BT220 review by Crate

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.6 (8 votes)
Crate: BT220

Price paid: $ 511.13

Purchased from: Thorold Music

Sound — 10
I use a Squier P-Bass, and it gives it a much throatier sound than many other amps. It suits my style of funk, rock and jazz well. It does have quite amount of feedback when you just lightly touch the strings when the distortion channel is on. The feedback on the clean channel is very minimal. The amp can make a variety of different sounds and has prestets listed in the manual. When the distortion channel is on, it's a very smooth, yet heavy sound. And the octave feature is quite smooth except for some low tones.

Overall Impression — 9
The amp matches all the types of music I play very well. I've been playing for over 3 years, and I have a Fender 15w Rumble amp, a Boss OBDB pedal, and a Squier P-Bass. The amp is pretty heavy at 87 pounds but has great side handles and casters. If the amp got stolen, I would definitely buy another one. I compared to many other amps, but none had the tone/wattage per dollar to match this one.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I have and will continue to use it at gigs without a backup. The Ozite carpeting is very durable, and have worn very little over the years. It has never broken down, and I've never had any problems with it. It's maintained an excellent tone throughout time, and hasn't lost any volume. After lugging it around to many gigs, it's never broken and remains in excellent shape. The styling of it still looks as great as when I first got it.

Features — 9
A 220 watt single 15" combo which features Input pad and Mute buttons distortion and clean channels with 4 band EQ, CD inputs and a headphone jack. Rear panel features include: effects loop with send and return, extension speaker jack, XLR balanced line out with level control, ground lift button and pre/post EQ selection for the line out. The amp was made in 2004. I mostly play funk, jazz, and heavy metal and it suits them both perfectly. It has 2 channels. one clean, and one with either distortion, octave or both. The built it distortion is easily changed with the shape knob, and provides excellent sound. It is easily changed from a fat solo fuzz sound to heavy distortion. The built in noise gate does an ok job, but sometimes the amp gives major feedback. The octave feature works well, but once in a while will struggle to hit a low tone. One of the best features on the amp is the built in tuner which allows you to stay in tune on the fly. I use the amp for small and meduim sized gigs and it has excellent power and sound. It's solid state and has a 4 band EQ. it comes with a 2 button footswitch as well.

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    I bought this exact amp and with active pickups the -15dB switch works wonders, it equalizes everything and just produces a nice tone. As for the feed back your getting it could be due to your pickups, I dont know what kind of pickups you have but if they become Micophonic they will produce feedback. an easy way to test this is to plug another bass in and test whether the feedback still exists. I agree with the slight delay with the octave boost, but when its needed it delivers. Overall a pretty cool rock and roll machine, Crate always delivers and be proud to own one, they're soon being discontinued because ampeg (mother company) is switching all names to ampeg.
    I have this amp, and currently use it for both punk and death metal. This thing delivers, and the low end is very tight and powerful. Overall, a very good amp to have in your arsenal.
    i heard that this was getting discontinued because crate were doing the marshall thing (being known for making guitar amps), not because of something ampeg is doing. i was gunna be the last person in Aus to own this, but was crushed in transport. now play and love ashdown.
    I bought this amp a few weeks ago but had some major feedback issues. A friend of mine plugged his bass in through his pre amp and had the same problem. Any idea what the problem could be.
    I had this amp for about a year and ended up selling to get something a bit more light weight. A small tragedy since it sounded tighter than a ducks arse however it weighs a bastard ton. I've since moved onto a lightweight head + cab but I do miss the tone from this beast.
    Okay, so i got this amp 2 years ago. I had to end up repairing the internals 2 times, than having to go and take it to get cleaned 3 times. Which was right around 200 bucks. After that i was finally content. It worked fine for about a good 3 more months. The the speaker started popping the ventilation stopped flowing and it popped until the speaker blew. Even with the volume all the way down. This amp would be an okay backup. But i would not recommend it as part of a main rig. And even so. Id prefer the "acoustic b450 mkII" over mostly anything. Its solid and reliable. Unlike this CRATE. Its a good temporary for when you need something to hold you over while you save for a new amp. Nothing else.