Megatone PL-60B Review

manufacturer: Fame date: 04/22/2016 category: Bass Amplifiers
Fame: Megatone PL-60B
This amp is good for low income bassists as you get a lot for your money. I wouldn't recommend it for beginners as there is a lot of features on this amp that might be a bit too much, but as the players skill grows, this is a great follow up amp to expand your knowledge of sound manipulation.
 Ease of Use: 7
 Sound: 10
 Reliability & Durability: 5
 Overall Impression: 7
 Overall rating:
 7.4 
 Reviewer rating:
 7.3 
 Users rating:
 7.5 
 Votes:
 2 
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 245 
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overall: 7.3
Megatone PL-60B Reviewed by: Unossofrus, on april 22, 2016
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Price paid: £ 99

Purchased from: dv247.com

Ease of Use: The controls are not stiff like on other amps but this may make them too sensitive. The amp sounds fine if you leave everything at standard settings, however the graphical equaliser takes a lot of tweaking to get the sound you want. I've experimented with many different graphs but I still don't fully understand the logic behind it. The manual I received is entirely in German which isn't helpful at all. Other than that, it sounds good whatever setting it is on so you literally just plug in and play. Very simple unless you want a specific tone. // 7

Sound: This amp has a single 60 watt 12 inch bass driver which handles low frequencies and darker tones very well. It has five knobs that control Volume, Gain, Bass, Middle and Treble. It also has a 7 band graphical equaliser that does exactly the same thing as the master EQ but with more fine tuning available. Using the graphical equaliser, you can generate pretty much any clean tone possible on a bass guitar. The amp has a built in compressor in the form of a push-button which ensures that every output note is the same volume. It reduces the overall output volume so the master volume must be set higher when using the compressor. A lot of good features here for a very low price. The amp is ludicrously loud for its size but loud is definitely not a problem here. // 10

Reliability & Durability: 3 days after I bought it, it randomly decided to die. I initially thought it was the battery in my bass but it turns out something like a capacitor went bang in the amp. I sent it back to the distributor and had to wait nearly 3 weeks for a new one, but the service was free of charge. Other than this incident, the new amp seems to be holding up quite well. It has an all metal cover for the speaker which is useful for preventing damage. My little brother threw a ladder at it and it just has a dent in it. If this had a mesh front like the old amp then the ladder would go straight through. The holes in the cover are quite large allowing the same little brother to poke things through and get them stuck. This is more of an inconvenience than a problem as the cover is removable via six screws. It would suit live playing at small venues but for concerts you will definitely need something bigger. // 5

Overall Impression: I recently bought a 5-string bass (Ibanez SR305) and my current amp at the time was just a 25 watt acoustic amp (Belcat 25C). I needed something new that could handle the lower frequencies produced by the massive B string. If it dies again then I will probably get a larger, more impressive looking amp as I didn't have enough money at the time. This amp is good for low income bassists as you get a lot for your money. I wouldn't recommend it for beginners as there is a lot of features on this amp that might be a bit too much, but as the players skill grows, this is a great follow up amp to expand your knowledge of sound manipulation. // 7

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