is half the size and only 40 watts. The sound is great and it has lots of tone controls so you can get exactly the sound you want.
It has bags of volume – enough for most small hall and pubs gigs. I also love the options such as vintage, contour and bright push buttons. I use the vintage option a lot. I bought the foot pedal separately and it is useful for the boost/overdrive facility.
All in all, a very nice amp at a price that will not break the bank. Highly recommended.
Ampeg’s RB-110 Rocket Bass amplifier brings all your necessary bass components together to plug in and start rocking. A ten-inch speaker, fifty-watt power, and onboard overdrive makes the RB-110 ready for action at a moment’s notice.
Take this amp to the stage or the studio with a dedicated XLR output. A 1/8″ headphone output makes jamming solo and quietly easy, so wherever or whenever you need that Ampeg bass tone, it’s ready to go.
This amp is decked out in vintage Ampeg style reminiscent of ’60s Rocket amplifiers. Wherever you take this amp, it is up for the task.
I think Ampeg has a winner here. Not only does it look better than the Rumble 100, it gets just as loud with the SGT engaged with the level knob on full. The bass response is excellent and it has a more vintage sound than the rumble.
I think it sounds way better than the Rumble 100. The build quality is excellent! The Rumble line feels like toys in comparison. The only thing I did before plugging in is I tightened the speaker screws, the amp mounting screws, and bottom feet screws.
The amp screws were pretty loose, but the others were not bad. I am very impressed with the RB series of combos. I know I made the right choice!.
Overall: I bought this early this year after reading dozens of reviews. It’s a perfect practice amp, and could be used in a quiet acoustic coffee house gig. NOTE! I checked the chassis mounting screw tension on both the RB 108 and RB 112 amps, and both were not tightened properly.
There was a reviewer who gave me a heads up on this. If not snugged down, they will certainly loosen over time. There are two screws on the top of the amp, and two screws on either side toward the back.
Love this amp! great for work with non-amped acoustics.
The Behringer Ultrabass BXD3000H is a 300W, 2-channel bass amp head designed specifically for the bass player who requires the ultimate in tonal versatility. Armed with Behringer’s proprietary Ultrabass sub-harmonics processor, the BXD3000H cranks out unbelievable low-end, plus the revolutionary Shape filter provides precision sound sculpting to satisfy even the extreme tone connoisseur.
Class-D design puts massive output power into a package that weighs in at less than 7. 7 lbs. (3. 5 kg), giving you all the power of a traditional-technology bass amp, without the backbreaking weight.
– The BXD3000H is equally at home onstage or in the studio thanks to its built-in XLR DI and Line outputs. There’s even an FX Insert so you can access your favorite stompboxes and other external processors.
And since modern bass players need a broad range of sounds, Behringer has given the BXD3000H the flexibility to go head-to-head against even the toughest competition, at a price unheard of for this class.
– Tone. That’s what it all comes down toand the BXD3000H really delivers! Channel 1 provides squeaky-clean operation for the most true-to-life sound of your bass. If you prefer a – Power: 300WTwo footswitchable channels – Controls: 7-band graphic EQ, gain, volume, Ultrabass, shape, compressor – Balanced XRL and line outputs – Aux.
input – Rack-mount brackets included – Footswitch included.
At a time when lead pickers are searching for every new trick on the sonic scene, most bass players are after a good reliable, no frills, practice amp that can take a fair share of hard work without sacrificing a deep rich purity of tone at surprising high volumes.
Top marks go to any practice bass amp that delivers good performance from a light weight package that does NOT need two beefy roadies to move! This BEHRINGER ULTRABASS BT108 delivers all that, and more, at an excellent price.
The casing appears robust enough to take its share of knocks. Controls are well laid out and smoothly linear in operation. Standard inputs are provided – mono for bass; stereo for CD/line. The sole improvement one may have hoped for, but not provided, would see individual volume pots for each input.
