Bass Practice Amp Recommendations?

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  1. Jaymo

    Jaymo Well-Known Member

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    Looking for a good bass practice amp that won't break the bank, and won't sound like crap.

    Any particular ones I should look for, both new and used?

    Not looking to gig. Just for learning/practicing at home.

    Thanks.
     
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    Seconded!! I've had mine for 24 years and it's still working very well and sounds great for a 110. Mine's a teal stripe. I've mainly used it for guitar also.
     
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    Here's one video. With the right pedal....very doom metal friendly.



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    Have you thought about a computer interface or a stand alone like a line6 bass pod?
     
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    I was gonna suggest the Fender Rumble line too. I have the big 1x15 and it is very much bang for the buck.
     
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    Ampeg

    Gallien Kruger

    Peavey

    Def scour used, there is so much gear out there it’s ridiculous....
     
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    I missed out on a Gallien Kruger twin speaker guitar amp.
    Still kicking myself in the apple bag over that one.
    I've watched videos of them and they sound great.

    I'm scouring the used market, due to prices.
    If I get a new one, that Ampeg BA-108 sounded great in the video I watched.
    TMC is right on point with that one.
     
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    So, I've got a 2004 Crate BT50 incoming.
    We'll see how I like it. I got it cheap.
    If I don't like it I'll get rid of it and get something else.
    Or, replace the speaker and see how I like it with the new speaker.
     
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    had a 1x12 Fender, was a bit buzzy.

    had a 1x12 cheapo Acoustic, sounded pretty decent.

    Ampeg 1x15 100w was cheap, but the tweeter went back. I liked the kick back cabinet and had a lot more power than the other little practice amps so I think it was a little more bass appropriate
     
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    I have a Fender Bronco 40, its a decent home sized modeling bass amp. 1x10.
    If I'ld only get back into recording, I 'ld make better use of it.

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    Probably not the most cost-effective, but I've had a 70s Silverface Musicmaster Bass amp for a while now and just recently picked up bass (a Squier Badtz Maru Bronco Hello Kitty series). Those run higher than the $100 or so Peavey Minx (usually 350-500 or so), but it doubles as a nice practice bass amp and killer guitar amp...
     
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    I can't say that I have experienced a lot of practice amps, but I will corroborate the notion that the Rumble series is legit. Good tone, inexpensive and very light weight.
     
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    I have a 1x10 Acoustic G20 and I like it. Of course, it does me no good for bass.
    I thought about replacing the speaker with a bass speaker and sealing the back of the amp.
    But, I don't want to mess with it since I like it for guitar.

    Who knows? I may like the 1x12 Crate bass amp so much that I don't use the Acoustic anymore.
    The Crate has a distortion channel with three pots. That should be fun.
    It also has a built in tuner on the top of the amp.
    Plus, it was made during the time that Crate owned Ampeg and before they were bought out by Loud.
    With any luck, it's a rebadged Ampeg.
    The on board tuner looks just like the one Ampeg used.
     
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    I've got a little Hartke Kickback 12. 20190317_112219.jpg
     
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    The Ampeg I had was from the SLM years, but I think they made that same design for years. It was surprisingly quiet for 100w.

    Before I had a bass amp I had used a 30w 1x12 guitar combo. It was plenty powerful for a practice amp. I also had a pair of Jensen Mod 12-110 speakers in a closed back cab to run my bass through if I wanted some more boom.

    Now I just use my ID60 TVP as a bass practice amp. it has enough oomph to sound OK and the full range driver from the modeling amp seems to hold up fine with my PJ and P bass. I am just messing around with Rocksmith sent through the aux input of the amp mostly so it is good enough.
     
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    How do you like the Hartke? I've been looking at that same one.

    So, how do you send Rocksmith through the aux input of the amp? Cables? etc?
    Are you playing Rocksmith on an XBox? Playstation? PC?
    I have Rocksmith on XBone but am going to get it on PC, so I can use the CDLC.
    The CDLC is the only way I can get Cumbersome and Water's Edge, by Seven Mary Three, on Rocksmith.
    And, I'd have to jailbreak my Xbox in order to use it. Not worth risking getting banned from XBox Live.
    I figure I'll get it on PC, and run it on my laptop, connected to my TV.

    I wonder if the speaker size was the reason the Ampeg was quiet for a 100 watt amp?
    IOW, I wonder if using a pair of smaller speakers would have given it more volume than a single, larger speaker?
     

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