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Best bass amps 13 top choice amplification options for bassists

If you’re looking to buy yourself one of the best bass amps, then welcome - you’ve come to the right place. It sounds a bit cheesy, but we honestly don’t think that there has ever been a better time to buy a new bass amp. Not only have amps been steadily getting lighter over the years, but they have also gotten more affordable, too.

Our guide to the best bass amps showcases what we feel are the greatest amps out there right now, no matter the budget. 

So whether you’re brand new to the world of bass and need something to get you off the ground, or a bass master looking for your next high-end stage-ready setup, there’s something on this list for you. 

To help you find exactly what you are looking for we've listed these awesome amps in price order, from budget-friendly to high-end.

We’ve included some expert buying advice at the end of this guide, so if you’d like to read more about the best bass amps then click the ‘buying advice’ tab above. If you’d like to get straight to the products, then keep scrolling.

Best bass amps: Our top picks

If you’re after sheer quality and have a big budget to blow, then we can’t think of anything more perfect than the Aguilar DB This beast of an amp has been available for some time - but it remains a visible staple on stages across the world. The straightforward easy-to-use control panel and bags of power make it a simple but incredibly effective amp, hence why so many players use it.

For the vintage tone seekers, we have to recommend the iconic Fender Bassman Pro You’d be hard-pushed to find a bass player who doesn’t appreciate the rich, warm valve tones of this reimagined classic. 

Staying with Fender, for the budget-conscious beginners here today, we have to give a shout-out to the Fender Rumble This humble little amp definitely packs a punch without breaking the bank - and it looks awesome too.

Best bass amps: Product guide & reviews

1. Fender Rumble 15

The ideal amp for home practice

Specifications

Launch price: $99/£/€

Power: 15 watts

Features: Volume, bass, mid, treble

Connections: 1/4-inch jack input socket, 1/4-inch jack headphone socket,1/8 aux in

Weight: 16 lbs/ kg

Reasons to buy

+Lightweight+Super affordable+Great Fender tone  

Reasons to avoid

-A little basic 

If you’re looking for a reliable home practice amp, then look no further. Designed to be compact, lightweight, and portable - the Fender Rumble series is ideal for beginners and professionals alike. 

This stylishly petite amp delivers watts of power - more than enough for practicing at home. The headphone out means you can practice any time of day without disturbing the whole household, while the aux-in allows you to jam along with your favourite tracks via your phone or device. 

This little amp has it all, the look, the sound, and most importantly it’s affordable!

2. Warwick Gnome Head

The pocket-size option

Specifications

Launch price: $/£/€

Power: watts

Features: Gain, bass, mid, treble, master

Connections: 1/4-inch jack input socket, 1/4-inch jack headphone socket,1/4-inch speaker out, XLR line out, ground lift

Weight: lbs/ kg

Reasons to buy

+Extremely light  +Loud and punchy  

Reasons to avoid

-A little basic compared to others 

The Warwick Gnome is the ultimate pint-sized gigging companion. This minuscule amp weighs in at a measly Ibs and will easily fit in the pocket of your gig bag.

Don’t let its size fool you. This mighty little amp delivers a clear, crisp, clean sound with a whopping watts of power. Whether you’re practicing at home or playing a small gig this fun-sized amp will be sure to keep up. The fully metal enclosure is strong enough to take a beating on the road, and XLR DI output with switchable ground lift makes it a strong amp to have by your side in the recording studio as well. 

3. Blackstar Unity 30

A great practice amp with built-in chorus and compression

Specifications

Launch price: $/£/€

Power: 30 watts

Features: 3 Voices – Classic, Modern, Overdrive, 3-band EQ with semi-parametric Mid, Footswitchable Overdrive and Chorus, Compressor, Input Gain with clip indication, Pad Switch for active/passive instruments

Connections: 1/4-inch jack input socket, MP3/line-in, XLR + 1/4-inch line out, headphones with independent level control

Weight: 22lbs/10kg

Reasons to buy

+Built-in chorus/compression +XLR line out with ground lift 

Reasons to avoid

-Look elsewhere if you're looking to gig

Blackstar may not be your first thought when it comes to amplifiers for bass guitar, but the Unity series proves they know a thing or two about reproducing thunderous low-end - and all at a price that is kind on your wallet.  

This sturdy amp offers great tone-shaping options. The three different voices (classic, modern, and overdrive) cover a wide range of classic tones, and the footswitchable chorus adds a whole new dimension to your sound. As if this wasn’t enough, it also has a built-in compressor, which you can turn on with the flick of a switch. 

Ultimately this is a versatile bass amp, that offers just enough features to make practicing the bass guitar at home fun, and interesting.

4. TC Electronic Thrust BQ

Versatile compact head that’s big on value

Specifications

Launch price: $/£/€

Power: watts @ 4 ohms

Features: Gain, Thrust, 4-band EQ and Master Volume controls, Onboard compressor

Connections: ¼” jack input, Balanced XLR output, SpeakOn speaker out, 1/8” headphone out/aux in

Weight: kg

Reasons to buy

+Great for silent practice+SpeakON connectivity 

Reasons to avoid

-Better suited to active basses

While, understandably, this list contains some of the most sought-after, top tier bass amps on the market today, there’s some incredible amps to be found at the other end of the price spectrum. The TC Electronic Thrust BQ resides nearer the entry-level mark, but delivers a quite brilliant package for a shade under $/£, including silent practice functionality and an onboard compressor. 

As a compact, lightweight Class D head, the BQ is ideal as a dedicated gigging amp for players who find themselves travelling but don’t want to risk lugging their more expensive studio gear around.

5. Orange Crush 50

Classic orange looks with a built-in tuner!

Specifications

Launch price: $/£/€

Power: 50 watts

Features: Active 3-band EQ, frequency, volume, blend, tuner, -6dB pad

Connections: 1/4-inch jack input socket, 1/4-inch jack headphone socket,1/4-inch, fx loop, footswitch

Weight: ibslbs/kg

Reasons to buy

+Classic Orange tone+Built-in tuner 

Reasons to avoid

-Other amps at this price have more features 

Inspired by the flagship OB1 and 4 Stroke amps, the Crush 50 delivers that iconic orange tone in a more bedroom-friendly amplifier. 

This may be a budget bass amp, but the Orange Crush 50 impresses on tone. Whether you’re longing for warm modern clean sounds or crunchy vintage drive, this amp delivers. The versatile active EQ section with a sweepable parametric mid band offers the ultimate control over your sound. 

One nifty feature we absolutely love on this amp is the chromatic tuner. This may not seem like a big deal, but for us, it’s one less obstacle in the way of playing the bass. Simply plug in, tune-up, and bring the thunder. 

