Rumble 100 review by Fender

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.2 (66 votes)
Fender: Rumble 100
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Price paid: $ 237

Purchased from: Avenue Guitars

Sound — 10
I play in a Ukrainian covers band (gotta pay the bills) and a punk band using a Yamaha RBX bass (the crazy light one, sorry I don't now the name), a Hamer Chapparel and a Fender Mark Hoppus and the amp handles it all with ease. The single channel and simple eq innitially seems like a restraint (I'm usually a guitar player using a mesa rectifier) but after some serious use, it becomes apparent that it's much easier to dial in 1 perfect sound and stick with it. The built in compression circuitry sucks, so do use a compressor pedal. The amp has one of the better sounds I've ever heard on a combo bass amp period. it's just a little "hairy" sounding, keeping it from being sterile and flat. Additionally, it stays clean till you push the volume up to 10 (I'm sure it would stay clean further) and sounds good regardless of how you play (though I'm not totally sure about slap, don't really use it).

Overall Impression — 10
As an all-around solid amp for anybody from a begginer getting a first real amp to a semi-pro player looking for something a little lighter than a full stack, this is a good amp to audition. It might be a little shy on features, but it makes up for it by being intuitive and just plain bulletproof! And, to top it all off, it sounds pretty damn nice!

Reliability & Durability — 10
I really do trust this amp. I don't play with a backup ever, even at weddings with over 750 people. I don't fear anything going wrong with the amp because it's well made and simple, there's really nothing that can go too wrong with it. Even after a 6 hour set, the amp is cold to the touch, that's just impressive. I have changed the speaker to a JBL after a car crash lightly damaged the original. The sound did not change and everything else in the amp did not need repairs!

Features — 9
The amp is pretty basic, but that's really a blessing in disguise. It features a 4 band eq to easily dial in almost any sound on most basses. It also features a push-button Switch for passive or active pickups and a mid-cut feature for slapping. Additionally, the amp has a full effects loops, a CD input and an XLR output (very rare at this price, or any price really) which allows the amp to play far bigger venues than the 100 watt power rating should allow.

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