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
    €279
    €349
  2. tc electronic BH250

    tc elec­tronic BH250

    In stock
    €215
  3. Ampeg PF-500 Portaflex

    Ampeg PF-500 Portaflex

    In stock
    €389
    €534.31
  4. Kustom DE300 HD Head

    Kustom DE300 HD Head

    In stock
    €275
  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 6-7 weeks
    €255
    €274
  13. Harley Benton HBW-20

    Harley Benton HBW-20

    In stock
    €75
  14. tc electronic BG250-115 MKII

    tc elec­tronic BG250-115 MKII

    In stock
    €309

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Most popular products

  1. Markbass Mini CMD 121P

    Mark­bass Mini CMD 121P

    In stock
    €699
    €949
  2. Kemper Profiling Amp PowerHead Set

    Kemper Pro­filing Amp Power­Head Set

    In stock
    €2,555
  3. Millenium Go-Kart Truck XL

    Mil­lenium Go-Kart Truck XL

    In stock
    €89
  4. Harley Benton HB-20B

    Harley Benton HB-20B

    In stock
    €69
  5. Harley Benton HBW-80

    Harley Benton HBW-80

    In stock
    €159
  6. Ampeg V-4B Bass Head

    Ampeg V-4B Bass Head

    In stock
    €1,090
    €1,545.81
  7. Ampeg PF-410HLF

    Ampeg PF-410HLF

    In stock
    €529
    €772.31
  8. Ampeg SVT-410HLF

    Ampeg SVT-410HLF

    In stock
    €777
    €1,188.81
  9. Phil Jones Double Four BG-75 RD

    Phil Jones Double Four BG-75 RD

    In stock
    €499
  10. Aguilar Tone Hammer

    Aguilar Tone Hammer

    In stock
    €275
  11. Markbass Traveler 102P - 8Ohm

    Mark­bass Trav­eler 102P - 8Ohm

    In stock
    €449
    €575
  12. TC Electronic BQ250 Bass Head

    TC Elec­tronic BQ250 Bass Head

    In stock
    €166
  13. Markbass Standard 104HR-4Ohm

    Mark­bass Standard 104HR-4Ohm

    In stock
    €775
    €949
  14. Markbass Little Mark 800

    Mark­bass Little Mark 800

    In stock
    €635
    €825
  15. Ampeg PF-500 Portaflex

    Ampeg PF-500 Portaflex

    In stock
    €389
    €534.31