6. Trace Elliot Elf

The best bass amp for portability and price

Specifications

Launch price: $/£/€

Power: watts @ 4 ohms, watts @ 8 ohms

Features: Gain, Level indicator, Bass, Middle, Treble, Power indicator, Ground/Lift switch

Connections: 1/4-inch jack input socket, 1/4-inch jack Headphone socket, 1/4-inch jack output socket, Balanced XLR DI output

Weight: g

Reasons to buy

+Small and lightweight+Cuts through a band mix

Reasons to avoid

-No Aux In socket-Features limited by dimensions

The resurrected Trace Elliot has much to live up to, considering what TE used to stand for in terms of bass amplification. Obviously, the Elf is a very different proposition to the leviathan TE amps of the ‘80s, but don't let its size deceive you. 

Tonally, there is much to be impressed by. The limited EQ section does its job well, while the LED indicators highlight when the in-built compression and drive functionality are in operation. 

The actual power on offer is very impressive; looks can be deceptive. A fine amp and a no-brainer. You could even use it as an emergency backup for your gig bag.

Read the full Trace Elliot Elf review

7. Markbass Little Marcus

The best bass amp from a true funk legend

Specifications

Launch price: $/£/€

Power: watts @ 4 ohms, watts @ 8 ohms

Features: Mute switch, Gain, EQ1 – UltraLow, Low, Mid, High Mid, High, EQ2 – Old School, Millerizer, Line Out Level, Master Volume, Pre/Post EQ selector, Ground/Lift switch

Connections: 1/4-inch jack input socket, Speakon output socket, 1/4-inch jack Footswitch input, Balanced XLR DI output socket, 1/4-inch jack Send/Return sockets, 1/4-inch jack Tuner Output socket

Weight: 3kg

Reasons to buy

+Uncluttered control panel+Versatile and punchy tones+High and low filters

Reasons to avoid

-Artist connection not for everyone

Anything featuring the Marcus Miller signature will attract attention, and this has been very true of the Markbass range that Marcus has leant his name to. This particular amp has plenty of power but it’s the brushed steel looks, player-friendly control set, lightweight design and slap-happy bass tones that make this a real winner at an affordable price. 

But don't be fooled into thinking this is just an amp for slap fans, it has far more tonality than that and can cover a lot of ground across a wide range of musical styles. Available in // watt models also, the model sits comfortably in between the two power extremes, offering fine tone-shaping options with a more than capable power output. Prepare to be impressed.

Read the full Markbass Little Marcus review

8. Darkglass Electronics Alpha Omega

The new offering from the bass gear guru

Specifications

Launch price: $/£/€

Power: watts

Features: Distortion, growl, drive, bite, compressor, 6-band Graphic EQ

Connections: 1/4-inch jack input socket, XLR direct out, headphones, send and return

Weight: ibslbs/kg

Reasons to buy

+Fantastic distortion/ fuzz tones+Mod control allows you to mix the distortion types+USB for loading cabinet impulses 

Reasons to avoid

-Not always easy to see if the Growl or Bite buttons are activated

There’s a new kid on the block. The Alpha Omega is the latest offering from bass gear giants, Darkglass Electronics. This high-tech bass head is loaded with features and quite frankly sounds incredible. 

The heart and soul of this watt head has to be the Alpha Omega Engine. Whether it’s mild overdrive or high-gain saturation you’re looking for, this powerful amp can handle it. The unique ‘mod’ control allows you to blend between both sides of the engine, allowing you to dial in the perfect distortion sound for any situation. 

The ‘cab select’ switch located on the rear of the amp allows you to navigate between the three different cabinet impulses for the DI output or headphones, you can even load your own via the USB if you would rather. 

9. Orange Terror Bass

The mighty return of the ultimate lunchbox bass amp

Specifications

Launch price: $/£/€

Power: watts @ 4 ohms, watts @8 ohms

Features: Single channel, hybrid – Class D power amp with valve preamp, clean switch, variable input sensitivity for active or passive basses, natural channel: volume bass, middle, treble, gain

Connections: 1x 1/4-inch jack input sockets, speakon output sockets, balanced DI out, FX loop

Weight: KG

Reasons to buy

+Compact size+Plenty of power+Great tone

Reasons to avoid

-Not ideal for loads of distortion

The original Orange Terror Bass amp built its own fanbase at a time when portable amp heads with built-in valve distortion were few and far between. This new iteration features more grind and tonal colour.

Based on the AD amplifier, this hybrid-design utilises a 12AX7 valve in the preamp stage and a 12AT7 valve for the Send output of the FX loop. The return input has a solid-state stage and a solid-state Class D output stage.

So, how does it sound? Well, this is a loud amp! Playing with a pick gives a great rock tone straight off the bat, while adding some distortion courtesy of the 12AX7 in the preamp produces the signature Orange tone. It’s richly coloured, with enough grind and distortion to warm the sound up, but never venturing towards a lacklustre fizz. 

Read the full Orange Terror Bass Amp review

Fender Bassman Pro

The vintage legend comes of age

Specifications

Launch price: $1,/£1,/€1,

Power: watts @ 4 ohms, watts @ 8 ohms

Features: Volume, Bass (push/pull Deep), Mid, Treble (push/pull Bright), Overdrive/Vintage selector, Gain, Blend, Volume, Bass (push/pull Deep), Mid-Frequency, Mid-Level, Treble (push/pull bright), Master Volume (pull Mute), XLR Output Level, Pre/Post EQ selector, Ground/Lift selector

Connections: 2x 1/4-inch jack input sockets, 2x Speakon output sockets, 1/4-inch jack Footswitch input socket, 1/4-inch jack Tuner Output socket, 1/4-inch jack preamp Output socket, 1/4-inch jack Power Amp Input socket, Balanced XLR DI output socket

Weight: kg

Reasons to buy

+Powerful vintage tube tones+Rich colourful overdrive+Reduced weight

Reasons to avoid

-Won't appeal to hi-fi tone lovers

When Fender first created the Telecaster, Precision and Jazz Bass instruments, the amplification the company subsequently produced was designed to bring out the now legendary characteristics of their basses.

Over time, the bass amps fell out of favour somewhat, but this newly re-designed version of the classic Bassman amp is a breath of fresh air, with vintage valve tones courtesy of its valve-loaded preamp, a whopping watts of power, all the vintage aesthetics you could wish for and a back-friendly weight to boot. 

Change from clean to rich valve tones in the blink of an eye with the two-channel setup and inclusive footswitch and play your Fenders as they were meant to be heard.

Eich T

This best bass amp contender boasts impressive looks, features and tones

Specifications

Launch price: $1,/£1,/€1,

Power: 2x watts @ 2 ohms, watts @ 4 ohms

Features: Gain, Taste, dB selector, Attack Time selector, Compressor, Lo, Lo-Mid, Hi-Mid, Hi, Bass Boost selector, High Boost selector, Master Volume, Line/Effect Mix, Mute selector, Pre/Post EQ selector, Ground/Lift switch, Channel A Volume, Channel B Volume (with Sub on/off selector), Bridged Mode selector

Connections: 1/4-inch jack input socket, 1/4-inch jack Compressor/Mute Footswitch input, Balanced XLR DI output socket, 3x Speakon output sockets, mm Headphone output, mm Aux In input, 1/4-inch jack Send/Return sockets, 1/4-inch jack Line Out socket, 1/4-inch jack Tuner Output socket

Weight: kg

Reasons to buy

+Great tone-shaping features+Magnetic fix pins are impressive+Puts power at your fingertips

Reasons to avoid

-Too 'busy' for some players

Interesting features, such as the cable looping side handle and the magnetic fixing pins make the T a fully-featured, tonally flexible amp in a portable compact design. 

