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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Best rated products

  1. Markbass Little Mark 250 Black Line

    Mark­bass Little Mark 250 Black Line

    In stock
    285 €
    349 €
  2. tc electronic BH250

    tc elec­tronic BH250

    In stock
    211 €
  3. Kustom DE300 HD Head

    Kustom DE300 HD Head

    In stock
    269 €
  4. Ampeg PF-500 Portaflex

    Ampeg PF-500 Portaflex

    In stock
    385 €
    534,31 €
  5. Markbass Mini CMD 121P

    Mark­bass Mini CMD 121P

    In stock
    699 €
    949 €
  6. Markbass Micromark 801

    Mark­bass Micro­mark 801

    In stock
    339 €
    499 €
  7. Fender Rumble 100

    Fender Rumble 100

    In stock
    289 €
  8. Warwick BC 10

    War­wick BC 10

    In stock
    99 €
  9. Harley Benton HBW-150

    Harley Benton HBW-150

    In stock
    229 €
  10. Harley Benton HBW-80

    Harley Benton HBW-80

    In stock
    159 €
  11. Harley Benton HB-20B

    Harley Benton HB-20B

    In stock
    69 €
  12. Roland Micro Cube Bass RX

    Roland Micro Cube Bass RX

    In stock within 1-2 weeks
    254 €
    274 €
  13. Harley Benton HBW-20

    Harley Benton HBW-20

    In stock
    75 €
  14. Kemper Profiling Amplifier Rack BK

    Kemper Pro­filing Amp­li­fier Rack BK

    In stock
    1.695 €

Top Brands

  • Sadowsky
  • Bergantino
  • Peavey
  • Engl
  • Electro Harmonix
  • Orange
  • EBS
  • Lehle
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  • Genzler
  • Aguilar

Most popular products

  1. Markbass Mini CMD 121P

    Mark­bass Mini CMD 121P

    In stock
    699 €
    949 €
  2. Markbass CMD JB Players School Combo

    Mark­bass CMD JB Players School Combo

    In stock
    473 €
    649 €
  3. Harley Benton HB-20B

    Harley Benton HB-20B

    In stock
    69 €
  4. Kemper Profiling Amp PowerRack Set

    Kemper Pro­filing Amp Power­Rack Set

    In stock
    2.549 €
  5. Ampeg V-4B Bass Head

    Ampeg V-4B Bass Head

    In stock
    1.069 €
    1.545,81 €
  6. Millenium Go-Kart Truck XL

    Mil­lenium Go-Kart Truck XL

    In stock
    89 €
  7. Harley Benton HBW-80

    Harley Benton HBW-80

    In stock
    159 €
  8. Kemper Profiling Amp PowerHead Set

    Kemper Pro­filing Amp Power­Head Set

    In stock
    2.549 €
  9. Ampeg SVT-210AV

    Ampeg SVT-210AV

    In stock
    285 €
    427,21 €
  10. Ampeg SCR-DI

    Ampeg SCR-DI

    In stock
    195 €
    296,31 €
  11. RockNRoller R8RT (Mid)

    Rock­NRoller R8RT (Mid)

    In stock
    122 €
    175,24 €
  12. TC Electronic BQ250 Bass Head

    TC Elec­tronic BQ250 Bass Head

    In stock
    159 €
  13. tc electronic BH250

    tc elec­tronic BH250

    In stock
    211 €
  14. Ampeg SVT-410HLF

    Ampeg SVT-410HLF

    In stock
    753 €
    1.188,81 €
  15. Bugera BV1001T Veyron Bass Head

    Bugera BV1001T Veyron Bass Head

    In stock
    299 €