Good bass amps under $300?

Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by meirmusic, Aug 14, 2016.

  1. meirmusic

    meirmusic TDPRI Member

    Age:
    23
    Posts:
    20
    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2016
    Location:
    Florida
    Looking to get my Dad a new amp for his birthday, he's been using the one that came with his starter pack for over a year and he's ready to upgrade. I'm a guitar player so I'm not really sure what to look at for a bass amp. Any help?
     
  2. meirmusic

    meirmusic TDPRI Member

    Age:
    23
    Posts:
    20
    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2016
    Location:
    Florida
    Forgot to mention, he only plays at home.
     
  3. homesick345

    homesick345 Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    6,814
    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2012
    Location:
    Beirut, Lebanon
    Our bassist has a small Mark Bass combo, that is very light and portable, yet absolutely gorgeous, pro sounding.
     
  4. SamClemons

    SamClemons Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    5,180
    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2011
    Location:
    Jasper, TN
    Jim W likes this.
  5. emisilly

    emisilly Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    51
    Posts:
    1,196
    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2004
    Location:
    Suffolk, VA
    I second the Fender Rumble recommendation. Outstanding and very reasonably priced. The newer Ampeg stuff is also excellent and well in your price range.
     
    Jim W likes this.
  6. dsutton24

    dsutton24 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    10,199
    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2010
    Location:
    Illinois
    Another vote for the Rumble, I bought one recently and couldn't be happier. It also makes a great Baritone amp, by the way.
     
  7. meirmusic

    meirmusic TDPRI Member

    Age:
    23
    Posts:
    20
    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2016
    Location:
    Florida
    Thanks for the replies! I'll definitely check out the rumble!
     
  8. Wyzsard

    Wyzsard Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    4,160
    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2009
    Location:
    Falls City
    The Fender Rumble 100 has a 12" driver and weighs only 22 lbs.

    5 yr warranty iirc
     
  9. Wyzsard

    Wyzsard Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    4,160
    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2009
    Location:
    Falls City
    Oh yeah.... And it has both hi and low mid controls as well as three voicing switches .. vintage,contour,and bright. Just like the higher wattage models. Fender upped their game on these v3 Rumbles. They sound nice, not sterile like many current Class D amps. They are a tad heavy on the low end so start with the low and low mid controls on about 9 o'clock.

    I have the 500 head sitting on 2 Rumble 112's.
     
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2016
  10. coloradojeff

    coloradojeff Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    779
    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2012
    Location:
    Colorado
    I just bought a Fender Rumble 200 earlier this year because I had to play bass on one set in a gig we did. IT'S AMAZING! Lots of thump, lots of volume, but also nice at house volume. Best of all it's LIGHT AS A FEATHER!!! Take it from a guy who has humped Marshall and Fender tube amps around. This thing is great. It's about $400 but there are deals to be had.
     
    Wyzsard likes this.
  11. leorville

    leorville TDPRI Member

    Posts:
    35
    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2016
    Location:
    OZ
    Ashton BA150 - been using one for jazz combo work for some years now. Its heavy but the Celestion is largely responsible for that. It gives true bass tone.
     
  12. soulman969

    soulman969 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    22,582
    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2011
    Location:
    Englewood, CO
    A 50-100w 1x12 combo would be a nice step up. Fender, Ampeg, Hartke are three companies that offer something like that in your price range new.
     
  13. erratick

    erratick Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    613
    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2013
    Location:
    SoCal
    You can get a used TC BG250 for under 300 shipped on Reverb. Those are solid.

    I'm the lone voice of caution on the rumble- the rumble 15 is terrible (poor practice 8" speaker that barely sounds like bass) and the higher wattage models are better. They are often to be found at good price.

    I think generally you are better off with used bass amps. Most are solid state and the speaker is the main thing that goes wrong.

    The SWR workingman combos are a great deal sometimes show up for 300$ like this one:

    https://reverb.com/item/2544597-swr-working-pro-12-bass-combo

    200W gigable combo.
     
  14. Formerblonde

    Formerblonde Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    226
    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2012
    Location:
    Ottawa
    I don't know what availability is like where you are, but I just picked up an ooooooold Yamaha guitar amp from the 70's for $50 and it sounds pretty good with my bass. Even better if you can find an old bass model cheap. They had 50w and 100w versions that are sooo heavy...[my G100 410 weighs in around 75lbs] I'm not sure how old your dad is but, I LOVE that the amp is tall enough that I don't have to stoop to turn a knob. I think we overlook the ergonomics when we select our practice/home gear. No small wonder we find excuses *NOT* to practice when we make it so uncomfortable to do it.

    I'm sure your dad will appreciate whatever you do for him.

    FB
     
  15. screamin eagle

    screamin eagle Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    5,252
    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2008
    Location:
    S. CA
    Quilter will be releasing their Bass block soon. It's already out in the field for beta testing. I buddy of mine has one. It's good.
     
  16. ebb soul

    ebb soul Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    60
    Posts:
    7,843
    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2016
    Location:
    Smyrna georgia
    Best bet is a old used pawnshop Acoustic amp.
    12 speakers sound out of phase-ish with bass.
    They don't cycle right.
     
  17. Stingfan73

    Stingfan73 Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,495
    Joined:
    May 9, 2012
    Location:
    The East Coast
    I've never cared for the sound of any Fender bass amp I've tried or used. The basses tend to sound same-ish through those amps, to my ears, and I think there are more natural-sounding bass amps out there.

    There is a relatively inexpensive line of TC Electronic bass amps that sounded good and relatively transparent to my ears for the price.
     
  18. Immo

    Immo Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    667
    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2010
    Location:
    Poznań, Poland
    If he's more of a lo-fi guy and size ain't that important, you may try and get some '70s or '80s Peavey or Sunn solid states. Quite big and heavy, but they play nice and look very stylish. Same goes with Yamahas from that era. Bet you can find some in pawn shops and on garage sales.
     
  19. ebb soul

    ebb soul Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    60
    Posts:
    7,843
    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2016
    Location:
    Smyrna georgia
    I bought a second hand Fishman loud box for under three bills and use that to play bass thru quite often.
    And of course, it can do vocals and acoustic guitar, at the same time.
     
  20. fendrguitplayr

    fendrguitplayr Doctor of Teleocity

    Age:
    68
    Posts:
    10,287
    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2006
    Location:
    Greater Boston
    $300 Gallien-Kruger MB 200
    $250 Hartke HA2500
    $300 Fender Rumble 200

    or maybe a Carvin BX250 ($300)
     
    Jakedog and erratick like this.
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.


  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.