The four-band EQ and boost features give bassists of all styles full control of their bass-tone; slap and tap players will find their performances are conveyed with power, clarity and authority while rock and pick players will appreciate the 'beefy' delivery. 

Bright white LEDs illustrate which selection buttons and functions are in use and are very helpful on dark stages. A very impressive performer and a worthwhile consideration for the working bassist. Seriously good.

Read the full Eich T review

Ampeg SVT-CL

The American warhorse returns in all its classic glory

Specifications

Launch price: $1,/£1,/€1,

Power: watts @ 2/4 ohms

Features: Gain, Ultra Hi/Lo selectors, Bass, Midrange, Frequency, Treble, Master Volume, Bias 1 control, Bias 2 control, Impedance Selector switch

Connections: 2x 1/4-inch jack input sockets (0dB/dB), 1/4-inch jack Slave Output socket, 2x 1/4-inch jack output sockets, Speakon output socket, Balanced XLR DI output socket, 1/4-inch jack preamp Output socket, 1/4-inch jack Power Amp Input socket

Weight: kg

Reasons to buy

+Familiar, classic bass tones+Powerful and authoritative+This amp has created legends

Reasons to avoid

-Legendarily heavy, handle with care

Ampeg set the standard for bass amplification in the late ‘60s/early ‘70s and, alongside their 8x10 speaker cabinets, a classic bass sound was created. As a result, everyone wanted valve warmth matched with power and volume. 

This amp is a recreation of the classic - and much desired - Ampeg amp. With eleven valves across the preamp, power amp and drive sections, if you're after tube performance, this is one of the best bass amps to try.

It's not packed with features and extras but then it doesn't need to be. The weight may put you off but there is no denying the enticing bass-tones on offer.

Aguilar DB

Aguilar's flagship amp flies the flag for valve tones

Specifications

Launch price: $3,/£2,/€2,

Power: watts @ 2 ohms, watts @ 4 ohms, watts @ 8 ohms

Features: -6dB pad, Gain, Bright switch, Treble, Mid, Bass, Deep switch, Master Volume, Send (push/pull for dB, line or instrument level), Return (push/pull for series/parallel operation), Pre/Post EQ switch, Ground/Lift switch, Mute/Operate switch

Connections: 1/4-inch jack input socket, 1/4-inch jack Send/Return sockets, Balanced XLR DI output, 1/4-inch jack Footswitch socket, Speakon outputs x2, 1/4-inch jack Tuner Output socket

Weight: kg

Reasons to buy

+Powerful and built to last+High-quality tone-shaping+Simple panel layout

Reasons to avoid

-Heavy and expensive

Following on from the impressive DB, the DB is a serious piece of kit which is why you can often see it powering multi-cab rigs on stages across the globe. Requiring three rack unit spaces and coming with a ten year limited warranty, it comes as no surprise that this amp delivers serious tone with high-power output levels to match, incorporating three 12AX7 preamp valves and twelve MOSFETs. 

Rather than fill the amp with elaborate features to turn your head, those wise chaps at Aguilar aimed to create a tone monster that would strongly rival the best bass amps around… and they succeeded.

Best bass amps: Buying advice

People often think that carrying a bass amp is all just a test of your physical strength. Don’t get us wrong, in some cases, it still can be - but as technology has improved, costs have come down and efficiency has skyrocketed, virtually every company has a powerful yet lightweight amp solution in their range. 

Much like when choosing any piece of musical equipment, it’s important to consider when and where you’ll be using it. Unfortunately, this means coming to terms with the fact that the 1,watt full stack with 8x10 cabs may not be the best choice for every situation. Make sure you consider the power of your new amp carefully. We’d suggest not going too mental, but having more power than you need is definitely a nice place to be. 

Headphone outputs are fairly common, particularly on Class D amps, and offer the opportunity for silent practice. Some even include an auxiliary input so you can jam along with a music source, making them perfect for both gigging and home practice.

For ease of transportation, portable Class D amplifiers offer many benefits, however very few feature valves in their preamp. So if the vintage valve tone is what you long for, you may have to look at a larger amp. 

Don’t forget to think about the speaker enclosures you intend to use as these greatly affect the tone and volume. Consider the resistance (measured in ohms) of the amp compared to the resistance of the cabinets you intend to use, as they need to be compatible. 

Bass amps these days can come with a number of features, some you may never need. 

So it’s important to ask yourself if you will make use of them all. Some players are perfectly happy with a basic amp, especially if they shape their tone via the preamp/tone controls on their instrument or via pedals, while others look for extra functionality like compressors, limiters, or even cab simulators.

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Top 40 Hybrid Bass Heads

We have collected for you the Hybrid Bass Heads

Equipment list navigation:

  1. Orange Terror Bass
  2. Bugera Veyron M BVT B-Stock
  3. Gallien Krueger Fusion S
  4. Orange Little Bass Thing
  5. Markbass Little Mark Vintage D2
  6. Markbass Little Mark Tube
  7. Fender Bassman Head
  8. Hartke HA Bass Top
  9. Ampeg SVT-3PRO
  10. Ampeg SVT-7PRO Bass Head
  11. Hartke LH
  12. Ampeg SVT-4PRO
  13. Hartke LH
  14. Hartke LX
  15. Markbass Little Mark Vintage
  16. Bugera BVT Veyron Bass Head
  17. Ampeg SVT-4PRO / SVTHLF
  18. Mesa Boogie Subway WD
  19. Mesa Boogie Subway TT
  20. Ampeg SVT 4 Pro Bundle
  21. Gallien Krueger Fusion S
  22. Gallien Krueger Fusion S
  23. Hartke LH Bundle 5
  24. Ampeg SVT-3PRO Bundle
  25. Ampeg SVT 4 Pro Bundle
  26. Ampeg SVT-7 Pro Bass Head Bundle
  27. Ampeg SVT-7 Pro Bass Head Bundle
  28. Hartke HA Bass Top Bundle
  29. Markbass Little Mark Vintage D2 B-Stock
  30. Hartke LH Bundle 4
  31. Hartke HA Bass Top Bundle
  32. Hartke LH Bundle
  33. Ampeg Heritage SVT-CL Bundle
  34. Hartke LH Bundle
  35. Hartke LH Bundle
  36. Hartke LH Bundle 1
  37. Ampeg SVT-3PRO Bundle
  38. Hartke LH Bundle 3
  39. Hartke LH Bundle
  40. Hartke LH Bundle 2