An excellent 4-band equalizer is provided with acceptable boost/cut. A driver cancelling headphone output fills out the control panel. Weight is modest enough to carry one-handed via built-in case strap.
Checking with a ‘scope showed no evidence of “notching” through full rotation of each pot. Equally importantly, noise levels were quite low. The quality of the custom made 8″ BUGERA driver shone through – THD (distortion) was surprisingly low, even at the lower limit of the bass player’s interest and at sound levels that are well beyond what most of us will ever use (or other family members or neighbours would tolerate).
Undoubtedly, there are high end custom boxes that will outperform this BT108 – but, at this price and portability – forget it! Well done to the manufacturer for bringing together such an excellent product – and also, to this eBay seller who delivers it at such excellent value.
Excellent head for the amateur musician like me. I’m running it to a single Peavey 410tx cab and I’ve got more volume than I ever need. Very clean even when cranked up. I can’t say if it’s good or not for a professional, but for just goofing around with friends and playing the occasional backyard picnic or VFW hall, it’s a perfect combination.
I’ve had zero problems with it and it does everything I need it to.
As always, MF Customer Service is the best in the business. Friendly, knowledgeable, and fast. Always a pleasure to order from MF. The amp itself is Amazing. Tons of power and you can shape your sound in endless combinations.
A real joy to play, just keep in mind it’s 2000 Watts; you may have to baby your speakers a little. This bass brain is well worth the money.
Fender Rumble 100 1×12″ 100-Watt Bass Combo Amplifier Fender gives bassists of all levels a solid amp that can handle anything. Plug into the Fender Rumble 100 for the serious bass tone in a compact package! This black beauty offers a basement-friendly 100 watts, complete with both gain and blend controls in the overdrive section, so you can bring the perfect amount of overdrive into your sound.
In fact, an optional footswitch is available that lets you easily bring the overdrive in and out whenever you need some extra tonal tenacity. Item will be professionally packed, shipped and insured to g.
The new B300Hd bass head from Acoustic lets you enter the world of pro bass tone with super light-weight and portability. Its 300W (Rms) of power is housed in a sleek, ergonomic chassis that fits in your gig bag.
Legendary tone shaping controls include a 5-band rotary EQ, defeatable notch filter, and super hi & lo EQ switches, providing a wide array of tonal possibilities. A full-featured direct output gets you connected to your PA or recording rig, and the Acousti-comp compression keeps your dynamic range smooth and in check.
The B300Hd from Acoustic lets you get started right with the œpro’ tone?! The Class D Neo series of bass amps from Acoustic continue the legacy of “the pro’s tone,” while providing extremely lightweight and portability, combined with its signature tone-shaping controls.
These high-power heads, combos and speaker cabinets provide incredible sound clarity and control for small, medium or large live venues, studios and more. The series consists of three heads (300W, 600W and 1,000W), four speaker cabinets (4×10?, 2X10?, 1X15? and compact 1X12?), and three combos, utilizing the power plants from the 300 & 600 heads (600W 2X10?, 300W 1X15? and 300W compact 1X12?).
I’m an experienced gigging bassist; in five bands over a 30-year timespan. I’ve been through my share of superior bass amps, therefore. Lately I’ve made the switch to (lighter) class D heads, disappointed with all except my (expensive) live performance amp.
I also record at home and in our band’s drummer’s studio. The disappointment was due to fan noise, which impacted recording at lower output levels. I had positive experiences with Acoustic’s B100 combo, but a lot of musicians here (and on Talk Bass) had issues with Acoustic heads, fan noise being a common one.
I bumped into the Acoustic B300HD at a GC on clearance, so I just bought it to put it through its paces at home. Yes, it’s a powerful bass amp with wonderful tone adjustments plus an effective onboard compressor-essential to my recordings-with virtually no fan noise.
Beyond that I’m impressed by the simple design, the ruggedness of the control knobs and switching selectors, and the helpful lighting display. except that Acoustic could have gone the extra mile and provided lighting for control knobs; being black determining their positions will be a bit difficult when on stage (for those of you interested in performing in clubs, etc), but I didn’t buy it for that purpose.
