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B2RE Rack Bass Head

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The Ampeg B2RE Rack Bass Head cranks out 450W of solid state thunder at 4 ohms, 250W at 8 ohms. 3-band rotary and 9-band graphic equalizers let you hone in on the perfect sound for your style. 1/4" an... Read More

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Overview

The Ampeg B2RE Rack Bass Head cranks out 450W of solid state thunder at 4 ohms, 250W at 8 ohms. 3-band rotary and 9-band graphic equalizers let you hone in on the perfect sound for your style. 1/4" and Neutrik Speakon speaker outputs, XLR balanced line out, preamp out/power amp in jacks, and effects loop. And don't forget that killer Ampeg tone!

Features
  • 450W @ 4 ohms, 250W @ 8 ohms
  • 3-band rotary EQ
  • 9-band graphic EQ
  • -15dB input pad
  • Neutrik Speakon and 1/4" speaker outs
  • Preamp out/power amp in
  • XLR balanced line out
Specifications
  • 19"D x 3-1/2"H x 15"D
  • 26 lbs.
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4.4

(based on 15 reviews)

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Ampeg by Name Only

I liked the Ampeg B2RE when I first got it, but it is definitely one of those pieces of equipment that you buy on the way to creating you perfect cabinet. For what you...Read complete review

I liked the Ampeg B2RE when I first got it, but it is definitely one of those pieces of equipment that you buy on the way to creating you perfect cabinet. For what you pay, you get one hell of a lot of power and features up the butt...but I eventually tired of having the lamest Ampeg head out there. The graphic equalizer isn't really solid: most of the sliders move with little effect on the sound. Also, when I got mine, I had to take it in right before a big show because the people of Ampeg (who are normally super-great) forgot to hook my fan-belt up. Other than those things, however, this is a great beginning head.

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Decent

I got the B2RE when it was first released as a 450 watt model. The B2R was only 350 watts and that would not be enough, in my opinion. The B2RE has just...Read complete review

I got the B2RE when it was first released as a 450 watt model. The B2R was only 350 watts and that would not be enough, in my opinion. The B2RE has just enough power to contend with a loud acoustic drumset. There are a lot of input and output features; the only feature I would have wanted would be a tuner output. My only complaint is that this amp started having problems by shorting out and losing signal output while playing. I tried to have it serviced but the repair shop could not find the problem. It has since gone out of warranty and now I am out the money I spent on it because I cannot rely on it. I have not read any reviews on this happening so I must have a lemon. If it were not for this defect I would have rated it a 4 overall.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Tough as it gets

By L.A. Massey

from Oklahoma City, OK

After blowing out 3 Crate bass combos I got an Ampeg B2re and a 112 cab. It is an incredibly tough head. We played several outdoor shows during a heatwave, and although our PA fried, my bass head kept right on working. My band began upgrading equipment for larger shows, and I thought the B2Re was a bit underpowered until I realized I was only using half its potential. I added a Seismic 410 cabinet, and now I can drown out the lead guitarists Marshall rig. It is loud at 1/4 volume, and pounding at 1/2. I haven't tried it all the way up yet. This isn't Ampegs best bass head, but it has proven to be extremely reliable. Even if I upgrade later I would hold on to it for a backup, because it will likely outlive me!

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SOLID!

By Steve

from albuquerque, nm

Got this amp after i blew my hartke at band practice. Running it to a hartke 4x10 and 1x15 cabs and this thing rocks! Sound is amazing compared to the hartke, nice eq for fine tuning and lots of extra goodies on this amp for the price. Its an ampeg, what more can i say.

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good starter amp

By Owen and Jeanie Everett

from Port Angeles Washington

We have had this amp for almost two years. Our rig has a 4x10 svt and a mesa 4x10 cab (8x10's in all). It's very weak when run at 8ohms (one 4x10). Better at 4ohms. The amp lacks definition at hi volume levels,it could use a compressor. We are admittedly very loud so in a different setting it would be fine. Colors the sound heavily,thats a taste thing and it's okay with us. For the money it's a good start especially if you like the "Ampeg" sound.