1. Orange Terror Bass

Orange Terror Bass

Hybrid Bass Amp Head

  • Power: W @ 4 ohms, W @ 8 ohms
  • Class-D amplifier
  • Tube preamp with 12AX7 / ECC83
  • Switchable input sensitivity for active or passive instruments
  • DI output
  • FX loop with tube-driven send (12AT7)
  • Controls: Master, Treble, Middle, Bass, Gain
  • Clean switch
  • Speaker Twist speaker output
  • Solid steel housing
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): x x mm
  • Weight: kg
  • Colour: White
  • Includes padded gig bag

2. Bugera Veyron M BVT B-Stock

Bugera Veyron M BVT B-Stock

Hybride Bass Amp Head

  • Tube preamp with 3x 12AX7 tubes
  • Class D power amp
  • Power: W
  • Optical compressor
  • Dynamizer power management
  • 3-Band EQ
  • Mid switch
  • Balanced DI out
  • Pre/ post EQ switchable
  • FX Loop
  • Tuner output
  • AUX input
  • Headphones output
  • 2 Parallel speaker twist loudspeaker connectors
  • 2-Way foot switch connector

3. Gallien Krueger Fusion S

Gallien Krueger Fusion S

Amplifier Head for Electric Bass

  • Compact and light
  • 1 Channel
  • Power: W @ 2 ohms
  • Preamp tubes: 3 x 12AX7
  • Controls: Trim / Voice, Normal / On, Overdrive / ON, Edge / Cut, Level / Body, Bass / Bump, Lo-Mid / Cont, Hi-Mid / Hicut, Treble / Pres, Master / Mute
  • Switch: Power, Lift / Gnd, Pre / Post, Impedance (8 x 4 and 4 x 4)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): x x 61 mm
  • Weight: kg
  • Includes foot switch
  • Made in USA

Connections:

  • Input: mm jack
  • Headphone output: mm stereo mini jack
  • Aux input: mm stereo mini jack
  • Direct Out: XLR
  • Tuner: mm jack
  • Footswitch: mm jack
  • Return / Send: mm jack
  • Speaker outputs: 2x Speaker Twist

4. Orange Little Bass Thing

Orange Little Bass Thing

Amp Head for Electric Bass

  • 1 Channel
  • Class D power amplifier
  • Output power: W
  • Minimum of 4 Ohm total
  • FX loop
  • Compressor
  • Foot switchable
  • DI output
  • 2 Speaker outputs
  • 3-Band tone control with semi-parametric midrange control
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): x x cm
  • Weight: kg
  • Colour: White

5. Markbass Little Mark Vintage D2

Markbass Little Mark Vintage D2

Bass Amp Head

  • Power: watts at 4 ohms, watts at 8 ohms
  • Very light and compact design
  • Selected components
  • Gold-plated circuits
  • Tube preamplifier
  • Boost, Gain, MF Low, MF Low Level, Bass, MF High, MF HI Level, High, Master Volume controls
  • Switches: Limiter On / Off, Flat / Old, Pre / Post, Ground Lift
  • 1 x Jack input
  • 1 x Speaker twist and jack output
  • Effect send and return connections (jack)
  • Line output: Balanced XLR
  • Tuner output
  • Foot switch
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): approx x x 25 cm
  • Weight: approx kg

6. Markbass Little Mark Tube

Markbass Little Mark Tube

Bass Head

  • Tube preamp
  • Watt at 4 Ohm
  • Watt at 8 Ohm
  • Mix Controls Tube/Solid State
  • Pre/Post switch
  • Controls for Volume, Bass, Low and High mid
  • Treble, master volume
  • Variable Pre Shape Filter
  • Vintage Speaker Emulator
  • Line Out, Effect Send and Return, LINE OUT: Balanced XLR, Tuner Out
  • Ultra light and compact, Weight approx. kg
  • Dimensions (W x H x D) approx.: x x cm
  • Optional matching rack adapter: Article Nr. (not included)

7. Fender Bassman Head

Fender Bassman Head

Hybrid Head For Bass

  • 2 Channels: Vintage and overdrive
  • Power: W RMS 4 Ohms
  • 2 Inputs
  • Tubes: 2x 12AX7
  • Vintage channel controls: Volume, Bass (Pull Deep), Mid, Treble (Pull Bright)
  • Overdrive channel controls: Gain, Blend, Volume, Bass (Pull Deep), Mid Freq, Mid Level, Treble (Pull Bright), Master (Pull Mute)
  • Tube overdrive effect
  • Effects loop
  • Line out XLR with ground lift, level control and pre/post EQ switches
  • 2 Speaker twist speaker connectors
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): x x cm
  • Weight: kg

8. Hartke HA Bass Top

Hartke HA Bass Top

Bass Head

  • Power: W @ 4 Ohm, W @ 8 Ohm
  • Tube and transistor üreamp
  • Compressor
  • Band EQ
  • Effect send & return
  • 2x Jack outputs for speakers
  • Bipolar design
  • Passive/Active input
  • Dimensions with rubber feet (W x H x D): 48 x 10 x 33 cm
  • Including rack ears

9. Ampeg SVT-3PRO

Ampeg SVT-3PRO

Bass Head

  • Power: Watt at 4 Ohm and Watt at 8 Ohm
  • Tube Pre-Amp with 3 x 12AX7
  • Driver tubes 1 x 12AX7 and 1 x 12AU7
  • 3-Band EQ and Graphic 9-Band EQ
  • Mid-Tone-Control with 5 Positions
  • Ultra Low and High Boost
  • Adjustable DI output with ground lift switch
  • FX loop
  • Preamp Output and Power Amp Input
  • Format: 19&#; / 2 U
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): x 89 x mm

Ampeg SVT-7PRO Bass Head

Ampeg SVT-7PRO Bass Head

Bass Head

  • Power: Watt RMS @ 4 Ohms, Watt RMS @ 8 Ohm
  • Preamp Tube ( 1 × JJ 12AX7), Class D Amplifier
  • Tone controls: Bass, Mid, Treble, Mid-tone
  • Mid-tone control: 5-Position
  • Ultra Low/High Boosts
  • Compressor
  • Balanced Di-Out
  • Preamp Out
  • Poweramp In
  • Switchable Pre/Post EQ
  • 0/ dB
  • Ground lift
  • Aux In
  • Effect loop
  • Tuner Out
  • Foot switch Out (footswitch optional)
  • 2x Speaker Twist Out
  • Includes: Rack mount, Switching Power Supply
  • Weight: 7 kg

Hartke LH

Hartke LH

19&#; Bass Head

  • 2x Watt or 1x Watt
  • Tube preamp with 12AX7 Class-A tube preamp circuit
  • 3-Band EQ
  • Bright Switch
  • Limiter Switch with LED Indicator
  • Balanced XLR DI-Out
  • FX loop
  • Balanced direct output
  • Effects loop
  • Speaker Twist and jack outputs for speakers
  • 2 U
  • Dimensions: mm x mm x 83 mm
  • Weight: kg

