Go Back   UG Community @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com > Instruments > Bass Guitar
User Name  

Old 09-08-2013, 06:36 PM   #1
Registered User
GuitarNewbee's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2012
Best bass amp for $500?

Starting bass (im a guitar player) and i was wondering what amp i should get...
Condition: New or used
Use: home use and jamming with friends. (no actual gigs)
Blink 182
The Strokes
Arctic Monkeys
Skid Row
Pink floyd
ZZ top
Red hot chili peppers
Best coast
Guns n roses
Bon Jovi
Motley Crue
Alice cooper
I was also wondering (i'm not a bass player or ever even laid hands on a bass so dont get offended) if there really is any point in buying a expensive bass amp.. cause to me (based on the videos and bass covers i've seen) the bass always sounds exactly the same to me... like if there's no difference in tone.

Last edited by GuitarNewbee : 09-08-2013 at 09:23 PM.
GuitarNewbee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2013, 06:49 PM   #2
RIP Terry
Spaz91's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: The Black Desert
Amp, cab or combo?
Spaz91 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2013, 09:06 PM   #3
Registered User
Join Date: Jan 2013
Every bass and amp offers a unique and wide variety of tones. Of course it's going to sound the same to you if it's from a video and if you're tone deaf. A combo bass amp is all you need
eg341sc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2013, 02:01 AM   #4
I am not the walrus
glennick's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2009
You said combo amp already, next question is what kind of jamming with friends? Are we talking full band, full volume? or just a couple guitars? Basically, are there going to be drums? And if so, how loud a drummer? That will be the main issue. I've played a 30 watt bass amp with a country band and it was full blast, sounded like crap and no one could hear it except me...because it was angled at my ear, in a chair, about 2 feet away. On the flip side, I've played a 220 watt Ampeg(my current amp, which I love btw) with a full band(playing way too loud) and I barely had it turned up at all.

I would say, if you have a drummer, who plays at average levels, you could get by with 100-150 watts. You could probably go even smaller with a 50 or 75 watt. BUT the thing with Bass vs Guitar amps is the power and clarity. Bass amps take more power to push the lower frequencies. So where a small watt guitar amp pushed sounds amazing, a bass amp pushed just sounds farty, wonky and muffled.

As for home use, my little 30 watt Rogue(which has been rewired several times over the past decade) works great. I love it because I know it really well and can get a variety of tones, which is nice. I have used small 10 and 15 watt guitar and bass amps before but they tend to lack the bass side of things and can become muddled to easily.

a little on my Ampeg. Its a BA115 HP combo. 220 watts, 15 inch speaker. I found it for 250, I think 290 shipped from Guitar Center.com used. New they are 500 I think. It has a 5 way selector, preset hi and mid cuts, for quick tonal changes. Low, Mid and Hi controls. A master and a Gain. RCA in for jamming with iPod or whatever. two inputs, one for passive, one for active electronics. Also has a tweeter with a control in the back to control how much tweeter you want to use, if any. kinda heavy, but has casters to help things along. Like I said, doesn't take much for this to be LOUD.

Another question, do you have a bass already? From the bands you listed, a P Bass of some kind will be perfect. Its kinda the standard. And for a reason. Took me some years to realize how amazing a tool this bass is. Solid sound, sits in a mix perfectly. Simple yet versatile. and easy to find a cheap enough copy to see if you like it or not.

Sorry for the lengthy post. I hope this all helps! Also, there is a great write up on here(I think in Lessons or Columns maybe) about this very issue. And I'm sure others will chime in soon.
glennick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2013, 02:23 AM   #5
Registered User
Join Date: Mar 2011
Fender Rumble 350 combo. Can be gotten new for right at your price point. 2x10 speakers and enough loudness to really give anything a run for it's money.
tonello is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2013, 03:01 PM   #6
War Mastiff!!!
FatalGear41's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Planet 10 / The 8th Dimension!
Peavey's Tour TNT 115 or Acoustic's B450mkII would be good choices. You should be able to find them in the US$500.00 range.
"Drinking is a skill and should be recognized as such!"

Originally Posted by gregs1020
FatalGear41 knows the ways of the obscure. I hear it's just not with Gibsons. Beware, Halloween approaches...

Originally Posted by Spaz91
FatalGear41 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2013, 02:41 PM   #7
Tab Contributor
Robbgnarly's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: NSB, FL
Look for a used Hartke VX3500, if your gonna get a combo this should work for anything
2002 PRS CE22
2013 G&L ASAT Deluxe
2009 Epiphone G-400 (SH-4)
Marshall JCM2000 DSL100
Krank 1980 Jr 20watt
Krank Rev 4x12 (eminence V12)
GFS Greenie/Digitech Bad Monkey
Morley Bad Horsie 2
MXR Smart Gate
Robbgnarly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2013, 04:08 PM   #8
Registered User
Spanner93's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2012
Originally Posted by FatalGear41
Peavey's Tour TNT 115

This a million times over. Or a Tour TKO (400 instead of 600w). Best amp in that price range by some distance. Only issue is that they are a bit large, heavy and cumbersome.
Originally Posted by Karl Marx
Reason has always existed, but not always in a reasonable form.
Spanner93 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2013, 02:51 AM   #9
UG's Lon Chaney Expert
iplaydabass's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Los Angeles, CA
I got my SWR SM-500 from Guitar Center for $300 both my SWR Workingman 2x10 and 1x15 cabs for $100 each. So $500 can go a long way if you spend it right and look for the best steal.
Crackers! Crackers! But no squeezy cheese!! You've broken my secret elbow!!!
iplaydabass is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2013, 10:33 PM   #10
Registered User
Join Date: Aug 2013
Hartke a100.
jessesixstring is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2013, 04:59 AM   #11
Registered User
Join Date: Mar 2011
Gallien-Krueger MB115 1x15 200W Ultralight Bass Combo Amp.

tabdog is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:45 PM.

Forum Archives / About / TOS / Advertise with us / Customer Support / Ultimate-Guitar.Com © 2016
Powered by: vBulletin Version 3.0.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.