I can’t comment on reliability, so I can’t recommend it based on that. To sum: Very capable, powerful and tweakable bass head suitable for gigging and recording. Because of this and the modest price tag (and nearly zero fan noise!) I rate it at five stars.
This is a really great bass amp upgrade if you started out with a lower-end unit. Or it could also be a great bass amp to start out with if you have a bigger budget. With careful dialing in of the on-board parameters and some post-production EQ/compression, this amplifier seriously saturates my songs in beautiful heavy bass.
It’s quite portable, but not the most portable bass amp. Still fits in my guitar’s gig bag though. Honestly I really don’t know what else to say. This thing’s da bomb. Give it a look.
My first bass amp was thru an electronics book in 1966. It had 10 Watts. From there I have played thru them all, including Marshall Stacks and 2k amps. This time I was looking for something cheap, clean, and made the sound I wanted to hear.
So after 2 hours of playing every amp they had, I chose this head and the BN 210 cabinet. Unbelievable sound for that price. I play serious music with serious musicians and they love this unit. The deep lows to the sustained treble highs, it all works like a system that sells for much more.
With the addition of the 2-10 cabinet you get twice the wattage without paying more. I tried the same head into the Accoustic single 15″ cabinet, and it lost its punch and the tone was weak. I play different kinds of music.
I play with a blues quartet, a rock quartet, a ’50’s 6 piece, and a country quartet. This amp and speaker system will fit the bill for every one of those styles and every place we play. Just mike it into a giant pa for more coverage at fairgrounds or something.
But for the average bar/lounge setting, this is all you will need.
The B600HD 600W bass head from Acoustic combines world-class bass tone with super lightweight and portability. A 600W (RMS) power section is housed in a sleek, ergonomic chassis that fits in your gig bag.
Acoustic’s legendary tone-shaping controls include a 6-band edge-lit graphic EQ, defeatable notch filter and super hi & lo EQ switches, providing a wide array of possibilities. A full-featured direct output gets you connected to your PA or recording rig, and the Acousti-comp compression keeps your dynamic range smooth and in check.
The B600HD from Acoustic lightweight power for the masses! The Class D Neo series of bass amps from Acoustic continue the legacy of the pro’ tone,? while providing extremely lightweight and portability, combined with its signature tone-shaping controls.
These high-powered heads, combos and speaker cabinets provide incredible sound clarity and control for small, medium or large live venues, studios and more. The series consists of three heads (300W, 600W and 1,000W), four speaker cabinets (4×10?, 2X10?, 1X15? and compact 1X12?), and three combos, utilizing the power plants from the 300 & 600 heads (600W 2X10?, 300W 1X15? and 300W compact 1X12?).
I believe this amp is way above average with any style that you play. But as far as hard rock/metal ? Its got to be the best I’ve ever experienced ! I’ve been playing since the mid eighties but I bought this head for my son.
I also bought two B410C Acoustic bass cabinets to go with the B600HD head. A perfect match ! Unbelievable hard rock tone and the overdrive is awesome ! I used to use effect processors for overdrive and compression.
Not with this head! The compressor does a great job and I don’t see having to use anything else other than flange or some kind of delay if he chooses. Its extremely loud and you can get those cool sounds as Geezer Butler from Black Sabbath and Scott Reeder from Kyuss.
You can turn overdrive off and it has great clear bass tones also with a great eq. I wasn’t sure what a Notch filter was , but it does make a noticeable difference that is adjustable. Again the overdrive is so good , you wouldn’t ever think about using the Tech 21 Sansamp bass driver.
Sounds so much better!! Another great and puzzling thing is the price. How can it be so good and so inexpensive? I think Acoustic’s marketing program is dropping the ball. More people should know about this company! Why anyone would by Ampeg or Harke is beyond me !! Acoustic blows them away !!! only con is that its so light and powerful it vibrates off the cabinet.
