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TC Electronic BG500 500W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp

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The 1x15 TC Electronic BG500 Bass Combo Amp shares many features with the original RH450. That amp changed the way many bass players look at amplification. The 500W-powerful BG500 amp is equipped with... Click To Read More About This Product

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The 1x15 TC Electronic BG500 Bass Combo Amp shares many features with the original RH450. That amp changed the way many bass players look at amplification. The 500W-powerful BG500 amp is equipped with a 15" Eminence driver and a 1" tweeter offering beefy bass tone with loads of character where you need it most”in the low end.

TC Electronic SpectraComp
A conventional compressor tends to be dominated by the lower bass string, but with TC Electronic SpectraComp”taken directly from the original RH450”you virtually get per string multi-band compression that evens out the compression across all the strings. The result is that your sound is compressed in a much more musical and useful way than any single-band compressor can accomplish.

TC Electronic TubeTone
The TC Electronic TubeTone effect was also originally introduced on RH450. Most transistor designs have tried to replicate tube sound using one small preamp tube, but they generally fail as they don't take the crucial characteristics of a full preamp and power amp into account “ both of which are essential to the sound. TubeTone emulates all characteristics to deliver the full tube sound.

OK, BG500 will not memorize your chords or riffs, but it will store three of your favorite tones. You may not have used presets before, but that's only because you've never had the chance! For instance, if you use different basses on stage, you know that a few user memories would be welcome. With great sounding bass tones and seamless switching between them, you will be able to focus on the important thing: playing.

Built-in bass tuner
Every once in a while, you need to tune up, and whenever that happens, just let the built-in tuner guide you. It's simple, it lets you tune silently, and it gets you back to playing music in no time.

The tweeter control is usually located on the rear side of the cabinet, but on the BG500 you can simply adjust the tweeter level right from the front panel. Further, the sound also gets modified slightly with filters giving you a much more intelligent control over the critical high frequencies.

Tone Controls
EQ is always a bass essential, so TC Electronic equipped the BG500 series with a great sounding, 4-band EQ which is great for shaping your fundamental tone. Further, with two contour filters you can scoop the mid-frequencies a bit. Think of this feature as a kind of instant EQ that can create warm and smooth tones on demand.

Just plug and play! And for rehearsing or jamming along you can connect external devices to AUX IN. If you don't want to disturb the neighbors, plug in your headphones and the drivers will be muted automatically. Finally, you can send a signal to a sound-engineer via the balanced XLR output”or to an audio interface if you are recording.


1 - 15" Eminence driver
1 - 1" Eminence tweeter
500 watts
Built-in bass tuner
4-band EQ
Aux in
Balanced XLR out
Weight: 70lb.
Dimensions: 21"D x 27"W x 30"H
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Awesome amp...

By Josh

from lumberton, tx

This is one awesome amp...its got enough power to fill a room full of lows, mids, and highs galore... unfortunately, the buttons are fragile (due to shipping?) and fell out of my amp when pushed...but i improvised and im happy with this amp... I dont complain over the weight because with the power this thing runs, it outweighs the... weight lol. overall great amp.

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Under-Promise...Over-Deliver...way to go TC Electronics !

By Ray Allaire

from Las Vegas, NV

I bought the 2x10 version of this amp a couple weeks ago. I work full-time in a production show on the Strip. This amp gives me everything that TCE promises and then some ! It's got great tone shaping and power to spare. I noticed one other reviewer lost a couple pushbuttons. I also lost a couple in transit. However, I immediately contacted TC and "Eric" responded within a day. Apparently, some units shipped out with brittle plastic pushbuttons. They are fully aware of the issue and are sending me new buttons asap. So, not only is this a great product, the support team is also on the ball. I couldn't be happier !

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