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Bass Guitar Amps that Don't Break the Bank

Updated on December 14, 2015

Best Bass Guitar Amps for the Money

The bass is a totally underrated instrument. Its low tones are hardly ever heard during live shows and bassists just tend to fade into the background of a band. But the bass is a very important part of a song, it's the backbone of the music being played. It adds a groove to the music and helps the rest of the group keep the beat.

Amplifiers can either come in a combo or with the head and cabinet separate. There really isn't much of a difference between the two varieties in terms of sound. However the combo amps tend to heat up faster because the space is quite compressed. But the combo amp is definitely more convenient and more practical because it is easy to set up and transport.

Since this instrument produces very low tones, it can be a bit hard to pick up the sound when playing with a group of musicians or if you're in the audience listening. This means that bassists have to choose a good quality amplifier so that they can be heard. Using a guitar amplifier is not recommended because these two instruments have very different frequencies and pitches.

SWR WorkingPro 12 Bass Amp

The SWR Working Pro 12 bass amplifier is relatively small with its speaker at just 12 inches. This 200 watt amplifier is designed for small performances with its ability to be tilted back.

The Working Pro 12 amplifier is also good for practicing and monitoring.

It's a fairly cheap bass amp but still maintains the quality of a professional level amplifier.

This is an ideal amplifier for the indie bassist who brings his own equipment to gigs and practices and records at home.

Marshall MB30 Bass Amp

Marshall is a force to be reckoned with the world of music hardware. They have an expansive line of amplifiers that ranges from really small portable amps to big professional level amplifiers. Marshall also has a line of earphones and headphones and is known for its great sound quality.

The Marshall MB30 is good enough for someone who just wants to jam at home.

This cool amp is powered has 30 watts of power and has two channels. This amplifier, however, is not recommended for use in live performances. If you plan on a live performance, check out some of the other Marshall Amps below that really crank out the sound.

MB30 Demo

Hartke Kickback 12 Bass Amp

Like the SWR WorkingPro 12, this bass amplifier can be tilted back. It has 120 watts of power with 8 ohms and if you don't think that it's enough, it has an XLR direct output that you can run to a mixing board.

For a great price you could have an amp that is good enough for performances, practices, and monitoring.

This is bass amp is definitely worth your money with good specifications and features for a relatively small amount of money compared to other bass amps.

Ampeg BA115 Bass Amp

This is a 100 watt bass combo amplifier packs a lot of punch with a 15 inch speaker. It’s pretty light too weighing in at just 62 pounds. It comes with five presets allowing you to set up quite fast.

You can also tilt this amp back like the Hartke and SWR amps included in this list. This means that you can use this amp not just for rehearsing but also for small gigs.


Listening to Your Bass Guitar Without Making Your Neighbors and Family Upset

As with almost any instrument that plugs into an amplifier, a bass guitar is no exception. One way to limit the amount of noise coming directly into the ears of your family or neighbor is to get a great set of wireless headphones like the Sennheiser RS120. These headphones plug into your existing audio out panel on the bass amp and the sound is transmitted without cords allowing you to move freely without getting tangled up.

Of course, using an instrument that emits sound electronically always should be played responsibly. Other options include basic soundproofing of the room that you play your bass guitar in. Garages tend to be peoples first choice when practicing with the band, but sound waves easily travel through openings and weak insulation there. Instead opt for an interior room or basement where loud noises can be isolated and contained much easier.

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