I’ve got to find a solution to that. I’m very happy with Acoustic and my expectations were exceeded.
I purchased the head and cabinets to update my GK700 15 inch cabinet that weighs 90 pounds. The combination of head plus two separate cabs total under 90 pounds. IT pushes the BN12 or BN15 very efficiently.
It pushes both cabs combined very effectively. I also have Ashdown 210 and an Acoustic B410 MKII and older folded W 18 powered cab. The head is very clean and transparent, yet distinctly Acoustic in sound.
Extremely versatile due to the graphic eq. I use the other effects sparingly to keep my sound under control. I prefer to have my different basses give my tone its color. I have had an Acoustic head or cab in my stage line since the 80’s.
They last and sound good. Often a new head or cab comes along to replace them, but they move to practice status or small gig usage. They get used with Ampeg, Sunn or GK combinations, depending on the need.
I keep my gear available to add variety to my sound palette. Bass can get hard on the ears and the different combos can break up the monotony. Why think that only guitarists need to change amps, cabs, pedals or guitars to be able to sound good.
A good Bassist needs to be just as versatile. I have plenty of toys too and play a variety of styles and genre.
I bought this because it was on sale at a great price. Was not expecting it to sound this good, esp after reading a review somewhere that said it was a really “dry-sounding” amp. I don’t find that at all.
Of all the amps I have owned — Aguilar Tone Hammer, Mark Bass Big Bang, Hartke 5500, Hartke TA600, Mark Bass Little Tube, and Fender Rumble — this one has to best tone to me. When the amp was backordered I almost canceled the order but am really glad I didn’t.
The only amp I have that sounds better is a Hartke LH1000, which is a Class A tube amp and very very heavy. The Acoustic is a fantastic amp! Great EQ possibilities, lots of tone-shaping options. The low end is much clearer than the Aguilar Tone Hammer, which tends to distort at low frequencies.
More than anything, I just love the sound of this amp. Kind of odd that they are not more popular.
This is simply the best bass amp in the world! I have been playing bass for over 35 years and have never heard anything sound even close to the warmth and clean,crunchy or distorted beautiful loveliness of this amp.
2 blendable channels make for infinite possibilities. I have only played this amp on one gig and I’m just not playing out enough to justify having it anymore. Before I use it I brought it halfway across the state to the most respected certified fender repairmen in Florida.
Donald Lee services, (who does all the work for Disney world) to look it over. He replaced the 2 pre-amp tubes and went through the hole amp giving it a clean bill of health on all fronts. I have all the paperwork! This is the best opportunity to own the best bass amp in the world for almost half price!! Comes with fender foot switch and custom cover.
Please ask any questions you may have about the amp. I will do my best to answer them. Thanks Jeff.
Sound: This amp sounds so similar to the original 60’s amps when i played them side by side i was blown away. The features like the obvious lighter weight, tube bias with warmer/cooler setting controls.
The tube “cpu” system letting you know wether or not the tubes are wearing out. choices of 2-OHM, 4-OHM & 8-OHM switch, the onboard Direct Out has had major festival sound crews surprised as well as happy with the Super Bassman’s performance.
Paired with the Bassman 610 it feels perfect on the stage, perfect studio sessions. Even had true old schoolers convinced i was playing the original Fender combo from the time its originally from. Features: Love the Tube “cpu” for on the fly tube monitoring as well as on the fly biasing adjustments.
Standby switch, Main speaker shut off (silent mode for recording is P E R F E C T!) The pull mute on the master volume is nice, love having two channels. The onboard “vintage” overdrive function opens lots of tonal advantages & adds to your color pallet during solos if you boost.
great to play lines overdriven during others solo’s. included footswitch is very valuable. Ease of Use: If you’re new to playing tube amps, i recommend reading the manual. Otherwise, just have fun finding the EQ you like most.