Ampeg SVT-4PRO

Ampeg SVT-4PRO

Pro Bass Head

  • Head for Electric Bass
  • Pro Series
  • Preamp 3x 12AX7 tubes
  • MOSFET Power amplifier
  • Power 2x W at 8 Ohm (W mono-bridged)
  • Power 2x W at 4 Ohm (W mono-bridged)
  • Power 2x W at 2 Ohm
  • 9-Band graphic EQ
  • 3-Band tone control
  • Input peak LED
  • 2x Jack inputs
  • dB Pad
  • Integrated compression
  • Bright switch
  • Internal 24 dB/Octave crossover
  • Linkwitz-Riley state variable filters
  • High/Low balance control
  • Tuner output
  • Mute function
  • Bi-amping high and low jack outputs
  • 2x Preamp-Out
  • 2x Balanced Line-Out
  • 2 Effect loops
  • Format: 3 U
  • Weight: Approx. 20 kg

Hartke LH

Hartke LH

19&#; Bass Head

  • Watt
  • Tube preamp with 12AX7 Class-A tube preamp circuit
  • 3-Band EQ
  • Bright Switch
  • Limiter Switch with LED Indicator
  • Balanced XLR DI-Out
  • Balanced direct output
  • Effects loop
  • Jack outputs for speakers
  • 2 U
  • Dimensions: mm x mm x 83 mm
  • Weight: kg

Hartke LX

Hartke LX

Bass Amp Head

  • 12AX7 Class A tube preamp
  • Power: W @ 4 ohms
  • Jack active/passive input
  • Controls: Drive, Compressor, Gain, Bass, Shape, Frequency, Treble, Master
  • Mute switch
  • British switch (+ 6 dB)
  • AUX input
  • Headphone output
  • XLR DI output with ground lift
  • Tuner output
  • FX loop
  • 2 x Footswitch connection (TRS) for drive, effects loop, brite and frequency parameters
  • Speaker connections: Speaker Twist and jack
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): x x 73 mm
  • Weight: kg

Markbass Little Mark Vintage

Markbass Little Mark Vintage

Amp Head for Electric Bass

  • Very light and compact
  • Power: W at 4 ohms / W at 8 ohms
  • Tube preamplifier
  • Controls for DI, Gain, Limiter, Bass, Low and High Mids, Treble, Master Volume
  • 3-Way switch: Flat / Cut / Old
  • Pre / Post switch
  • Ground lift switch
  • Effects send and return: mm jack
  • Line output: balanced XLR
  • Tuner output: mm jack
  • Foot switch
  • Selected components
  • Gold-plated circuits
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): approx x x 25 cm
  • Weight: approx kg

Bugera BVT Veyron Bass Head

Bugera BVT Veyron Bass Head

Hybride Bass Amp Head

  • Tube preamp with 3x 12AX7 tubes
  • Class D power amp
  • Power: W
  • Optical compressor
  • Dynamizer power management
  • 3-Band EQ
  • Mid switch
  • Balanced DI out
  • Pre/ post EQ switchable
  • FX Loop
  • Tuner output
  • AUX input
  • Headphones output
  • 2 Parallel speaker twist loudspeaker connectors
  • 2-Way foot switch connector

Ampeg SVT-4PRO / SVTHLF

Ampeg SVT-4PRO / SVTHLF

Bundle offer comprising

Ampeg SVT-4PRO

  • Pro Bass Head
  • Head for Electric Bass
  • Pro Series
  • Preamp 3x 12AX7 tubes
  • MOSFET Power amplifier
  • Power 2x W at 8 Ohm (W mono-bridged)
  • Power 2x W at 4 Ohm (W mono-bridged)
  • Power 2x W at 2 Ohm
  • 9-Band graphic EQ
  • 3-Band tone control
  • Input peak LED
  • 2x Jack inputs
  • dB Pad
  • Integrated compression
  • Bright switch
  • Internal 24 dB/Octave crossover
  • Linkwitz-Riley state variable filters
  • High/Low balance control
  • Tuner output
  • Mute function
  • Bi-amping high and low jack outputs
  • 2x Preamp-Out
  • 2x Balanced Line-Out
  • 2 Effect loops
  • Format: 3 U
  • Weight: Approx. 20 kg

Ampeg SVT HLF

  • Bass Speaker
  • 6 x 10&#; Speaker + horn
  • Rated power: W at 4 Ohms
  • Impedance 4 Ohm
  • Crossover frequency: Hz
  • Frequency response: 42 &#; hz
  • SPL: dB maximum SPL
  • Rear skid strips
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 61 x x 41 cm
  • Weight: kg

the sssnake SLL

  • Professional Speaker Cable
  • Length: 2 m
  • Speaker Twist &#; Speaker Twist
  • Neutrik connectors
  • Cross-section: 2 x mm²
  • Colour: Grey

Mesa Boogie Subway WD

Mesa Boogie Subway WD

Bass Top Section

  • Power: W @ 4 or 2 ohms, W @ 8 ohms
  • Power amplifier with 8/4 or 2 ohm impedance switch for optimum adaptation
  • Preamp 2-stage tube amp Class A / 1 x Mesa 12AT7
  • EQ / dynamics control: variable high-pass filter (Hz)
  • Active 5-band EQ (+/- 12 db for bass, low-mid, high-mid, treble)
  • Selectable from Hz, Hz or Hz and a passive Mid Control
  • USB network output
  • Headphone output
  • Auxiliary input
  • Weight: Approximately kg
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): x x cm
  • Made in USA

Mesa Boogie Subway TT

Mesa Boogie Subway TT

Amplifier Head for Electric Bass

  • Compact and light
  • Channels: 2; Power: watts @ 4 and 2 ohms
  • Preamp tubes: 3x 12AT7
  • Controls: 2x Gain, Highpass (2x), Bass (2x), Mid (2x), Mid Freq (2x), Treble (2x), Volume (2x), O / D Symmetry
  • Switch: Mute / Play, High / Low Gain, Deep, Bright, Channel Select, Power, Speaker Impedance, 2x Level Line / Mic, 2x Ground / Lift
  • Loop-in path effect: Yes
  • Connections: Input ( mm jack), headphones ( mm stereo jack), footswitch ( mm jack), FX loops (2x send, 2x return) ( mm jack), Aux In (6 , 3 mm jack), tuner output ( mm), direct out (2x XLR), USB motto PWR; Dimensions (W x D x H): x x 88 mm
  • Weight: kg
  • Made in the USA

Ampeg SVT 4 Pro Bundle

Ampeg SVT 4 Pro Bundle

Bundle offer comprising

Ampeg SVT-4PRO

  • Pro Bass Head
  • Head for Electric Bass
  • Pro Series
  • Preamp 3x 12AX7 tubes
  • MOSFET Power amplifier
  • Power 2x W at 8 Ohm (W mono-bridged)
  • Power 2x W at 4 Ohm (W mono-bridged)
  • Power 2x W at 2 Ohm
  • 9-Band graphic EQ
  • 3-Band tone control
  • Input peak LED
  • 2x Jack inputs
  • dB Pad
  • Integrated compression
  • Bright switch
  • Internal 24 dB/Octave crossover
  • Linkwitz-Riley state variable filters
  • High/Low balance control
  • Tuner output
  • Mute function
  • Bi-amping high and low jack outputs
  • 2x Preamp-Out
  • 2x Balanced Line-Out
  • 2 Effect loops
  • Format: 3 U
  • Weight: Approx. 20 kg

