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TC Electronic BG250-115 250W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp with 2 TonePrint Slots Black

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The TC Electronic BG250-115 bass combo amp took the power and tone that made the Bass Amp 2.0 line so popular, and then loaded it up with top-notch features. The 2x10" 250W combo comes equipped with a... Read More

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The TC Electronic BG250-115 bass combo amp took the power and tone that made the Bass Amp 2.0 line so popular, and then loaded it up with top-notch features. The 2x10" 250W combo comes equipped with a built-in tuner, 3-band intelligent EQ and, of course, TC Electronic's trademark TonePrint system that allows users to beam professionally made effects and tones from their smartphones directly to the BG250-210, controllable with an optional footswitch.

Other features include six effects types - chorus, flanger, vibrato octave, SpectraComp and Bass Drive - a headphone output (which mutes the speaker), auxiliary input to play along with your favorite tunes, USB mini port, a mute button for quiet tuning, and a balanced XLR output for direct recording in the studio or a clean feed to the mixer for live playing.

Features
  • Power: 250W
  • 1x15" custom drivers; 1x1" custom piezo tweeter
  • Built-in 6-string tuner
  • Intelligent 3-band EQ
  • Headphone output (mutes speaker)
  • Auxiliary input
  • TC Electronic's TonePrint system
  • Balanced output
  • 39 lbs.
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TC ElectronicBG250-115 250W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp with 2 TonePrint Slots
 
4.6

(based on 9 reviews)

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

buy this amp

By downtown johnny

from millbury ma,

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • I am very surprized with the sound and power
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about TC Electronic BG250-115 250W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp with 2 TonePrint Slots:

    I have told many friends that play bass by this amp

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    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great sound and features

    By Chris

    from Van Nuys, California

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about TC Electronic BG250-115 250W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp with 2 TonePrint Slots:

      The front grill was bent in shipping due to the bad packing of this large amp.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Buy this amp!

      By Bassman

      from Reisterstown, MD

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful
      • Tone

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Jamming
      • Performances

      Comments about TC Electronic BG250-115 250W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp with 2 TonePrint Slots:

      Impressive tone, clarity, and warmth. Easy to use. Versatility with Tone Prints. Amazing value and power. And portable. Light weight - about 40 lbs!, such a great deal, I fell like I should have bought two!!

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Good amp for the money, but unreliable.

      By tyree

      from Kansas City, MO

      Site Member

      Comments about TC Electronic BG250-115 250W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp with 2 TonePrint Slots:

      A Guitar Center employee talked me into buying this amp when I went there with something else in mind. It is a powerful amp that rocks out loud and with its very portable light weight, is great for taking to rehearsals. Those are probably the best things about it though. The built-in tuner is next to useless. If you are playing a 4-string in standard tuning then it's alright. But if you play death metal like me and tune down, that little tuner isn't going to know what to do. A free tuner app I put on my phone does light years better. Its other big selling point besides its light weight is the Tone Print software. This is a thing where you use your phone to beam TC Electronic's ready-made effects into the amp itself. You can only have two stored at a time, though. This is a nice toy and nothing more. I suppose it's a nice stop-gap measure if you need a particular effect right now and can't afford a particular pedal to get it, but it's not a feature that's going to make you question how you ever got by without it before. Still, this was a nice amp that I got at a cheap price and had no qualms with. But after practicing with it almost daily for almost two years, it now goes into "protection mode" and stops working after a few minutes of play. I suspect the computer module within is overheating. TC Electronics customer service is non-existent. After searching on forums, it turns out that other owners have had issues due to the cheap parts TC uses. So basically that silly little Tone Print computer will blow up and ruin the thing, which would not happen to a traditional solid-state amplifier. It's a nice, loud amp with a great sound, but it's not the workhorse they want you to think it is. No amp should burn out after two years of use.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Little Box Big Bass

      By Frankie

      from Macon Ga.

      Comments about TC Electronic BG250-115 250W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp with 2 TonePrint Slots:

      I have been very impressed with this amp so far. I never expected that such a small light weight amp could deliver such a punch! Great for practice and small venues! I have been playing bass for over 25 years and have never owned an amp that would fit in the back seat of my car!!. This thing has great tone and monster low end. The tone print feature and built in tuner are just a plus for me. It sounded great right out of the box! If i had to say one negative, it would be that I wish that they had put an extension speaker jack in it so that you had the ability to maybe run a 2-10 cabinet with it, but all in all its the best bang for my buck in quiote a while.

