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Best of 2016: Top 10 Reader Favorite Bass Amps

Our coverage of bass amps got a lot of views this year, particularly after the 2016 Winter NAMM Show in January.

Here are the top 10 reader favorite bass amp stories for the year.

Hartke Introduces TX600 Lightweight Bass Amp

1. Hartke TX600 Lightweight Bass Amp

Hartke turned some heads when they unveiled the TX600 at the 2016 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. The 600-watt bass amp is the company’s first lightweight Class D amp, weighing in at a mere 7 pounds…

Noggin Rockers Practice Amp Now Available

2. Noggin Rockers Practice Amp

Bassists looking for a quiet practice session have a new option with Noggin Rockers. The new “stethoscope-style” amplifier requires no power to get you jamming…

Quilter Amps Unveils the Bass Block 800

3. Quilter Amps Bass Block 800

Quilter Amps has unveiled the Bass Block 800, a bass amp that delivers up to 800 watts while weighing in at just 3.75 pounds. The micro-sized amp sets itself apart by being completely designed by Quilter, the company says…

Fender Introduces 800-Watt Bassman Head

4. Fender 800-Watt Bassman Head

Fender’s Bassman series of bass amplifiers has gotten bigger with the introduction of the Bassman 800 Head. The 800-watt, dual channel amp features a hybrid design with a tube preamp matched to a Class D power section…

Darkglass Electronics Launches Microtubes 900 Bass Amp

5. Darkglass Electronics Microtubes 900 Bass Amp

After showing a prototype at the 2016 NAMM Show, Darkglass Electronics is now shipping their first bass amplifier. The Microtubes 900 offers several upgrades from the prototype including extra power and an intuitive footswitch…

Orange Introduces 4 Stroke Bass Amplifiers

6. Orange 4 Stroke Bass Amplifiers

Orange Amplification has introduced the 4 Stroke Bass Amplifier, an all-analog bass head available in 300 and 500-watt versions. The Class AB amps are described as staying “crystal clean and expressive all the way up, without ever becoming sterile or fatiguing.”

Darkglass Electronics Announces Release Date for Microtubes 700 Bass Amp

7. Darkglass Electronics Microtubes 700 Bass Amp

One of the biggest reveals at the 2016 NAMM Show this year was the Darkglass Electronics Microtubes 700. Since the outing Darkglass continued refining the the head, which was their first amplifier…

Phil Jones Bass Introduces Session 77 Bass Combo

8. Phil Jones Bass Session 77 Bass Combo

Phil Jones had a handful of new bass goodies at the 2016 NAMM Show this year including the Session 77 combo. The 100-watt bass amp, which is PJB’s most affordable offering to date, features a pair of seven-inch drivers tweeter and a three-inch tweeter…

Mesa Adds 2×10 Cabinet and DI/Preamp Pedal to Subway Series

9. Mesa Subway Series 2×10 Cabinet and DI/Preamp Pedal

In addition to introducing the Subway D-800+ bass amp, Mesa/Boogie has added to the Subway series with a 2×10 Ultra-Lite Cabinet and a Bass DI-Preamp. Both new products are made in Petaluma, California…

Barefaced Audio Introduces Four10 Bass Cabinet

10. Barefaced Audio Four10 Bass Cabinet

Barefaced Audio has added a 4×10″ bass cabinet to their lineup, aptly named the Four10. Rated at up to 1000 watts, the company says their take on the classic speaker configuration ups the game with their custom drivers and Hybrid Resonator enclosure design…