When the first electric bass guitar took the music scene by storm in the early 1950s, it quickly became a staple for countless musical trios and quartets from around the world. In terms of how the instrument was amplified, it was the Ampeg Bassamp Company who constructed the most widely used heads and cabinets for the next two decades. Other favorite brands included Fender (who introduced the Bassman in 1952) and Marshall - whose stacks were preferred by heavy-hitters like John Entwistle. Over the next 60-plus years that followed, the bass amplifier market grew larger by the day, and these days your bass amplifier cabinet choices are endless. Throughout this section, you'll discover some of the biggest names in modern bass amplification, including Ampeg, Gallien-Kruger, Peavey, Fender and Markbass.
If you're a bass player who really wants to make their groovy lines be felt as well as heard, it only makes sense to go with a stack, and for that you need to give your cabinet careful consideration. Of course, the right one for you will depend on how much volume you need and how much you're willing to spend. For example, if you're after something in the $200-$500 price range, check out the Hartke VX Series VX115 300W 8ohm 1x15" Paper Cone Bass Speaker Cabinet. Made specifically for bassists who want a killer tone but prefer traditional paper cone drivers, this cabinet is warm, punchy and very portable.
Now for those who really want to blow away their fans, you'll find more than enough colossal powerhouses in this catalog, including the Markbass Standard 108HR 1200W 8x10 Bass Speaker Cabinet. While most 8x10 cabinets are quite heavy, the Standard 108HR weighs just under 90 lbs. But don't let its weight full you - with 1600 watts of power handling, this bass speaker cabinet can get as loud as you wish.
It would take us all day to mention every top-rated bass amp cabinet in this selection, so at this point we'll let you do the browsing. Along with the two mentioned, you'll also find many updated classics from the likes of Ampeg and Fender. Whether your influences lie on the heavier sides of things like Lemmy and Geezer Butler or on the groove-laden soulful sounds of Victor Wooden and Bootsy Collins, the perfect bass amplifier cabinet for you is waiting right here.