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      ALMOST all a working bassist needs

      By JOSHUA

      from Greensboro, NC

      Comments about TC Electronic BG250-115 250W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp with 2 TonePrint Slots:

      Despite the title of my review, I am very happy with my BG250-115. 250 watts through a 15" and a tweeter means LOUD, thick tone. I rarely have to turn up past 4 for rehearsals or gigs. I typically prefer 10's, but this 15 has really good punch. This combo is pretty light, and easily portable from the house to the car, to the rehearsal space, to the studio, to the stage... The XLR pre/post output is great for bigger shows and bigger venues. I like the so-called "Intelligent EQ." Nice and simple. Anyone from beginners to working pros can dial in a great tone. I leave it flat most of the time, and it sounds great. The two TonePrint effects have proven to be useful, and this is coming from a bassist that really doesn't use effects. I've found the TubeDrive and Chorus to fit well in many musical situations, and I use them more frequently that I thought that I would. The built in tuner is great if you play in standard tuning. Alternate tunings - use your own tuner. I bought the optional TC footswitch to go with mine, and it is well worth the extra little bit of money. For a beginner, intermediate player, or even touring/gigging bassist, this amp provides just about everything that you NEED. As far what you may WANT... For me, I would only change 2 things on this amp: 1. Active/Passive or dual input with Gain control. This combo amp only has one input, and having an extra input would be very useful, especially for players like me that bring more than one instrument to a given gig (fretted/fretless, primary/backup, etc). It is terribly inconvenient to unplug one bass to plug the other one in, especially when the band makes a specific effort to never stop playing between songs... An A/B footpedal is a convenient tool to assist with this. 2. Effects loop. The two TonePrint effects are enough for me, and I can change the effects on each respective channel if I want, even mid-set/in session with my smartphone. However, many bassists have pedal boards as big as their guitar player's boards. Keeping it real, an effects loop would be an amazing added feature to this combo. These aren't deal-breakers for me, but minor gripes. Overall, what you get with this amp for the price that you pay far outweighs the lack of a 2nd input or effects loop. If you need something portable and powerful, consider this amp.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      High Quality, Low Price, Light Weight

      By Aaron

      from McKinney, TX

      Comments about TC Electronic BG250-115 250W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp with 2 TonePrint Slots:

      For many years, I've wanted to upgrade my bass amp in several ways: more power, lighter weight, updated technology. I also wanted to stay with a combo amp -- I prefer to have the amp and cabinet in one unit. Before I found the TC Electronic combo amps, I thought I'd HAVE to pay over $1000 for high quality and light weight. Well, you can have your cake and eat it, too. I bought the BG250-115 and it's everything I wanted. I liked the 112 model, but I prefer the 115's fuller low end. This combo amp is 39 lbs, which is pretty light considering. There aren't any wheels, but I plan to buy a cheap folding hand truck/cart (dollie) and bungee cord for easy loading and unloading at gigs. This amp produces a good amount of volume, and it has a balanced XLR output if you need to plug into the system. Plus, it includes modern features like USB and mp3 player inputs. I'm excited to test out the TonePrint, which is a great feature if you are tired of spending money on effect pedals. All in all, this amp is awesome for the price. Check it out!

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Big Thing in a Small Package

      By Eldon

      from Norman, OK

      Comments about TC Electronic BG250-115 250W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp with 2 TonePrint Slots:

      I am pleasantly surprised at this little amp. Currently I have a GK MB210 because I wanted to go light. However, the sound was very spread and 'watery' to my ears. Also I had an issue with the metal grill. When I saw one of these BG250 115 at my amp tech's place, I was intrigued. It certainly was light, only about 2 lbs. lighter than my GK. What I noticed was its compact design. When I plugged my bass in, I was treated by a solid core of sound, but nice and deep, thanks to the 15". After further reflection, I did lots of on-line snooping concerning the TC amp. It had received much positive buzz. So, I jumped in and ordered one. Believe me, the price on this amp is a STEAL! In my studio confines, I can't tell if this is going to have enough punch to hold up to the full band, but with the XLR out to the mains, that would solve that problem. My GK runs 350 watts and can light up a club, I don't know how the TC with its 250 output will do. I would expect that it would be in the ballpark, especially with the more focused tone it produces. Another interesting feature is that it only has one generic instrument input. I switch between standard and active pickup basses. When I put my Morley junction box in the output and did an A-B switch, I was surprised that the volume from each was consistent. No volume adjustments were necessary. Evidently there is an automatic gizmo that adapts for the different signal strengths internally. Isn't THAT something. The Tone Print channels are really nice, though the effects available, for me, will be largely outside the parameters of my music, blues and classic rock. I would have liked a tube amp overdrive effect that was somewhere in between 'A Little Grit' and 'The Beast'. However, the use of a smart phone to reprogram your channels is a very nice option. Maybe the designers/programmers in the TC company will continue to offer more FX updates too. For now, I give this a good thumbs up. I will ammend this review once I get into the full band performance and upcoming gig. That is why I have a 4 star rating. This could move up or down. I hope it will move up.

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      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Bang for the Buck and killer tones!!!

      By John Conley

      from Cedar Lake

      Comments about TC Electronic BG250-115 250W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp with 2 TonePrint Slots:

      I play a 5 string and was looking at many Combos. I tried this one, the Ampeg, and The GK 500 watt 2x10's. This one by far out performs them all. I play small bar gigs and this is perfect! The tone print is a lot of fun too.

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