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  • Ampeg Revamps BA Series Bass Combo Amps

    Ampeg Revamps BA Series Bass Combo Amps

    Ampeg’s iconic BA series of bass combos is getting a facelift this year, the company announced for Musikmesse 2014. The lineup has been completely re-envisioned with new versions for the BA-108, BA-110, BA-112, BA-115 and BA-210 models. Each of the models now has front-facing controls and a true sixty degree monitoring angle so they can… »

  • Deciding on an Amp: A Discussion for Bass Players

    Deciding on an Amp: A Discussion for Bass Players

    Q: Damian, what’s in your rack and why? The last time I had a paying gig, I could just roll in my Acoustic 360, plug in, and play. Now I’m trying to get back in to playing just as a hobby. What do you need for today's amplification? A: Personally, I’m an Aguilar guy. I… »

  • TC Electronic Announces New BG250 Series Combo Amps

    TC Electronic Announces New BG250 Series Combo Amps

    TC Electronic has expanded their BG250 combo from a single 1x15 model to an entire series of bass amps featuring three new speaker configurations: 2x10, 1x12, and 2x8. Each of the 250-watt combos features dual TonePrint onboard effects, intelligent Tone Shaping controls, a built-in tuner, a direct output, and rehearsal inputs. The effect on each… »

  • Phil Jones Announces Limited Edition Briefcase Ultimate Bass Amp Combo

    Phil Jones Announces Limited Edition Briefcase Ultimate Bass Amp Combo

    It’s been ten years since the Phil Jones Briefcase was introduced, and the company is celebrating the milestone with a limited edition version of the compact bass amplifier. The Phil Jones Briefcase Ultimate will be a modified version of the original, bumping up output from 100 watts to 160 watts. Other upgraded features include new… »

  • Eden Electronics Introduces E-Series Combo Amps

    Eden Electronics Introduces E-Series Combo Amps

    Eden Electronics introduced their new E-Series of combo bass amps at NAMM this year. Ranging from 20 watts to 180 watts, the six new models are aimed at beginners and up with features to aid practice and performance. Each of the amps is built with Eden’s proprietary enhance EQ control, a custom Eden designed speaker… »

  • DI, Mic or Both? Perspectives from Bassists and Engineers

    DI, Mic or Both? Perspectives from Bassists and Engineers

    Q: Could you do an article or a poll about whether to mic your bass amp during live gigs or to use a direct line into the mixer? I’ve heard opinions on both sides. A: I definitely have my own thoughts and opinions based on my experiences, and I’ve also asked some engineers this question… »

  • Traynor Unveils Small Block Bass Combo Amplifiers

    Traynor Unveils Small Block Bass Combo Amplifiers

    Traynor has introduced the Small Block Series, a line of compact, lightweight 200-watt bass combos. Available in 1x10, 1x12, and 1x15 speaker configurations, Traynor says the the new models are ideal for the working/practicing musician with features like a 1/4” auxiliary input, 1/4” headphone output, and an XLR balanced DI output with switchable pre and… »

  • Kinsman Announces New Bass Amplification Line

    Kinsman Announces New Bass Amplification Line

    Distributor John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd. have introduced a new line of Kinsman instrument amplifiers, including four bass combos. Ranging 15 to 100-watts, the amps all feature a built-in limiter and a headphone output but add features as they grow. The K15B sports a basic 3-band EQ, while the K25B adds another band to… »

  • Amped: The Illustrated History of the World’s Greatest Amplifiers

    Amped: The Illustrated History of the World’s Greatest Amplifiers

    Amp guru Dave Hunter has released a new book dedicated to classic amps, offering up a history of the author's picks for the 60 greatest guitar and bass amps in history. Amped: The Illustrated History of the World's Greatest Amplifiers tells the stories of the 1937 Rickenbacher M11 all the way through the latest Matchless… »

  • Ashdown Unveils ABM-1000 and ABM-2000 Amps at NAMM

    Ashdown Unveils ABM-1000 and ABM-2000 Amps at NAMM

    Ashdown has expanded their ABM line of amps with introduction of the ABM-1000 and ABM-2000. The pair couples the company’s ABM Evo III preamp with Class D amplifiers to pump out 1000 and 2000 watts, respectively. Ashdown ABM-1000 bass amp head Both amps carry a unique EQ that combines rotary knobs with a pair of… »