Thomann's Cool Online Guides: Bass Amps

Everything could be so easy, since all you want is to amp up your bass, right? This guide will provide you with an overview of what's available in the bass amp world!

What use is even the best base if you have no way of making people hear it? The solution is clear: get yourself an amp! But the market is very confusing, especially for those who have just taken up playing. It all used to be much simpler when things got started: Ampeg's first bass amp model, their Super 800 from 1949, was marketed at double bass players and featured a single 12-inch speaker and an "impressive" output of just about 18 Watts. 1951's successor model had grown to 20 Watts and a 15-inch speaker. Fender's Bassman, launched in 1952, is regarded as the first resounding success with e-bass players. A tube amp with respecteable 50 Watts powered a single 15-inch speaker before 1954 saw a redesign with four 10-inch speakers.

But so much has happened since those early days! There's not only a bewildering range of manufacturers covering every imaginable price range. There's also the fact that the various manufacturers work from completely different concepts, and single manufacturers often themselves offer a lot of different models. It should be much easier - after all, the only thing you want to achieve is to get some sound out of your bass, right? This guide will clear path through the amp jungle for you.

So, let's start by looking at the various ways in which a bass signal can be rendered audible. Your first choice is that between a combo amp which combines the amp with speaker(s) in a single casing on the one hand and a set made up of separate components (the amp, also called "head" or "headpiece", and the speaker) on the other. These two choices come with their specific pros and cons, so that the first thing you need to be clear on is the environment in which you will be playing your instrument.

We will introduce you to the various components in this guide, we'll explain their advantages and disadvantages, and we will point out what you should keep in mind when making your choice.

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Bass Amps overview

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HoTone Ampero

Effect Pedal for Electric Guitar Modeling Dual DSP effect processor for up to 9 effects simultaneously, Support of additional (third-party) Impulse Responses (IR Loader) via HoTone Editor, USB Port for editing IRs/effects or using the Ampero as a USB...

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$377
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PRS MT 15 Amp

Amp Head for Electric Guitar Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge) Signature Model, 2 Channels: Clean and Gain, Power: 15 W - reducible to 7 W., Preamp tubes: 6x JJ EC83S, Power tubes: 2x JJ 6L6GCMS, Gain in the gain channel:...

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$519
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KRK RP5 RoKit G3 White Noise

Active Monitor  5" Glass aramid woofer, 1" Textile tweeter, 50 watts, Class A-B amplifier: LF30 Watt HF 20 Watt, Frequency range: 45 Hz - 35 kHz, Input: RCA, XLR and 6.3mm jack, Magnetically shielded, Auto Standby, Dimensions: 185 x...

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$118
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Fender Kingman Bass V2 JTB

Acoustic Bass California series, Type: Concert with cutaway, Top: Solid spruce, Back & sides: Mahogany, Scalloped X-bracing, Neck: Mahogany, Fretboard: Walnut, 20 Frets, Block fretboard inlays, Graph Tech NuBone saddle, Nut width: 38.1 mm, Scale: 770 mm, Open machine...

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$499
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Kala Journeyman U-Bass Matte Black

Acoustic-Electric U-bass Venetian cutaway, Mahogany top, Mahogany sides and back, Cream binding, Mahogany neck, Black walnut fretboard, 16 Nickel silver frets, Scale: 518 mm, Black walnut bridge, Plastic nut, Custom Black Diecast machine heads, Piezo pickup with UK-500B electronics,...

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$277
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Harley Benton Fusion-II HSH Roasted FBB

Electric Guitar Pro series, Comfort contour body, Matching headstock, Body: Mahogany, Top with flamed maple veneer, Bolt-on neck: Roasted Canadian hard maple, Neck profile: Modern C, Fretboard: Roasted Canadian hard maple, Dot fretboard inlays, 24 Medium jumbo stainless steel...

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$377
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ADJ Startec Rayzer

ADJ Startec Rayzer 2 Party effects in one device, Red, green and blue laser beams for effects in space, Appealing integrated shows with colour wash effects and laser patterns, RGB cluster (3-IN-1) with SMD LEDs for an intense, rich...

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$169
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the t.racks DSP 4x4 Mini

the t.racks DSP 4x4 Mini, ultra compact 4-channel DSP, inputs 4x 6.3 mm jack (balanced), ouputs 4x 6.3 mm jack (balanced), USB port for setup and programming, external power supply 12 V DC (positive on inside Contact), dimensions 160 x...

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$74.90
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tc electronic TC8210-DT

Reverb Plug-In with Desktop Remote Control 8 High-quality tc reverb algorithms: TC Reverb, Ambient, Room, Plate, Spring, Live, Club, Box, All important parameters directly accessible via remote control, Editable parameters: Colour, Modulation, Decay Time, Pre Delay, Early Reflections /...

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$93
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Revv G4 Distortion

Effect Pedal Distortion, The Red Channel 4 sound in pedal format, Gain "Monster" with tube amp-like distortion that can also cover old-school sounds, True bypass, Controls: Gain - Volume - Bass - Middle - Treble, Switch: Aggression (Red /...

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$215
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Hercules DJ Monitor 32

Active DJ Monitors Equipped with: 3" Woofer, Output power: 2 x 15W, Frequency response: 60 - 20,000 Hz, Integrated power supply, Right speaker with amplifier, left speaker passive, RCA audio input, Housing made of 6 mm MDF, Dimensions (H...

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$73.95
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tc electronic TC1210-DT

Plug-In with Desktop Remote Simulation of the well-known TC 1210 "Spatial Expander + Stereo Chorus / Flanger" as a plug-in, Exceptional and musical stereo modulation effects such as chorus, flanger, vibrato or stereo base broadening, 5-Level level meters for...

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$141
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