Quality: Mine has traveled the entire midwest in a car or trailer & its Still holding up looking darn near brand new after 3+ years of use, constant loading in & out. Works just fine in the southern heat as well as the harsh winter.
No dirty pots or fuzzy volume levels. No complaints. Value: If you’re looking to step into the vintage world tone wise but aren’t looking for the hassle of vintage gear upkeep. this is the way to go.
Perfect Amplifier for anything Funk/Soul/Latin/AfroBeat/Jazz/Rock’n’Roll Manufacturer Support: Haven’t had to deal with anything going wrong with this Amplifier OR the speaker. SWR new ideas combined with existing Fender classic tone makes an amazing modern day improvement on what is otherwise classic perfection.
The Wow Factor: The aesthetic is nailed when The acts of yesteryear are impressed as well as the pro’s of modern times. You’re golden. Overall: The sound & aesthetic is what i would call “Currently Vintage”.
Overall: Let me start off by saying that I am a pick player. I only ever play a precision bass with a pick, and I have been on a quest to find the best bass head that would get me that punchy mix I need.
I have quite literally tried every high end head available. Ampeg Svt Classic, Ampeg Vintage Reissue, Orange AD200B, even the Aguilar DB751. Each one of these were great and they had something distinct about them but they had me missing something.
The Fender Super Bassman 300 fills all gaps. It is powerful like an Ampeg, ballsy like the Orange, and has that ability to cut right through the mix like an Aguilar. The two channels allow this head to be the most versatile amp on the market for a bassist.
I gave the ease of use factor just under a perfect score as I am not too accustomed to EQ’ing the passive tone stack of the Vintage channel. The overdrive channel is active tone stack and it is so incredibly simple to dial in any tone you want.
Speaking of the overdrive channel- the built in overdrive on this head is better than ANY overdrive pedal. You will lose ZERO low end when the drive is engaged. It’s a beautiful thing. When I purchased a brand new Ampeg SVT Classic the tubes blew after 5 months.
I take incredible care of my amps (always warming and cooling tubes, making sure things are biased). This amp literally takes care of itself with the auto-biasing feature. It gives me an incredibly piece of mind knowing the amp is always biased and ready to play.
It comes with a footswitch AND a speaker cable which I think was awesome of Fender to include. THE ONLY PROBLEM with this amp is that everything else you do in your life will suck because you’ll wish you were playing it while you’re at work.
I have owned several Fender amp products over the years. This amp isn’t my favorite but it’s special. My favorite is the older Fender Bassman 300 Pro but it’s lacking in some of the more modern features and is heavy heavy.
This amp has a creamier tone and the drive channel can really grind. The only time I have had problems with Fender quality is when I bought used and I have owned 3 super bassman amps now with no problems.
Hartke’s lightweight TX600 is a 600-watt Class D bass amplifier that offers the legendary Hartke tube preamp circuitry in a highly portable design. Within a compact, yet rugged enclosure, the TX600 features an on board compressor and unique tone stack EQ section that provides players of all styles with thorough control over their sound.
Tone Stack Inspired by the countless hours spent by Hartke engineers listening to bass players of all genres, the TX600’s 3-band tone stack EQ uses an equalization curve tailored to bass guitar. The Shape and Frequency knobs provide detailed control of the midrange frequency voicing, while the Bass and Treble controls allow for further adjustments to create a tone that is your own.
Tube Preamp Featuring the same Class A tube preamp circuitry as Hartke’s renowned LH Series amplifiers, the TX600 produces a wide range of tone with incredible warmth and punch. The amp’s Compressor knob provides control over the bass guitar’s dynamics to establish a smooth, even sound, while a Brite button adds extra high frequency attack.
Transporter Featuring an aluminum chassis and weighing only seven pounds, the TX600 is both rugged and portable. Its advanced Class D amplifier provides the tonal characteristics of traditional linear amps, minus the back breaking weight.