Ampeg SVTE

  • Bass Speaker
  • Low end woofer
  • Equipped with 8x 10&#; Eminence speakers
  • Power rating: Watt RMS
  • Jack and speaker twist socket
  • Max. SPL: dB
  • Impedance: 4 Ohm &#; switchable to 2 x 8 Ohm bi amp/ stereo
  • Frequency range: 40 Hz &#; 5 kHz
  • Dimensions: x x cm
  • Weight: 75 kg

pro snake TPL 1,5 LL

  • High Quality Speaker Cable
  • Speaker Twist &#; Speaker Twist
  • 2 x mm²
  • 2 x Neutrik NL4FX Speaker Twist connector
  • Sheath diameter: 9 mm
  • Length: m
  • Colour: Black

Gallien Krueger Fusion S

Gallien Krueger Fusion S

Amplifier Head for Electric Bass

  • Compact and light
  • 1 Channel
  • Power: W @ ohms
  • Preamp tubes: 3 x 12AX7
  • Controls: Trim / Voice, Normal / On, Overdrive / ON, Edge / Cut, Level / Body, Bass / Bump, Lo-Mid / Cont, Hi-Mid / Hicut, Treble / Pres, Master / Mute
  • Switch: Power, Lift / Gnd, Pre / Post, Impedance (8 x 4 and 4 x 4)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): x x 61 mm
  • Weight: kg
  • Includes footswitch
  • Made in USA

Connections:

  • Input: mm jack
  • Headphone output: mm stereo mini jack
  • Aux input: mm stereo mini jack
  • Direct Out: XLR
  • Tuner: mm jack
  • Footswitch: mm jack
  • Return / Send: mm jack
  • Speaker outputs: 2 x Speaker Twist

Gallien Krueger Fusion S

Gallien Krueger Fusion S

Amp Head for Electric Bass

  • Compact and light
  • Channels: 1
  • Power: W @ 4 ohms
  • Preamp tubes: 3x 12AX7
  • Controls: Trim / Voice, Normal / On, Overdrive / ON, Edge / Cut, Level / Body, Bass / Bump, Lo-Mid / Cont, Hi-Mid / Hicut, Treble / Pres, Master / Mute
  • Switches: Power, Lift / Gnd, Pre / Post
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): x x 61 mm
  • Weight: kg
  • Includes foot switch
  • Made in USA

Connections:

  • Input: mm jack
  • Headphone connection: mm stereo mini jack
  • Aux input: mm stereo mini jack
  • Direct Out: XLR
  • Tuner output: mm jack
  • Footswitch connection: mm jack
  • Return & Send: mm jack
  • DI output: XLR
  • Speaker outputs: 2x Speaker Twist

Hartke LH Bundle 5

Hartke LH Bundle 5

Bundle offer comprising

Hartke HyDrive HD

  • Cabinet for Electric Bass
  • Equipment: 4 Hartke 10&#; paper / aluminium speakers & 1&#; HF driver with 3-way volume switch
  • Casing construction: closed
  • Power rating: watts
  • Frequency range: 50 &#; 17, Hz
  • Impedance: 8 ohms
  • Connections: 2 x Speaker Twist & 2 x mm jack
  • Construction: Plywood &#; reinforced several times
  • Dimensions: (W x H x D): x x mm
  • Weight: 32 kg
Sours: https://soundsmag.com/top-hybrid-bass-heads/
Best Bass Amp Head For The Money - Warwick Gnome

Best bass amps killer low-end amplification options for bassists

Whether you need a bass amp combo for practice, a reliable gig-ready bass amp head or maybe just a watt super-beast to help overpower your guitarist, this guide to the best bass amps has something for you.

Our list features bass guitar amps of all kinds. There are the super-portable options, the micro bass heads and lightweight heads the size of a cigar box. We’ve got the best bass amp combos, too – heavier, yes, but who doesn’t like an all-in-one solution, especially if it’s just going to sit in the house.

There are hybrid amplifiers with tube-driven preamps and Class D solid-state power amps, all-tube heads, and everything in between. Perhaps what’s most noteworthy, and what is so encouraging for today’s bassists, is that whatever you want from your tone – be it an elastic bounce for funk or pure bass-heavy thunder – there’s an amplifier out there that will make it happen.

Guitar World's Choice

What is the best bass amp right now?

We have a couple of recommendations here. If you’re looking for a bass amp that sums up where the craft is at right now, it’s got to be the Aguilar Tone Hammer. The control it offers you over the EQ is exceptional, with a smart front panel that has everything but the speaker and tuner outputs, and the preamp is awesome (and sold as a pedal). It is available in , and watt formats, offering a similar setup and features, it’s good value, ready for the stage, studio, whatever you throw at it.

If you want a bass head with enough power for shows, offers a fuss-free control panel with an excellent 3-band EQ, that sounds great and that you can throw into a backpack, the Trace Elliot ELF has got to be the one. It really is a pocket rocket.

Buying advice

Which is the best bass amp for me?

When you’re out there pounding the sidewalk or bruising your internet browser in search of a new bass amplifier, it is well worth doing a little horizon planning. You first have to assess your current needs. What kind of style do you play? Is your bass guitar active or passive? What level are you at? In what environment are you playing – at home, in clubs… Fenway Park?

What you play and where you see yourself playing in the near future plays a big part in the decision. After all, if you intend to play in the house, an watt head is overkill. Conversely, gigging bassists need enough power to be heard in the mix.

Price is always a concern too, but the good news is that the bass amp market is full of very giggable options that will give you change from bucks.

Which features are essential in a bass amp?

All players want a certain level of versatility. Options are great, and features present options. But for beginners and intermediate players, it’s crucial you can find tones quickly and concentrate on playing. A control panel that is easily navigable is a big plus – even with a condensed features set, the bass amplifier will teach you a good lesson in how EQ can alter the character of your bass tone, complementing whatever style you’re playing in.

Those looking for a more vintage-voiced tone might want to seek out a bass amp with a tube-driven preamp, which can add a sense of warmth and harmonic response that feels eminently musical. While all-tube bass heads are getting thin on the ground, hold-outs such as the Ampeg SVT are formidable performers – heavyweight, but still unsurpassed for old-school bass tones.

For players at all levels, though, a well-voiced EQ is essential. Amp manufacturers know well that mid-range frequencies can be a minefield for bassists, a real matter of taste, and so many amplifiers will offer generous controls over the midrange, allowing you to select your mid frequencies and boost/cut as desired. The Ashfield Studio 15 combo we list here even offers a 3-band EQ approach to the midrange alone. That says it all.

