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Gear Watch: TC Electronic BG500 Combo Amps

TC Electronic is introducing the new BG500 bass combos at the Frankfurt Musikmesse 2010, which runs from March 24th to the 27th. The 500-watt BG500 is available as a 1×15 or 2×10 combo, each equipped with a 1″ tweeter.

The BG500 combos share many of the same features as the company’s RH450, including the SpectraComp multi-band compressor and TubeTone control section which emulates the characteristics of a tube amp. Also carried over are the user-defined presets that allow you to save and recall your tone settings.

The BG500 also introduces a new feature called the TweeterTone which gives you control of the tweeter via the front panel, and two new Contour shapes for quick tone shaping. A fully integrated bass tuner that mutes when activated is also included.

TC Electronic’s BG500 115 and 210 will have MSRP’s of $929 and $999 respectively, and will be available in May 2010. For more info, visit TC Electronic on the web.


  • SpectraComp: Integrated virtual ‘Per string compression’
  • TubeTone: Painstaking recreation of both tube preamp and power amp tone
  • 3 User Memories: Easily switch between settings to match different bass outputs or playing techniques
  • Onboard Tuner: Integrated Bass tuner. Mutes output and allows silenced tuning
  • TweeterTone: Intelligent Front panel tweeter control
  • 4-band EQ – Bass, Lo-Mid, Hi-Mid, Treble
  • Contour: Two instant EQ shapes for up-to-date warm and smooth tones
  • AUX In: Stereo rehearsal input connection for Mp3 players or any other playback device
  • Headphones Output: Automatically mutes speaker for silenced playing
  • Balanced Out: Balanced XLR output for PA or Recording, tap signal before or after preamp
  • Power: 500 Watts (1000 Watts peak)
  • Woofers: Two driver configurations: 1 x 15″ or 2 x 10″ Eminence drivers
  • Tweeter: 1″ Eminence tweeter

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