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Ampeg PF-500 Portaflex 500W Bass Amp Head
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      Ampeg PF-500 Portaflex 500W Bass Amp Head (106220718)
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Heavyweight history in a lightweight design.

Ampeg's Portaflex PF-500 bass head delivers a staggering 500W of power in an ultra-compact design providing pure Ampeg tone in an extremely portable package. Precise tone controls and gig-friendly input/output options provide ultimate flexibility. Pair it with Ampeg's PF Series flip-top cabinets for the vintage styling and portability of the iconic Portaflex originals.

The tone stack on the PF-500 provides an extensive array of tone controls for shaping your sound. Bass, mid, and treble controls come standard with a 5-position mid switch for finding the perfect midrange level for your sound. Ultra Hi/Lo boosts add even more on-the-fly options, and an onboard compressor keeps your levels in check and your tone punchy and tight.

At the gig or in the studio, the PF-500 is ready for action with a balanced direct out with pre/post-EQ selector, -40dB pad, and ground lift. An effects loop with dedicated mix control is footswitchable with the optional Ampeg AFP2 2-button switch.

Ampeg PF-500 Portaflex 500W Bass Amp Head Features:

  • 500W RMS output @ 4 ohms
    MOSFET preamp
    Class D power amp
    Bass, mid, treble tone controls with 5-position mid frequency control
    Ultra Hi/Lo boosts
    Onboard compressor
    Balanced direct out with pre/post-EQ option, -40dB pad, and ground lift
    FX loop with dedicated mix control (footswitchable with optional AFP2 switch)
    Power amp in/ preamp out
    1/8" headphone out/line in
    -15dB input pad
    Mute (footswitchable with optional AFP2 switch)
    Power supply: switching


Ampeg PF-500 Portaflex 500W Bass Amp Head Specifications:

  • 14"W x 3"H x 11"D
    11lb.


Ampeg PF-500 Portaflex 500W Bass Amp Head

On May 1st, 2009, the Mackie, TAPCO, Crate, Blackheart and Ampeg websites will be updated with the addition of warranty URLs (e.g. www.mackie.com/warranty) expressing new A Stock warranty terms. These warranty URLs will go live on May 1st, 2009. Formerly, warranty periods for these LOUD brands appeared in a variety of locations – in product manuals (for Mackie and TAPCO) and on warranty cards and hang tags (for Crate, Blackheart and Ampeg). In order to streamline and clarify this process, Mackie, TAPCO, Crate, Blackheart and Ampeg warranty periods and terms will be communicated in full on the warranty pages. Any LOUD products purchased prior to May 1st will bear with them the manufacturer’s warranty as predates the new policy. Moving through this transition, in order for customers to obtain warranty service, both the sales receipt and a physical copy of the (older) warranty statement will be required by our Service and Support departments in order to issue Service Requests, etc. If the product was purchased on or after May 1st, 2009, but a physical copy of the older warranty terms is not presented, the new warranty terms and periods will apply. Meanwhile, the products that bear with them the new warranty periods (as reflected in the box contents of each product) are being tracked by serial #, and contain new warranty content referring customers to the appropriate brand website. The information below reflects the product warranty periods that will be effective on May 1st, 2009 for the Mackie, TAPCO, Crate, Blackheart and Ampeg brands: Mackie: A 3-year, nontransferable, inclusive warranty on electronics and a 2-year, nontransferable, inclusive warranty on drivers (where applicable) apply to loudspeakers (active and passive), power amps, powered mixers, and HR studio monitors. Specific models under this warranty include all SRM, HD, SA, C and S Series Speakers, all FRS Amplifiers, all HRmk2 Studio Monitors. A 1-year, all inclusive, nontransferable warranty applies to all mixers, MR Studio Monitors, Control Surfaces, Processors (digital), MR Studio Monitors, Control Surfaces, Audio/MIDI Interfaces, other SR & Recording Products. Specific product models under this warranty include all Onyx Compact, 4-bus and 8-bus, all VLZ3, all PPM, all ProFX, all CFXmk2 Mixers, all MR Studio Monitors, Big Knob, Onyx 800R, all MCU Pro family. Tapco: A 1-year, all inclusive, nontransferable warranty applies to all products and all models. Crate: A 1-year, nontransferable warranty applies to electronics and speakers on all models of MI amps, cabinets, and combos. 90-day warranty on all tubes Blackheart: A 1-year, nontransferable warranty applies to electronics and speakers on all models of MI amps, cabinets, and combos. 90-day warranty on tubes. Ampeg: A 5-year, nontransferable warranty on electronics and a 2-year, nontransferable warranty on speakers apply to all SVT Classic and Pro Series, MI amps and cabinets. A 2-year, nontransferable warranty on electronics and a 2-year, nontransferable warranty on speakers apply to all B Series, all Diamond Blue, and all BA combo amps. 90-day warranty on tubes.

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  • Ampeg Power And Quality Is A Must For Any Serious Bassist

    As reviewed by Eric Marshall on 5/28/2012

    I picked up this little jewel new from Guitar Center in Greenville, SC and have been really pleased with my purchase so far. The guys at GC have been really helpful to me and some of them even remember my name when I walk through the door and that really makes me comfortable when I'm doing my shopping. I'm currently running this amp through (2) Hartke VX1508 series cabinets and it literally makes my entire house thump. I really dig the cosmetics of this amp especially with the blue LED light that signifies being online. It's unfortunate that someone else bought this model amp that was defective because mine has given me zero issues whatsoever and I would recommend to you and your mother.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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  • Awesome Amp and Power

    As reviewed by Luis Martinez Jr. on 11/30/2011

    I have owned this amp for about 3 months and all I can say is darn what power! It's very compact and light for 500 watts and weighs about 11 pounds. This amp was inspired by the iconic Ampeg B-15 of yesteryear. It has awesome tone which can be changed by a 5 postion frequency knob. It can also be changed by the standard bass,midrange and treble knobs. It has an ultra hi button which gives those tight crisp clean sounds and an ultra lo button which gives those deep,deep bottom ends especially when using a 5-string bass like I do. I have this amp paired with the Ampeg 610HLF which is a 600 watt rms cab and a 500 watt head so plenty of headroom. I would highly recommend this amp to anyone who is looking for that classic ampeg tone of the 60's or 70's as well as an excellent tone sounding amp for any music genre.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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  • Well Worth it !

    As reviewed by George Covetskie on 8/12/2013

    I've been through Basses and Amps since 1972 and there are just a handful of Amps that actually please and do their jobs when it comes to Playing Bass live. Here is one of them. I have to admit it is a Small Club Amp and if you want a review in that situation, here it is. This Amp is close to a 5 star but I gave it a 5. Reason for this is because if you do many small clubs and all you want to do is bring a small amp, cabinet and plug and go, here it is. This head is perfect for that. Light weight, simple plug and play and the tone is all there. Yea, we get loud and the amp does handle this easily. It also has plenty of deep bottom. I don't know what the other reviews are saying when it aint got thump, it has plenty. The only thing I will mention on the negative side it that the frequency presets ( 1 through 5 ) have just #1 that seems to be a real bass tone and it is limited at that. The rest of the numbers set up a harsh kinda tone from the mid bass to the middle bass tones. Although this limit is there, it does the job and better than you would think. It's just nice to have more control for different room sounds. Power, yes, tone, yea, Usability, yes. If you do small clubs and know how to play with real musicians where tone and volume are the essence of your musicianship, this Amp does it very well. I would recommend this to a seasoned player, this is not the kind of amp that will blow your friends out from a across the stage with screaming bass. BUT, it's close. Hope that helps.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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