Whether you simply need a good cheap bass combo amp for practice and
rehearsals, or something more powerful and gig worthy yet just as
portable, this page will compare the top combo picks under
Bass amps obviously need to have a strong, defined low end presence,
and a lot of cheapies will lack the deepness required to articulate
anything more than a flabby rumbling along side the drums.
The 50 and
150 watt combo amps below will give you a clear, punchy and dynamic
that will hold up in most band/live situations.
50 Watt Bass Combo Amp
A genuine workhorse, the Ampeg
BA-112 is highly praised across forums
and gear sites. A no
frills bass combo that's so versatile even 6 string guitarists have
found usable tone through it, and with a deep bottom end that
from larger cabs. Simply great value for money.
50 Watts through 12" speaker. Tilt back cabinet. Especially
punchy response for a
combo. Style selector with 5 preset tones.
50 watts / 12" speaker / 3-band EQ / Style selector with 5 basic
tone options / Balanced TRS line out / Headphone jack
/ RCA input for connecting a CD or tape player / Tilt back cabinet
What users say
A versatile bass combo with
simplified features. Active/passive
inputs, standard 3 band EQ with master volume and a tidy 5 way "style"
selector switch to help shape your tone. Jacks include aux/CD input,
out and headphones. The only thing it's truly lacking, as many users
have pointed out, is a balanced XLR output, although the 1/4" line out
Note that the aux input bypasses the EQ or style controls which is
useful if you want to jam along to track as it was originally mastered.
Fifty solid state watts drive a 12" speaker. Tilt back cabinet which
gives you a more directional sound with all its mid and high end
Great for gigging and easy to carry, but very ruggedly assembled -
another major talking point among users. It really is one of the most
solidly built amps you'll come across.
With the EQ balanced, the BA-112 delivers a thumpy, warm, rich and
round tube-like tone that doesn't distort at high volumes and handles
the lows with just enough tightness. It's a very clean amp which is why
it's also favoured by keyboard players. This in part makes it ultra
responsive to the EQ and style settings. If you're sick of sterile
sounding solid states, the 112 will be a breath of fresh air.
The style switch starts off deep, low and fat and can take you right
through to bright and zingy. Mixed with the EQ you're sure to find that
sweet spot for your needs.
150 Watts with 15" speaker. Overdrive
with gain and blend controls. Shape switches for additional tone
control. Wheels for easy cabinet transportation.
Amp Type: Solid State / Input(s): Two / Output: 150 Watts / Line
Out: 1/4" for direct recording or live use / Speaker: 15"
Special Design + piezo tweeter horn with on-off switch / Controls:
Volume, Overdrive Gain, Overdrive Switch, Overdrive Blend, Punch EQ
preset, Scoop EQ preset, Bass, Low Mid, High Mid, Treble / Covering:
Black Vinyl / Effects: Overdrive (Footswitchable)
What users say
Fender have tweaked their Rumble range. In a nutshell, you
features, updated design and improved sound.
wheel afixed cabinet hosts a feature rich control panel.
tinkering to be done. Active/passive input, 4 band EQ (including
semi-parametric low mid and high mid controls), mid scoop switch,
overdrive switch with gain and blend control. A unique feature is the
ability to switch off the 2" tweeter to cut the highs, built
compression and the standard effects loop, headphone jack and an XLR
line out for balanced PA connection.
150 watts gives you enough power for small to medium size gigs with
on, wheel off convenience.
any sound can be dialled in due to the wealthy array of dials and
switches. Whether you need a cutting pick attack or thumping finger
grooves, the Rumble will deliver. The low and high mid controls allow
you to layer your tone with increased precision.
is footswitchable (footswitch is an extra $30) and will give you all
the grind you need for heavier styles without muddying up your
settings. You can use the blend knob to balance the clean and gain tone
- much deeper than simply adding/removing gain, it's about layering your tone
so that all the definition of the clean tone isn't lost amidst the
distortion, but complemented and enhanced around the edges.
report no unwanted distortion or buzzing at high volumes and the built
in compressor does a subtle but effective job of keeping your
rich and complex, giving you plenty of initial punch and letting that
buttery warmth bleed through.
The mid scoop seems to be a favourite feature of many 150 owners,
punch and pop for some very fat, percussive slaps.
the 150 gives you all the power and tone of the popular 100 in the
previous Rumble line, with that little extra wattage and vastly more
scalable features... and for the same price.