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

NEW IMPORT AMPEG STILL ROCKS!

By Rinos88

from Morton, Illinois

I've been playing a modified B2R for about the past decade. I'm very critical of tone and even chose this old head over the old B5R, which had more power, due to tonal qualities. After hearing that Ampeg was now made overseas, I heard the rumors that the quality had gone down. NOT SO! I was at my local GC and plugged into one of these to try out a cabinet. The tone was great, so I assumed that I was plugged into an old USA model. To my surprise, it was a Chinese made one. These amps are made to the same specs as the St.Louis made amps. They're just from overseas. Do not be afraid to go for the killer Ampeg sound! Even if you get a lemon, it still has a warranty.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT HEAD

By Martin

from Jacksonville, Florida

I have been playing bass for 30 years, I was lucky enough to be able to start playing with an Ampeg V-4B head and matching V-4B 2-18 cab and it worked great for years in bands live and for myself at home, over the years I've played lot of other heads and cabs and none came close to the sound I got in Ampeg, so when it came time to get a new head and cab I looked at Ampeg,, And I found this B2-RE head and a real nice SVT 4-10 cab and they sound GREAT and the 9 band EQ is great set it the way you want and switch it off if you like. It works great live and at home, I wouldent trade it for anything. The people at Ampeg have out done themselves. GREAT job AMPEG you keep putting um out I'll keep useing um.

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(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Decent

By Shawn Paradise

from Scottsdale, Arizona

I got the B2RE when it was first released as a 450 watt model. The B2R was only 350 watts and that would not be enough, in my opinion. The B2RE has just enough power to contend with a loud acoustic drumset. There are a lot of input and output features; the only feature I would have wanted would be a tuner output. My only complaint is that this amp started having problems by shorting out and losing signal output while playing. I tried to have it serviced but the repair shop could not find the problem. It has since gone out of warranty and now I am out the money I spent on it because I cannot rely on it. I have not read any reviews on this happening so I must have a lemon. If it were not for this defect I would have rated it a 4 overall.

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(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not for the serious

By Solareye420

from DFW Texas

I played this head for quite a few years. I was pretty young when I got it so I was just stoked to have a head that had SOME power. But after playing on it for 6+ years, I have found that the B2R is not for people who are gigging seriously. It gets hot, it's pretty noisy around 50% gain, the jacks don't lock cables very well, and in the long term, it's just not a contender. Internally, it's very cheap, colors the tone and just does not deliver on clarity and frequency control...and NO COMPRESSOR??? For the money, it's not bad. But in the scheme of things, I would look elsewhere. Try a GK. Better yet, go the distance and get Markbass. They're the Ferrari of bass amplification.

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(8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bang for the Buck

By Only Ampeg Will Do

from Vancouver, WA

The B2RE is an incredible head. The price is much lower than expected for something with this much power and of this quality. I run the head through an Ampeg SVT 4x10. The sound is amazing and it has more power than i'll ever need. If you are serious about bass sound, you need this head.

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4.0

Dark warm Sound

By Dan

from Sandy Or

This is one of the best amp heads that I have played on. It has awesome tone on both high an low ends. The EQ allows a very very wide selection of tones to pick from. It sounds best when played through an ampeg cab which is no suprise. It gets hot after playing it for over an hour, but not enough to worry about. The only thing that I don't like is the price. It seems a little spendy, but it is well worth it.

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(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

not your fathers ampeg

By bryanonbass

from dover, nj

When people think of ampeg. They think of big bottom, huge cabinets and amps that weigh a ton. Well with this B2RE, ampeg does not deliver on the big bottom or weight issues. This amp just does not live up to the ampeg name. It sounds very artificial. It definitely colors the sound of the bass, but not in a good way. I used this is a variety of sessions. Rock, funk, pop, trip hop and it just did not cut through the mix at all, it was very boomy, but without any definition whatsoever. I would rather go direct into a PA than play through one of thes amps.

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