With a headphone output and 1/8″ (3. 5mm) input for playing along to your favorite tracks, the TX600 is ideal for practice/rehearsal settings. An XLR direct output also optimizes the amp for direct recording or larger performance spaces.
Bass, treble, master, shape, frequency, compressor, gain, mute, brite
Reviews From Real Customers
So far so good. pic was first plug in, so learning the amp, but like what i am hearing. Haven’t giged yet, but i can tell that this TX600will give me a presence on stage, filling the space that bass needs to fill.
It sounds great so far, as I’m practicing with it, putting it through its paces. Impressed. Like the quality nuanced sound, punch with roundness and warmth — can feel it in the gut, without making my ears bleed!! I think it is important to read the manual, to utilize the designs intentions of the amp.
There are nuances built into this amp designed to allow the player to access a variety of ways to get quality professional sound. After reading some reviews, I think that some have jumped the shark, and just plugged in an tweeked the knobs as the would on their old amp, then wondered why they’re not getting out of the amp what they could.
I would recommend reading the manual, and reviews from players in the know about using this little gem. Since big bars have closed up here, small venues, ” coffee house” size are the venues hiring, so I don’t need the “ordnance” of the past.
( I am keeping my HA7000 & 410 & 115xls, just in case. want to plug this TX 600 into those and see how much air can be pushed!) So, I’m excited to use this amp/cab live. In this size venue, quality sound is important.
People are not at these venues to party, as much as having a night/afternoon eating or a few cocktails. So, the music has to sound full, without being to loud– customers want to talk. So, I am confidant that this amp will allow me a full, tight sound, but not having to be at loud rip your face off volume.
So, I think Larry Hartke has done it again! Being a bass player himself, he walks in our shoes, also, he listens to the feedback from his pros and us weekend warriors. I think its important also, that he is the tech wiz, not just relying on hired hands– his name is on the amps and cabs, ’nuff said.
This is my third bass amp, but the first I can call a “real bass amp”- one I can take out jam all night with or carry to gig without having to depend on the PA to carry me for the night. The 12AX7 preamp provides a lot of warmth to this mix.
And the simplicity of the tone, compression and gain knobs are light years from my aged Peavey combo and it’s impossible to to get right equalizer. I have yet to feel the need I must connect any pedals to this amp beyond my stage tuner.
The only downside was initial delivery fiasco courtesy of FedEx. To make a long story short, FedEx lost my package, but SamAsh came through with a replacement in record time. Their response has made loyal customer out of me.
Use this at Church through a professional grade sound system. Was looking for a standard bass amp that all of our praise bands could play through and standardize the bottom end sound and remove the variability of every bassist bringing in their own amp.
This head did just that. Once the sound was dialed in by our AV team, the sound quality, bottom end, and depth of clarity was amazing!! Sounds better than some of our other bassist’s other amps (Fender Rumble, Mark Bass Ninja, Ampeg combo amp).
There are a few different things to consider when choosing the best bass amp for the money. The size and power of the amp is important to consider, as is the type of speakers that are included. You’ll also want to think about the features that are important to you and whether or not you need an amp with built-in effects.
When it comes to size and power, you’ll want to consider how much volume you need and how much space you have to work with. If you’re only playing small gigs, you won’t need a huge amp that takes up a lot of space.
On the other hand, if you’re playing larger venues, you’ll want an amp that can handle the volume.
The type of speakers is also important to consider. If you’re looking for an amp that has a lot of low-end punch, you’ll want to choose an amp with a subwoofer. If you need an amp that can reproduce a wide range of frequencies, you’ll want to choose an amp with multiple speakers.
Finally, you’ll want to think about the features that are important to you. If you need an amp with built-in effects, you’ll want to choose an amp that has that feature. If you need an amp that’s easy to transport, you’ll want to choose an amp that’s lightweight and portable.
No matter what your needs are, there’s a bass amp out there that’s perfect for you. With a little bit of research, you can find the best bass amp for the money.
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