Portability is forever an issue. Bass speaker cabinets are getting lighter but are still unforgiving beasts, so it is a blessing that the amp head is getting smaller and lighter. Bassists who ride the subway to rehearsal have options, and our top two picks – the Aguilar Tone Hammer and Trace Elliot ELF – have a combined weight of lb, less than the Thanksgiving turkey and more than capable of being ferried around in a backpack. 

If you want an all-in-one unit, there are a number of great-sounding combos with lightweight builds. These can be an excellent option for throwing in the back of the car and heading to rehearsal or a show, or if you just want a self-contained unit in which you don’t have to match the impedance on the head to the speaker.

Speaking of connections, it’s worth factoring these into your decision-making. Some connections are invaluable for practice, such as a headphones input or an 1/8” aux input for playing to external audio – a fundamental skill when it’s your job to hold it down in the rhythm section. Others, such as a balanced XLR output, can be essential for live performance, allowing you to send your signal straight to the PA. 

The good news is that there is a lot of value to be had in the bass amp market. So, let’s take a look at some of the best on the block.

10 best bass amps

The best bass amps right now

1. Aguilar Tone Hammer

An unbeatable balance of power, tone and portability

Price: $/£ | Power: watts into 4 ohms, watts into 8 ohms | Type: Class D head | Features: 3-band graphic EQ with adjustable mids, dB pad switch, effects loop, balanced XLR pre/post DI with ground lift, output mute | Weight: 4lb (kg)

Awesome range of tones

Interactive EQ is fun to explore

Well-designed front panel

Lower or higher-powered formats

No headphones output

The Tone Hammer is a truly exceptional solid-state head that offers you phenomenal control over your tone. There are so many usable tones to be found here that you are sure to find a sweet spot no matter what bass you’re using – a street lamp with a fridge magnet pickup would sound usable through this.

The treble control allows for a healthy 14dB of boost or cut at 4kHz, the bass a hefty 17dB at 40Hz, while you can park your mids anywhere between Hz and 1kHz and boost or cut by 16dB either way. 

But wait – there’s more. The drive control interacts with the gain structure and EQ, offering a vintage-sounding EQ that rounds out the bottom end as you turn up the gain and takes off some highs. Aguilar encourages you to use those drive, gain and mids controls as base camp for tone exploration. 

2. Trace Elliot ELF

The best compact bass amp you can buy

Price: $/£ | Power: watts into 4 ohms, watts into 8 ohms | Type: Class D micro head | Features: 3-band EQ, Gain, Volume, headphones out, XLR out | Weight: lb (kg)

A super-portable bass head

Excellent EQ and gain controls

Quality build with thermal/surge protection

You want a more comprehensive set of features

No aux-in

To give you an idea of scale, the ELF measures just a quarter-inch wider than the iPhone 11 Pro Max. It’s less than one-and-a-half inches tall. You could fit it in your pocket, and you might want to, because you won’t want to let it out of your sight.

The performance is exceptional, with a respectable watts at 4 ohms and all the essential features you need. The 3-band EQ plays the percentages and parks the lows at 80Hz, mids at Hz, and highs at kHz, all very sensible, all usable. There’s a XLR out for going straight to the PA.

But don’t let the portability aspect seem like a gimmick. This will work just as well in the studio, and ships with REAPER DAW, and Peavey ReValver amp modeling software, plus there’s a headphones jack for silent practice.

3. Hartke LX

A tower of power with a valve-driven preamp

Price: $/£ | Power: watts into 4 ohms | Type: 2AX7 tube preamp with Class D power amp | Features: Tone Stack EQ (ft Bass, Treble, Midrange Shape and Frequency), Drive, Compression, Output Mute, Brite switch, Balanced XLR Direct Output w/ Pre/Post-EQ switch, effects loop, aux in, microphones output | Weight: lb (kg)

Very powerful, stage-ready head

Hartke Tone Stack is a rabbit-hole you’ll enjoy falling through

Built like a tank but not overly heavy

Great value

None

The LX represents excellent value, somehow squeezing what is a vertiginous stack of features into a compact aluminum chassis. It is a hybrid, with a Class A valve preamp feeding an watt Class D amplifier (at 4 ohms).

Hartke’s Tone Stack EQ needs no introduction, though it does take some time to fathom fully. There’s a lot to get into. But even when you set everything at noon, the LX will hit you with a tone that’s naturally wide, robust and musical.

There’s a little analog heat in there thanks to the preamp’s 12AX7 dual triode, and if you want a quick power-up for your upper-mids the Brite Switch is a nice touch. Slap players will naturally love it – that compression is tight and intuitive – yet there is enough range for players of all styles.

4. Darkglass Microtubes v2

A state-of-the-art head to take you beyond thunderdome

Price: $/£1, | Power: watts into 4 ohms, watts into 8 ohms | Type: Class D head | Features: 6-band graphic EQ, adjustable compression, Microtubes Harmonic Enhancement/Saturation, 2x XLR pre/post DI, buffered effects loop, programmable Impulse Response, 1/8” aux in | Weight: lb (kg)

Excellent build quality from Darkglass

Microtubes section allows you to really tune its overdrive

6-band graphic EQ for tone shaping

Lots of power

Nothing

Where to start with the bass amp that can do everything except drive the tour bus? Well, let’s start with the 6-band EQ: set it flat and report a wholly transparent performance, not unlike a top-line acoustic amplifier. But, lo! Just a cursory adjustment of any one of the six EQ parameters delivers a profound effect to your tone. With this, allied to an onboard compression that has its own control (a simple clockwise turn for more, anticlockwise for less), you’ve got everything you need…

Then you’ve got the Microtubes Engine section of the , and that really spoils you with controls for drive, level, tone and blend to further eek out the full range of your instrument’s voice.

The overdrive on this amplifier is exceptional too, with two voicings – the modern, pugilistic B3K and the vintage VMT – selectable via a switch, with a colored LED to let you know which is engaged. This is a top-line, professional bass head, with all mod-cons in the back making it ideal for stage or studio.

5. Orange Little Bass Thing

Little by name, huge by nature

Price: $/£ | Power: watts into 4 ohms | Type: Class D head | Features: 3-band EQ, compression, 6dB input pad switch, Balanced XLR Direct Output, buffered effects loop | Weight: lb (kg)

It’s portable but powerful

An excellent option for rock players

Potent EQ

Lacks a little headroom

Orange glyphs on the dials take some getting used to

The Orange Little Bass Thing is an excellent example of a fine Orange bass head. It has a tonal power that could give you a black eye, a stage-ready voice that is perfectly attuned to the needs of the contemporary rocker.

Sure, there is a tendency for it to show a little teeth, and that might be too much Bass Thunder Demon for some players, but so long as you’re not looking for pristine cleans at block-leveling volume there is a lot to love here. Besides, the -6dB pad does a reasonable job of cleaning things up otherwise.

