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Ampeg SVT-410HLF Classic Series Bass Cabinet (26747)
Ampeg SVT-410HLF Classic Series Bass Cabinet
  • New: $799.99
  • Blemished: $743.99
  • Rating: Overall User Rating: 5.000000
Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head (MBH110020)
Markbass Little Mark III Bass Amp Head
  • Was: $599.99
  • $539.99
  • Rating: Overall User Rating: 4.000000
Markbass Mini CMD 121P 1x12 Bass Combo Amp (MBC105017)
Markbass Mini CMD 121P 1x12 Bass Combo Amp
  • Was: $899.99
  • New: $799.99
  • Blemished: $743.99
  • Rating: Overall User Rating: 5.000000
Markbass Little Mark Tube 800 Bass Amp Head (MBH110023)
Markbass Little Mark Tube 800 Bass Amp Head
  • Was: $799.99
  • New: $719.99
  • Blemished: $669.59
  • Rating: Overall User Rating: 5.000000
Gallien-Krueger MB800 800W Ultralight Bass Amp Head (302-0690-A)
Gallien-Krueger MB800 800W Ultralight Bass Amp Head
  • New: $699.00
  • Blemished: $650.07
  • Rating: Overall User Rating: 5.000000
Ampeg SVT7PRO 1000W Class D Bass Amp Head (2043210-00)
Ampeg SVT7PRO 1000W Class D Bass Amp Head
  • New: $799.99
  • Blemished: $743.99
  • Rating: Overall User Rating: 4.000000
Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 Bass Amp Head (515-014)
Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 Bass Amp Head
  • New: $699.00
  • Blemished: $650.07
  • Rating: Overall User Rating: 5.000000
VOX Pathfinder 10W Bass Combo Amp (PB10)
VOX Pathfinder 10W Bass Combo Amp
  • New: $99.99
  • Blemished: $92.99
  • Rating: Overall User Rating: 5.000000
Markbass Mini CMD 151P 300/500W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp (MBC105019)
Markbass Mini CMD 151P 300/500W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp
  • New: $1,099.99
  • Blemished: $1,022.99
  • Rating: Overall User Rating: 5.000000
Ampeg PF-500 Portaflex 500W Bass Amp Head (PF500)
Ampeg PF-500 Portaflex 500W Bass Amp Head
  • New: $399.99
  • Blemished: $371.99
  • Rating: Overall User Rating: 4.000000
Markbass Little Mark 800 Bass Amp Head (MBH110022)
Markbass Little Mark 800 Bass Amp Head
  • New: $749.99
  • Blemished: $697.49
  • Rating: Overall User Rating: 4.000000
Gallien-Krueger MB500 500W Ultra Light Bass Amp Head (302-0510-B)
Gallien-Krueger MB500 500W Ultra Light Bass Amp Head
  • New: $499.00
  • Blemished: $464.07
  • Rating: Overall User Rating: 5.000000
Ampeg PF-350 Portaflex 350W Bass Amp Head (2043336-00)
Ampeg PF-350 Portaflex 350W Bass Amp Head
  • New: $299.99
  • Blemished: $278.99
  • Rating: Overall User Rating: 4.000000
Pignose Hog 30 Amp (7-300)
Pignose Hog 30 Amp
  • New: $159.95
  • Blemished: $140.76
  • Rating: Overall User Rating: 4.000000

Bass Amplifiers:

Bass amplifiers are distinct from other types of amplification systems due to the particular challenges associated with low-frequency sound reproduction. This distinction affects the design of the loudspeakers and the speaker cabinet, as well as the preamp and amplifier.

Speaker cabinets for bass instrument amplification usually incorporate larger (or more) loudspeakers than those used for the amplification of other instruments. The loudspeakers themselves must also be sturdier to handle the higher power levels. Bass instrument speaker cabinets are typically more rigidly constructed and heavily braced than those for non-bass instrument amplification. They usually include tuned bass reflex ports or vents for increased efficiency at low frequencies.


Bass amplifiers are more likely to be designed with cooling fans than regular guitar amplifiers, due to the high power demands of bass amplification. They are also more commonly equipped with limiter circuitry to prevent overloading the power amplifier and to protect the speakers from damage.

Tube Bass Amps

Vacuum tubes were the dominant active electronic components in bass amplifiers manufactured until the early 1970s, and tubes continue to be used for higher-end units. Many bass players believe that tube amplifiers produce a "warmer" or more "natural" sound than solid-state amplifiers when lightly or moderately driven, and more pleasing distortion characteristics when overdriven. Some also believe that they have a greater level of perceived loudness for a given amount of amplifier power.

Solid-state Bass Amps

During the 1960s and 1970s, semiconductor transistor-based amplifiers began to become popular. This was, in large part, because solid-state amps are less expensive, lighter weight, and require less maintenance than tube amplifiers. In some cases, tube and solid-state technologies are used together, usually with a tube preamp driving a solid-state power amplifier. There is also an increasing range of products that use digital signal processing and digital modeling technology to simulate many different combinations of amp and cabinets.