Once you decipher the controls, you’ll find this a very intuitive, plug-in-and-play head. There are no great mysteries but plenty of sweep in a 3-band EQ that can apply 15dB of cut and boost to the bass, middle and treble, and the onboard compressor is excellent at tightening your tone up.

Read the full Orange Little Bass Thing review

6. Blackstar Unity Bass UB

A state-of-the-art modern combo

Price: $/£ | Power: watts | Type: Solid-state combo | Features: Single-channel amp with 3 voices and 3 drives, 3-band EQ with sweepable mids, 2x 10" Custom Eminence Opus speakers, compression, chorus, octave, 3 amp models (Linear, 6L6, power) 2x XLR outputs, effects loop, headphones out, USB, footswitch | Weight: lb (22kg)

Very modern set of features

Smart multi-voiced preamp design

Three responses adds to versatility

Very useful footswitch

Not much at this price

The U has got a lot going on but kudos to Blackstar for laying out the control panel so it all makes sense. There is a preamp section where you can choose from three voices.

Classic offers a vintage tube-amp tone, Modern goes for super-clean with a contemporary EQ profile, and Flat is exactly that, totally transparent. The power amp section, meanwhile, offers a choice of three responses – Linear, 6L6 and – that shape the amp’s natural dynamics and compression.

Of course, there is an independent compression control, plus an onboard octave and chorus effect, and you can change the gain structure for overdrive, distortion or fuzz. Hey, it’s good to have options, and the UB feels like many amps in one box – an attractive quality in any amp, but especially a combo where you are not of a mind to carry it with you everywhere. You may want to.

7. Mesa/Boogie Subway TT

A super-versatile hybrid head from the original boutique amp company

Price: $/£1, | Power: watts into 4 or 2 ohms, watts into 8 ohms | Type: Class D head with Class A tube-driven preamp | Features: 2 channels, Tri-Tube (3 x 12AT7) preamp, Bright switch, Deep switch, High/Low Gain switch, mute switch, Boogie channel: Input Gain, variable high-pass filter (25Hz–Hz), passive 3-band EQ w/ Bass, Mid w/variable Mid-Shift control, Treble, and Master Volume; Subway Channel: Input Gain, variable High-pass filter (25Hz–Hz), fully active 3-band EQ (±12dB Bass, Mid, Treble) with sweepable Midrange frequency control (Hz–2kHz), and Master Volume, footswitch, tube-drive pre-EQ and post-master balanced XLR DI Output with Line/Mic and ground lift, USB, 2x SpeakON outputs, tuner output, headphones output, effects loop for each channel | Weight: lb (kg)

Mesa/Boogie build is faultless

Full feature set

Wicked range of tones

Portable

It will take some time to get used to

There is no getting away from the quality and the imagination behind the Subway TT head’s design. This is Mesa/Boogie going to town on an amp head to make it as versatile as possible. The Boogie channel is old-school Mesa performance a la the BASS + units, while the Subway channel is more neutral, tightening up the low end, dialing up the clarity across the rest of the frequency spectrum and offering semi-parametric control over the midrange.

This is a do-it-all amp, for players of all styles. Each channel is footswitchable and has its own effects loop. While the two-channel setup encourages in-depth tone hunting, the global gain switching and Bright and Deep switches offer you the ability to make quick changes to your tone. Kick in Deep to let that low-end bloom, or use Bright to add that bouncy electricity slap players just love.

8. Fender Rumble v3

The best bass combo for practice and beginners

Price: $/£ | Power: watts | Type: Class D head | Features: 4-band EQ, footswitchable overdrive, 1x12” Eminence Special Design speaker, effects loop, XLR out with ground lift, 1/8” aux in, headphones out | Weight: 22lb (10kg)

It’s cheap and easy to use

It’s impressively loud

Good EQ

You might want to size up

If you are looking for a bass combo, reasonably priced, reasonably spec’d, that doesn’t feel like you’re carting the Undertaker’s fridge around with you, the relatively compact 1x12 Rumble should see you right.

It’s got the classic Fender styling, the black vinyl on a ported plywood cabinet and the silver grille cloth, with a well-designed control panel on the top of the amplifier featuring controls for gain, drive, level, bass, low-mid, high-mid, treble and master volume.

There’s an overdrive on/off switch that can be accessed via an optional footswitch for, well, for some dirt at the touch of a button, and Bright, Contour and Vintage switches for changing the amp’s voice – Bright will give you a high-end boost, Contour will scoop the mids (hi, slap bassists), and vintage emulates the dynamics of a tube amp. Pretty neat. The Rumble comes in various formats but for practice and small gigs – and for the money – this is our pick.

9. Ampeg SVT-CL

The best all-tube head for old-school tones

Price: $1,/£1, | Power: watts into 4 ohms, watts into 8 ohms | Type: Tube head | Features: 3-band graphic EQ with 5-position mids,Ultra Lo and Ultra Hi switches, dB padded input, XLR out, slave out, bias adjustment controls | Weight: 80lb (kg)

Vintage bass tones

Classic design

Built tough

It’s expensive

It’s heavy

We know that bass amplification is evolving apace but no best bass amps list could be complete without an all-tube head that offers a premium brand of vintage thunder that you just can’t get anywhere else.

Now, it’s heavy and it’s expensive, and tubes are tubes which means maintenance at some point down the line, but the tone – primal, primeval, vintage Bootsy Collins, vintage Sting – should strong-arm you into submission.

The controls are spartan but there’s everything you need; a padded dB input for active basses, a five-position mids selector and dial, an Ultra High/Ultra Low switch that allows you to boost highs and lows without swamping the respective frequency ranges, 3-band EQ, bias adjustment on the rear. Just plug it in and turn it up.

Ashdown Studio 15

The lightweight combo with the big deep voice

Price: $/£ | Power: watts | Type: Class D combo | Features: 5-band EQ, shape switch, passive/active switch, footswitchable valve-emulated overdrive, 1x15” Studio NEO speaker, tweeter, tweeter mute switch, effects loop, balanced XLR out, 1/8” aux in, headphones out | Weight: lb (kg)

A solid performer offering full control of mids

Deep bass from back-ported 15” speaker

Well-arranged control panel

Lightweight build

None

The Ashdown Studio 15 is the Sam Elliot of bass combos, deep, sonorous, authoritative, and musical in its own right. It’s a lightweight combo, housed in a frame of poplar-ply, which is to say it’s quite heavy but not for a combo.

Like the Rumble, this has got a straight-ahead control panel, with a pad switch for active basses and a shape switch for a quick, pre-EQ tone fix, effectively changing the voicing of the amp. You’ve got watts to play with and a 5-band EQ that pays special attention to your mids.

All the important stuff is on top, so that balanced XLR out, effects loop, headphones out, footswitch and line in are all right there in front of you. Speaker-wise, there is a lightweight neodymium speaker and a hi-fi tweeter that you can mute if you’re sick of high frequencies.

Sours: https://www.guitarworld.com/features/best-bass-amps-for-every-budget

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